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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera

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Product Highlights
  • 24-1200mm (35mm Equivalent) Lens
  • 50x Optical Zoom
  • 12.1MP CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 Image Processor
  • 2.8" Vari-Angle LCD with Viewfinder
  • Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound
  • Optical Image Stabilizer
  • High Speed AF Focuses in 0.19 sec
  • High-Speed Burst HQ for 13fps Shooting
  • Built-in Hot Shoe

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera is the world's first compact digital camera with a 50x optical zoom lens. The impressive focal length range extends all the way from a wide-angle 24mm to a super-telephoto 1200mm (35mm equivalent). The camera has a 12.1MP CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor, enabling you to capture high-resolution JPEG and RAW still images, as well as full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The 2.8" Vari-Angle LCD monitor features a resolution of 461,000 pixels and an electronic viewfinder.

Sensitivity up to ISO 6400 helps the camera produce clear, detailed images even in low-light situations. Optical image stabilization compensates for camera shake in these conditions for crisp, blur-free image quality. High Speed AF provides fast 0.19-sec focusing, improving upon the SX40 HS's 0.38 sec, and a reduction in shooting lag time from 0.45 sec (on the SX40 HS) to 0.25 sec to ensure that you don't miss a shot. Zoom Framing Assist Seek and Lock functions make it easy to track your subjects and keep them centered in the frame until you capture the image.

High-Speed Burst HQ enables continuous capture at 13fps for up to 10 frames. Smart AUTO mode automatically chooses the best camera settings for the situation, selecting from 58 predefined scenarios. Face ID adjusts focus and exposure priority based upon up to 12 pre-registered faces. A variety of shooting modes are at your disposal as well, including Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program, plus Movie Digest for combining a whole day's worth of clips into a video, Stitch Assist for panoramic shots, and many more. High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode combines 3 different exposures into one evenly-lit image.

With the camera's built-in hot shoe, you can use optional Canon Speedlite flashes, such as the 270EX II, 320EX, and 600EX-RT. Using a USB cable and the PictBridge interface, one can enjoy the ability to print directly from the camera to a compatible printer without using a computer.

