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

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

High speed movies
High-speed framerate
240 fps
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Shoots RAW
Supports RAW
Better editing
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus XZ-2 iHS

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/1.8
Overall image quality
Great image quality
49.0
Size
Really small
Mid size (113×65×48 mm)
True resolution
High true resolution
11.8 MP

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Explore our gallery of 37 sample photos taken by the Olympus XZ-2 iHS.

differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Zoom
Significantly more zoom
50x vs 4x
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Around 156.5x more zoom
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
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
Image stabilization
Better image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs
  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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.00 vs $334.06
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The best price we've seen is $35 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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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)
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.9" vs 4.2"
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2.2x thinner
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
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
346 g vs 595 g
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More than 40% lighter
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
340 shots vs 315 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
60s vs 15s
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4x longer exposures
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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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS11.2 EV
              XZ-2 iHS11.3 EV
              Color depth Poor color depth Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS20.3 bits
              XZ-2 iHS20.4 bits
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS179 ISO
              XZ-2 iHS216 ISO
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS47.0
              XZ-2 iHS49.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Wide angle Has a slightly narrower wide angle lens

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX60 HS

              Super zoom

              $479 - $480

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

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ70

              Super zoom

              $210 - $228

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              High-speed framerate Doesn't record high-speed movies
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $260

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $318 - $398

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

              Nikon Coolpix P900

              Super zoom

              $597

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Size Significantly larger

              Olympus XZ-2 iHS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus XZ-1

              Olympus XZ-1

              Pro digicam

              $200

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Larger sensor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $328 - $398

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus Stylus 1

              Olympus Stylus 1

              Pro digicam

              $405 - $626

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Image stabilization Better image stabilization
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $350 - $448

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Touch screen No touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Olympus Stylus XZ-10

              Pro digicam

              $164

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Size Smaller
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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