CANON SX50 OR SONY HX300 ?

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Imtiaz Jamil
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CANON SX50 OR SONY HX300 ?
Feb 22, 2013

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

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In reply to Imtiaz Jamil, Feb 24, 2013

Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

Unless there is some specific feature of the Sony you love, I see no reason to wait.   Canon did a great job with the SX50.   While Sony has the best larger sensors, Canon's small sensors are outstanding.   In comparisons the SX50 often beats the Panasonic FZ200, even though the Panasonic has a constant f/2.8 lens that is a lot faster.   The excellence of the Canon sensor seems to cancel out the much better lens specs.   I don't see any way Sony will do any better.

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I don't know anything about the new Sony, but I can tell you that you wouldn't go wrong buying the Canon SX50. I love mine. It does a great job, and the zoom range is incredible.

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May I suggest that the Panasonic FZ200 with its constant f2.8 lens has a lot of advantages. Yes, it is only a    25-600mm zoom but  that 3 or 4 stop advantage over the other cameras means higher shutter speeds at maximum zoom,  less need for higher ISO and probably less noise and far sharper pictures.

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

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Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

Hi Imtiaz ,

Both Canon and Sony have long history in video cameras ,so the video will be nicer from both but when it comes to pictures the Canon is much better

Though we'll have to see if the Sony's DR and ISO matches Canon's IQ.

For still shots I always prefer Nikon and Canon in DSLRs but I have a older model of Panasonic bridge zoom FZ 35 ,12MP and if I reduce the resolution to 3 MP it can go to 75x   ( very decent IQ ) and all other new models of Panasonic look crappy.

Fuji is also a very good choice after Canon

Personally |I'l go for the Canon if you are getting a lightweight all in one zoom camera but in this price range a Nikon D3200 or D5100 is much better  

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In reply to Imtiaz Jamil, Mar 14, 2013

Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

I would buy the Canon. I am a Sony user and love my HX100V but for reasons I don't understand, Sony keeps dropping features on new models (200, 300) and only increasing the zoom range.

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In reply to Imtiaz Jamil, Mar 19, 2013

Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

Forget the Canon. Choice between the Sony Cybershot HX300 or the Panasonic Lumix FZ200.

Hard to decide. The two are excelent.

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I have both the SX50 and the FZ200 (I'm an avid gadget collector), and I can definitely say that the SX50 has a noise-threshold lower than the FZ200 at any ISO level whatsoever.

Obviousely, it produces much clearer pictures, with excellent dynamic range.

The SX50's lens too, has crisp image and low aberration corner-to-corner, while it's most obvious drawback is the relatively low-res EVF.

The FZ200's however, is a much easier to handle and operate with it's excellent user-interface, and has a very sharp hir-res EVF - sharp enough to manually focus the lens with.

It also produces crisp images, but with it's relatively higher noise level, it goes to waste.

I have two other DMC FZ cameras equipped with a Leica lens, and I can say that mostly, Panasonic's lens is an overshoot compared to their sensors. In other words: the Panasonic bridge sensors lag far behind the optical quality of the Leica lenses they use.

The most excellent DMC bridge I know of so far, is the FZ150, which somehow manages to produce some of the best-looking 12 megapixel pictures in the market, for the last three years - by any bridge model of any maker.

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In reply to Glenn Runyan, Mar 22, 2013

Glenn Runyan wrote:

Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

I would buy the Canon. I am a Sony user and love my HX100V but for reasons I don't understand, Sony keeps dropping features on new models (200, 300) and only increasing the zoom range.

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"Sony keeps dropping features" .... As I read specifications at dpr announcement and Sony Norway, HX300 got OVF, not EVF! So if this is important to you, check to be sure.

Shame about the SX50 EVF, worse than in my SX20.

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Imtiaz Jamil wrote:

Your advice be will greatly appreciated. Thanks.

