• 1/2.5 inch 24.7mm2
  • 8.0 megapixels
  • 36.00mm - 432.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2 inch 30.7mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon S5 IS advantages over Fujifilm HS50EXR

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.76 vs 1.39 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Thinner
    77 mm vs 145 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    574g vs 808g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 5 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Fujifilm HS50EXR advantages over Canon S5 IS

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    1/2 inch vs 1/2.5 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • More telephoto lens reach
    1,000 mm vs 432 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 600 vs 450 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Newer
    6 years vs 11 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 207k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    16.0 vs 8.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Wider angle lens
    24 mm vs 36 mm
    Capture more of the scene
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    11.0 fps vs 1.5 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 1600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Neither provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

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The Competition

Compared to Fujifilm HS20EXR

Canon S5 IS
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm HS20EXR
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $289
  • 1/2 inch
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Fujifilm HS30EXR

Canon S5 IS
Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • RAW file ability
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm HS30EXR
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $468
  • 1/2 inch

Compared to Fujifilm HS25EXR

Canon S5 IS
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Thinner
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm HS25EXR
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $279
  • 1/2 inch
  • Less expensive

Compared to Panasonic FZ70

Canon S5 IS
Panasonic FZ70
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Panasonic FZ70
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $298
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Fujifilm S1

Canon S5 IS
Fujifilm S1
  • $500
  • 1/2.5 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Fujifilm HS50EXR
Fujifilm S1
  • $339
  • 1/2 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $349
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More telephoto lens reach
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