Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Olympus XZ-2 iHS

49

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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 Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Size
Really small
Mid size (113×65×48 mm)
Light sensitivity
High ISO
12,800 ISO

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differences

Advantages of the Canon SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 4x
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Around 156.5x more zoom
High-speed framerate
Records high-speed movies
240 fps vs None
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Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Wide angle
Better wide angle
24 mm vs 28 mm
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More than 10% better wide angle
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
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  1. Sensor shift
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Less risk of blur
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

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Aperture
Much wider aperture
f/1.8 vs f/3.4
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At its widest zoom, the XZ-2 iHS's lens captures much more light (1.8 f-stops)
Size
Significantly smaller
113×65×48 mm vs 123×87×106 mm
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3.2x smaller
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Larger screen
3" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 4.2"
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2.2x thinner
True resolution
Higher true resolution
11.8 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Macro focus
Better macro capability
1.0 cm vs 2.4 cm
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Focus on subjects 2.4x closer to the lens
Weight
Lighter
346 g vs 595 g
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More than 40% lighter
Sensor size
Larger sensor
1/1.8" 7.44x5.58mm vs 1/2.3" 6.17x4.55mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
49.0 vs 47.0
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
340 shots vs 315 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
216 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The XZ-2 iHS has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
11.3 EV vs 11.2 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW RAW support Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Waterproof Not waterproof Help
              Stay on land
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              SX50 HS179 ISO
              XZ-2 iHS216 ISO
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              SX50 HS11.2 EV
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              SX50 HS20.3 bits
              XZ-2 iHS20.4 bits
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              SX50 HS47.0
              XZ-2 iHS49.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant shared competitors found.

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $394 - $480

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $220 - $228

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Size Significantly larger
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $250

              Zoom More zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Lower speed movies
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $348 - $370

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $206

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $349

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Macro focus Much worse macro capability

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