Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
0 ms shutter lag
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Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
Get that real film feel
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies 240 fps vs None
Capture events too fast for the naked eye and play them back in super-slow motion
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
The PowerShot SX50 HS's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Size Slightly smaller 123x87x106 mm vs 130x93x103 mm
Around 10% smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 10 fps
30% faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 0 cm vs 1 cm
Almost the same
Weight Lighter 595 g vs 650 g
Around 10% lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $379.00 vs $398.00
Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX300

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Aperture Wider aperture f/2.8 vs f/3.4
At its widest zoom, the DSC-HX300's lens captures marginally more light (0.6 f-stops)
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 461k dots
Around 2x higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Slightly higher true resolution 9.9 MP vs 9.7 MP
Almost the same
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
2x longer exposures
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent super zooms, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent digicams

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Zoom Incredible zoom Help
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:1080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX300:1080p @ 60fps
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Macro focus Good macro capabilities Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:0 cm
              DSC-HX300:1 cm
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:$379.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:595 g
              DSC-HX300:650 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:4.2"
              Size Large Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:123x87x106 mm
              DSC-HX300:130x93x103 mm
              Focus points Few focus points Help

              Compared to recent super zooms

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              PowerShot SX50 HS:315 shots
              DSC-HX300:310 shots




              Shared Competitors



              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom


              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Aperture Has a slightly narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom


              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom


              Zoom Has significantly more zoom
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX510 HS

              Super zoom

              $219 - $230

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Fujifilm FinePix HS50EXR

              Super zoom

              $349 - $441

              High-speed framerate Records even higher-speed movies
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300 Competitors



              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300.


              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
              PowerShot SX50 HS

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              Avatar for adam222green adam222green (0:46 PM, April 07, 2014)
              That's surely a warranty issue, no?
              For what it's worth, the trusty old Canon is going strong. Just spent the day walking around San Francisco's coastline and getting some very decent shots.
              Just thinking about weather sealing etc., the Canon got caught in the rain (sitting in a car with the window slightly down, it got some drizzle. I was initially "okay, that's dead" but it was fine. No moisture go inside. Ample paper towels is all it took. That was months ago.
              Avatar for Essam Fares Essam Fares (11:09 AM, April 07, 2014)
              HX300 has low quality, it got dust inside lens after few days.
              John (11:59 AM, April 02, 2014)
              functional things, because the quality is similar:
              Canon good mobility screen (enables selfie and protect the screen and hid inward), raw format that enables better photo editing, ability to place external flash for better night shots.
              The silver lining Sony: Quality of external display and viewfinder, very firm grip and provides security, management and best manual zoom 20.4 megapixel digital zoom that allows better and more great photo prints.

              both excellent zoom and photo quality
              Avatar for Patty Patty (0:51 AM, February 21, 2014)
              so the canon has 12 mp while the sony has 20mp but I don't always trust this since i've had cameras with better resolution that take crappier photos. Can someone that has actually used both tell me if the resolution in print/digital are better on the sony?
              Vinny (0:06 AM, January 10, 2014)
              I love the sx50 hs. I have one and i was gonna get another one for my neice but i couldn't because Best Buy pulled them because a defect with the eye guard. So I took a look at the hx300 but it is a less camera that cost more. I plan to get my neice the sx50hs from Amazon because the bad sx50hs should've beem pulled already by now so I go for sx50hs.

              Avatar for Dmitri Yakimov Dmitri Yakimov (3:39 AM, December 22, 2013)
              Thank you for reply, well put. I ended up buying Cannon SX50 and I am not overly impressed with the quality of the pictures vs my "old" Sony but the zoom OH MY! I enjoy that all the time :) and the quality of zoomed pics is good.
              Guest (3:36 AM, December 22, 2013)
              Thank you for reply, well put.
              Avatar for Sand Sand (7:14 AM, October 17, 2013)
              Sony HX 300 Test FULL HD VIDEO

              BlueBook (2:33 AM, September 23, 2013)
              Adam, you are probably right about the Canon image quality, but if $400 is all you are ever going to spend on a camera, then you want a better quality all-around than the chintzy feeling Canon SX50. The Sony and the Fuji give one the feeling of having a "real" camera in your hands, plus more features to work with. Well worth a slight trade-off in image quality not to have such a cheaply-built toy, IMHO.
              BlueBook (2:17 AM, September 23, 2013)
              Disregarding "popularity-points", and filling in for "unknowns", here are the resulting scores. Does this seem more accurate?
              #1 Sony HX300 100 pts
              #2 Fujifilm HS50 EXR 99 pts
              #3 Fujifilm SL1000 98 pts
              #4 Canon SX50 91 pts
              #5 Nikon P520 90 pts
              BlueBook (2:12 AM, September 23, 2013)
              Disregarding "popularity-points", and filling in for "unknowns", here are the resulting scores. Does this seem more accurate?
              #1 Sony HX300 100 pts
              #2 Fujifilm HS50 EXR 99 pts
              #3 Fujifilm SL1000 98 pts
              #4 Canon SX50 91 pts
              #5 Nikon P520 90 pts