World's First Compact Digital Camera With 50x Optical Zoom Lens
The 4.3-215mm focal length range extends all the way from a wide-angle 24mm to a super-telephoto 1200mm (35mm equivalent), for exceptional versatility up close and far away
CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 5 Processor
A 12.1MP CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor combine to form Canon's HS SYSTEM, enabling you to capture high-resolution JPEG and RAW still images--including RAW+JPEG--and full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The combination of sensor and processor permits the use of higher shutter speeds for clearer images with less blur and reduced noise, and also allows for improved tracking performance, even in low light. The CMOS sensor provides clear image capture at high ISO levels with low noise. The camera uses a 12-bit converter to process the output of the sensor, producing true color, smooth tonal transitions and natural gradations. The processor gives you faster continuous shooting speeds at high resolutions and also aids in lens correction and special scene modes.
RAW Image Capture
Shooting in RAW mode records all the information captured by the sensor, giving you maximum flexibility and creative control when editing your images with Canon's included software. In RAW mode, choose from several aspect ratios, including 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5. Record simultaneously in RAW and JPEG formats, as well
Vari-Angle LCD with Viewfinder
The camera features a 2.8" Vari-Angle LCD monitor with a resolution of 461,000 pixels and an electronic viewfinder with approximately 202,000 pixels. The LCD flips out and rotates/swivels to enable shooting at various angles, as well as the capture of perfectly-framed self-portraits. It provides approximately 100% coverage
High Sensitivity
Sensitivity up to ISO 6400 helps the camera produce clear, detailed images even in low-light situations
Optical Image Stabilizer
Delivers clear, blur-free image quality in low light or when the camera shakes, without the use of a tripod. Plus, you have Intelligent IS to automatically select from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the given situation: Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS for stills; and Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS for video. Dynamic IS, effective at wide-angle focal lengths, has been improved, now compensating for rotational movement centered on the optical axis in addition to horizontal tilt and vertical pitch. Panning ensures IS does not interfere with camera movement. Hybrid corrects for shift-type camera shake that normally occurs during macro shooting. Powered mode compensates for hand movement at telephoto focal lengths, where camera shake gets magnified. Tripod mode automatically stops the IS system when tripod use is detected, because it is no longer necessary
Fast Focusing and Shorter Lag Time
High Speed AF provides faster focusing at 0.19 sec, compared to 0.38 sec on the SX40 HS, and a reduction in shooting lag time from 0.45 sec (on the SX40 HS) to 0.25 sec also helps ensure that you don't miss a shot (measured at light value LV 13, P mode / Single AF (center point)). Camera has both TTL autofocus and manual focus
Zoom Framing Assist Seek and Lock
The Seek functions make it easy to locate and track your subject, even at a long distance, and keep it centered in the frame until you capture the image. Just press a button and this function recalls your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate the subject, and zooms right back to the saved position when you release the button. With Zoom Framing Assist Lock, the camera locks onto and automatically tracks your subject, keeping it in the center of the frame until you're ready to capture that close-up shot
High-Speed Continuous Shooting
High-Speed Burst HQ enables continuous capture at 13fps for up to 10 frames. Other continuous shooting speeds: Normal: approximately 2.2 shots/sec. in P mode. AF: approximately 0.8 shots/sec in P mode, approximately 4.1 shots/sec in High-Speed Burst HQ. LV: approximately 0.9 shots/sec in P mode
Full HD 1080p Video
Capture high-definition 1920x1080p with stereo sound at 24fps via a dedicated movie button embedded in the camera's thumb pad. You can also record in HD 1280x720p at 30fps, including in iFrame movie format and Movie Digest modes. In Miniature Effect, you can record 1280x720 video or VGA 640x480 video at 6, 3 or 1.5fps. Additionally, you can record 640x480 video at 30fps. Super Slow Motion Movie lets you capture video at 640x480 at 120fps or 320x240 at 240fps. Use the full zoom range while you shoot movies, and view playback on an HDTV via the camera's HDMI output (HDMI cable sold separately).
Smart AUTO and Face ID
The Smart AUTO option takes the guesswork out of shooting by automatically selecting the best camera setting for the scene, from 58 predefined shooting situations. Face ID adjusts focus and exposure priority based upon pre-registered faces. You can register up to 12 faces
Shooting Modes
Custom lets you define and store your own settings. Manual affords you complete control over exposure. In Aperture Priority, you set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field, and the camera sets the shutter speed. In Shutter Priority, you choose the shutter speed and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system is activated to ensure reduced image noise. Program mode gives you access to advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically. In Movie Digest mode, the camera records a video clip prior to capturing a still image and then combines a day's worth of clips into a video. You can easily playback and review clips and delete unwanted scenes. In Sports mode, the camera uses a high shutter speed to capture fast-moving subjects. Portrait mode provides a wide aperture, focusing the subject and blurring the background. Other shooting modes available include Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter for detecting smiles and winks, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, and Fireworks. Stitch Assist lets you create panoramic photos by combining multiple frames. Creative Filters available include Toy Camera, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more. High Dynamic Range combines 3 different exposures into a single evenly-lit image. Plus, you have Fisheye, Miniature Effect for Movies & Stills, Soft Focus, Super Vivid, Color Accent and Color Swap modes. The iFrame Movie mode makes it easier and faster to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality, while Super Slow Motion Movie records clips at a fast 240fps for detailed slow-motion playback
Photo Effects
Choose from My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, and Flash Off modes are available. Flash exposure compensation is ±2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Hot Shoe for Flashes
The camera's built-in hot shoe is compatible with optional Canon Speedlite flashes, such as the 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II and 600EX-RT to improve lighting
Self-Timer with Custom Setting
Options for the self-timer include 10-sec and 2-sec delay, as well as a custom setting allowing for a delay of 0-15 sec in one-sec increments or 20, 25 or 30 sec.
Playback Options
Stills and videos: Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)

Still images: Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning

Videos: Normal Playback with audio settings available in 5 levels, Slow Motion, Skip Backward (approximately 4 sec), Previous Frame (slow motion available), Next Frame (slow motion available), Skip Forward (approximately 4 sec), Erase chapters, Editing

