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Canon Powershot SX50 HS

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1011 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the responsiveness and lens are generally positive. The value for money and portability are also appreciated, but there are some mixed opinions about the manual image adjustments. The water proof and memory get critical reviews.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Canon Powershot SX50 HS is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 94/100 = Excellent quality.

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

 

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....

The mode dial has 12 shooting modes, which include two custom modes, PASM, Auto, Scene, Effect filters and Video. The Scene and Effect filter modes don’t have a raft of presets, which at times can be confusing to choose. Instead, Canon has chosen to...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

 

With a 50x optical zoom lens, the PowerShot SX50 has one feature that's impossible to ignore. This camera also does a pretty good job with image quality and performance in most situations, while offering a large number of advanced features. However,...

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 ;...

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...

With a 50x optical zoom lens, the PowerShot SX50 has one feature that's impossible to ignore. This camera also does a pretty good job with image quality and performance in most situations, while offering a large number of advanced features. However,...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

For the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, the lens basically tells its whole story: a 50x zoom that goes from 24mm to 1,200mm.

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has an extraordinary zoom range with excellent image stabilization and fine photo quality for a megazoom; plenty of shooting modes, from full auto to full manual; raw image capture; and a hot shoe for adding an external flash.

Its lens and high-ISO picture quality make it less desirable for shooting indoors or in low light, especially without a tripod. A couple of things about the design of the controls might make shooting frustrating for some users. Outside of its long...

If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies.

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

As you may have noticed, the 'Megapixel Wars' have calmed down a bit in recent years. That doesn't mean that camera manufacturers haven't found something else to drive up to absurd levels. In the case of 'big zoom' cameras that thing is, of course, how...

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...

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...

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...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

If there is one type of point-and-shoot that is holding up against the smart phone onslaught, it's the mega-zoom. For all their convenience, smart phones have poor-quality digital zooms, nothing like the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with its 50x glass...

Industry-leading 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom ; Rich, accurate colors ; Excellent image stabilization system

Noise issues at higher ISOs ; Video frame rate behind the times ; EVF should be larger

For users seeking a camera with a super-long zoom without having to venture into DSLR territory, the SX50 HS is a compelling choice.

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review: Goldilocks Dream Camera

 

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...

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

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

I loved Canon's S-series ultrazoom digital cameras (S1-S5) and I was a bit suspicious of the SX-series that replaced them. But, after using each of the SX models, to date, I've come to regard the SX-series as worthy successors to the benchmark "S"...

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PowerShot SX50 HS

 

($479), which has a whopping 50X, 24 - 1200 mm lens

Very good photo quality for a super zoom ; Enormous 50X, 24 - 1200 mm 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...

Likes to clip highlights (hint: use DR correction) ; Redeye a problem (though removal tool in playback mode helps) ; Electronic viewfinder isn't great ; Lens is on the slow side (in terms of maximum aperture); tripod almost a necessity when shooting at...

If you're looking for a camera that can really cover some distance, then you should certainly be looking at the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. With its 24 - 1200 mm lens, there's really no scene it can't capture. I wouldn't say it's a great camera for low...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a super-zoom camera with a 50x, yes that's right, 50x optical zoom. Launched in September 2012 the PowerShot SX50 HS is the World's first camera with a 50x optical zoom and replaces the SX40 HS with its now comparatively...

Awesome 50x 24-1200mm zoom ; Excellent 5 stop intelligent stabilisation ; 2.8in 460k articulated LCD screen ; Good auto exposure and focus bracketing

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

With the PowerShot SX50 HS Canon clearly had one aim in sight - to outdo every other super-zoom manufacturer in the market with a longer zoom range. It has succeeded and then some. To put it in context the SX50 HS's 24-1200mm equivalent range gives it...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

 

Canon reaches the 50x mark, making few sacrifices to image quality along the way

The SX50 is a solid camera for the category, but plenty of users will find the FZ200 to be a better fit.

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Canon Powershot SX50 HS Review

 

Camera companies love ‘world’s best’ labels, no matter whether they truly are ‘world’s best’ or merely biggest, smallest, longest, widest, quickest, smartest … or whackiest!

Product Specifications

Configuration

Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: No
Image Stabiliser:Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen: No
View Finder Type:Optical / Electronic Viewfinder + LCD

Connectivity

Bluetooth: No
HDMI: Yes
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:1/2.3''

Lens

Longest Shutter Speed in s:15
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/2000

Memory

Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: No
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Canon NB-10L
Battery Type:Canon NB-10L

Recording

Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes
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