Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Nikon Coolpix P510

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


Nikon Coolpix P510



Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix P510

Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
High-speed framerate
High speed movies
120 fps


Explore our gallery of 8 sample photos taken by the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon Coolpix P510.


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

Super zoom

$389 - $449

Zoom Significantly more zoom
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Supports 24p No 24p support
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

Super zoom

$249 - $264

3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Wider aperture
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Canon PowerShot SX530 HS

Super zoom


Autofocus Faster autofocus
Screen size Larger screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies

Nikon Coolpix P510 Competitors

Nikon Coolpix P610

Nikon Coolpix P610

Super zoom

$305 - $397

Zoom Significantly more zoom
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
GPS No built-in GPS
Nikon Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

Super zoom


Macro focus Better macro capability
Battery life Longer battery life
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Nikon Coolpix L840

Nikon Coolpix L840

Super zoom

$160 - $167

Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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Showing 9 comments

John (10:52 AM, August 30, 2014)
Powershot vs Nikon Most of this review is fairly accurate. Overall I preferred the Powershot. You can obtain fast clear shot's once you have it on target focus and it has a excellent tracker for action shots. Zoom at half way point seems to confuse especially if there is another subject closer, so you really have to target on what you want to shoot. This camera performs amazing and it really is like a mid pro DSLR without having to carry all those lens, and add on top the money you would have to spend. This also worked really well without a tripod providing you know how to stay steady but that goes for any camera. Both feel bit plasticky so my concern is long term durability to consider for that extra $ to assure a extended warranty as I heard that there has been issues within 7 months use on the zooming in/out sticking. For video the Nikon blows out at full range (tested on the moon) and far range landscape you will see wable, where as the Powershot didn't and allowed you that extra 100x which I feel composants for almost anything far away obtaining that crisper image in both photo/video. Grain or noise is far more apparent in the Nikon which tends towards you having to process, whereas mostly all photo's from Powershot you can use without processing (which is a BIG bonus) The quality of the sound is not very good on either of them, so if you thinking of getting this more for video you be better obtaining a Sony for 250, or purchase a mic. Overall the Powershot is better and does not disappoint.
Serg (1:15 PM, May 21, 2013)
I have Canon T3i (domestic and portrait camera) and Nikon P510 (as a travel camera).

Purchased and returned SX50, similar Panasonic, Fuji, Samsung ultrazoom cameras.

Canon was OK, except the price, and 12MP only matrix - it counts when you use max zoom and try to get smth "panoramic".

All other cameras gave colors distortion, Fuji (not raw) especially.

GPS actually was helpful when I was on resort in Cuba and tagged all "wild" travel, snorkeling and scuba locations.

It's great to remember my best fishing spots (I'm from Canada), and who cares about battery draining when you have an extra one in box.

Yes, Nikon has problems with autofocus (P mode works better for me with minimum of focusing points) when you are trying to shot pictures from the fast moving bus bumping on Cuban roads. Canon is great. But still, 12MP vs 16MP and the price...

Never had problems with focus while zooming videos.

Adjustable electronic viewfinder is very useful for everybody who uses reading glasses so see anything on the screen.

So I'll be using this Nikon for a while till Canon gives me $300 (max), minimum x50 zoom camera with 20MP (at least) :-)
Angie (6:06 PM, March 02, 2013)
How did Canon miss the panorama feature on its Sx50 HS?
Boba (0:23 PM, January 10, 2013)
And Russia agree with You!
Avatar for Drew Crawford Drew Crawford (9:19 PM, January 07, 2013)
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Video Test
Kim (3:42 AM, December 13, 2012)
I fell for that nice looking red
camera trick as well. Looked great. Only had it a week and sent it back
to the shop for a swap with the sx50 and love the camera. I had a sx40
first but did not like the grip. Nikon have a nice rubber grip that
feels great but there it stops. Picture quality from the nikon was best
of the 3 IMO. Problem was the auto focus was slow and I only had about
50 % keep rate for pictures, the rest were a fuzzy mess. Were the nikon
failed for me was its video. Once again I would start a clip ok and then
move with the subject or pan in for a closer look and the auto focus
would simply stop working so once again only a small percentage of kept

When I brought the SX50 I was blown away with its all
round performance compaired to the nikon. Best thing I have ever done
and I get to keep most of the images and clips I shoot now.

Do the people doing this review even use the cameras to see there results. I think not.

are not a perfessional camera man or anything else for that matter,
just joe bloggs off the street that wants to do a bit of wildlife
photography and capture family gatherings from time to time so a pick up
and shoot camera will do me fine. I do not want to know the tech
stuff,just shoot
Avatar for Carpist Carpist (4:46 PM, November 16, 2012)
I don't believe light and smaller is necessarily a plus when using a super zoom lens. It's easier to hold a heavy camera steady. The only complaint I have for the sx50 is that I inadvertently push either the menu or the exposure bias button when holding the camera. The function wheel is in the wrong spot, directly under your thumb pad. Other than that, a GREAT camera !!
peter (10:57 AM, November 09, 2012)
I meant I don't see how Nikon gets 100 and wins. Oops
Peter (10:56 AM, November 09, 2012)
Nikon bias!

I don't see how Nikon P510! Clearly someone who gets paid for Nikon wrote the Nikon P510 review.

You haven't metioned these cons of the Nikon P510

The screen only goes up and down, it does not rotate.

The focus is very slow at 42x zoom

It has GPS which pushes the price up for no reason and drains the battery

You need to update your old dated reviews. Anyone who buys a camera with your "advice" is going to get a bad deal and ripped off.