With the included ImageBrowser EX software, 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed are possible for Super Slow Motion Movies on your computer
Erase Mode
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images. The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased, but protected images cannot be erased. By using the Movie editing function, you can delete sections of the movie
Direct Printing to Compatible Printers
With Canon's Direct Print system, simply connect the camera to a Canon PIXMA, SELPHY or PictBridge-compatible photo printer via USB and press the button to print your pictures
Supported Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese
Imaging
Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel
Effective: 12.1 Megapixel
Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS
Bit Depth 12-bit
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Color Spaces Not Specified By Manufacturer
Optics
Lens EFL: 4.3-215 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1200 mm)
Aperture: f/3.4 (W) - 6.5 (T)
Filter Thread Not Specified By Manufacturer
Zoom Optical: 50x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 2.0" (5.08 cm) - Infinity
Wide: 3.3' (1.01 m) - Infinity
Telephoto: 4.3' (1.31 m) - Infinity
Telephoto: 43' (13.11 m) - Infinity
Auto: 0.0" (0.00 cm) - Infinity
Wide Macro: 0.0" (0.00 cm) - 1.6' (0.49 m)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80-6400
Shutter 1 - 1/2000 sec
15 - 1/2000 sec in Manual Mode
Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot
Exposure Modes Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten
Burst Rate Up to 13 fps for up to 10 frames
Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec, 30 Sec
Remote Control RS-60E3 (Optional)
Flash
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Off
Slow Sync
Built-in Flash Yes
Maximum Effective Flash Range Wide: 1.6 - 18' (0.49 - 5.49 m)
Telephoto: 4.6 - 9.8' (1.40 - 2.99 m)
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Still Images per GB JPEG: 172 @ Highest Resolution - 7675 @ Lowest Resolution
RAW: 55 @ Highest Resolution
Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Video
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Diopter Adjustment Not Specified By Manufacturer
Viewfinder Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer
Screen 2.8" LCD Rear Screen Swivel (461,000 pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirements
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Environmental
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Power
Battery NB-10L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 920mAh
AC Power Adapter CA-PS700 (Optional)
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2" / 12.2 x 8.6 x 10.7 cm
Weight 1.2 lb / .54 kg
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
  • NB-10L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • CB-2LC Charger for NB-10L Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Digital Camera Solution CD
  • Lens Cap with Strap
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty

  • Included Free

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    CanonPowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
     
    4.6

    (based on 244 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (162)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (69)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    96%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Zoom range/performance (208)
    • Good image quality (193)
    • Easy to use (183)
    • Image stabilization (164)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (145)

    Cons

    • Short battery life (28)
    • Lag / shutter delay (19)
    • Poor flash (11)
    • No image stabilization (8)
    • Poor image quality (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (167)
    • Travel (163)
    • Wildlife (148)
    • Family photos (133)
    • Sports/action (75)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (118), Casual photographer (72), Semi-pro photographer (28), Pro photographer (6), Photography student (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (207), Yes (20)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A great camera for the money

    A great camera for the photo enthusiast. It is easy to use for beginners, but also powerful for those that wish to get more out of the camera than the day to day...Read complete review

    A great camera for the photo enthusiast. It is easy to use for beginners, but also powerful for those that wish to get more out of the camera than the day to day photographs. I am amazed by the zoom, and the photos are still crisp as long as you don't cross over into the digital zoom. There is a setting to stop it at the edge of the optical zoom, and I always set it so I don't accidentally cross over.

    I love the fun settings. And I love that I can go in and apply a lot of the available settings to a photo that was already taken. I don't have to wish later I had applied a certain setting before taking a photo. Another life saver, I took an amazing photo of a water lily and I didn't notice at the time that one of the petals was dead. The shot was amazing, but the discoloration ruined the shot. I was able to apply black and white or sepia to the shot and it was not lost. Very helpful!

    I did a lot of research before making the purchase, and what I found is that the next step of camera (DSLR) is more than twice as much. And, most of those cameras require a bulky zoom lense to attain the zoom that you get with this camera.

    I love the versatility of having the rotating display. I can use the angled display to put the camera in angles that under normal circumstances I wouldn't be able to see the display, so normally you would be taking the photo "blindly". Be sure to ALWAYS store the camera with the display rotated in to protect the display. This is my second powershot, I had my original for over five years. I love that it is so compact that I can stuff in into a bag and it is durable so I can lug it around on a day trip without having to carry a camera bag. However, I set the bag down just in the wrong position and broke the display on the first camera. So, just be careful to protect the display by rotating it inwards before shoving it into your day bag. It is great that you have the option of proecting the display by turning it inward, as other cameras don't have this option and your display is always vulnerable.

