• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 12.1 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 1200.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • 21.00mm - 1365.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • Detailed specifications
  • Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Canon PowerShot SX70 HS
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Predecessor: Canon SX40 HS
SX40 HS vs SX50
Canon SX60
SX60 vs SX70
Successor: Canon SX60
SX50 vs SX60
 
General
Model Number: SX50 SX70
Alternate Model Number(s):   SX70 HS
Camera Format: EVF EVF
Currently Manufactured: No Yes
Retail Price: $449.99 $549.99
Street Price: $459.00 $549.00
Date Available: 2012-10-15 2018-11-30
Tripod Mount: Yes Yes
Weight: 21.3 oz (603 g)
includes batteries
21.4 oz (608 g)
includes batteries
Size: 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2 in.
(123 x 87 x 106 mm)
5.0 x 3.6 x 4.6 in.
(127 x 91 x 116 mm)
Waterproof: No No
Waterproof Depth: n/a n/a
Image Sensor
Sensor Type: CMOS CMOS
Sensor Manufacturer:    
Effective Megapixels: 12.1 20.3
Sensor Format: 1/2.3 inch 1/2.3 inch
Sensor size: 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm) 28.0735mm2 (6.17mm x 4.55mm)
Approximate Pixel Pitch: 1.54 microns 1.19 microns
Focal Length Multiplier: n/a n/a
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 4:3
Color Filter Type: RGBG RGBG
Anti Aliasing Filter:    
Self-Cleaning: No No
Sensor shift image stabilization: No No
On-Sensor Phase Detect: No No
DxO Sensor Score: 47  
DxO Color Depth Score (bits): 20.3  
DxO Dynamic Range Score (evs): 11.2  
DxO Maximum Effective ISO Score (iso): 179  
Image Capture
Image Resolution: 4000 x 3000 (12.0 MP, 4:3),
4000 x 2664 (10.7 MP, 3:2),
4000 x 2248 (9.0 MP, 16:9),
2992 x 2992 (9.0 MP, 1:1),
2816 x 1880 (5.3 MP, 3:2),
2816 x 1584 (4.5 MP, 16:9),
2112 x 2112 (4.5 MP, 1:1),
1920 x 1080 (2.1 MP, 16:9),
1600 x 1200 (1.9 MP, 4:3),
1600 x 1064 (1.7 MP, 3:2),
1200 x 1200 (1.4 MP, 1:1),
640 x 480 (0.3 MP, 4:3),
640 x 424 (0.3 MP, Other),
480 x 480 (0.2 MP, 1:1)
5184 x 3888 (20.2 MP, 4:3),
3648 x 2736 (10.0 MP, 4:3),
2432 x 1824 (4.4 MP, 4:3),
5184 x 3456 (17.9 MP, 3:2),
3648 x 2432 (8.9 MP, 3:2),
2432 x 1616 (3.9 MP, 3:2),
5184 x 2912 (15.1 MP, 16:9),
3648 x 2048 (7.5 MP, 16:9),
2432 x 1368 (3.3 MP, 16:9),
3888 x 3888 (15.1 MP, 1:1),
2736 x 2736 (7.5 MP, 1:1),
1824 x 1824 (3.3 MP, 1:1),
20960 x 2736 (57.3 MP, Other),
5184 x 2736 (14.2 MP, Other),
15744 x 3648 (57.4 MP, Other),
3648 x 3888 (14.2 MP, Other)
Image File Format: JPEG (EXIF 2.3), 12-bit Raw (.CR2); RAW+JPEG JPEG (EXIF 2.3), 12-bit RAW (.CR3), RAW+JPEG
Continuous-mode frames/second: 13.0 10.0
Video Capture
Can take movies: Yes Yes
Movie Resolution: 1920x1080 (24p)
1280x720 (30p)
640x480 (30/​120)
320x240 (30/​240)
3840x2160 (30p/​25p)
1920x1080 (120p/​100p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p)
1280x720 (60p/​50p)
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM) MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (Stereo))
Composite Video Out: Yes No
NTSC/PAL Switchable Video: Yes n/a
Video Usable as Viewfinder: n/a
HD Video Out: Yes Yes
HD Video Connection: HDMI HDMI
Lens & Optics
Lens Mount: n/a n/a
Lens: Canon Zoom Lens; Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) Canon Zoom Lens
Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 24 - 1,200mm 21 - 1,365mm
Focal Length (actual): 4.3 - 215mm 3.8 - 247mm
Zoom Ratio: 50.00x 65.00x
Aperture Range: f/3.4 (W) / f/6.5 (T) - f/8.0 f/3.4 (W) / f/6.5 (T) - f/8.0
Integrated ND Filter: No No
Normal Focus Range: 5 cm to Infinity
2.0 in to Infinity
0 cm to Infinity
0.0 in to Infinity
Macro Focus Range: 0 - 50 cm
0.0 - 19.7 in
0 - 50 cm
0.0 - 19.7 in
Filter Thread: n/a 67.0mm
Thread Type: 67mm (with optional adatper) Via FA-DC67A adapter
Optical Image Stabilization: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom: Yes Yes
Digital Zoom Values: Up to 4x Up to 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.6x or 2.0x)
Auto Focus
Auto Focus: Yes Yes
Auto Focus Type: Contrast Detect AF with Face Detection; Contrast Detection; Face & Tracking (9 points), Tracking, 1-point, Spot
Auto Focus Assist Light? Yes Yes
Manual Focus: Yes Yes
Viewfinder
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD EVF / LCD
Viewfinder Type: EVF type; 202K-dot LCD with diopter adjustment of -4 to +1 EVF: 0.39"-type 2.36M-dot OLED; 100% coverage; -3.0 to +1.0 diopter adjustment; eye sensor
Focus Peaking: No Yes
EVF Resolution:   2,359,296 dots (786,432 pixels)
Viewfinder Magnification (35mm equivalent):    
Viewfinder Magnification (nominal/claimed):    
Display
Eye-level Viewfinder: Yes Yes
Rear Display: Yes Yes
Rear Display Size (inches): 2.8 3.0
Rear Display Resolution: 460,800 dots (153,600 px) 921,600 dots (307,200 px)
Touchscreen: No No
Articulating Screen: Yes Yes
Tilt Swivel Screen: Yes
Selfie Screen: Yes
Max Playback Zoom: 10.0x 10.0x
Top Deck Display: No
Exposure
Maximum ISO (native): 6400 3200
Minimum ISO (native): 80 100
ISO Settings: Auto, ISO 80 - 6400 Auto (100-800), 100-3200
Auto ISO Mode: Yes Yes
White Balance Settings: Auto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto Auto , Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Flash, Custom
Shutter Speed Range: 1/2000 - 15 sec 1/2000 - 15 sec
Bulb Mode: No No
Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 3.0EV in 0.3EV steps
Metering Modes: Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame) Evaluative (linked to Face Detection), Centre-weighted average, Spot (Linked to AF frame)
Program Auto Exposure: Yes Yes
Aperture Priority: Yes Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes Yes
Full Manual Exposure: Yes Yes
Creative Exposure Modes: Custom (2), Sports, SCN (Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie Digest Smart Auto (29 scenes detected), Hybrid Auto, Creative Shot, Sports, Scene, Panorama Shot; Creative Filter: High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect
Self Timer: 2, 10, Custom seconds 2, 10, Custom seconds
Time Lapse (intervalometer):    
High Resolution Composite: No No
Flash
Built-in Flash: Yes Yes
Flash Modes: Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off; Red-eye Reduction and Correction available Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Guide Number (ISO 100): n/a n/a
Flash Range Description: Auto ISO: 1.6 ft. - 18 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.5m (W), (1.4m - 3.0m (T)) Auto ISO: 48 cm � 6.5 m (W) / 1.8m - 4 m (T)
Max Flash Sync: 1/2000 1/2000
Flash Exposure Compensation: +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps +/- 2.0 EV in 0.3EV steps
