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Canon releases PowerShot G15 with fast lens and SX50 HS 50x superzoom

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 08:00 GMT

Photokina 2012: Canon has refreshed its G-series enthusiast compact with the G15, and created the implausible SX50 HS. The G15 is a successor to the G12 and is built around a 12MP, 1/1.7" CMOS sensor. Its lens also gets an upgrade - retaining its 28-140mm range but now with a maximum aperture of F1.8-2.8. It loses the G12's articulated screen but gains a higher-resolution, 920k dot panel. Meanwhile the SX50 HS features a remarkable 24-1200mm equivalent 50x zoom, thanks to its smaller 1/2.3" CMOS sensor.

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Canon unveils the f/1.8 PowerShot G15 and world’s first 50x optical zoom compact camera1, the PowerShot SX50 HS

London, UK, 17 September, 2012 – Canon today unveils the PowerShot G15 and PowerShot SX50 HS – two new innovative compact cameras that demonstrate Canon’s expertise in next-generation lens design. The PowerShot G15 features the brightest lens in a PowerShot G-series model to date, with a new f/1.8-2.8, 5x zoom lens, providing photographers with an extra-wide aperture throughout the camera’s entire focal range. The PowerShot SX50 HS is the world’s first 50x optical zoom1 compact stills camera, offering ground-breaking power alongside advanced manual control and RAW format support.

Designed for advanced users looking for premium quality, class-leading performance and compact bodies, both PowerShot models feature Canon’s renowned imaging technologies, delivering superior quality stills and Full HD movies. Both also feature the acclaimed HS System, which offers outstanding low light performance and exceptionally low noise levels in all conditions. Canon’s optical Image Stabilizer with Intelligent IS ensures the sharpest image quality throughout each camera’s zoom range, while manual control and RAW file support provides photographers with maximum control over how images are captured and post-processed.

Next-generation lens design
The PowerShot G15 and PowerShot SX50 HS incorporate new, cutting-edge precision Canon lenses that open up a range of creative possibilities. The PowerShot G15 features a super bright f/1.8-2.8 lens, which has been developed using new highly refractive glass with a unique multiple material coating engineered to handle specific wavelengths of light at the nanometre scale. Its 5x optical zoom provides outstanding versatility, offering an f/1.8 aperture at its 28mm wide-angle, and an f/2.8 aperture at its maximum 140mm focal length. This offers photographers extra freedom to shoot in low light, use fast shutter speeds for freezing motion, or add atmosphere to stills by using a shallower depth of field, throughout the camera’s entire zoom range.

For photographers who want to capture detail in distant subjects, the PowerShot SX50 HS features Canon’s most powerful optical zoom in a compact camera to date. A class-leading optical construction features 13 elements, with three UD lenses included in a 10 group optical arrangement – providing exceptional performance throughout the enormous 50x optical zoom range. A newly designed Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) ensure fast and near-silent zooming when moving from the 24mm wide angle through to 1200mm2 maximum reach, while ZoomPlus digitally extends the zoom to 100x while maintaining high image quality.

Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist on the PowerShot SX50 HS now includes new Seek and Lock functions, which are designed to help photographers locate and lock-on to subjects at the telephoto end of the lens. Users can press a dedicated Seek button located on the lens barrel, which makes the lens zoom out to relocate subjects. Once the subject is located users can release the button, with the lens automatically extending back to its telephoto focal length. Additionally, a Lock button can also be used to engage a powerful optical IS mode that holds the subject in the frame until the shot is taken.

Pin-sharp clarity with optical Image Stabilizer
Canon’s industry-leading optical Image Stabilizer technology counters camera shake in both models, suppressing blur in stills and unsteady movie footage. 4-stop (PowerShot G15) and 4.5-stop (PowerShot SX50 HS) optical Image Stabilizers ensure that shots are sharp, crisp and detailed when shooting at telephoto focal lengths or in low light. Additionally, Intelligent IS automatically detects the shooting situation and applies the most suitable Image Stabilizer mode from seven variables. The PowerShot SX50 HS also features a new and advanced Dynamic IS mode that reduces the rolling motion style camera shake that typically occurs when movies are recorded whilst walking or moving.

