Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Compact Camera

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If you're looking for a camera that can really cover some distance, then you should certainly be looking at the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. With its 24-1200mm equivalent lens, there's really no type of scene it can't capture.”

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Key Features

  • 12.1MP /2.3"-type CMOS sensor
  • 50x F/3.4-6.5 optical zoom lens (24-1200mm equivalent)
  • 13 frames per second continuous shooting
  • ISO 80-6400
  • 1080 HD video
  • 2.8 inch articulated LCD with 461,000 dots
  • Electronic viewfinder with 202,000 dots
  • Raw shooting
  • Built-in flash & hot shoe
  • Electronic level
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot
  • In-camera dynamic range and HDR features
  • Intelligent IS optical image stabilization

Product Description

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is built around a 50x optical zoom lens, covering a massive range equivalent to 24-1200mm in 35mm terms. That said, with a fully articulated 2.8 inch LCD, built-in electronic viewfinder and 12.1MP CMOS sensor, the SX50 HS is more than just a big lens. Keeping up with the best of its compact class, it offers full 1080 HD video, full manual exposure control and Raw shooting. Canon's Smart Auto scene selection mode is included, choosing one of 58 different scene modes for the user. Dynamic Range and Shadow correction tools are available to help improve contrast in tricky scenes, and the SX50's Creative Filters include an HDR feature. 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 (12.8 frames per second burst mode aside) is lackluster.


User Reviews

4.26923 out of 5 stars
  • Millwood, Jan 25, 2013 GMT:
    It's better for me than the review would imply

    I wish I could post a picture to demonstrate what I'm describing. I bought this camera to capture memories when traveling, not to get publishable photos. I wanted the longest lens I could get in a camera that could be used hand held, and could be carried around my neck during hours of walking. The reviewer states that a tripod is needed for 1200mm equiv use. This just isn't so. The reviewer also pans the viewfinder. Perhaps he's forgotten that an important feature of a viewfinder is ...

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  • Nicholas Cheran, Jan 3, 2013 GMT:
    The Canon SX50: A Few Personal Likes and Dislikes

    There are some great in-depth reviews out there on this camera already. So I just want to add my personal likes and dislikes about this camera since buying it about a month ago. I have previously owned the Canon S2 and the SX20, and have used and abused them well in my travels. Furthermore, I've made some great photos and videos with these cameras, and have created several good quality DVDs and Blu-rays of my travels). With the promised better low light shooting and the greater zoom that the ...

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  • Padilla, Dec 31, 2012 GMT:
    Very good

    I bought this camera 3 weeks ago and I am surprised with the quality of the pictures. It is very better than my old SX10IS. The focusing is fast an more precise and the images are sharper. For those that wish a good bridge camera I strongly recomend this camera.

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  • Jeff73, Dec 22, 2012 GMT:
    Canon SX50

    I’m relatively new to the photography world, having used the Canon G12 for the past couple of years. The G12 is great for travel and outdoor adventures, but marginal for sports/action shots. I considered a full upgrade to a good DSLR and a couple of telephotos, but it’s hard to justify the expense for basically a bunch of snapshots and Facebook posts. Most importantly, the SX50 is in my price range. As a G12 user, the SX 50 requires almost no learning curve. My third-party flash works fine. ...

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