    The other big bonus of having the rotating display is being able to rotate the display to see yourself taking a shot of yourself and composing the angle and background the first time. Also, when setting the timer you can see your result as your taking a picture.

    The *only* downside I have found so far is that it doesn't come with a printed manual. It is only in PDF version. They used to come with a convenient pocket sized manual that I could carry with me when learning the features, or keep in my bag for if I was trying to do something and couldn't remember exactly how. I ended up loading it onto my kindle, which worked out well, but I hadn't really wanted to carry my kindle around with me. So, that would be my only wish for them to bring back the printed manual. And, realistically this is only a downside when first learning to use the camera, so not a big one.

    Also, love the bracketing feature you can set in the P mode. It takes a photo at three different exposures so I always get the shot and don't miss out because there was too much or not enough light.

    A couple of the most amazing features that my last power shot didn't have... You can set the timer for a wink instead of a timed shutter. So, you take as much time as you wish to compose your picture, and then when your ready, simply wink at the camera and it will take the shot. So cool! There is also smile recognition, so it will wait until the subject smiles so you don't miss it. This is especially helpful when taking shots of kids where you are making eye contact with them and encouraging smiles and laughter and then you miss the shot. Not with this camera! Also, I haven't gotten to use this one yet, but you can set the camera to sleeping baby and it will not make any noises or pre-light the shot so as to not wake up your sleeping baby. Pretty smart thinking!

    B&H always has the best price. I price compared at other online retailers and also at the big discount stores, and B&H had the lowest retail price by $50. And with free shipping and no tax on top of the best start price, it was a no brainer to purchase from B&H!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Not as good as SX 40

    I am a birder and amateur photographer. I have owned, and loved, both the predessors to this model. Loved the SX40 so much I recommended it to numerous friends...think I must...Read complete review

    I am a birder and amateur photographer. I have owned, and loved, both the predessors to this model. Loved the SX40 so much I recommended it to numerous friends...think I must have sold 15 or so of those cameras for Canon. I could get good clear shots of birds and animals that, at times, would turn out better than my husband's shots with his full frame DSLR and big telephoto lens. We both shoot in JPEG.

    While on tour in Brazil, noticed that two of the fellow particpants had the "new and improved" SX50. Kept thinking that bigger lens would surely get me that much closer and take even better photographs. I admit I was concerned that Canon had not upgraded the sensor on this new model, it uses the same sensor as the SX40. In a peak of "lens" envy I purchased the SX50 upon arrival home. The first thing I noticed, at what I thought was the highest JPEG resolution attainable on the SX50 was my images appeared flat and NOISY regardless of my ISO setting. I could get a good, sharp image, so handling the larger lens, while challenging was not the problem. I poured over reviews online and found no mention "flat" or "noisy" images. Then I called Canon to see if there was something I might be doing wrong. After describing my problem it was decided that the sensor in this particular camera might be defective. I returned the camera and received a replacement. Noise and flatness are still a problem.

    I have, once again, poured over reviews and forums online searching for a possible solution...have found none. A friend of mine, who is a professional photographer, recently purchased SX50. She says she has the same problem. Our conclusion, Canon made a big mistake in not upgrading the sensor in camera with a much bigger lens.

    Luckily, I still have my Canon Powershot SX40. With that camera I could shoot a good crisp image from quite a distance, crop it closer, and still have a very nice 8X10 print, bright colors, good sharpness, depth and no aberrent noise. My advice, if you have the SX40 keep it. If you can get your hands on the SX40, buy it. Do not waste your money on this one.

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    5.0

    Couldn't be as be more happy

    By Margate cruiser

    from Philadelphia Pa.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • Good in Low Light
    • Great Zoom
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Nice Body Color
    • Short Lag Time
    • Small / Compact

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

      Easy to use. Takes wonderful pictures. But I bought a uv filter and a better hood.

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      5.0

      Outstanding Camera for price and size

      By Wingnut

      from Homer Alaska

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Short Lag Time
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • No printed manual

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

      As an avid outdoors person living in
      Alaska the small size of the camera and the 50 optical zoom sold me on it. The only negative is having to print 200 pages of the manual.