Premium image quality and speed
Both models feature Canon’s HS System – a combination of a high-sensitivity 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor and powerful DIGIC 5 image processing. The PowerShot G15 features a new Canon 1/1.7-type high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that offers even greater light gathering abilities than its predecessor, resulting in outstanding flexibility during low light shooting. High ISO shooting at speeds up to ISO 12,8003 allows the use of fast shutter speeds and faster continuous shooting, even in poor light conditions. Powerful DIGIC 5 processing in each model is also optimised to work seamlessly with the high resolution sensors, keeping image noise to a minimum in all lighting conditions.

Improved Auto Focus (AF) systems on both models make it easy for users to capture sharply-focused stills. The PowerShot G15 AF speed4 offers exceptional performance – at just 0.17 seconds at the wide-angle – representing a 53% improvement5 over the PowerShot G12, making it the fastest Canon compact camera ever produced.

High-speed Burst HQ mode, available on both models, also allows the capture of high quality, full resolution shots of fast moving subjects. The PowerShot SX50 HS captures split-second action at 13 shots/second, perfect for wildlife p hotography, while a burst rate of 10 shots/second on the PowerShot G15 is ideal for capturing fast-paced action.

Creative flexibility with manual control and auto modes
Offering similar levels of manual control to those found on Canon EOS DSLRs, both cameras allow photographers to adjust settings such as aperture, shutter speed, white balance and ISO sensitivity. RAW in both models now includes multi-aspect support, allowing photographers to explore different aspect ratios in post-production.

A range of automatic shooting features also ensure users get the best shot. Smart Auto utilises advanced scene detection technology and selects the most appropriate setting from 58 different variables, while Face ID cleverly recognises pre-registered faces of friends or family and adjusts settings accordingly to ensure they always look their best. Multi-Area White Balance automatically adjusts colour tones in shots captured indoors with different light sources, so shots look more natural.

Designed for serious photographers
The PowerShot G15 features the signature design characteristics of the PowerShot G- series, offering excellent handling for everyday use. Its lightweight, robust aluminium body is approximately 17% smaller than the PowerShot G12, making it an ideal complement to a DSLR camera.

Designed for quick one-handed operation, the PowerShot G15 features a two-level top control dial, a front dial and dedicated Movie Record and shortcut buttons – making it easy for users to access and adjust camera settings between shots. A sharp 920k-dot resolution 7.5 cm (3.0’’) PureColor II G screen is ideal for composition and playback, with a wide viewing angle and a tempered glass layer offering enhanced durability and visibility. An optical viewfinder also provides an alternative to live view composition, providing a more traditional through-the-lens shooting experience.

Designed to offer the familiar feel of a DSLR in a more compact form, the PowerShot SX50 HS features an angled design with a grip that feels secure in the hand and is ideal for ultra-zoom shooting. Outstandingly compact for the flexibility of the 50x optical zoom range, the PowerShot SX50 HS offers a control dial for easy access and navigation through system menus, as well as one-touch action buttons including a dedicated Movie Record button. An Electronic Viewfinder, combined with a 7.1cm (2.8’’) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD screen, allows users to frame their shots in their preferred style, and shoot from a range of different angles.

Instant Full HD movies
Perfect for capturing super-sharp video, the PowerShot G15 and the PowerShot SX50 HS also support Full HD (1080p) movie recording at 24fps. The cameras’ optical zooms can be utilised during recording, while AF in movies also ensures that subjects remain crisp, clear and in focus. High quality stereo sound is also supported by both models.

Experiment with Canon accessories
Both new PowerShot models are compatible with a wide range of Canon accessories, allowing users to expand their photography kit bag. A hotshoe allows photographers to experiment with creative flash photography using Canon’s Speedlite flash range, while Lens Filter Adapters offer compatibility with Canon’s range of EOS filters. Both models are compatible with the Remote Switch RS-60E3, perfect for controlling long exposures or shooting at night to reduce camera shake. A new Waterproof Case WP-DC48 is also available for the PowerShot G15 – perfect for users who like to capture stunning marine life.

PowerShot G15 – key features:

  • Bright f/1.8-2.8, 28mm, 5x zoom Canon lens
  • 12.1 MP CMOS; HS System with DIGIC 5
  • 4-stop Intelligent IS
  • 7.5 cm (3.0”) LCD; OVF
  • Front Dial, Full Manual, RAW
  • Full HD movies, HDMI-CEC
  • Quick auto focus
  • Smart Auto and Face ID
  • HDR mode
  • Range of accessories

PowerShot SX50 HS – key features:

  • 50x ultra wide-angle zoom
  • 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer. Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 MP HS System with DIGIC 5
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • 7.1 cm (2.8") vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • Manual modes, RAW
  • Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ

1 Correct as of 17 September 2012
2 35mm equivalent
3 PowerShot G15 can shoot up to ISO 12,800. The PowerShot SX50 HS can shoot up to ISO 6,400
4 Based on the new CIPA standard
5 Compared to PowerShot G12 AF time of 0.36 seconds at 28mm wide-angle. AF time definition conforms to new CIPA guidelines (established in April 2012)

Canon Powershot G15 and Powershot SX50 HS specifications

 Canon PowerShot G15Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Body type
Body typeCompactSLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution4000 x 3000
Other resolutions4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels12 megapixels
Sensor size1/1.7" (7.44 x 5.58 mm)1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
ISOAuto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400, 8000, 10000, 12800Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400
White balance presets7
Custom white balanceYes (2)
Image stabilizationOptical
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Focal length (equiv.)28–140 mm24–1200 mm
Optical zoom5×50×
Maximum apertureF1.8 - F2.8F3.4 - F6.5
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampYes
Digital zoomYes (4x)
Manual focusYes
Macro focus range1 cm (0.39)0 cm (0)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixedFully articulated
Screen size32.8
Screen dots922,000461,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeTFT PureColor II G LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (tunnel)Electronic
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec1/2000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Smart Auto
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
  • Custom
  • Scene
  • Creative Filters
  • Movie Digest
  • Movie
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Smooth Skin
  • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf- Timer)
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Handheld Night Scene
  • Underwater
  • Snow
  • Fireworks
  • Stitch Assist
Built-in flashYes
Flash range7.00 m5.50 m
External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
Drive modes
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Continuous with AF
  • Self-Timer
Continuous drive2 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedUnknown
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
WirelessEye-Fi Connected
Remote controlYes (Optional)Yes (RS60E3)
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)350315
Weight (inc. batteries)352 g (0.78 lb / 12.42 oz)595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
Dimensions107 x 76 x 40 mm (4.21 x 2.99 x 1.57)123 x 87 x 106 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.17)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo

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Total comments: 52
By kasvdlinde (Jan 3, 2013)

Shoot the MOON !
I took 2 shots of the moon , one in day-time with blue skies and one at night with no sky, with my Canon SX50 super zoom.
There are craters "galore" on the moon surface.
Never thought they would be so detailed ...

Ok, but what realy bowled me over was our christmas holliday photos, and our new grand daughter -now 5 months old- that out of 1304 photo's , only 37 were deleted in the end... and some only because they were duplicates !

I also tried moon photos with the smaller Canon SX260... Yes the moon came out clearly, but not as excellent as with the Canon SX50.

I stll have a few othe cameras ... each for a special need...but truly these two Canons rock the boat !!!

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Gina Freeman
By Gina Freeman (Dec 4, 2012)

The one and only canon powershot G15

It is finally here the new Canon Powershot G15 and available in the shops January 2013. I wrote all sow a review on this camera to read it click on the following link:

By kasvdlinde (Nov 6, 2012)

I bought the Canon sx50hs 2 weeks after I bought my Canon sx260hs

What a joy !
You have to like a camera a lot if you buy 2 similar brand names in 2 weeks.
I have an SX40hs also... but what really just stunned me was that the super abilities of the last 2 cameras I bought, are just amazing + .

