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.
Summary: Unlike most ultra-zooms, the SX50 offers two must-have features for enthusiasts: RAW image capture and a hot shoe. Two high-tech helpers prove helpful in tests: DR Correction (to reduce highlight clipping) and a High Dynamic Range feature. However, there's no GPS, Wi-Fi or in-camera panorama.
Pros: 50x zoom, Very good image quality for its class, Full manual controls and a great auto mode, RAW support and hot shoe, Swiveling LCD screen
Cons: Some image flaws, like fringing and over-sharpening
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.
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.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS boasts the most ambitious lens of any camera in its class, and in favorable conditions it's hard to beat in terms of framing versatility. Image quality compares well to its competitors, and we like the camera's ergonomics (although a zoom control on the lens would be very welcome) but where the SX50 HS falls down is highlight clipping in JPEGs, a relatively slow lens and sub-par operational speed, which compares rather poorly to its peers.
Pros: Very good photo quality for a super-zoom, Enormous 50X, 24 - 1200mm equivalent lens, Optical image stabilization, with Intelligent IS feature that selects the right IS mode for you, Sharp, rotating 2.8" LCD display with 461,000 pixels offers good outdoor and low light visibility, Full manual controls, now with RAW support, Smart Auto mode picks a scene mode for you, can even tell when babies are smiling or sleeping (well, it tries), Plenty of scene modes and Creative ...
Cons: Likes to clip highlights (hint: use DR correction), Noise becomes pretty intense at ISO 800 and beyond, Redeye a problem (though removal tool in playback mode helps), Electronic viewfinder isn't great, Slow max framerate of ~1fps with AF (but increasing to 2fps with AF/AE lock and 12.8fps in High Speed Burst HQ mode), Lens is on the slow side (in terms of maximum aperture); tripod almost a necessity when shooting at 50X zoom, ISO fixed at 80 at shutter speeds at or be...
Summary: The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is a prosumer digital camera with the requisite manual controls, including manual focus and custom white-balance, plus a hot-shoe and built-in EVF. It has advanced features like exposure and focus bracketing and it can shoot full 1080p HD video with stereo sound. Image quality is good for this type of camera, falling short compared to the Fuji X-S1 Fuji X-S1 but delivering twice the zoom in a smaller body. No free lunch here!
Pros: Class-leading 50X optical zoom, Nice retention of details, Good metering system, Punchy image colors but no too much, Excellent white-balance, Class-leading 0cm macro focus, Impressive stabilization, Sensitive autofocus, Resists purple fringing, Intuitive user-interface, Innovative framing aid, Quite responsive, Good video response, Speedy playback mode
Cons: Useless ISO 3200 & 6400 sensitivities, Noise visible at all ISO, Limited dynamic range, Max 1s shutter-speed above ISO 80, Sluggish autofocus, High distortion near wide-angle, Miniscule EVF, No EVF/LCD toggle, Control-dial too slim, Weak LCD hinge, Short battery-life
Conclusion: Available for $400 or less, the SX50 HS is a fine mega-zoom — especially good for travelers. Image quality is tops in class, it’s a lot lighter to tote around than a DSLR, and the focal range can’t be beat. It has its limitations but if you can deal with them — and most photographers can — the SX50 HS is a good choice. We just wish Canon would step up their game by handling noise better and improving movie quality from adequate to very good.
Pros: Industry-leading 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom, Rich, accurate colors, Excellent image stabilization system
Cons: Noise issues at higher ISOs, Video frame rate behind the times, EVF should be larger
Excerpt: As you may have noticed, the "Megapixel Wars" have calmed down a bit in recent years. That doesn't mean that camera manufacturers haven't found something else to drive up to absurd levels. In the case of "big zoom" cameras that thing is, of course, how powerful the lens is. Remember a few years ago, when 12X lenses were considered a lot? Since then we've gone through 18X, then 24X, and 30X.