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Canon SX50 HS specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
Sensor
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 size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
ProcessorDigic 5
Color spacesRGB
Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
Image
ISOAuto, 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.)24–1200 mm
Optical zoom50×
Maximum apertureF3.4 - F6.5
Autofocus
  • 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 range0 cm (0)
Number of focus points9
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size2.8
Screen dots461,000
Touch screenNo
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed15 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 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 range5.50 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 drive2.2 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)
FormatH.264
Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
MicrophoneStereo
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage includedUnknown
Connectivity
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (Mini)
Remote controlYes (RS60E3)
Physical
Environmentally sealedNo
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)315
Weight (inc. batteries)595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
Dimensions123 x 87 x 106 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.17)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingNo
GPSNone
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Comments

Total comments: 15
nlhiestand

All of a sudden (in the last few months), the resolution on pictures taken by my Canon PowerShot SX50HS has become very bad. I think I must have accidentally changed things. Can someone help?

0 upvotes
BobFoster

Thanks for the most thorough review I’ve seen so far. I’m looking to upgrade from my SX10 and have to say I’m torn between this and the FZ200 - wanting a thorough review of that one, which seems quite a revolution in a different direction. I suspect Canon has much the superior in camera jpeg. I would have liked a comment about the famously slippery and dodgy “control wheel” of the SXx predecessors and whether it’s been worked on.

1 upvote
Berrin

I had Canon SX40 and I was happy in general for 2 years. Some how I felt maybe better to update. I sold it. And I got Canon SX50. MP is 12 and sensor is 3.4, and I don't need that much zoom and I felt low light is not good other than if you are using hand handle night mode which needs waiting time in every click :/ I'm taking my kids swimming and water polo games the most.
I'm planning to give back the cam in couple of days and get the SX40 and I need advise.
Thank you all.

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Sdaniella

Powershot SX60 HS: 3.7-242.0mm f/3.4-6.5 (21-1365 FF)
Canon 79.3∠1.09 ∅ 3.4 ev (Wide: 3.7/3.4=1.09)
Canon 1.5∠37.23 ∅ 6.5 ev (Tele: 242/6.5=37.23)

Comment edited 4 times, last edit 9 minutes after posting
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Sdaniella

Powershot SX50 HS: 4.3-215.0mm f/3.4-6.5*
Canon 71.6∠1.26 ∅ 3.4 ev (Wide)
Canon 1.7∠33.08 ∅ 6.5 ev (Tele)

*∠ for 4:3 (not 3:2 in previous comment below)

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Sdaniella

Canon:
SX50 4.3mm-215.0mm Zoom Lens
Max.Ap.Diam: 1.3mm (4.3/3.4) Wide
Max.Ap.Diam: 33.1mm (215.0/6.5) Tele
Horiz.AoV: 71.31° Wide
Horiz.AoV: 1.64° Tele*

fyi:
Visual Diameters of celestial objects viewed from Earth:
Sun: 31.6′ – 32.7′ (Div by 60'/degrees)= 0.5267° to 0.5450°
Moon: 29.3′ – 34.1′ (Div by 60'/degrees)= 0.4883° to 0.5683°

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angular_diameter

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 14 minutes after posting
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EdLu

DPReview, please report the sensor size in mm. The designation 1/2.3" is inscrutable to most people. The sensor size of the SX50 is 6.17 x 4.55mm, I believe, which is very small.

3 upvotes
RuiYang

You are right. The sensor is as big as Sony Xperia Z2 phone camera sensor. This is, IMO, just not good enough.

0 upvotes
PhotoPoet

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a camera recall.
Camera recalled due to a chemical used in the rubber part of the viewfinder can cause skin or eye irritation or an allergic reaction to the user.

Read more: http://www.wbaltv.com/money/canon-powershot-sx50-hs-digital-cameras-recalled/24937146#ixzz2vqJWbmBq

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Schira

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Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
3 upvotes
Philscbx

Lumix-dmc-G6 has external mic in the same class.
Sensor Size -
Canon - 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
Lumix - Four Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Explain This Difference before I explode...
Why are specs mixed format? To keep us confused?

I try to give best advice to new students - now I'm handicapped with non standard specs between models.

2 upvotes
DavidSBSF

I just saw a friend's shot of the full moon at maximum telescope- unbelievable, hand held, too. The definition of the craters were something but seeing the jagged edge of mountains really stunned me. His telephoto shots of pelicans on Richardson Bay are really impressive. I would like to see a larger sensor to match its RAW capability, but the price is certainly right.

2 upvotes
gerrychick

I have one amazing

0 upvotes
ali k

It's amazing camera.but f/3.4 seems not very well.

1 upvote
ezak

Must have in the future; information about the Minimum LUX, in video mode. So we can determine how good is the camera shooting in night light!
I realize manufacturers are dogging this issue deliberately so that less educated consumers will fall into very mediocre product. And to be fair. it is not only Canon, but all manufacturers. So Lets Ask For This Important Information!

4 upvotes
Total comments: 15