Thanks a lot to DPREVIEW s software that made comparison between cameras more clear.I am on cloud nine++...

Keep it up CANON ...WOW...
I am into cameras over 40 years... but now it is so advanced and accurate...
my Macro photos are super duper expi elli docious !!!

I have taken a lot of photos with them ...What a satisfied customer I am today !!!

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By Observer22 (Oct 17, 2012)

The G15 does not come with a USB cable, you have to buy it separately. This is a major inconvenience because most outlets do not stock the cable - because most cameras on the market come with a USB cable included.

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frank stallion
By frank stallion (Oct 3, 2012)

sensor difference G1x and G15 !

which camera between the canon G1X and the new Canon G15 has the bigger sensor does anyone knows ? I guess biggest the sensor better quality pics should come out depending the lens mounted......


Peter CS
By Peter CS (Sep 26, 2012)

What I like: the flash that is positioned higher and the brighter lens! Why I will be keeping my G12: No swivel screen. No larger sensor= probably little gain in picture quality for raw! No wider lens - much prefer the wider lens of the S100 or S110, but my hands are too big for those models!
I am sure many enthusiasts would agree on many of my issues...

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By wb2trf (Sep 25, 2012)

The negative comments here about the SX-50 are extreme. I'm sure they are full of incorrect assumptions such as "use it only in bright daylight" "need a tripod" "tiny sensor" etc. CNET Asia notes the following about 1200mm use of the SX-50: "reasonably sharp images even when focused on a subject in dimly lit interiors" Although I suspect you don't want to push the iso above 600, if they have the IS done right, which the few hands on we have suggest that they do, it should be useable in medium light handheld at full zoom. Sensor matches most compacts.

In a larger sense the negative comments reflect poorly on the writers. This class of camera is very handy for a wide range of uses. Here it is merely a kind of secret society that knows that superzoom bashing is a door opener to the sanctum. So I want to go on record that I like superzooms and phone cams, not exclusively, but I think they make the photo world much richer with more possibilities for capturing interesting shots.

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By peevee1 (Sep 20, 2012)

Some people are going for the "X"es. Those who graduated from chasing megapixels. ;)
SX50 is definitely for them. Who cares you cannot use 1200mm (let alone 2400 with their digital 100x) handheld, IS or not, and the camera is useless in anything but bright sunlight, and even them a zoom this long must be terrible at ALL focal lengths. And the customers will not bring tripod and remote. "My lens is longer than yours" segment.

By peevee1 (Sep 20, 2012)

DPR - why in the specs of SX50 there is "None" for viewfinder? I see it in the picture.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 19, 2012)

CANON SEZ: "fast and near-silent zooming when moving from the 24mm wide angle through to 1200mm2 maximum reach, while ZoomPlus digitally extends the zoom to 100x while maintaining high image quality."

Wow, that's exceedingly good to know. We have a 1200mm optical zoom focal length in tele setting, when you can digitally extend this 100-fold, the little Canon SX50 will be shooting at the equivalent of a 1200mm x 100 = 120,000mm telephoto. That is the equivalent of a 120 meter = 0.12 kilometer focal length super-telephoto lens, wow! Good going, Canon!

Just how does Canon do it, and delivering such amazing optics for so few shekels, wow! Image quality must be still pretty decent at the 120 thousand millimeter setting, I hope?

By RPJG (Sep 20, 2012)

Poor Francis. You're so keen to comment negatively on every single piece of news that you sometimes get ahead of yourself. Check again what "100x" means - it certainly isn't 100x 1200mm.

Seriously, why don't you do less complaining and more shooting?

By TFD (Sep 19, 2012)

•Stitch Assist are you kidding me, anyone who has ever used a Sony Panoramic camera would look at the Canon functionality as a joke...

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 19, 2012)

Canon G15 vis-a-vis the Nikon P7700 -- now that's a toss-up.

