Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

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Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS bridge camera offers a whopping 1,200mm stabilised zoom lens, but is it a bridge too far? Read the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review...

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS at a glance:

  • 50x optical zoom, 4.3-215mm (24-1,200mm equivalent) f/3.4-6.5 Canon lens
  • 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer
  • 12.1-million-pixel CMOS sensor
  • Manual exposure control and raw shooting
  • 2.8in articulated LCD screen
  • Street price around £380

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review - Introduction

In AP 9 June 2012, we tested eight cameras in a six-page bridge camera group test. Included was the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, which fared well against the competition but without being a class leader. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS on test here is the SX40 HS's replacement.

At a first glance, the new model appears to have had something of a transformation in several areas, with raw capture introduced and an increased focal range. In fact, the camera's world-first 50x optical zoom lens offers the sort of focal lengths available to photographers only through digiscoping, or with some bulky and expensive kit combined with a teleconverter. Whether the 1,200mm range is vital is another matter, but the long reach is certainly useful for wildlife photographers. However, this lens is not all about its long reach, because the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a wide 24mm setting that makes it ideal for landscapes, too. Impressive as all this sounds, I am keen to see just how much of an effect the broad zoom range has on image quality.