Summary Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Prices Price
Camera only $399 - $400
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Score Snapsort rank
Within its price range #n/a of 36 Among similar cameras #n/a of 44
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Specifications Key specs
Zoom Help 50x Screen size Help 2.8"
Aperture Help f/3.4 Screen resolution Help 461k dots
Wide angle Help 24 mm Movie format Help 1080p @ 24fps
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Videos

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Zoom Test Moon HD
  • Sample video
  • Zoom
Canon SX50 HS Feature Tutorial for Bird and Macro Pictures.
  • Tutorial
  • Exposure bracketing
  • White balance
  • Shooting video
Canon PowerShot Pro-Tips - The Big Picture
  • Tutorial
  • Exposure bracketing
  • White balance
  • Shooting modes

Pros

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The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs other recent digicams

Sensor type CMOS Sensor Help
Better in low light
HDR In-camera HDR Help
Combines multiple exposures
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Help
Better editing
Viewfinder Doesn't use battery, see more detail Help
Digital
External flash External flash Help
Better lighting
Popularity Very popular Help
Among snapsort users
Zoom Great zoom Help
50x
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
240 fps
Supports 24p 24p movies Help
For that film look
Continuous shooting Rapid fire Help
13 fps
Screen flips out Flip-out screen Help
Great for movies
Macro focus Good macro Help
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Cons

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The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs other recent digicams

Aperture Slightly narrow aperture Help
f/3.4
Screen size Below average sized screen Help
2.8"
Dynamic range Narrower dynamic range Help
11.2 EV
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
9
Thickness Thick Help
4.2"
Lowest price Expensive Help
$385.00
Overall image quality Low overall image quality Help
47.0
Size Quite large Help
Professional size 123x87x106 mm
Color depth Less color depth Help
20.3 bits
Low light performance Noisy at high ISO Help
179 ISO
Announced Old Help
September, 2012
Weight Very heavy Help
595 g
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The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS vs other recent super zooms

Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramas Help
You could stitch photos in post
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic

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sarah (11:17 AM, August 23, 2014)
so what is better than canon sx50 hs at 2014 ??? with allover high quality images and in low light , HD video and the other great important features????
I need camera for long term with high features and not in big size ! :)
 
achilles (11:33 PM, July 19, 2014)
I'm planning an African safari, need to find a good camera to get as much as possible at all different lights
 
Avatar for Rajiv Rajiv (11:34 AM, May 15, 2014)
Can any body suggest me which camera I should choose
Nikon coolpix 600 or canon sx 50 HS where canon has no wi fi and nikon picture quality in night mod is not satisfactory. ....what to do.
 
Avatar for mkecupcakequeen mkecupcakequeen (2:40 PM, April 08, 2014)
I just got this camera yesterday. I am heading to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremony this week. Looking to shoot at the stage. Any tips on settings for such an environment?
 
john nyc (3:59 PM, April 06, 2014)
Snapsort has done a very good job of the pros. Here are some of the cons.
Low light issues: Very grainy in low light, color rendition in low light is poor. The best WB was AWB even in tungsten lighting. What you see in the screen and viewfinder are not what you get. Saturation, brightness and hues are very noticeable different. Saved images, even in raw are noticeable grainier than the screen.
Long exposures are only possible in ISO 80 which is good and bad. Bad because with a 30 sec limit means effectively high I so shooting is very limited and good because at 80 iso processing images are less noisy.
Daylight shooting: DOF focus issues fine detail missing, visible moire patterning.

These all point to the tiny CMOS....however a larger sensor would mean a bigger lenses, weight etc.Otherwise its probably the best bang for your buck in this category of bridge camera.
 
Avatar for edbear edbear (4:58 PM, December 18, 2013)
On the stats both in pcworld and here it says 0cm for macro photography, but I found it need more like 2cm for a good focus
 
Avatar for brolly321 brolly321 (11:44 PM, October 19, 2013)
I can't believe they left off the GPS...
 
Avatar for brolly321 brolly321 (11:30 PM, October 19, 2013)
interesting, when you are limited as to what to do with the pictures. http://www.answering-islam.org/Muhammad/pictures.html
 
Avatar for abdullah abdulaziz abdullah abdulaziz (9:04 AM, October 17, 2013)
It is a great camera even the 12mp is awesome and its very cheap I recommend every one to buy it
 
eret (0:43 PM, August 16, 2013)
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Avatar for Rafael Nogueira Guimaraes Rafael Nogueira Guimaraes (11:56 PM, August 03, 2013)
12.1Mp is bad to this cam?
 
trikster2 (0:03 AM, July 22, 2013)
I'm using snapsort to compare the latest superzooms and I suddenly realized that all of your SX50 comparisons are total BS.

To every SX50 score you add 100 points just because it's popular and for a new camera you add almost nothing for popularity.

So snapsort's advice boils down to: Just buy whatever everyone else is buying.


Thanks for nothing....
 
Jspider (5:18 PM, May 17, 2013)
Soooo...how is its macro? Can it do macro photography at 5-10 cm? Or is it only super close range?
 
eli (8:29 PM, April 28, 2013)
it's not a DSLR camera, it has a permenant lens that cannot be replaced
 
as (2:34 PM, April 18, 2013)
small sensor, less mp - less noise.
 
Lizzy O. (3:16 AM, April 15, 2013)
So when it says "Camera Only = 429-450" does it mean ONLY the camera and nothing else? It doesn't come with a lens too? Help me out here!!
 
Avatar for i-Man i-Man (5:37 PM, March 28, 2013)
why is it 12 mp ?! consider it a disadvantage ?
 
Owen K. (2:42 PM, February 14, 2013)
It has an awesome zoom! You would think that at 50x the pics would be horrible but they're not, they're quite usable. I'm even able to get close up shots of the moon - showing the craters etc. Impressive!!
The image quality is also very good, probably the best in its class in ideal conditions. It does have a weakness though, the low light performance is not great. But I don't expect a single camera to do it all so I will forgive one weakness.
Otherwise its a superb camera.
I'm glad I got it.
 
Avatar for Aniket Kukade Aniket Kukade (9:46 AM, December 28, 2012)
give me little detailed reviews about this camera, please
 
Avatar for SH SH (5:14 AM, October 09, 2012)
dear snapsort this cam canon sx50 has 13fps fast burst mode,it also has an HDR scene mode option,so pls check it n update it soon :)