Visit our Business Solutions website >>

Canon PowerShot S50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 957 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers are impressed by the performance and value for money. The image quality and usability are also appreciated. There are some less positive reviews about the zoom and features. The flash and battery get mixed opinions.

portability, usability, image quality, value for money, performance

shutter, viewfinder, features, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon PowerShot S50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 82/100 = Very good quality.

See all Canon Digital Compact Cameras

Review analysis

(Based on 957 reviews)

Expert Reviews  

User Reviews  

Showing 271 review(s)

Expert Reviews User Reviews
Showing 1 - 10 of 271 Show Reviews: in English | in other languages (231)

Expert review by:

Canon PowerShot S50


Just before PMA 2003 Canon announced the five megapixelPowerShot S50. This camera is virtually identical to the four megapixelS45. Indeed other than the five megapixel sensor, case cover, silk screenlabels and embossed chrome '5.0 mega pixels' strap...

Good resolution (up there with the best of the five megapixel) ; Good metering, nice tonal balance (more shadow detail) ; Good color, slightly too strong in some situations (can be adjusted) ; Control over cameras internal processing algorithms...

Chromatic aberrations visible at wide angle or maximum apertures ; Vignetting at wide angle and maximum aperture ; Moderate barrel distortion at wide angle ; Rotated CCD (in the camera I had for review) ; Nine-point AiAF not available in P, TV, AV, M...

Lets be honest I think we all expect more from Canon than to simply bolt a larger sensor into an existing design, but that's exactly what they did with the G5 and the S50. And what's the reasoning behind this? Market pressure. Both the G3 and S45 are...

Expert review by:

Canon USA Powershot S50 Digital Camera Camera


WHAT'S HOT: The PowerShot S50 combines ease of use, excellent picture quality, a 5-megapixel image sensor, and a great selection of features into a handy, point-and-shoot-style model. At just over 4 inches long and under 2 inches thick, it fits easily...

The built-in panorama mode is easy to use; the camera shows the previous image alongside the live image, so lining up pictures is simple. The camera does not build the panorama itself, though--you must import the images into the included PhotoStitch...

Expert review by:

Canon PowerShot S50 Digital Camera (Canon-8445A001)


The PowerShot S50 blends ease of use and strong image quality into a convenient package.


Expert review by:

Canon Powershot S50


Other features include a full range of exposure modes; Program AE with Shift, Shutter speed-priority, Aperture-priority, Full Manual, AE Bracketing and a host of pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes. A 9-Point AiAF autofocus system with manual focus...

Even when the camera is set to record images in one of the JPEG settings, the PowerShot S50 allows the captured image to be saved as a RAW file after it is recorded. This feature can be accessed at any time during the Review period immediately after...

Expert review by:

Canon PowerShot S50 Digital Camera Review: Intro and Highlights


Canon U.S.A. has long been a strong contender in both film and digital camera markets, well-known for its high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. Since early 2001, Canon has released a full complement of new...

Expert review by:

Canon PowerShot S50


What's in the Box

Excellent photo quality ; Robust performance ; Has an AF illuminator lamp ; Lots of manual controls (not as many as the G3, but plenty for most) ; FlexiZone focusing system lets you focus on any area of frame; 9 point AiAF for automatic modes too ;...

Redeye noticeable if not directly inline with flash ; No diopter correction knob ; No live histogram in record mode ; Four-way switch poorly designed ; Proprietary battery

For the next question: S45 or S50? For the average person, the S45 is plenty. If you're printing large size prints (and by that I don't mean 8 x 10), the S50 is worth the extra dough. I suppose some people will be drawn to the S50 by the high Megapixel...

Expert review by:

Canon PowerShot S50Has the Digicam "Arrived"


I've owned a few digicams over the past 5 years. Yes, I'm not afraid to admit it. Real men (I mean - photographers) do use digicams. The reason that this site doesn't have more digicam content is threefold...

Consumer review by:

Canon PowerShot S50


As a professional photograpger image quality is of prime importance, size second. I considered this camera to be one of Canon's best kept secrets. I owned a Powershot S45 and wore it out ( I must have put over 200,000 shots through it) before buying an...

The camera has a stupid door on the front to uncover and release the lens. This got very loose on the S45. Very fragile. I suppose I can't complain after 200,000 shots ; The ISO range is 50 through 400. ISO 50 is stunning, ISO 400 is aweful. I only use...

