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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
12.1-megapixel digital camera with 50X optical zoom
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Item #: 280SX50HS
This item is no longer available.
Original Price: $429.99
That's right. 50X optical zoom. From a point-and-shoot digital camera. Canon has raised the bar, thrown down the gauntlet and changed the game with the PowerShot SX50 HS, the world's first compact digital camera to hit the big 5-0. See that interesting bird high up in that tree? No, you don't, unless you're zoomed in with the SX50. But what happens when the bird hops up another branch? You lost him, right? Wrong — Canon's zoom framing assist will help you track that bird down. Push and hold the SEEK button to quickly zoom out, so you can locate your feathered friend. When you've got him, release the button and the lens automatically returns to the original zoom position. Now you can push the LOCK button, so the SX50 keeps the bird centered in the frame so you can snap away without worrying about holding the camera absolutely still. And with a burst rate of up to 13 frames per second, you'll be able to snap a quick series before he wings away to another neighborhood.
The SX50 also does jaw-dropping 50X zoom when recording high-definition video. So when your daughter is in the school play, you won't have to join the other parents setting up video cameras in the front to get that close-up. When she delivers her only line, you'll be able to capture her expression from a seat in the back. Perhaps you could get a slightly better angle if you were standing, but someone is sitting behind you. Then pull out the SX50's articulating LCD display, angle it down, and hold up your camera while monitoring your shot's framing. The vari-angle display is also great for letting friends see your shots without having to let them hold your precious camera.
Shoot in auto or manual modes, record in JPEG or RAW formats, frame shots using the LCD display or the electronic viewfinder, shoot in bright sunlight or dimly lit rooms — with so many options and 50X zoom, the SX50 is the only camera you'll need at the game, the Grand Canyon or Grandma's house. And with Canon's powerful DIGIC 5 processor and high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, you'll capture detailed images in almost any shooting conditions for photos that deserve to be printed and not left languishing on a memory card.
From baby's first steps, to that dream vacation in the islands, these cameras make it easy to capture life's greatest hits. Today's cameras have helpful automatic features, like face detection and scene recognition that make shooting more foolproof than ever. And they all have plenty of megapixels for detailed photos that stay sharp, even when you enlarge and print them.
I am a bit techno challenged but I found this camera to be fairly easy to operate and learn the many features with the aid of the expanded guide I downloaded from Canon. The 50x zoom is amazing.
Pros: Easier than most I have seen to operate. Great zoom. Auto mode handles just about all shooting conditions. Canon's photo software that loaded on my computer for storing and filing my pictures is very nice and easy to work with.
Cons: None as yet.
I am thrilled at the 50x zoom lens, and that's why I wanted this camera. My main subject for photography is birds of all kinds, as well as animals. These living creatures are hard to catch with a regular camera, and the Canon SX50 really gets me in close. I have two criticisms: Even though I have small hands, I keep hitting the MENU button while I'm taking a shot, and have to turn it off and go back to what I was about to photograph. It's just not in a good position. Second, the colors could be richer. Often the subject looks like it needs saturation to be a good photo. I do edit my photos so usually I can save these shots, but the camera could be improved with better color, or contrast, or both.
I can only say I wish I had found this camera a long time ago. the zoom is unbelievable. .
Pros: Ease of use.
Cons: Battery life but that's not a problem with an extra on hand and they are reasonable in price
Canon started out with the Powershot SX10, then SX20, SX30 and SX40 and has raised the bar every time delivering more price performance with each new model introduction. As this is the latest model, Canon has priced this camera competitively given all of the cool features it has included and has kept the price relatively low compared to competing long zoom bridge cameras from Nikon and Panasonic. Having the 50X optical zoom range on such a small form factor camera is a gad-send for those who normally pack a DSLR body with multiple lenses. The trade-off besides sensor size is minimal as the SX50 has all of the latest and greatest Canon features including an advanced low light capable CMOS sensor , Swiveling LCD scree and a bright responsive electronic viewfinder. The camera starts up quickly and is very responsive as the lag time and burst mode is very fast and lag time is minimized if you are capturing action shots. All in all, this camera is a great value as you can easily add an external shoe mount flash unit as it has a built in shoe and full eTTL capability.
