Canon SX50HS v Nikon P510 v Sony DSC-HX200v

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Subject: Canon SX50HS v Nikon P510 v Sony DSC-HX200v
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Tue, 02 Apr 2013 18:03:11 +1100

no direct experience with any of these cameras, I have used a few different super zoom cameras. I would suggest that just judging on MP really won't tell you much, these cameras are made possible by using very small sensors which fundamenatlly limit what they can do, cramming more pixels on does not really help anything other than filling your hard drive quicker. What is more important is the quality of the sensor overall. I'd suggest having a look at his link:

you can scroll down and select the Canon and the Nikon from the drop down menu and download full size test images from each camera to compare for yourself.

I would suggest basing your selection on handling and in particular AF at high zoom settings. They all go to crazy high focal lengths and I'd suggest that handheld even with IS anything much past 600-800mm equivalent is going to be difficult. The reviews also comment on AF performance, here's the links to appropriate pages for the cameras in question:

Suggest you browse the reviews. A few things to look for include whether a paper manual is provided (not with Sony) if a separate battery charger is provided (not with Sony). On telephoto AF performance the Sony seems to get good marks, which I think is important, these cameras generally get sluggish at max zoom and can be a challenge to get them to focus on the right thing at times. Hope that is helpful,


Chris Ross

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