              If more of the important function& features along with process speed were included in scoring, , Fujifilm HS50 would legitimately stand well above the rest. Thank you Snapsort for helping to keep the price of the HS50 as low as it is for me. I own the Fujifilm HS50.
              Avatar for Ali Strikes Ali Strikes (10:17 PM, September 18, 2013)
              Have you guys noticed something about HX300 ?
              It has manual zooming am i rite ?
              i need to know if i use manual zooming like scrolling by my hands so will it saves the battery consumption ?
              and what if the internal motor stops working some day then will i be still able to use manual zooning ?
              (hand zooming)
              Please answer me on the following fb/Alistrikesss
              Avatar for adam222green adam222green (2:27 PM, September 16, 2013)
              The D3200 is sort of one rung up the ladder, but lacks some features as a megazoom travel camera. The Canon is now discounted pricing, making it very good value.

              Avatar for soph soph (1:49 PM, September 16, 2013)
              I agree with other comments - I am trying to decide which camera to buy - the canon SX50 or the Sony HX 300 or DSLR Nikon D3200.
              I don't really care about popularity so I wouldn't give that a score and I suspect that overall image quality of the HX 300 is at least as good as the SX50 given that the HX 300 appears to beat the Canon hands down on almost all the specifications :- aperture, sensor size, ISO range, screen resolution, screen size, movie format, true and native resolution and it also offers Panorama and 3D which the canon doesn't.... etc etc. Also I see that you have highlighted that the advantage of the canon is that it has an optical viewfinder and that the Sony has a digital one whereas in the specifications it is the other way round- so that is another reason to buy the Sony. Also the canon gets a better score for having an aperture of f/6.5 at full zoom and you have put unknown for the Sony which actually has (according to other sites) f/6.3 at full zoom so it is slightly better. I am a complete novice that wants to pick the right camera so I am trying to do this by comparing all the specs but at the end of the day you think that the Canon is better so I am taking that on board but I can't see how I can rationalise that given the specs. Do you think I should go with the D3200 ?- that was my first choice - picture quality is everything ......Or Is a bridge camera the way forward....?
              Avatar for adam222green adam222green (5:03 PM, August 13, 2013)
              The Canon SX50 has become our "always there" camera. It's done a lot of work for us over the last couple of months and it's holding up well. It's great for kids and it's excellent as a "grab and shoot."
              There's two things that will eventually lead me to sell the Canon and get another "superzoom" first: the ergonomics are trouble: it's far too easy to push the buttons by mistake -- the most common thing is to nudge the timer shoot, which means you miss your shot! That's the worst thing a camera can do. So you accidently thumb that time button and don't notice it while you're framing through the viewfinder, then you ever so gently squeeze the shutter release to capture that perfect moment, only to be told "tick tick tick ... 10 seconds ... tick tick tick ..." Aargh!
              Second is the lack of manual zoom ring. This could be solved in software, I imagine, but it's really annoying. Sure, there's a clever "step back and see the big picture" button, which I use and it's a great idea, but the toggle zoom control is just hopeless. I have 1000's of pics that were too close or they're sitting waiting for me to crop them in. It's the one thing that, going from the DSLR to this zuperzoom really annoys me.
              If Canon offered an update to the SX50 to include manual focus and manual zoom, about the same price, which I don't find expensive, I'd be happy to update.
              As for complaints about the scoring of this comparison, I see the mistakes in the review, but I don't see cause for the severity of the complaints. I'd give the two a notional score of 90 vs 80 in favor of the Canon. At the end of the day, I end up with a couple of SD cards and 100's of photos that don't disappoint and don't have me wishing I'd lugged an SLR around with a $2000 lens.
              Avatar for Dmitri Yakimov Dmitri Yakimov (4:31 PM, August 13, 2013)
              Sorry, Overall image quality 13.6 pts and popularity about 54 points given to Cannon is a JOKE! 1.The quality is about the same: so add 13.6 to Sony's score. 2. The Popularity of 54 should not be a consideration when you account for the LONGER usage time people enjoyed with Cannon (about 6 months) and even then what does that have to do with the PERFORMANCE of any camera??? After seeing this scoring, I am still on the fence because it is USELESS. I would like some real arguments and facts. Though... subtracting the popularity from Cannon and adding image quality to Sony - makes Sony a winner doesn't it?
              ayman ahmed shawky (10:54 AM, August 05, 2013)
              i confused between canon sx50 or sony hx300 the differences for iso canon is 6400 sony is 12800 for flash canon can use an external flash which is useful in low light sony cant use an external flash the price is not much differant i need some help which one shall i buy so i ask anybody can help me ? i need the camera for pecture my family.
              Avatar for adam222green adam222green (1:51 PM, June 05, 2013)
              Interesting. I hadn't thought of it that way, but I think you've got a point. Still, the 15 points for the subjective (meaningless?) "IQ" is not the deciding margin, so it's unimportant.

              I've had the Canon SX50 on several trips and it has served itself well.

