• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1200mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 18.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1000mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX50 advantages over Nikon P520

  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • More lens zoom
    50.0x vs 42.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.26 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Longer battery life
    More info 315 vs 200 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Longer exposure
    15 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 7.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon P520 advantages over Canon SX50

  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More dots on screen
    921k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    18.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

User reviews

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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 Nikon P510

Canon SX50
Nikon P510
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Bigger pixels
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon P520
Nikon P510
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $250
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Higher extended ISO

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Canon SX50
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More pixels
Nikon P520
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $335
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Nikon P520
Nikon P600
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • GPS
  • $335
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon P530

Canon SX50
Nikon P530
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • More lens zoom
  • $304
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More dots on screen
Nikon P520
Nikon P530
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $304
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer battery life
  • Newer

Compared to Nikon P610

Canon SX50
Nikon P610
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $401
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon P520
Nikon P610
  • $427
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • $401
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
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