Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera

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
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Canon SX50 HS overview

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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

Canon SX50 HS specs

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: MOV
Audio: Linear PCM
Max Resolution 12 MP: 4000 x 3000
Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9
Image Stabilization Optical & Digital
Lens Effective Focal Length: 4.3 to 215mm (35 mm Equivalent: 24 to 1200mm)
Aperture: f/3.4 (W) to f/6.5 (T)
Zoom Optical: 50x
Digital: 4x
Focus Range Wide: 2" to Infinity / 5.08 cm to Infinity
Wide: 3.3' to Infinity / 1.01 m to Infinity
Telephoto: 4.3' to Infinity / 1.31 m to Infinity
Telephoto: 43' to Infinity / 13.11 m to Infinity
Auto: 0" to Infinity / 0 cm to Infinity
Wide Macro: 0" to 1.6' / 0 cm to 0.49 m
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 80 to 6400
Shutter 1 to 1/2000  
15 to 1/2000  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
Buffer/Continuous Shooting Up to 13 fps for up to 10 Frames
Self-Timer 2 Sec
Remote Control RS-60E3 (Optional)
Flash Modes Auto
Flash On
Slow Sync
Built-In Flash Yes
Effective Flash Range Wide:1.6 to 18' / 0.5 to 5.49 m
Telephoto:4.6 to 9.8' / 1.40 to 3.0 m
External Flash Connection Hot Shoe
Memory Card Type SD
Still Images per GB JPEG: 172at Max Resolution to 7675 at Min Resolution
RAW: 55at Max Resolution
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
Viewfinder Type Electronic
Screen 2.8" LCD Rear Screen Swivel (461,000 Pixels)
Connectivity/System Requirementsufvfbwav
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Battery NB-10L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4 VDC, 920 mAh
AC Power Adapter CA-PS700 (Not Included)
Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2" / 12.2 x 8.6 x 10.7 cm
Weight 1.2 lb / .5 kg
Packaging Info
Package Weight 2.0 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 7.5 x 5.9 x 5.0"

Canon SX50 HS reviews

PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 305.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The SX50 retired my SLR and movie camera I am an amateur wildlife photographer and this camera is perfect for what I do. The 50X optical zoom and built in 2.0X tele-converter get me shots I would have missed all day long with my SLR and bulky lenses. The image stabilization is top quality and allows me to shoot more without a tripod. With all the modes plus programmable custom settings this camera is good at everything. You can go from full manual to full auto and everywhere in between. The glass in this camera is surprisingly good for the price. I won a photo contest with one of my first shots from SX50 and every photo in the contest had been shot with an SLR. A super camera at a super price !
Date published: 2013-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superb Walk Around Camera I have a Canon 40D and 5D Mark II plus top notch Canon lenses for both. I wanted a good camera to use as a walk around that was capapble of handling a variety of shooting situations and not having to carry a bundle of accessories and a tripod. Reviews about this camera appealed to me so I tried one out and found it meets my needs completely. I am very happy with it to say the least. One wonders how Canon was able to put so many bells and whistles in this little package putting it just below fine DSLR's? It handles well and does and excellent job for my photographic needs. I am extremely happy with it and recommend it highly to any photographer.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Capable Super Zoom I purchased this camera for a very specific purpose; an upcoming trip to Hawaii where we plan on a lot of whale watching. Knowing the boats can't legally come within 100 yards of the whales, and this distance would be my closest photo opportunity, I opted for the biggest zoom available. I have taken about 200 practice shots around the neighborhood and this camera is truly amazing at full-telephoto (and even with digital zoom) in good light. I am getting surprisingly good results out to about 150 yards and very acceptable results at 200+ yards. I will try to update this review with some photos after my trip!
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Camera for Birds I use it to photograph birds, wildlife, sunsets, sunrises, moonrises and the ocean and for family events. The super zoom is great! It is so powerful. It brings birds right in and helps me to ID them when they are too far away or unfamiliar. I have another older telescopic camera and this camera is faster, the viewfinder and rangefinder are better. The on/off button and the button for viewing photos are in a much better location. I can photograph wildlife at 300 yards and bring them right in. It is 3Xs stronger than my binoculars and a little stronger than the lowest power (20X) on my spotting scope. I have been using it in place of my scope sometimes.
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to get great photos This is a super-loaded camera. Many more features than I will ever need or even learn how to use. But it seems to auto-focus quickly, taking sharp photos of distant moving objects. Two minor problems. It doesn't come with the cable to attach it to a computer. And the full manual is only online, making it very inconvenient to consult. I do appreciate that B&H packaged a memory card with the camera -- otherwise I would have had to go out and buy it, too. Nevertheless, I love the camera, especially having the option of using a viewfinder. I also like Canon's swiveling screen, which makes it easier to take photos over precipices or to take selfies.
Date published: 2015-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Idiot Proof! Awesome Camera! I wanted to upgrade from my little Olympus P&S, and thought I wanted a DSLR. However, I know next to nothing about photography. F-Stop, Aperature settings, and ISO numbers mean next to nothing to me. After some conversation with Chuck at B&H via emails, I chose this camera and I'm ever so glad I did. I spent about an hour perusing the the manual and started playing with the camera. Idiot proof!!!! I've turned into a regular Ansel Adams!!!!! I love the size and feel, the zoom is unbeatable, and the amount of features on the camera are unbelievable. I can't wait to take it to Crew games and see how it works in real life.
Date published: 2013-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simple... especially for an old bloke i needed a good quality product with an old fashioned view finder and not just a digital screen. i asked a mate who is a chief photographer for a major newspaper in my country. he has been in the game 32 years. he said they use this same camera for easy jobs in their department. that was enough for me. i love to shoot wildlife and flowers and scenes etc and need something i can point and shoot with the least of mucking about and have a decent result. i am stoked with the results, the price and the no hassel service.... thank you.oh and by the way i am 76 years young!
Date published: 2013-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from outstanding--neg reviews are from those who didn't bother I have had this camera for almost two years now. It's only in the last several months that I have been able to unlock the true power of this thing. To all people who wrote negative reviews, all I can say is you never took the time to learn how to use the camera. In auto mode, the images can be quite ordinary. The camera tends to over expose and set ISO's that are too high. That being said, using it in full manual, with only the auto focus, you can truly unlock the real capabilities of this camera--and let's not forget, we're talking about a $ camera. The attached images are not photo shopped--merely cropped and exposure tweaked with the photo disc that comes with the camera. I would put these up against any DSLR with any lense!--the ONLY real weakness is low light ability an image quality above 160 ISo at full zoom.
Date published: 2015-06-03
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