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Canon PowerShot S50 Specifications


Street Price   US: $ 599 [check / order]
UK: £ 499 [check / order]
Body Material   Metal
CCD effective pixels Click for help 5.0 megapixels
CCD size Click for help 1/1.8" (7.2 x 5.3 mm - more info)
CCD Colour Filter Array Click for help G - R - G - B
Max resolution   2592 x 1944 (5.0 megapixels)
Lower resolutions   • 1600 x 1200
• 1024 x 768
• 640 x 480
Image ratio w:h   4:3
Image formats Click for help • RAW
• JPEG (EXIF 2.2) *
* Any image shot as JPEG can be instead saved as RAW by pressing FUNC during record review
Quality Levels   • Super-Fine
• Fine
• Normal
Sensitivity equiv. Click for help • Auto
• ISO 50
• ISO 100
• ISO 200
• ISO 400
(In reality this range is closer to other manufacturers ISO 100 - 800)
Lens Thread   None
Zoom wide (W) Click for help 35 mm
Zoom tele (T) Click for help 105 mm (3 x)
Lens Aperture Click for help F2.8 - F4.9
Digital zoom Click for help Yes, smooth up to 4.1x
Auto Focus   • Auto Contrast detection AiAF (9 area)
• FlexiZone AF/AE area selection (over 300 areas)
AF Illumination lamp Click for help Yes, visible light (white)
Manual Focus Click for help 10 cm (Wide) / 30 cm (Tele) - Infinity
Normal focus range Click for help 50 cm - Infinity
Macro focus range Click for help 10 cm (Wide) / 30 cm (Tele) - 80 cm
Min shutter Click for help Auto: 1/8 sec
Program / Aperture Priority: 1 sec
Shutter Priority / Manual: 15 sec
Max shutter Click for help • Wide angle F2.8 - F3.5, Telephoto F4.9 - F6.3: 1/1000 sec
• Wide angle F4.0 - F8.0, Telephoto F7.1 - F8.0: 1/1500 sec
Noise reduction   Yes, for shutter speeds of 1.3 seconds or slower
Metering Click for help

• Evaluative
• Center-Weighted Average
• Spot (can be tied to selected focus area)

Exposure adjustment Click for help -2EV to +2EV in 1/3EV steps
Auto bracketing Click for help • 3 images
• 0.3 - 2.0 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Focus bracketing   Yes, 3 positions
Aperture priority Click for help

• Wide: F2.8, F3.2, F3.5, F4.0, F4.5, F5.0, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0
• Tele: F4.9, F5.6, F6.3, F7.1, F8.0

Shutter priority Click for help 15, 13, 10, 8, 6, 5, 4, 3.2, 2.5, 2, 1.6, 1.3, 1, 0.8, 0.6, 0.5, 0.4, 0.3, 1/4, 1/5, 1/6, 1/8, 1/10, 1/13, 1/15, 1/20, 1/25, 1/30, 1/40, 1/50, 1/60, 1/80, 1/100, 1/125, 1/160, 1/200, 1/250, 1/320, 1/400, 1/500, 1/640, 1/800, 1/1000, 1/1250*, 1/1500*
* Only Wide angle F4.0 - F8.0, Telephoto F7.1 - F8.0
Full manual Click for help Yes
Exposure Modes   • Auto
• Creative Zone:
  • Program AE, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Custom
• Image Zone:
  • Portrait, Landscape, Night Scene, Fast shutter, Slow shutter, Stitch      Assist, Movie
White Balance Click for help • Auto
• Daylight
• Cloudy
• Tungsten
• Fluorescent
• Fluorescent High
• Flash
• Custom preset 1
• Custom preset 2
Continuous Click for help • High speed: 2.0 fps, max 8 images
• Normal: 1.5 fps, max 8 images
(Large / Fine, LCD switched off)
Movie clip   • 320 x 240, 15 fps, max 3 mins (including audio)
• 160 x 120, 15 fps, max 3 mins (including audio)
Photo Effects   • Off
• Vivid
• Neutral
• Low Sharpening
• Sepia
• B&W
• Custom (Contrast, Sharpness, Saturation: all +/-1 level)
Built-in Flash   Yes, fixed internal
Flash Range (Auto ISO)  

• W: 35 cm - 4.8 m (1.1 ft. - 15.7 ft.)
• T: 35 cm - 3 m (1.15 ft. - 9.8 ft.)

Flash Range (ISO 100)  

• W: 55 cm – 4 m (1.8 ft. – 13.1 ft.)
• T: 55 cm – 2.5 m (1.8 ft. – 8.2 ft.)

Flash modes  

• Auto, On, Off
in combination with:
• Red-eye reduction On / Off
• Slow Sync On / Off

Flash compensation   +/-2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash manual control   Yes, Manual Exposure Mode, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority
External flash   None
Tripod mount   Yes, metal, in line with lens
Self-timer   Yes, 2 or 10 sec delay
Timelapse   • 1 - 60 min interval
• 2 - 100 frames
Orientation sensor   Yes, can be disabled. Images are tagged with orientation.
* Note: Works with ACDSEE 5.0 "auto" lossless rotation feature
Remote control   None
Video out   Yes, selectable NTSC / PAL
Storage media Click for help Compact Flash Type I or Type II (Microdrive supported)
Storage included   32 MB Compact Flash Type I card
Viewfinder Click for help Optical, no dioptre adjustment, 82% frame coverage
LCD Click for help 1.8" TFT, approx. 100% frame coverage
Playback zoom   Yes, 2x - 10x
Operating system   Proprietary
Connectivity Click for help USB 1.1
Print Compliance   • DPOF
• Canon Direct Print: Canon CP-10 / CP-100 / CP-200 / CP-300 / Bubble Jet Direct Printers
• ExifPrint
Remote Capture   PC control via USB
Battery Click for help Yes, NB-2L, 7.4 V 570mAh Lithium-Ion rechargeable
Battery charger Click for help Yes, supplied charger
Weight (inc. battery)   315 g (11.1 oz)
Dimensions (inc. grip)   112 x 58 x 42 mm (4.4 x 2.3 x 1.7 in)

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