Consumer review by:

Canon PowerShot S50 Digital Camera (Canon-8445A001)


After 2 years of use, this wonderful camera ceased to function due to the lense cover getting stuck. Never had a problem til this happened. Fortunately I bought it at Best Buy with 4 year insurance and not sure if they lost the camera or if it...

Good picture quality, easy to use, comfortable to handle

Lens cover. Without it closing or opening properly the lens won't function

Consumer review by:

Owners Opinion: Canon PowerShot S50 (Mike Chinnock, 19 Jul 06)


I was impressed at first, but images always looked more grainy than my old Sanyo .8 MP digicam. I finally fell victim to the lens cover breaking, as others had reported. I can only say that when I read the others report on the hinged sliding door 'just...

poor image quality ... very grainy images ... looked almost out of focus. on-off/lens cover dislocated itself ; Other than those two problems, the camera had great features, was a breeze to use and looked and handled good

Product Specifications

Stylish, pocket size fully featured digital camera. With 13 flexible shooting modes and new Canon technologies, this is the ideal camera for taking photos in all situations. The PowerShot S50 is a versatile digital camera featuring a high quality 5.0-megapixel CCD and 3x optical zoom lens. Although stylish and compact, the features of this camera are aimed at advanced amateur users with 13 shooting modes and full manual controls for exposure and focusing. The PowerShot S50 incorporates a high resolution CCD sensor with 5.0 effective megapixels (approximately 5.3 megapixels in total). This sensor allows the camera to capture still images as large as 2592x 1944 pixels and movies as large as 320 x 240 pixels. The PowerShot S50 features a highly compact and sharp 3x optical zoom lens with a focal length of 35-105mm (35mm equivalent). The lens features a maximum aperture of f2.8 (wide angle) to f4.9 (telephoto). RAW mode allows you to obtain original image data, recording the image direct from the CCD without any image processing. The PowerShot S50 has 13 shooting modes, which can be selected from a mode dial on the top of the camera, including full manual controls, and a 'Custom' mode enabling you to set and save the camera parameters. The PowerShot S50 incorporates the DIGIC processor for even better color reproduction. The PowerShot S50 supports PTP, a standard protocol. This allows driver-less image communications with computers when combined with recent operating systems (Windows XP or Mac OS). A computer using this system will automatically select the correct drivers for the camera without needing to install them. On older operating systems a driver is still required to be installed. The PowerShot S50 is equipped with Direct Print which allows easy high-quality printing by simply connecting the camera via a cable to a CP-100 Card Photo printer or to the range of bubble jet direct printers. When the PowerShot S50 is connected to the CP-100, bordered or borderless prints can be selected and a trimming function allows a portion of a picture to be expanded and printed. Simple and quick direct printing is possible with the dedicated Card Photo Printers, producing images of 300 x 300 dpi on a credit card size or 4 x 6" print. The PowerShot S50 is compatible with Bubble Jet Direct Printers connecting direct via a cable and controlled by the camera through the direct print screen. Images can be printed onto A4 size paper to 6" x 4" sized paper.

Audio Input

Microphone Operation Mode:Mono
Microphone Technology:Electret condenser

Camera Flash

Red Eye Reduction: Yes
Type:Built-in flash

Digital Camera

Supported Flash Memory:CompactFlash

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Diagonal Size:1.8in
Diagonal Size (metric):4.6cm
Display Form Factor:Built-in
Technology:TFT active matrix
Type:LCD display

Exposure Parameters

Shooting Programs:Hi-speed shutter / Landscape / Night scene / Portrait mode / Slow shutter / Stitch assist

Flash Memory

Form Factor:CompactFlash Card
Storage Capacity:32MB


Country Kits:Europe
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon PowerShot

Lens System

Lens Aperture:F/2.8-4.9
Max Focal Length:21.3mm
Min Focal Length:7.1mm
Optical Zoom:3
Type:Zoom lens



Optical Sensor

Optical Sensor Size:1/1.8"
Optical Sensor Size (metric):14.1 mm ( 1/1.8 ) / 14.1 mm ( 1/1.8" )
Optical Sensor Type:CCD
Sensor Resolution:5Megapixel

Optical Viewfinder

Type:Real-image zoom

Storage Floppy Drive

Type: None

Video Input

Digital Video Format:AVI
Digital Zoom:4.1
ISO (Max):400
Light Sensitivity:ISO 100 / ISO 200 / ISO 400 / ISO 50
Shooting Modes:Frame movie mode
Special Effects:Black & White / Custom Effect / Low Sharpening / Neutral / Sepia / Vivid
Still Image Format:JPEG / RAW
Type:Digital camera


Viewfinder Type:Optical