• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1200mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1008mm (35mm eq.)

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Advantages

Canon SX50 over Canon SX520 HS

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Lens zoom ratio
    50.0x vs 42.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Shoots RAW
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs rear LCD only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • 24p
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon SX520 HS over Canon SX50

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    2 months vs 2 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    1.6 fps vs 0.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (single-shot mode)

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Review Excerpt

  • 50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

  • Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax X-5

Canon SX50
Pentax X-5
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Fast startup
  • $239
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • 60p
  • More pixels
Canon SX520 HS
Pentax X-5
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
  • $239
  • 1/2.33 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung WB1100F

Canon SX50
Samsung WB1100F
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Canon SX520 HS
Samsung WB1100F
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Longer battery life
  • $213
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots RAW
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Canon SX520 HS
Nikon P600
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $397
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio

Compared to Nikon P530

Canon SX50
Nikon P530
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • 60p
  • More dots on screen
Canon SX520 HS
Nikon P530
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • $297
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • 60p

Compared to Canon SX60

Canon SX50
Canon SX60
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • 24p
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lens zoom ratio
  • Wi-Fi
Canon SX520 HS
Canon SX60
  • $249
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Lighter weight
  • $499
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Lens zoom ratio
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