Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black)
Imagine getting right down on the field to capture sports action, zeroing in on your child’s expression on a crowded stage, and recording elusive wildlife shots. All this and more is possible with the PowerShot SX50 HS offering the world’s first 50x Optical Zoom lens* in a compact digital camera, which goes all the way from a wide-angle 24mm to 1200mm (35mm equivalent) to capture any shot you choose. The PowerShot SX50 HS doesn’t just get you up close to the action, it delivers spectacular image quality to every shot.
The Canon HS SYSTEM, a combination of a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, achieves beautiful images up to ISO 6400. Record your memorable moments in incredibly lifelike 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound and High Speed AF ensures you’ll capture all the action with faster focusing speed and reduced shooting lag time. The PowerShot SX50 HS also features the additional benefit of Zoom Framing Assist Seek and Lock functions, for easy tracking of and keeping the subject centered in the frame until you capture the image. With powerful technologies that add convenience and advanced capabilities, PowerShot SX50 HS can help you capture more of life every day.
Experience the difference that the ultra-zooming power of the PowerShot SX50 HS’s 24mm Wide-Angle 50x Optical Zoom lens can make on your everyday shooting. The extraordinary focal length of 4.3–215.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 24–1200mm) lets you capture everything from wide-angle shots to super-telephoto shots from wherever you are, while every shot exhibits the unique quality inherent to Canon optics. You’ll easily reach into sporting events from up in the bleachers, catch beautiful candid shots of your children without disrupting the scene, and achieve wildlife and landscape photography you never thought possible. Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer ensures that whether up close or far away, every shot is clear and steady.
It’s easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto on the PowerShot SX50 HS. Use the Zoom Framing Assist Seek function to locate and track your subjects even a long distance away; by simply pressing a button, this function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate your subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when you release the button. And with the Zoom Framing Assist Lock, the camera will lock onto and automatically track a subject, intelligently keeping them in the center of the frame until you’re ready to capture the perfect close-up shot.
Here is what customers think:
“In summary, the SX50 is an amazing camera if used for the special purpose that it is good for. This includes birding, wild life photography, and anything else that really needs zooming in to the max. However, this is not an all-purpose camera. If your main need is to take amazing landscape pictures, other compact cameras would be a better option. (For higher quality images, we use Canon S95 or 5D depending on weight restrictions).”
“I’ve been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for over 50 years, have worn out everything from Nikons to Canons to Mamiya-Sekors, have used 35 mm lenses from 24 mm WA to 300 mm catadiatropic. I’ve been in the digital revolution for about 15 years, and have been searching for “the perfect camera”. Had to send an Olympus OME back, along with the “super zoom” — just didn’t make the quality photos I was searching for. We’ve had very good results with our little “pocket” Canon cameras, and decided to try the SX50. Took about 15 minutes to sort out the operations, and when we reviewed our first 200 test shots my wife exclaimed:”we’ve found the camera!”. We’ll be ordering a second one soon, so we each have one of these remarkable devices.
THE GOOD STUFF: easy to use. image stabilizer is incredible. Quality of wide angle shots superb. Zoom this thing out to the 1100 mm and get INCREDIBLE photos of flowers and critters. FAST operation — turn it on and shoot; push the shutter release and it doesn’t have to think about it like most digitals seem to — it clicks immediately. Nice for shooting picts of birds who spend 3 seconds on a perch and then are gone, or a bee that touches a flower then moves on, or a squirrel who doesn’t know he’s supposed to pose for a photo. Has superb battery life — we’ve gotten over 200 shots and the battery indicator shows still “full” (don’t know how long it will last, I recharge the lithiums after every shooting session). Be sure and get a large capacity card — you’ll take LOTS of photos with this thing. Closeups with the 24 mm setting are good, but I find myself using that long tele to get closeups because it has a better depth of field. The quality of the photos taken by this camera that costs (lens and all) $500 is just unbelievable. Canon has outdone itself.
THE AGGRAVATIONS: auto focus, especially at long zoom, is — like all auto focus cameras I’ve used — aggravating. When the autofocus is on track, it is superb. But it sometimes just refuses to focus, no matter how many times I center the focus area on my subject. IF it had manual focus, like my Panasonic does, it would be a DREAM camera. (It supposedly DOES have manual focus, but I haven’t been able to persuade it to work, probably because the manual focus is tedious to use(as compared to my Panasonic DMC-FV50.)It is not silent — it clatters when focusing, but not a big deal. A little heavy, but this is in my mind actually a plus — implies well made (not as heavy as our old Nikon with long lens, but heavier than the pocket cameras.
Keep in mind this is not a $10,000 camera and lens — you can see the hairs on the flowers, the fine detail on a bird’s head, but they are NOT as crisp as my old glass lenses. But considering how good the image actually is on most of my shots, I think you’re still getting a LOT more in relative value than you are paying for with this camera!”
“My wife asked me to help her search for a new camera. Before the SX50 HS we tried the Nikon P510, the Fujifilm HS30EXR, the Panasonic FZ200, and the Canon SX40 HS. The others are all nice cameras, but overall, for the money, features, picture quality, and ergonomics, the prize went to the SX50 HS.
I was concerned about the slower lense speed of the SX50 HS, but in repeated test pics taken with all five cameras, this unit provided pics as good or better than the rest.
Granted, the manual zoom on the HS30EXR is really nice and the F2.8 aperature capability across the entire zoom range on the FZ200 will be an advantage in certain low-light situations, but we haven’t encountered any situation in a month’s worth of testing that we couldn’t get a great picture with the SX50 HS. And while I think all five cameras give nice pictures in most of the scenarios we shoot in, when comparing pics, we found the image quality from the SX50 HS to be better across the board–especially when cropping and enlarging.
I’m not putting any of the other cameras down–any one of them will serve a broad range of customers very well. We just think that across the board, the SX50 HS is the best for our needs.”
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black)