Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

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  • Editor's Rating

    Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

      • Image/Video Quality
      • 8
      • Features
      • 9
      • Design / Ease of Use
      • 9
      • Performance
      • 8
      • Expandability
      • 8
      • Total Score:
      • 8.40
      • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10
  • Pros

    • 50x zoom
    • HD (1080p) movie mode
    • Great image quality
    • Easy to use
  • Cons

    • Soft telephoto images at full zoom
    • AF hunts at telephoto lengths

Quick Take

The Canon SX50 HS is an ultrazoom camera with very good overall image quality. It offers maximum flexibility when composing images due to it's 50x zoom.

In the fall, Canon introduced the new SX50 HS, the successor to the very popular Canon PowerShot SX40 HS. 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. Digital camera zooms just keep growing longer; the SX40 HS featured a 35x zoom, while the SX50 HS sports a spectacular new 50x (24mm-1200mm equivalent) zoom – currently the longest zoom lens in the world. A DSLR shooter would need a virtually unlimited budget and an extremely large (and VERY heavy) camera bag to carry enough lenses to cover the 24mm to 1200mm focal length range of the SX50 HS. With a current street price of only $430, this camera is a great deal based on testing done by DigitalCameraReview.

\"CanonThere have obviously been some important technological advances and refinements for ultrazoom cameras. The SX50 was capable of consistently producing usable images at the long end of a very long zoom range, which could not have been said years ago about other ultrazoom cameras. Most of the faults that we expected from utrazooms have been noticeably minimized with this camera. It simply produces sharp telephoto images.

With the exception of the 50X zoom and its sharper LCD monitor, the SX50 isn\’t really much different from its predecessor. While the SX40 HS was good, the SX50 HS is better.

In fact, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS may be the best overall camera choice, according to DCR, for many consumers, since it very nicely meets Goldilocks\’ famous assessment criteria – it isn\’t too big, it isn\’t too small, it isn\’t too heavy, it isn\’t too light, and that 50x (24mm-1200mm equivalent) super-stabilized zoom is just right. The SX50 HS can be used by absolute beginners, but this camera was actually designed to be used by more advanced photographers, too. DCR believes the SX50 HS\’s target audience will love this camera and predict the SX50 HS will be the most popular SX-series camera to date.


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