              Battery life is worrying, but not an issue so long as you keep daily charging in mind. Operations are very good, and every feature is "there" for the finding within just one or two buttons. Though I would say it really lacks ease of operation to get a burst of shots in the can. It's very good just to grab and get the first shot, but even using the "programmable" button, it's not possible to get it to be as "Johnny on the Spot" as the S95 f'rinstance.

              If you're traveling or you're someone who has a camera with them most days as lifestyle, it's great to find all kinds of situations where this humble, little superzoom delivers the goods. Avoid full zoom, avoid very low light, and it doesn't require a lot of skill to just point and squeeze off a few shots, anywhere from people and action to landscape or macro "Dad, check this out!" critters and seashells.

              I was disappointed in the results out of the Sony, side by side with the Canon. That doesn't excuse Canon from the shortcomings of the SX50, but I can't say I find this camera lacking -- I'm not awed by 20MP files and I'm not after shots in extraordinarily difficult conditions. I will say that I don't miss shots and I don't find the card full of junk shots that looked okay on the camera review.
              Johnny (1:29 PM, June 05, 2013)
              You can deduct 15 points off the Canon immediately... to include overall image quality as a spec, give the Canon 15 points while entering "unknown" in the Sony column and give IT a "zero" is just plain stupid. The Canon being a full F stop slower @ wide angle, HALF the available ISO, 12.1 megapixel vs 20.4 megapixel for the Sony, and NOT compare image quality but giving points to the Canon for its IQ and have it come out a winner makes this comparison a waste of internet space.
              Camera salesman (7:29 PM, May 12, 2013)
              Sony's exmor-R sensor and f/2.8. Now canon.....50X zoom(which is impossible to hold still without a tripod) and a worse diafragma than the sx 40. Shame on you canon. Stop battling nikon for zoom and make decent lenses.
              dave1307 (11:37 PM, May 11, 2013)
              i don't know why canon have 100.... i suppose that ''snapsort website'' have a preference ..... not normal that canon sx50 have this score...this is really a piece of junk...
              Heiki (10:21 PM, April 21, 2013)
              Please, facts has to be right !!!
              Canon has no 12800 ISO its on his max at 6400 ...
              How can this one get a score from 100 he even has no GPS !!!
              Avatar for Adam Green Adam Green (5:36 AM, April 07, 2013)
              I just compared these two (Canon SX50 vs Sony HX300) and the Canon was a slam dunk on image quality.

              The feel of the Sony conveys a sense of quality and precision. A finely crafted swiss timepiece.

              The Canon looks and feels like an "affordable all in one camera for novices" but that impression belies the strength of the SX50 as a camera even a pro could use to scout a location or capture a few cards full of "what if" material to ponder before the logistical effort to deploy the pro gear.

              My process of evaluating what I will carry was hardly scientific. I went to a store with all the candidates, where I intended to buy one of the three or decide to quit the whole idea. I brought my own 64GB 15/40 MB/s write/read SD card. I took a suite of hand held shots, and supported shots, across the range of performance of the sensor and lens, with emphasis on one general idea: imagine you want a very good travel camera that can replicate at least the versatility of a DSLR carrying a 24-70 and 70-200. Yes, that's at least $3000 in glass plus the body, and I'm looking for an "all in one" less than $1000 so that if it gets lost/stolen/dropped/dunked/rain/sand/snow I will live another day and at least I'll have something right there to get the shot. And the way Canon and Nikon (and others) are moving, there's new technology every 12 months (not always compelling to update and upgrade, but any time in the future I might care to update, these "super zoom" travel cameras seem to be as good or better than entry-level crop SLRs of just a few years ago! If only the mirrorless SLR replacement cameras were up to snuff and down to this price point. Maybe next year.

              As a "walking around" camera for someone who has outgrown the novelty of a smartphone camera, the Canon really delivers, but the Sony cannot be relied upon to produce the goods. I'm no pro and I really tried to let the Sony win me over (it's just a nicer camera in your hands and the feel of it and the controls are more appealing and immediately come to hand) but when you review the stuff you've put on the card, there's no way to justify the HX300 over the SX50. I'm overjoyed with the SX50 performance. It's a worthy alternative to the entry level SLRs for someone not wanting all the control over the shot. I just wish the manufacturers would give up on this product differentiation nonsense.

              Again, for Canon, if they're reading these sites, I still want manual zoom and focus rings and if the SX50 had good ergonomics for direct control over white balance and iso, it would be just about perfect.

              Of course, I'd love to have 30mp and things like wifi and bluetooth and gps, but I realize it all goes to price points and costs and so on. Really, just the manual controls. I like the two "Custom" modes, but it's all very complicated to figure out the "rules" for what mode is available and when the camera will choose to do something or arbitrarily choose something you've simply not selected (eg. composite shots and multiple exposure pixel cancellation "fine" mode thingy.)

              Bottom line, as of April 2013, the Canon SX50 is very good for such an affordable "travel zoom" camera and will appeal to anyone with an eye for image quality over froufrou technology bells and whistles.