Conclusion: Though we were impressed by the optical quality of the massive 24-1200mm lens on the SX50HS, we were unimpressed with many of the other features and the overall image quality. Unless you need the smallest 1200mm possible, we'd sacrifice a few millimeters of zoom for the Panasonic FZ200.
Excerpt: The robust and relatively heavy body of the Canon SX50 HS has a metal-based chassis and is designed like a small SLR system. A large handle on the right-hand side of the body gives a stable grip and allows for comfortable handling when shooting.
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.
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.
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 y...
Cons: Autofocus frequently struggles to lock in on subjects in low light, Slow lens also not ideal for low-light photography, Center frame details are a hint soft at some zoom settings, Blurring is noticeable in the corners in some shots, Uncorrected RAW files have lots of chromatic aberration and geom...
Summary: You may forgive Canon for being a little camera-crazy over the past couple of months or so, with the launch of a variety of cameras ranging from ones for amateurs, pros and even videographers. This time around, we’re looking at another of their point and shooters, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
Pros: 50x zoom, Great outdoor images, Robust features and scenes
Cons: Poor low-light images, Pictures get blurry easily at tail end of zoom
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a good bridge camera whose most striking feature is the 50x superzoom, which places it at the top of its similar, but that also increases the size of a lot. Stand also support RAW format, the swiveling display, manual controls, the optical stabilizer and HDMI port.
Pros: CMOS sensor, Full HD movies, zoom, swivel LCD, RAW Support, Manual Mode, Burst at high speed, high sensitivity ISO, optical image stabilizer, auto mode, HDMI port, Support for framing.
Summary: However, the optical zoom has significantly increased from 35x (24-840 mm f/2.7-5.8) to 50x (24-1200 mm f/3.4-6.5). The vari-angle LCD screen has increased in size slightly from 2.7 inches to 2.8 inches and the pixel density has doubled from 230k to 461k.
Pros: 50x optical zoom is a great feature, Zoom motor works fast, going from wide angle to full telephoto, Popup flash provides good low light results, Hot shoe also allows you to add an external flash if needed, SX50 works well in fully automatic mode, Camera is also a strong performer in manual and a...
Cons: SX50 has smaller image sensor than what's expected in this price range, SX50's response times are a bit choppy, depending on scene, You'll see "busy" on the screen more than you should between shots, LCD screen is a little small, Sharpness and image quality in EVF could be better, SX50 doesn't au...
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.
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a camera that combines an amazingly long zoom lens and a set of enthusiast and novice features, all packed into a surprisingly small bridge-style body and keeping it all relatively easy to use too. Honestly, make no mistake, that’s no mean feat.
Pros: Focal range; Handling; Image quality; RAW and RAW +JPEG capture; Accessory hot shoe
Cons: Focus performance; Low power built-in flash; High ISO noise; Lack of Raw in manual modes
Summary: Although this model has an above average zoom lens and good image quality, some of its other features are well below average versus other similarly priced cameras. The LCD is too small, the electronic viewfinder should turn on automatically, and shutter lag and shot to shot delays are too frequent.