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.
Excerpt: Shooting extreme close-ups of subjects requires a good super-zoom lens, especially when it comes to wildlife and architecture. A DSLR with a super telephoto lens (the ones you see in sports photography during matches) would be any photographer’s dream. However, only the lens would cost as much as a mid-size car! A cheaper alternative would be an enthusiast-class super-zoom digital camera, which would cost as much as an entry-level DSLR.
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: 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
Summary: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, launched in September 2012 is the World's first compact with a 50x zoom. Twice as long as the 25x zoom of the Panasonic Lumix FZ200, it out-distances the 30x Sony Cyber-shot HX200V and Fujifilm HS30 EXR by a similar factor. Even the Nikon P510 and the Olympus SP-820UZ iHS at 42x and 40x respectively aren't really within touching distance. If you crave a massive zoom lens in a compact camera this is as good as it gets.
Pros: Awesome 50x 24-1200mm zoom., Excellent 5 stop intelligent stabilisation., 2.8in 460k articulated LCD screen., Good auto exposure and focus bracketing.
Cons: Small f3.4-6.5 maximum aperture., Low resolution EVF., Short burst mode of less than 1 second., Poor battery life., No screen/EVF toggle button or sensor.
Summary: Those photographers who are concerned about the impact the wide zoom has on image quality can rest easy, because the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS puts in a solid performance. Furthermore, Canon has wisely addressed the areas where the SX40 HS was found wanting and brought the SX50 HS up to speed, with noteworthy changes including raw capture, a wider ISO range, improved LCD screen and, of course, the class-leading 50x optical zoom.
Summary: Buy this camera if: - You want a super-zoom that can record raw files and provides most of the controls and functions offered in serious DSLR cameras. - You'd like the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video clips with stereo soundtracks. - You want sophisticated image stabilisation. Don't buy this camera if: - You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings. - You require high burst speeds for raw files.
Pros: You want a super-zoom that can record raw files and provides most of the controls and functions offered in serious DSLR cameras., You'd like the ability to shoot Full HD (1080p) video clips with stereo soundtracks., You want sophisticated image stabilisation. Don't buy this camera if:, You require high resolution and low noise levels at high ISO settings., You require high burst speeds for raw files., You need fast cycle times for processing shots., You want to take l...