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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

January 19, 2013

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3


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Price as Reviewed:

£380.00

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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Our verdict

Those photographers who are concerned about the impact the wide zoom has on image quality can rest easy, because the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS puts in a solid performance. Furthermore, Canon has wisely addressed the areas where the SX40 HS was found wanting and brought the SX50 HS up to speed, with noteworthy changes including raw capture, a wider ISO range, improved LCD screen and, of course, the class-leading 50x optical zoom. I expect the SX50 HS to be a popular camera indeed.

  • Metering System: Evaluative (linked to face detection AF), centreweighted, spot
  • Dimensions: 122.5 x 87.3 x 105.5mm
  • Focusing Modes: Single, continuous, tracking AF, manual
  • ISO: 80-6400
  • RRP: £449
  • Exposure Comp: ±3EV in 1/3 steps
  • Connectivity / Interface: Mini HDMI, digital/video out, remote
  • Colour Space: Adobe RGB, sRGB
  • Drive Mode: Single, self-timer 2secs, 10secs or custom, continuous up to 2.2fps or High Speed Burst HQ at 10fps
  • Shutter Speeds: Up to 15-1/2000sec
  • AF array: Flexizone AF (multi), individually selectable single-point, AF tracking, face detection
  • File Format: JPEG, raw, JPEG+raw
  • Lens: Canon 4.3-215mm (24-1,200mm equivalent) f/3.4-6.5
  • Power: NB-10L rechargeable Li-Ion
  • Weight: 595g (including battery and card)
  • Exposure Modes: Auto, PASM, custom 1 and 2, sports, video, 9 scenes and 10 creative filters
  • Focal Length Mag: 4.92x
  • Sensor: 12.1-million-effective-pixel, 1/2.3in, back-illuminated CMOS (6.17 x 4.55mm)
  • AF Points: Flexizone AF (multi), individually selectable single-point, AF tracking, face detection
  • LCD: 2.8in, 461,000-dot, articulated
  • Output Size: 4000 x 3000 pixels
  • Viewfinder Type: 202,000-dot EVF
  • Memory Card: SD, SDHC, SDXC
  • Built-in Flash: Yes
  • White Balance: Auto, 6 presets and two custom
  • External mic: No
  • Video: Full 1080p HD (24fps), 720p (30fps), slow motion, H.264 MOV video with stereo sound
  • Tested as: Bridge camera

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