At least the G15 has an OVF. The Nikon D7700 has no VF, period. No OVF and no EVF. I say that any VF is better than no VF. I like tunnel/parallax OVFs of this type, grew up with them with 8mm/16mm film cameras. It's an optical viewfinder that works also while you shoot videos. Not so with DSLRs, that will have OVFs that stop working as soon as you try to shoot a vid clip. Now, optical VF WITH projected information overlays (a la Fuji X-series) would be the cat's meow on the G15.

7.1x zoom range on D7700 is better than G15's 5x, BUT -- G15 is F1.8-2.8, whereas Nikon glass is only F2-4. I would pick the Canon glass over the Nikon's dimmer glass. Both start at only 28mm WA.

For video, the Nikon wins since you can use an external mike or XLR adapter with it, no so with new Canon G15.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

Canon PowerShot SX50: who would actually be BUYING something this awful?

Canon's listed specs for the "new lens" conveniently "forgot" to say anything about aperture. But we can see this by looking at the photos. With an F3.4-6.5 range, this new Canon SX50 is considerably darker than even the darkest days of the Middle Ages.

A 1/2.3-inch sensor coupled with this awfully dark lens means that your video shooting days with this PowerShot SX50 will be restricted to bright sunny days outdoors.

Also, I can't believe Canon is using the same old, same old awfully low-end LCD and EVF for this allegedly "new" camera that they have been using for many years now.

Canon never ceases to amaze/amuse me, and not in a particularly good way, either.

By peevee1 (Sep 20, 2012)

Well, it is cheaper to make inferior products: you don't have to put nearly as much into R&D, don't need to build new production lines if you can reuse old components etc. And if the brand reputation earned by previous efforts still allows you to sell those inferior products to ignorant customers at high prices, you automatically have higher profits for a few years.
Yes, it is like selling your assets - after all brand power is an asset. But on the books it looks like genuine profit. Good for manager's bonuses.
The pattern is all too familiar. Looks like Canon camera division got themselves an American-tought MBA in management.

By GerIRL (Sep 18, 2012)

Does anybody know what the Auto Exposure Bracketing settings are (for HDR)? The sx40hs had 3 exposures at up to +/- 2 stops. Other cameras take 5 photos . . .

By LiSkynden (Sep 17, 2012)

What the ... G15 and no flip out screen??? I dont get it.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

Just about anything that can be cheated out of a camera, you can certainly count on Canon to do it, ha-ha-ha.

A $500 camera with a modest 5x zoom range fixed lens -- and yet, it cannot even go down to 24mm UWA. Only 28mm normal wide angle, what's up with that, Canon?

No flexible LCD screen and placing the tiny optical hole on top of it means you will be pushing your nose against the LCD screen's glass at all time, and pushing it hard. Grease alert!!!!

"Improved video features" -- yet, this thing does not even have a simple external microphone input jack.

What is Canon thinking/doing in the last 18 months, that is what I would love to know!

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By wallbreaker (Sep 17, 2012)

i've been waiting for this sx50 to come out but I'm really dissapointed with Canon's approached to slr bridge competition... I'm getting the FZ200 instead faster lens and better evf resolution.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

When you compare SX50 to the FZ200 line-by-line, and then look at the value for $ situation with these 2 superzoom cameras, the Panasonic variant should be going for $1,000. Or else the PowerShot SX50 going for about $250, $300 max.

By Sdaniella (Sep 17, 2012)

hmmm, ok... i've avoided 'super-zooms' so far... and the two things drawing me to the PowerShot SX series, was when they finally offered 24mm FOV equivalent on a model that had the VASS (Vari-Angle Swivel Screen) of the G series (and other SX models)... so now with such broad wide 24 to very long 1200mm optical zoom, in compact form, meaning... a tiny sensor is a must, whether I like it or not... (having avoided prosumer digicams precisely to avoid small sensors)
knowing the SX50HS has 24-1200... for 'extreme' tele, plus my usual favorite 'wide 24'... is an ok compromise being stuck with a tiny sensor where IQ is nowhere near a G1X, much less any FF dSLR.
maybe for 'family/everyday/everywhere' carry-24/7 use... for less demanding 'fun/play' shots... hrrrmmm... such a slow lens... definitely gotta have a steady hand with IS... or a tripod...

