Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS belongs to a Small Sensor Superzoom category, the other model, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a Pro Mirrorless camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II features a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - SuperZoom and MirrorLess. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features:
Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II Key Features:
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS was substituted by Canon SX60 HS.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS substituted Canon SX40 HS.
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Wireless Connectivity||Built-In vs No||Better connectivity|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Storage Slots||2 vs 1||Extra storage slot|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||40% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||226.2 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||87.6% larger pixel area|
|Continuous Shooting||15 fps vs 2 fps||13 fps faster|
|Flash Range||9.1 vs 5.5||3.6 better flash range|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/8000 vs 1/2000||Faster shutter speed|
|Number Of Focus Points||121 vs 9||112 more focus points|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.8″||0.2" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||1,037k dots vs 461k dots||55.5% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||350 shots vs 315 shots||35 more frames with a single charge|
|Weight||574 g vs 595 g||21 g lighter|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Max Video Resolution||4096 x 2160 vs 1920 x 1080||Higher Resolution Video|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Headphone Port||Yes vs No||Has headphone port|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.7 vs 20.3||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.8 vs 11.2||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||1312 vs 179||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Resolution||2,360k dots vs 202k dots||91.4% higher resolution|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated | Fully Articulated||Help viewing and changing settings easily|
|Viewfinder||Electronic | Electronic||Better framing and control|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Image Stabilization||Yes | Yes||Built-in stabilization|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 21g less than the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP Four Thirds sized CMOS sensor and TruePic VIII processor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Canon PowerShot SX50 HS||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS or Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II deserves a higher Total Score than the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Canon PowerShot SX50 HS||Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Model||PowerShot SX50 HS||OM-D E-M1 Mark II|
|Announced||Jan 15, 2013||Sep 19, 2016|
|Body Type||SLR-like (bridge)||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Size||1/2.3"||Four Thirds|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||17.4 x 13 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||226.20 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||5184 x 3888|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||80||200|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Micro Four Thirds|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||94|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||2x|
|Macro Focus Range||0|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||9||121|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||n/a||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fully Articulated||Fully Articulated|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||1,037k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||202k dots||2,360k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||15 s||60 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/2000 s||1/8000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||2.0 fps||15.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain||Redeye, Fill-in, Flash Off, Red-eye Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(1st curtain), Slow sync.(2nd curtain), Manual|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||47||80|
|DxO Color Depth||20.3||23.7|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.2||12.8|
|DxO Low Light ISO||179||1312|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 237 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 102 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||4096 x 2160|
|Video Formats||H.264||MOV, H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 3.0|
|Weight||595 g||574 g|
|Physical Dimensions||123 x 87 x 106 mm||134 x 91 x 67 mm|
|Battery Life||315 shots||350 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC||Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots|