TODO alt text

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Canon's superzoom bridge packs a whopping 50x zoom

Our Verdict

For

  • 50x zoom range
  • Raw format shooting
  • Articulating screen
  • Low image noise

Against

  • Poor EVF

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Macro focusing is quick and accurate, and enables you to get really close to the subject.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Macro focusing even works well when the light source is low, or the subject is prone to movement.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Despite its small size, the Canon SX50's sensor is still able to resolve bags of detail, even at the telephoto end of the 50x optic.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

The Canon SX50 is a great option for a wide variety of subjects, including wildlife. DSLR owners can usually only dream of such a huge zoom range.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

At the widest end of the optic, the Canon SX50 offers an equivalent of 24mm, making it a fantastic choice for getting a large proportion of the scene in the frame.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Even at 100x digital zoom, image quality is still fairly high, giving great flexibility for capturing far away action.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

It's fair to say that image quality does drop quite dramatically at 200x digital zoom, but it's nice to have this flexibility if you really need to use it.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Colours are represented well by the SX50 straight from the camera, they're punchy without being overly vibrant.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Noise is controlled well at high sensitivity settings, though there is some examples of image smoothing when examining the images at 100%. Normal printing and web sizes are good, though.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Click here to see the full resolution image

Even in artificial lighting conditions, auto white balance does a good job of producing accurate colours.

Art filters

There's a fairly decent range of art filters available on the SX50, giving you the opportunity to get really creative with your shooting style. See below for some of those filters in action.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Fisheye lens filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Toy camera filter: standard

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Toy camera filter: warm

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Toy camera filter: cool

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Soft focus filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Monochrome black and white filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Monochrome sepia filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Monochrome blue filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Super vivid filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review
Colour accent filter

Click here to see the full resolution image

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom50x
Digital Zoom4x
Brand NameCanon
FeaturesSelf-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Continuous Shooting Mode, Face Detection, Smile Detection, Wink Detection
Screen Size7.1 cm (2.8")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)595 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, ErP, WEEE
Minimum Focus Distance0 nm
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Maximum Frame Rate240 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution12.8 Megapixel
HDMIYes
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNB-10L
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height87.3 mm
Width122.5 mm
Depth105.5 mm
Autofocus Points1
Focal Length4.30 mm to 215 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Flash Exposure Compensation
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX50 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX50 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part Number6352B012AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
Marketing Information

A powerful 50x ultra zoom for extreme telephoto shots. Intelligent IS counteracts shake and Zoom Framing Assist helps keep subjects in the frame. A premium lens, manual modes and RAW give expert results.

Battery Life315 Shot
Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-10L
  • Charger
Display Resolution461000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone