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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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LCD, viewfinder and video

Composing and viewing images across a number of situations is aided by the articulation of the 2.8in LCD screen. It is moved from a hinge point on the side of the camera and can be viewed from high and low angles, as well as from the front of the camera. The resolution of the screen has been upped from 230,000 dots on its predecessor to 461,000 dots, which brings the camera up to speed with some of the competition. However, a class-leading model such as the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V uses a screen that is both bigger and with a higher resolution.

The SX50 HS also has an EVF, which has a basic 202,000-dot resolution. Its display is not nearly as crisp, bright or responsive as the best EVFs around, but it is useful guide for composition when conditions are too bright to see the LCD screen clearly.

  • 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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