Updated (September, 2012): Compare the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
13 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
16 MP
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 13 fps vs 10 fps
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30% faster continuous shooting
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 Cheaper $379.00 vs $783.51
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The best price we've seen is $405 cheaper (2.1x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Overall image quality Much better image quality 77.0 vs 47.0
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More than 60% better image quality
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 123x87x106 mm
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4.6x smaller
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 461k dots
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Around 2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 20.3 bits
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Distinguishes 3.3 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 13x larger sensor
Screen size Larger screen 3.0" vs 2.8"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 16 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 179 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 2.6 f-stops higher ISO than the PowerShot SX50 HS
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Thickness Much thinner 1.5" vs 4.2"
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2.8x thinner
Weight Significantly lighter 269 g vs 595 g
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2.2x lighter
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 315 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 15s
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2x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398 - $400

              Aperture Wider aperture
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Nikon Coolpix P600

              Super zoom

              $447

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Supports RAW No RAW support
              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Nikon Coolpix P520

              Super zoom

              $323 - $376

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Zoom Less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

              Super zoom

              $409 - $598

              Aperture Wider aperture
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Zoom Much less zoom
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Panasonic Lumix FZ70

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Aperture Wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $582 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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