hmmm, SX50HS 13fps hi-cont is tempting too...

lastly, and this is still not offered on prosumer PowerShots:

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By Mirfak (Sep 17, 2012)

2+fps in continuous shooting mode? No thanks. No mention of the EVF resolution on the SX50, which means it's probably the same crappy EVF as the SX40.

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

Looks like Canon has warehouses stocked chuck full of these ultra low-spec miniature EVFs and low-rez LCDs, probably from around the year 2005-2006, I would think.

I mean, you have to be a cat to see anything useful through the SX40's lamentable EVF. Not too good for humans, unfortunately. :-)

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By jcmarfilph (Sep 17, 2012)

Great so it will take 5 secs now to reach the long end of zoom. And 5 secs again to revert to wide-end =D

Just make sure AF and STS delay are hell fast now Canon.

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By jasenj1 (Sep 17, 2012)

Wireless? There's nothing on Canon's site to indicate the SX50 HS has wireless of any kind.

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By bitoclass (Sep 17, 2012)

Are you sure that (as per the spec above) the SX50 HS has GPS (via some sort of connected mobile device)? I haven't seen this mentioned on other sites and would be very happy if true as lack of GPS in the SX40 was what had put me off buying it and made me hold out for the SX50 to be announced. Does anyone have any more info on how this GPS setup would work? Thanks! I think this will be my next camera - wonder when it will hit the UK shops.

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By ecka84 (Sep 17, 2012)

I wonder if this GPS would account for an image of something that have been shot from like 2 miles distance at 1200mm eqv. That could be a different country :))

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

No GPS/wireless. Same old low-end stuff as with the SX40, but with an even more unusable lens.

Thanks a bunch, Canon, you guys HAVE BEEN great.

By DStudio (Sep 17, 2012)

There's no way the SX50 HS can have ultimate image quality at 1200mm equiv., but 50x zoom still looks very impressive, with a decently sized sensor as well.

I can imagine many circumstances in which it would still be fun and/or useful.

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By iudex (Sep 17, 2012)

I cannot imagine the use of 1200 mm. I have a 300 mm lens (450 mm eq.) and can hardly shoot with it handheld (must lean on st.), for real use of this lens I need a tripod. I guess when zooming to 1200 mm you will see just colour moving noise in the EVF.

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By DStudio (Sep 17, 2012)

These longer focal lengths seem to be usable handheld, especially with IS and/or a reasonable shutter speed. At least I don't have a problem with 432mm (FZ8) or 450mm (DSLR) equiv. So I can imagine it being usable up to 600mm or beyond.

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Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 18, 2012)

You can use it handheld, provided you keep shutter speed to 1/800th of a second, and have not boozed yourself up too much first.

You cannot use it for video, not even on a tripod, and you can never pan and tilt with the camera when it is on a tripod at these focal length. Not even if you have a $10,000 tripod + video fluid head combo.

By Charrick (Sep 19, 2012)

I have an SX30is (35x zoom) and I have absolutely no problem with it hand-held, except at night (which is to be expected). But just by leaning against something, I'm able to get completely clear shots of the moon at ISO 80 or 100. (It has 4.5 stops of images stabilization, after all.)

So how about trying out this one before knocking it. You might be surprised and impressed.

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By fenceSitter (Sep 17, 2012)

Next to Nikon's P7700 and Panasonic's FZ200, the G15 and SX50 HS don't look like winners to me.

By iudex (Sep 17, 2012)

I remember cca. 75% of people (in the discussion when introducing P7700) crying for the loss of OVF, so here they have a fast compact with a desired VF.
The SX50 is a pointless camera.