I am planning to buy a bridge camera. Should I wait for the upcoming Sony Cybershot HX300 or buy the Canon SX50 ?

i have asked a professional photographer he said that canon sx50 wins

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I'm looking at the Canon SX50 also, the images I have seen online look pretty good. Only thing holding me back is I don't think it's a low light performer.  I also don't like how tiny the body is.  I come from film SLR days and just got rid of my digital SLR.  I am switching to a bridge camera so I can have an all in one camera and I mostly like to shoot landscapes these days so I'm willing to trade off some of the features of the SLR for the zoom I can gain in a bridge.  I just saw the Sony today in the store for the first time and I'm really impressed with it.  I am going to do research online tonight because I do know that I want a camera that will shoot RAW (which the canon does), but I'm hoping to find a little better aperture range on the lens than what the canon has.  I REALLY REALLY love the Fujifilm X-S1 it's the size of a digital slr with a lens mounted and it's a heavier weight so it feels really solid in your hands.  Someone told me about it and I can't find anything not to love so far, but the price which hovers right at $700.00 ouch compared to the SX50 which is currently on sale at best buy for under $400.00  If you buy the canon and like it, please come back and give us an update.  I'd love to know what you think.

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I have the SX 50 for about 2 months now and man do i love it so much. I cant believe the image quality it puts out it is unbelievable every time i get done using it i need a cigarette and lay down for a while it is that good.

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Canon7DMK wrote:

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it is unbelievable every time i get done using it i need a cigarette and lay down for a while it is that good.

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Borderline soft porn perhaps, but nicely expressed anyway...

(thanks for the chuckle!)

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I had it down to 3 brands and just bought the Sony vs the Canon because of the viewfinder (important to me),  the lower aperature and higher pixels.   I read many reviews for weeks that both the Canon SX50 and Sony HX300 have similar image quality (most important to me).  I don't often need to zoom this long a range so the image quality is most important,  I found the Sony to be more comfortable in my hands and didn't mind what the camera "lost" vs other previous models.  I love my other canon  powershot 120IS 10 mp with 20x zoom,,  and am familiar with the functions; but I still am confused on what has the better image quality overall compared to the new Sony.  So Sony HX300 or the CanonSX50 on image quality?  (not a movie taker)   Input please before I go exchange my Sony.  Thanks and hurry I only have 12 days to exchange.               Cathy

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I am confused as to which has the higher video frame rate. On paper it says that the sony has capacity to shoot 60 f/s versus the canon's 24 f/s at 1080P but then goes on to say that the canon has a high speed frame rate function to shoot at 240 f/s ... very confusing ... can anyone help?

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also confused about the post above.. which one has better picture quality out of these 2?

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Joshehh wrote:

also confused about the post above.. which one has better picture quality out of these 2?

Image quality is rarely a simple matter.   These cameras use similar sensors and lenses, so the image quality is more alike than different.   Which is better depends on whether you're talking jpegs or raw.   It depends on what you value, accurate color, dynamic range, lack of noise in low-light pictures, sharpness across the image, lack of geometric distortion or chromatic aberrations, or something else.   A landscape shooter may want lots of dynamic range and care about corner sharpness where a portraitist values center sharpness and color (especially skin tones).  The wildlife artists cares about lens performance when zoomed all the way in and about image stabilization.   All of these are legitimate concerns, but make it tough to say one camera's iq is 'better' than another's unless the difference is large.

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In reply to Imtiaz Jamil, Sep 18, 2013

Canon SX50 or Sony HX300, I was in the same dilemma! I would have surely preferred Sony, as I have been using Sony HX100V and I know that the camera and the lens is good. However, after a judicious scrutiny, I have gone for Canon SX50 and I have done the right thing. The primary reason behind this is that Sony has dropped GPS in this model, disappointing! Many camera critics have missed one nice feature in Canon SX50 – the ‘Pre Record Buffer’, which enables the camera ready for video almost immediately and without any ‘standby’. Not only that, it can even record 3 sec clip of the events that has already occurred just prior to clicking the shutter. Probably Canon is learning from Casio Exilim.

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In reply to Joshehh, Sep 18, 2013

After much scrutiny, I decided to go for the Canon SX50. The canon takes great quality pictures and I'm very impressed with the lack of distortion and noise at 50 x zoom And in all other conditions I have used it in. The video recording mode shoots excellent quality footage And I'm not sure how accurate it is but I have seen it said that the frame rate on this camera is more compatible with your average television and therefore does not need to be remastered by the computer. My knowledge isn't enough to be a will to corroborate that but what I can say is that the filming is smooth and constant even when shooting running and moving objects. I am happy with the choice that I have made!

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In reply to valenciasun, 10 months ago

After reading all above nice comments about this camera and trialing it in showroom, I have also decided to buy it.

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