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      4.0

      Canon PowerShot SX50 is amazing!

      By Susan's In The Garden

      from Spokane, WA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Many Useful Features
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Button Location On Back

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Long-distance Shots
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

      I do a lot of traveling and have been wanting a good quality camera that takes decent close-ups and distance shots, yet one that doesn't weigh as much as my DSLR. A friend who has this camera loaned his to me to trial during a trip to Yellowstone. I could not believe the shots I got with the zoom! Amazing. As soon as I got home from my trip, I purchased my own PowerShot SX50 and am using it on a daily basis as I do a lot of garden photography. Just love it! The camera is pretty easy to use, although I did read through most of the manual. It has a lot of very cool features that help you take great shots under challenging conditions. I've had digital Canon cameras for years and am very happy with my purchase.

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      5.0

      It is very good for those who want "some

      By Fernando Stuermer

      from São Leopoldo, Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil.

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Short Battery Life

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

      It is lightweight and has very easy commands to work.

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      5.0

      Unbelievable camera!

      By bshettel

      from Carbondale, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization
      • Great Zoom
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Nice Body Color
      • Short Lag Time

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

        After much research, we bought this camera for photo safari to Africa. I started off using the camera just for stills, using a separate video camera for video. I soon discovered that the image stabilization feature is phenomenal. Doing full 50 power zooms WITHOUT a tripod is par for the course. I was able to catch tremendous close-ups without making waves. No footlong lenses in cramped vehicles or long boot up times. Two other members of our party plan to abandon their DSLR's and pick up one of these units after seeing the shots I got and the ease with which I got them.

        After witnessing the power of the image stabilization, I then started using it for videos. Far superior to my video camera! Wound up using the SX50 for stills and video the rest of the trip.

        Other positives... shoots and saves in RAW, battery life was excellent, and, after you take the time to learn them, it has excellent additional features... aperture priority shooting, time priority shooting, delayed shutter trigger, manual focus... the list goes on. The color values were excellent.

        Negatives... very few. Yes, as others have pointed out, too many buttons are too easy to accidentally push, leaving you in some strange shooting mode. Just reboot... Low light shooting gets grainy. Once learned, the manual focus moves too slowly... too much motion for too little focus. That's all getting pretty nit-picky.

        All things considered, by far and away, the best camera I've ever owned. And DO NOT waste money on a tripod... you won't need one.

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        5.0

        An amazing camera for the price

        By SKirbynyc

        from New York, NY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast/accurate auto-focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Great Zoom
        • Price
        • Short Lag Time
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

          I take photos every day in Central Park, sometimes as many as 500. The camera is great for closeups on wildlife and flowers. I had the Canon SX500 before this camera, and this one is definitely a step up (I liked the Canon SX500, too, but the shutter button finally gave out). The zoom on the camera is wonderfully close, and I like that I can take pictures from either the eyepiece or the screen (I'm using the screen more). I also like that I can turn down the shutter sound so that my shots are almost soundless. I worry a bit about the sound the camera is making after less than one month when I use the zoom. The sound is pretty loud on the videos I've been taking.

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          5.0

          Love this camera!

          By NJmom68

          from New Jersey

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Good Image Quality
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel

          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

          This camera works for me, fast shutter response, great pics. Very pleased with Canon, no complaints here!

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          5.0

          Great doing business with B&H!

          By Bluebirder

          from Georgia

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast/accurate auto-focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Nice Body Color
          • Short Lag Time
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

            Great camera and lives up to it's name. Love the ease of use and the great pictures I am getting. The shipping was fast and easy. Ordering was easy and I feel good about my purchase so far. The stablizer feature of the lens helps. Enjoying this camera very much. I like to photograph birds and did some shots of my bluebirds! Turned out great!