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By DStudio (Sep 17, 2012)

The Panasonic FZ200 should have a better lens (especially with its constant f/2.8 aperture!), which is usually my first priority, and is critical.

But don't forget that the SX50 HS has a sensor which is twice as big and is designed to go 1 to 2 stops higher in ISO.

Nevertheless, as a satisfied FZ8 owner (considering its limitations) I'd probably lean toward the Panasonic.

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By fenceSitter (Sep 17, 2012)

DStudio: I don't understand where you get the idea that "the SX50 HS has a sensor which is twice as big."

According to Panasonic's and Canon's respective web sites, their size is identical, i.e. 1/2.3" in both cases.

By fenceSitter (Sep 17, 2012)

iudex: I feel the P7700's disadvantage of having no OVF is far outweighed the advantages of having a fully articulated screen, a longer zoom range, and probably a better performing sensor (thanks to back-illumination). But that's just me.

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By Mirfak (Sep 17, 2012)

No, it's not just you. I fully agree. The P7700 is much smaller than the G15 with a longer zoom range and more physical controls than an entry level DSLR.

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By Yogi55 (Sep 17, 2012)

Again, no landscape scene mode on the SX50, bu they have a underwater mode?

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 19, 2012)

"The Panasonic FZ200 should have a better lens (especially with its constant f/2.8 aperture!), which is usually my first priority, and is critical. But don't forget that the SX50 HS has a sensor which is twice as big and is designed to go 1 to 2 stops higher in ISO."

No, not particularly, since 1/2.3-inch = 1/2.3 inch.
Re. Nikon P7700 vs. Canon G15, now that's a toss-up.

At least the G15 has an OV F. The Nikon D7700 has NO VF, period. No OVF and no EVF. I say, therefore, that any VF is better than no VF.

Yes, 7.1x zoom range on D7700 is better than G15's 5x, BUT -- G15 is F1.8-2.8, whereas Nikon glass is only F2-4. I would pick the Canon glass over the Nikon's dimmer glass.

Finally, for video the Nikon is better, because you can use an external mike or XLR adapter with it, no so with new Canon G15.

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By AlanJones (Sep 17, 2012)

SX50IS is roughly 5,000mm with digital zoom. With a lens reach that far I would probably have to register it with the police department as a stalker cam!

Andy Crowe
By Andy Crowe (Sep 17, 2012)

Hey DPR you've put the G15 in the wrong category, it's not a "Large sensor compact" like the G1X :)

By qwertyasdf (Sep 17, 2012)

Wish they styled it like the SX40, which IMO is very beautiful.

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By ecka84 (Sep 17, 2012)

OMG! SX50HS got RAW! Finally! :D I've been waiting for it since SX10IS.

By mosc (Sep 17, 2012)

SX1 IS had RAW...

By quickbrown (Sep 17, 2012)

You never hear CHDK?

By ecka84 (Sep 17, 2012)

I did. I just never understood why this series had no RAW by default, while all the competition did.

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Craig Atkinson
By Craig Atkinson (Sep 17, 2012)

G15 Viewfinder. Good or bad?

Francis Carver
By Francis Carver (Sep 19, 2012)

Doesn't look too promising, they moved it on top-middle of the LCD screen, and it is just a tiny round hole from the looks of it.

You will be pressing your nose against the non-movable LCD screen all the time, and press it hard you will.

I actually LOVE tunnel/parallax OVFs of this type, grew up with them with 8mm/16mm film cameras. It's an optical viewfinder that works also while you shoot videos! Not so with DSLRs, that will have OVFs that stop working as soon as you try to shoot a vid clip.

Now, optical VF WITH projected information overlays (a la Fuji X-series) would be the cat's meow on the G15.

By happypoppeye (Sep 30, 2012)

Bad ...for me ...two eyes are better than one, VF's on these cameras are pathetically useless anyway so it just increases size ...may go the way of the P7700 just because I don't want features that will not be used ...the world is changing people, either adapt and use or ...well, just sit on dpr and complain.

By ssebi_m (Sep 17, 2012)

Nice lens specs on the G15!

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