• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24mm - 1200mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.1 megapixels
  • 25mm - 1550mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX50 advantages over Sony H400

  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.20 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 0.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    6400 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony H400 advantages over Canon SX50

  • Less expensive
    $268 vs $329
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • More lens zoom
    63.0x vs 50.0x
    Zooming is easier than walking
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    16 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    100 vs 10 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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 P500

Canon SX50
Nikon P500
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • RAW file ability
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Fast startup
  • Shoots 60p video
Sony H400
Nikon P500
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Olympus SP-820UZ

Canon SX50
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Shoots 60p video
  • More pixels
Sony H400
Olympus SP-820UZ
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More lens zoom
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $299
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoots 60p video

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Sony H400
Nikon P600
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $338
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Canon SX60

Canon SX50
Canon SX60
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $474
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
Sony H400
Canon SX60
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $474
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon P610

Canon SX50
Nikon P610
  • $337
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Less expensive
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Sony H400
Nikon P610
  • $265
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More pixels
  • $410
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
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