• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 2000.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon SX50 advantages over Nikon P900

  • Less expensive
    $459 vs $597
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Slower slow-motion
    240 fps vs 120 fps
    Supports slower slow-mo
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 1.54 vs 1.34 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
  • Thinner
    105 mm vs 137 mm
    Thinner
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Lighter weight
    603g vs 916g
    Lighter weight
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    13.0 fps vs 7.1 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Nikon P900 advantages over Canon SX50

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Larger lens aperture
    f/2.8 vs f/3.4
    Take photos in low-light or isolate your subject
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • More telephoto lens reach
    2,000 mm vs 1,200 mm
    Capture objects farther away
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Newer
    4 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    230k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.10 vs 0.48 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    16.1 vs 12.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 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.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Both provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

  • Farthest zoom reach for a fixed lens camera (2000mm eq.); Good image quality for its class; Good vibration reduction; Fast aperture at wide angle (f/2.8); Excellent value for the price.

  • No RAW file recording; Limited capabilities in low light, including struggling with autofocus; Lens not as sharp at full tele end; No hot shoe.

The Competition

Compared to Samsung WB2200F

Canon SX50
Samsung WB2200F
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • In-camera panoramas
Nikon P900
Samsung WB2200F
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $600
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P600

Canon SX50
Nikon P600
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $522
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon P900
Nikon P600
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $522
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Canon SX60

Canon SX50
Canon SX60
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Bigger pixels
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon P900
Canon SX60
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Larger lens aperture
  • $449
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion

Compared to Fujifilm S9900W

Canon SX50
Fujifilm S9900W
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
  • $719
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Slower slow-motion
Nikon P900
Fujifilm S9900W
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $719
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Nikon P610

Canon SX50
Nikon P610
  • $459
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Slower slow-motion
  • Bigger pixels
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Focus peaking
  • Less expensive
Nikon P900
Nikon P610
  • $597
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Larger lens aperture
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • $399
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight
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