Conclusion: With a 50x optical zoom that delivers an amazing 24-1200mm-equivalent range, the Canon SX50 HS brings distant subjects up close and personal -- and it does so with intelligence and grace. Hand-held shots at full zoom and in good light are relatively easy to take, thanks to the SX50's improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist function. And the end results are surprisingly sharp and pleasing for the digital camera's class and sensor size.
Pros: Whopping 50x optical zoom range from a generous 24mm equivalent wide angle to powerful 1200mm equivalent telephoto, Improved Intelligent IS allows for sharp hand-held shots, even at full zoom, Ergonomic design and build with a good grip and excellent control placement, Zoom Framing Assist helps you track distant, moving subjects and keep them framed, Great image quality for its class, Good lens performance with strong detail across the zoom range and good distortion c...
Cons: Whopping 50x optical zoom range from a generous 24mm equivalent wide angle to powerful 1200mm equivalent telephoto, Improved Intelligent IS allows for sharp hand-held shots, even at full zoom, Ergonomic design and build with a good grip and excellent control placement, Zoom Framing Assist helps you track distant, moving subjects and keep them framed, Great image quality for its class, Good lens performance with strong detail across the zoom range and good distortion c...
Excerpt: Following up on 2011's popular PowerShot SX40 HS , Canon announced the PowerShot SX50 HS with improvements to the optical zoom, LCD quality and other shooting capabilities. Similar to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the Canon SX50 HS includes the 1/2.3-inch 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. In addition, both cameras shoot video in 1080p at 24 frames per second and 720p at 30fps.
Excerpt: With this camera you move out of the compact point-and-shoot range and into larger bodied cameras with more DSLR-like features and qualities. The most impressive feature of the 12.1MP SX50 HS is its 50x wide angle zoom lens. 50X is a lot of zoom for such a small camera and to get the equivalent on a DSLR or even a Compact Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens camera will set you back a lot more money.
Conclusion: The Canon SX50HS falls into our super-zoom category, boasting a ridiculous 24-1200mm zoom range, which surprisingly remains pretty sharp throughout. Though we were unimpressed by the low light performance and drive speed, the Canon SX50HS is the go-to option if you're just looking for the longest lens available on a point-and-shoot camera.
Summary: The SX50 HS's output is sharp and accurate, and it delivers an extraordinary zoom, which would cost thousands to replicate on a dSLR. It represents a significant step up from its predecessor, the SX40, but with rival superzooms with wider apertures throughout their range have proven that it's not always the length of your lens, but what you do with it that counts.
Cons: Wind noise on movies; Minor colour fringing on some sharp contrasts.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review: Goldilocks Dream Camera
Digital Camera Review
13 February 2013
Excerpt: Canon introduced the new SX50 HS, the successor to the very popular Canon PowerShot SX40 HS , at the semi-annual Photokina imaging products trade show in Cologne, Germany this past fall. The fifth generation Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is an entry-level DSLR-sized point and shoot digital camera that is essentially an evolutionary update; however, at least one of the new features seems almost revolutionary.
Summary: At Rs 29,995, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is priced significantly higher than many other super-zoom digital cameras and it’s also more expensive than entry-level DSLR cameras. Agreed that the 50x lens is awesome and so is the overall performance, but the feature set should have been better—the camera lacks GPS, eye-sensor for the EVF and other useful modes such as automatic panorama stitching.
Summary: If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies.
Cons: Its lens and high-ISO picture quality make it less desirable for shooting indoors or in low light, especially without a tripod. A couple of things about the design of the controls might make shooting frustrating for some users. Outside of its long lens, its features and performance are slightly behind competing models.
Excerpt: The Canon Powershot SX50 HS , ( compare prices ) ( review ) was first announced in September of 2012 as a replacement for the Powershot SX40 HS. Noticeable improvements over the SX40 HS include faster AF, less shutter lag, a longer zoom range and the ability to shoot RAW files. The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is what is sometimes called a “bridge” camera. It’s much smaller and lighter than a DSLR , but it’s larger than a compact digital camera.