Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

The SX50 HS, like the previous model, seeks to be to be that most elusive of imaging tools: an all-in-one camera that can do almost anything photographic, nearly anytime, virtually any place, for just about anyone – a camera that successfully bridges the gap between DSLR flexibility and P&S convenience. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera is the world’s first digital camera with a 50x optical zoom lens. The impressive focal length range extends all the way from a wide-angle 24mm to a super-telephoto 1200mm (35mm equivalents). The camera has a 12.1 megapixel CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor, enabling users to capture high-resolution JPEG and RAW still images, as well as full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The SX50 HS is the most recent Canon digicam to feature the HS System, which combines a high-sensitivity back-illuminated CMOS sensor with Canon’s DIGIC 5 processor to capture low noise images in virtually all lighting conditions. Canon claims the DIGIC 5 processor, CMOS sensor, and HS technology combination reduces image noise by up to 75% at all ISO levels. The camera’s ISO sensitivity ranges up to 6400. Coupled with Canon’s nifty HS (High Sensitivity) system, the camera produces clear, detailed, almost noise free images – even in low-light.

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  • 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.

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