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            5.0

            Fantastic superzoom camera

            By Craig S.

            from Leesport, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Fast/accurate auto-focus
            • Good Image Quality
            • Good Image Stabilization
            • Great Zoom

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

              This is a fantastic camera. I purchased it back in Nov. 2013. It's not perfect, but not because of its image quality. For a camera of this type and price range, its image quality is among the very best of them. It's not a DSLR, and the reviews that compare it to them, should be taken with a grain of salt. I've been into photography for close to 40 years and this camera will get you photos you can't even get with a DSLR unless you have lenses that weigh several pounds and cost you $1,300-$13,000. And don't even think about hand holding these monsters. As for people complaining that the lens is slow at the long end, price an 800mm or 1200mm f5.6 (which is considered fast) for a DSLR. Yes it would be nice if the lens was faster, but it holds f5.6 to little over 1000mm. Not to shabby for a camera that's $[$]and weighs less than 1.5 lbs. Image quality is very subjective. But if you print mostly 4x6 to 8x10's, you will be hard pressed to tell them apart from a DSLR. If you're pixel peeper or view your 13x19's right in front of your nose, don't even consider a camera like this. Versatility and lightness are what these cameras are all about. At lower ISO's (80-200) you can print very nice 13x19's and even larger, but I mostly print 4x6, 5x7, and 8x10's. I simply don't have the wall space to hang larger prints. Even at ISO 2500, you will get very good 4x6's. Back in the days when all you had was film, you couldn't even come close to this quality at ISO 2500 and 3200. You can't expect the high ISO performance of a DSLR with a sensor this small, but the SX50 does do well. I do edit all my photos no matter what ISO I shoot. I don't shoot video. So I can't comment on that. What I like about the SX50:Image quality (Very good detail and good high ISO performance when prints are made)The ISO can be adjusted from 80-6400 in 1/3 steps and there is a dedicated button for ISO. You can shoot jpeg, raw, or raw + jpeg. IS works very good, though some support is helpful at the long end. Hot shoe for external flash. (Big plus) Short cut button to a function you choose. (I set it for flash exposure compensation)You can zoom slow or fast depending on how far you move the electronic zoom ring. If you move it a little, it takes 5 seconds from 24mm to 1200mm. 2 seconds if moved all the way. Focuses very fast in good light. Variable angle LCD screen. Plenty sharp, plenty bright, and @ 2.8" its large enough. Dislikes: Almost too small, and my hands are not large. Bumping the movie record button with my thumb is too easy. Focuses slow in dim light. EVF dated but still ok with lots of info displayed. I don't find it useless like some reviewers. This is what I use most of the time. Only one programable button. But I haven't found this to be a big problem. Some CA toward the edges of the frame in high contrast areas. You can correct this with software. Considerable amont of noise in images shot at ISO3200-6400 (it is a small sensor)I hope this helps someone in there decision to buy or not to buy the SX50. All I know is that I find myself grabbing the SX50 instead of my T5i when I leave the house. And yes, I have some very good glass for my T5i--Canon L f2.8 70-200 IS, f4.5-5.6 100-400 IS,Tokina 12-24 Pro, Sigma 17-70 f 2.8-4.0, Tamron 90mm Macro, and for light travel the Tamron 18-270 VC PZD. The SX50 is an amazing little camera and as long as you know its limitations and don't expect it to out-perform DSLR's and cameras costing much, much more, you should be very pleased. As always, B&H Photo's top notch service and staff is among the best !

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              4.0

              So far, so good

              By Rhianna

              from Minnesota

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast/accurate auto-focus
              • Good Image Quality
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Zoom
              • Nice Body Color

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                I just got my camera about a week ago, so I am not totally confident with it yet, but so far I love it. It came with a 32 gb SD card, and was far cheaper than other stores with the same camera.
                My only issue would be that it did not come with a USB cable. I called Canon and it turns out that more and more cameras are not coming with USB cords because people are just expected to use the SD card readers on their computers.
                I also have to use online sources to learn about all the different features because the information booklet was not as informative as I would have liked.

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                4.0

                Optical Zoom on SX50 HS is Amazing

                By Diver Janet

                from Farmington, MI

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Good Image Quality
                • Great Zoom
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Nice Body Color
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Lag / Shutter Delay
                • Poor Flash

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                I'm using this supplementally to my DSLR...hoping for some great close-up opportunities with the amazing optical zoom. Shutter lag and slow focus is still an issue with the point and shoots but overall I'm impressed with the size of the camera, the image quality and the reason that I purchased it, the optical zoom.

