Canon SX50 Review

 
Camera Reviews / Canon Cameras / Canon PowerShot i Express Review
Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Resolution: 12.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 1/2.3 inch
(6.2mm x 4.6mm)
Kit Lens: 50.00x zoom
(24-1,200mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Native ISO: 80 - 6400
Extended ISO: 80 - 6400
Shutter: 15 - 1/2000
Max Aperture: 3.4
Dimensions: 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2 in.
(123 x 87 x 106 mm)
Weight: 21.3 oz (603 g)
includes batteries
MSRP: $450
Availability: 10/2012
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon SX50 specifications
12.10
Megapixels
50.00x zoom 1/2.3 inch
size sensor
image of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Front side of Canon SX50 digital camera Front side of Canon SX50 digital camera Front side of Canon SX50 digital camera Front side of Canon SX50 digital camera Front side of Canon SX50 digital camera

SX50 Summary

Boasting a whopping 50x optical zoom range (24-1200mm equivalent) and excellent image quality for its class, the Canon SX50 HS may not only be the company's finest ultrazoom offering to date, but also the best ultrazoom we've ever tested. Improved image stabilization and advanced features such as RAW capture vault it over its predecessor, though it does suffer some of the same expected shortcomings, including poor low-light autofocus performance and fuzzy images at ISO 800 and above.

Pros

50x optical zoom with whopping 24-1200mm-equivalent reach; Excellent image quality for its class; 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD; Ergonomic design and controls; Improved image stabilization and Zoom Framing Assist; Shoots RAW; Full 1080p HD video.

Cons

Poor low-light AF performance; Image quality deteriorates at ISO 800 and above; Sluggish cycle times; Below average battery life.

Price and availability

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS was priced at US$480 at launch in October 2012, $50 more than the SX40 HS cost at its introduction in 2011. However, it's now readily available at a number of retailers for $450 or less.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

Similar to the SX50 but smaller lighter larger sensor cheaper But ...
loading
No cameras match your search criteria(s)
   

$448.47 (20% more)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

Similar size

6x zoom (17% more)

SX50 vs P600

$436.40 (17% more)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

Similar size

6x zoom (17% more)

SX50 vs P610

$457.85 (21% more)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

16% larger

65x zoom (23% more)

SX50 vs SX60

$313.42 (15% less)

16 MP (24% more)

Has viewfinder

25% smaller

5x zoom

SX50 vs SX530 HS

$208.99 (72% less)

16 MP (24% more)

Has viewfinder

25% smaller

42x zoom (19% less)

SX50 vs SX520 HS

$0.00

20.1 MP (40% more)

Has viewfinder

25% larger

63x zoom (21% more)

SX50 vs H400

$319.55 (13% less)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

11% smaller

42x zoom (19% less)

SX50 vs P530

$391.17 (8% more)

16 MP (24% more)

Has viewfinder

23% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs SP-100

$240.53 (50% less)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

32% smaller

38x zoom (32% less)

SX50 vs L840

$0.00

16.2 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

9% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs S9400W

$206.95 (74% less)

16 MP (24% more)

Has viewfinder

Similar size

26x zoom (92% less)

SX50 vs X-5

$226.95 (59% less)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

47% smaller

34x zoom (47% less)

SX50 vs L830

$210.10 (72% less)

16.2 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

9% smaller

35x zoom (43% less)

SX50 vs WB1100F

$328.10 (10% less)

16.2 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

9% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs S9900W

$301.43 (20% less)

16.2 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

9% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs S9800

$189.95 (90% less)

16.2 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

9% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs S9200

$0.00

16 MP (24% more)

Has viewfinder

15% larger

5x zoom

SX50 vs S1

$276.00 (31% less)

16.3 MP (26% more)

Has viewfinder

21% larger

6x zoom (17% more)

SX50 vs WB2200F

$418.95 (14% more)

12.1 MP

Has viewfinder

6% larger

24x zoom (108% less)

SX50 vs FZ200

$247.99 (45% less)

16.1 MP (25% more)

Has viewfinder

24% larger

6x zoom (17% more)

SX50 vs FZ70

Suggestion for improvement? Head over here.
An Error Occurred: Internal Server Error

Oops! An Error Occurred

The server returned a "500 Internal Server Error".

Something is broken. Please let us know what you were doing when this error occurred. We will fix it as soon as possible. Sorry for any inconvenience caused.


Note: For details, test results, and analysis of the many tests done with this camera, please click on the tabs at the beginning of the review or below.

Follow Imaging Resource

Enter this month to win:

1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate