Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Announced Sep 17, 2012 •
12 megapixels | 2.8 screen | 24 – 1200 mm (50×)
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Announced Sep 17, 2012

The PowerShot SX50 HS is the world’s first 50x optical zoom compact stills camera. The PowerShot SX50 HS retains many of the features of the SX40 that came before it. They include a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, rotating LCD display, manual controls, a hot shoe, and a handy Zoom Framing Assist feature. Some new features include RAW support, a slightly larger/sharper LCD, faster AF and continuous shooting speeds, and more available scenes in Smart Auto mode.

With its 24 - 1200mm equivalent lens, there's really no type of scene the SX50 HS can't capture, given favorable conditions. It's not the best camera for low light or fast action though as its lens is slow and continuous shooting lackluster.

Quick specs
Body type SLR-like (bridge)
Max resolution 4000 x 3000
Effective pixels 12 megapixels
Sensor size 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor type BSI-CMOS
ISO Auto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400
Focal length (equiv.) 24–1200 mm
Optical zoom 50×
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 2.8
Screen dots 461,000
Min shutter speed 15 sec
Max shutter speed 1/2000 sec
Format H.264
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
Dimensions 123 x 87 x 106 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.17)
GPS None

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Our review

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS boasts the most ambitious lens of any camera in its class, and in favorable conditions it's hard to beat in terms of framing versatility. Image quality compares well to its competitors, and we like the camera's ergonomics (although a zoom control on the lens would be very welcome) but where the SX50 HS falls down is highlight clipping in JPEGs, a relatively slow lens and sub-par operational speed, which compares rather poorly to its peers.

Good for: Travel photography, where the 24-1200mm lens is really invaluable for framing everything from intimate interiors to distant details

Not so good for: Shooting action, sports or kids playing - the slow lens and limited continuous shooting options will quickly become frustrating.

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