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                5.0

                This is the way I would design a camera

                By Tdel

                from Vassar, MI

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                • Good Image Quality
                • Good Image Stabilization
                • Great Zoom

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Video
                  • Wildlife photos

                  Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                  I really like the functionality of the camera. All the buttons are in the right place and make sense. The zoom is fantastic for getting a close up. The image stabilization works very well. Picture quality is excellent, very sharp and detailed. Autofocus is extremely fast and accurate. Video is good. It's everything I expected for a camera in this price range. Simple enough for point and shoot use but also has the options that more experienced photographers will appreciate. I haven't had the camera very long but I haven't found anything about it that I don't like. Cannon got it right!

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                  3.0

                  Filter attachment poor

                  By The traveler

                  from Asheville NC

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                  Pros

                  • Great Zoom

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                    The manner in which the filters are attached is not satisfactory. When filters are attached, the lens cover cannot be used. Also, the lens hood can not be used. One has to decide, do I want a hood and lens cap or filters. Perhaps a snap on 67 mm lens cap could be used when the filters are attached. Finally, the filter attach ring is flimsy and sometime difficult to attach to the camera.

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                    4.0

                    amazing zoom for a point and shoot

                    By Alaskan woman

                    from Anchorage, AK

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                    I got this mainly for it's zoom capability, and as an alternative to carrying my heavy DSLR and lenses. It is not a DSLR, but I think the quality is quite good for a point and shoot.
                    I like the manual controls and raw capability. the zoom power and image stabilization is incredible, but takes a bit of learning to get really clear shots. I'd say my keeper ratio is actually a bit better than with my DSLR on the super zoom shots of wildlife.
                    The controls on the back are too easy to accidentally turn on when holding it. the manual controls are a bit slower and trickier than a DSLR. but I have gotten some shots with this that I would have missed, so overall I am happy with it. Not tack sharp, but good enough for me. nice to be able to zoom in and not have to use a tripod.

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                    4.0

                    Nice lightweight camera.

                    By Susan

                    from Ft. Lauderdale, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Short Lag Time
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                    • Short Battery Life

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Wildlife photos

                    Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                    This camera is easy to carry around and use. I love that it has a viewfinder, since I'm an old school photographer. The zoom is phenomenal! If feels like binoculars! Sometimes its hard to find the subject because the zoom is so great, but I'm sure that's something I'll get used to.

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                    5.0

                    Great zoom, easy to hold,

                    By Phylly

                    from Mammoth Lakes, Ca

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • Good Image Stabilization
                    • Great Zoom
                    • Large Clear LCD
                    • Nice Body Color
                    • Small / Compact

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                      easy focus through the view finder for those of thus who are old canon eos 35 mm filmers. Zoom is great once the subject has been identified and other functions just take time and practice to become "automatic"? Warning: be careful to keep ones hand off the self-timer .....

                      PLUS, everyone who sees it is amazed at it's lightness and functions...

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                      5.0

                      I bough the same camera for my daughters

                      By j.p.

                      from ocala florida

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Good Image Stabilization
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Ligth
                      • Small / Compact

                      Cons

                      • Controls To Close To Tumb

                      Best Uses

                      • Travel
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife photos

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                      At my age ,77 i love a light camera wich has all the capability i need without the need for an extra zoom or micro lens.

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                      5.0

                      Now you see me!

                      By Jimboy

                      from Vallejo

                      Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                      I haven't quite mastered this camera yet but what a zoom! I been going places where I have a good vantage point, Hawk Hill behind the Golden Gate Bridge, and I just crank out the zoom and pick stuff up from across the bay, Berkeley, Oakland, San Francisco. I catch planes in mid flight thousands of feet in the sky and I think I've become a novice bird watcher.

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                      2.0

                      Not what wanted

                      By gramma

                      from crested butte, colorado

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast/accurate auto-focus
                      • Good in Low Light
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Nice Body Color
                      • Short Lag Time

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                        Just returned from a trip to Africa and am happy with the pictures I took with this camera. However, I specifically asked for a camera with a good viewfinder. The view finder was very hard to use, couldn't see clearly what I was taking a picture of. I had to resort to always using the bigger picture screen.

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                        5.0

                        Great camera

                        By Biznaga

                        from USA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Great Zoom

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera:

                          Bought it for my wife after buying myself a Nikon D3100 DSLR.

                          I wish I had bought it first for.

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