External Flash Connection: Hot-Shoe (E-TTL) n/a
Built-In Wireless Flash Control:   No
Image Storage
Usable Memory Types: SD / SDHC / SDXC SD / SDHC / SDXC
UHS Support:   UHS-I
Other Memory:   UHS-I compliant
Dual Card Slots: No No
RAW Capture Support: Yes Yes
Uncompressed Format: 12-bit Raw (.CR2); RAW+JPEG 12-bit RAW (.CR3), RAW+JPEG
Movie File Format: MOV (Image: H.264, Audio: Stereo Linear PCM) MP4 (Image: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264; Audio: MPEG-4 AAC-LC (Stereo))
Included Memory: No memory included No memory included
Included Memory Type:    
Connectivity
Built-In Wi-Fi: No Yes
NFC: No No
Bluetooth: No Yes
Built-In GPS: No No
Microphone Jack: No Yes
Headphone Jack: No No
External Connections: USB 2.0 High Speed USB 2.0 High Speed,Bluetooth,WiFi
PictBridge Compliant: Yes Yes
DPOF Compliant: Yes Yes
Remote Control: Yes Yes
Remote Control Type: Optional Wired (RS-60E3) Via Wi-Fi/Bluetooth
Connections (extended): Combined USB/AV, Mini (Type-C) HDMI, Remote Terminal Micro (Type-D) HDMI, 3.5mm Microphone Jack
Performance Timing
Cycle time for JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame, max resolution): 1.85  
Cycle time for RAW shooting in single shot mode (seconds per frame): 2.51  
Buffer size for RAW shooting in single shot mode (frames): Unlimited  
Cycle time for RAW+JPEG shooting in single shot mode (seconds per shot):    
Camera penalizes early shutter press? No
JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps, max resolution): 13.0 10.0
Buffer size for JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames, max resolution): 10  
RAW shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer size for RAW shooting in burst mode (frames):    
RAW+JPEG shooting speed in burst mode (fps):    
Buffer Size for RAW+JPEG shooting in burst mode (frames):    
Shutter lag (full AF, wide/mid): 0.48 seconds  
Shutter lag (full AF, tele): 0.41 seconds  
Shutter lag (full AF, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter lag (prefocused, live view - DSLR):    
Shutter Lag (manual focus): 0.341 seconds  
Shutter lag (full AF, with flash): 0.55 seconds  
Shutter Lag (prefocused): 0.067 seconds  
Shutter Lag (notes):    
Startup Time: 2.0 seconds  
Play -> Record Time: 1.4 seconds  
Flash cycle time, full power: 4.5 seconds  
Power
Battery Life, Stills (CIPA Rating Monitor/Live View): 315 shots 325 shots
Battery Life, Still (CIPA Rating OVF/EVF):   255 shots
Battery Life, Video:   85 minutes
Battery Form Factor: Proprietary NB-10L Proprietary LP-E12
Usable Battery Types: Lithium-ion rechargeable Lithium-ion rechargeable
Batteries Included: 1 x Proprietary NB-10L Lithium-ion rechargeable 1 x Proprietary LP-E12 Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Charger Included (dedicated charger or AC/USB adapter): Yes Yes
Dedicated Battery Charger Included: Yes
Internal Charging Supported: No
Software
Included Software: Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM  
OS Compatibility: Windows 7 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2 / XP SP3; Mac OS X v10.5+  
Miscellaneous
Notes & Features: Intelligent Image Stabilization, DIGIC 5 processor, improved AF speed, 1080p24 Full HD movies, 13 fps High-Speed Burst HQ mode, Zoom Framing Assist, 58 scene Smart Auto, 12-bit RAW+JPEG capture.