Pros: One of the longest optical zooms on the market 50X Image quality Low Light performance Form Factor (light and small compared to a comparably telephoto equipped DSLR)
Cons: Sensor Size is small Image Noise at iso speeds above 800
This camera is amazing. It captures long distance pictures with detail and clarity with the 50 power optical lens. The variable lens focuses accurately at any setting. I have not used the video feature yet, but will do so in the near future due to the quality seen, so far.
Pros: This camera performs as advertised.
I bought this camera for its zoom capabilities and it is living up to all other great reviews. Great to handle and easy to use
Pros: ZOOM !!
Cons: In automatic I wish the flash popped up if needed.
Bought this camera a couple of weeks ago. Feels very sturdy. Zoom is awesome! Battery charges fairly fast (about a couple of hours). Something that surprised me was the quality of the audio. It's very good! Recorded music practice sessions with it and produced a real nice audio to it. Still exploring some of the features, but it is very good.
Pros: great audio great video good autofocus feature can zoom during video
Cons: No carrying case
I wanted a camera with more optical zoom because we have an eagle's nest nearby & I love getting shots of them. This 50x optical zoom does the trick. I was able to get pictures of the babies being fed in the nest! The picture quality is great and the camera is lightweight. I love that I can get this kind of zoom without having to change lenses. I definitely recommend this camera!
Pros: Great optical zoom ... easy to use ... love the "continuous shots" capability.
Cons: The only thing I don't like about the SX50 is having to charge the battery pack. I'm used to using AA Lithium batts & the ease of popping in new ones whenever needed. But I have 2 back-up battery packs now & a car charger, so I should never be without power. Other than that, no cons!
This is a great point and shoot camera, with incredible optical range and the image stabilization that sets Canon apart from the rest. The best part is the processor, which allows for rapid photos almost at SLR levels. For the serious amateur, this is a top choice in one convenient package. I could not be more pleased with this camera. Be sure to buy a SDXC card to fully use its' potential.
Pros: Optical range, rapid processing, light weight, outstanding image stabilization.
Cons: Did not come with a USB cord. Had to order one separately.
I have an iPhone 4S and love the camera that comes with it. However, I cannot zoom onto wildlife here in Appalachia because there is not a good focus on zoom. Since most of my photos are nature-ventured, this has caused a problem! Enter the Canon sx50 HS - I have had it only a couple if days and have joyfully snapped hundreds of gorgeous photos- from the inside to being outside with nature! All I can say is that I wish I'd been able to get this earlier- like years earlier! LOL!
Pros: The steady zoom and many software features
Cons: Haven't found one yet. Wait, I know one! It doesn't fit in my coat or shirt pocket!
steered my daughter to this camera as she was going on vacation and also wanted to start getting into a more serious camera rather than a phone or small digital. after she used it one day her first impression was awesome! A huge shout out to Brooke at Crutchfield, she was very helpful and took the time to answer questions about the camera, memory card, and bag. I needed the camera in four days, it arrived in two days.
Pros: everything, especially the zoom and quality of the photos
Cons: non removable lens (i dont think this should be a concern) the manual comes on a disc or you can view it online
My Canon 5d Mark II is a bit heavy so I needed a camera that was light and powerful to carry around for everyday shooting. The SX50 exceeded by needs by a mile. This camera is amazing and worth every penny. Crutchfield delivered quickly and without problem. The entire ordering process was as painless as it could be.
Pros: Unbelievable zoom and great photos
Cons: None that I can find.
I own both the canon sx40 hs and the sx50 hs. When I bought the sx40 I was really pleased with the picture quality but the autofocus had its problems, most of the time it works pretty well but there are times when it takes two or three seconds to focus, now I have taken hundreds of pictures with the sx50 since I have gotten it and it has locked on to everything I have pointed it at and in half the time of the sx40. I have not tried shooting with raw files yet so I can not evaluate that function, the lens is superb and picture quality is about the best you can get in my opinion in a point and shoot camera.
Pros: Lens is superb, autofocus much improved over the sx40 hs, improved lcd screen with twice the dots and crisper images, feels more like a professional camera than the sx40 hs.
Cons: I really have no cons at this piont, the sx50 hs is everthing I was hoping the sx40 hs would be but it came up a little short.
|LCD Screen Size||2.8"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||24-1200mm|
|Effective Megapixel Count||12.1|
|Highest Resolution||4000 x 3000|
|HD Video Recording||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||21|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Vari-angle LCD Monitor: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a 2.8" Vari-angle TFT LCD monitor, featuring 461,000 dots with approximately 100% picture coverage. The LCD flips out and swivels/rotates for shooting at difficult angles. The LCD display's brightness can be adjusted to one of five levels. The LCD display also features a Night Display feature that, when shooting in dark conditions, the camera automatically brightens the LCD monitor to suit the brightness of the subject, making it easier to frame the subject.
Viewfinder: In addition to the LCD monitor, the camera has an Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) with 202,000 dots. The diopter adjustment lets you adjust the viewfinder to your own personal eyesight. You can switch between the viewfinder and LCD monitor using the Display button.
Image Sensor: The camera is equipped with a 1/2.3" CMOS image sensor with 12.8-million total pixels, and 12.1-million effective pixels.
Optics and Stabilization: The SX50 HS has a 50x optical zoom lens with a 4.3-215mm focal length (35mm equivalent is 24-1200mm). The built-in Optical Image Stabilizer helps control camera shake to give you clear images when you're zoomed way in. Image Stabilization can be used for Still Images (Dynamic IS), Panning (Powered IS), and Macro Shots (Hybrid IS).
Zoom: In addition to the 50x optical zoom, the camera features a 4x digital zoom. When used in combination, the total zoom is approximately 200x. When optical and digital zoom are combined, the total focal length is 24-2880mm (35mm equivalent).
Digital Tele-Converter: The focal length of the lens can be increased by an equivalent of 1.5x or 2.0x through the use of the Digital Tele-Converter. The equivalent focal lengths of the lens (35mm equivalent) are 36-1800mm when using the 1.5x digital tele-converter, and 48-2400mm with the 2.0x tele-converter. The digital zoom and digital tele-converter cannot be used simultaneously.
Recording Media: The camera records still images or moving images with stereo audio on SD Memory Cards (2GB or less), SDHC Memory Cards (4GB to 32GB), and SDXC Memory Cards (32GB and higher). Still images are recorded in JPEG and RAW (CR2 Canon Original) formats, and the movies are recorded in MOV format (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, Audio data: Linear PCM (stereo)). The camera has no built-in memory, and no memory card is included with the camera.
Still Image Resolution/Compression: The SX50 HS can record still images in 4 different sizes (Large, Medium 1, Medium 2, and Small) and 5 aspect ratios (4:3, 16:9, 3:2, 1:1 and 4:5). For each resolution, you can set the compression to Super Fine or Fine. You can choose from the following resolutions:
|4000 x 3000||4000 x 2248||4000 x 2664||2992 x 2992||2400 x 3000|
|Medium 1||2816 x 2112||2816 x 1584||2816 x 1880||2112 x 2112||1696 x 2112|
|Medium 2||1600 x 1200||1920 x 1080||1600 x 1064||1200 x 1200||960 x 1200|
|Small||640 x 480||640 x 360||640 x 424||480 x 480||384 x 480|
Movies: Movies can be shot in Full HD at 1920 x 1080 at 24 fps, and at 1280 x 720 at 30 fps with stereo audio. Standard definition movies can be recorded at 640 x 480 pixels, with a frame rate of 30 frames per second and stereo audio. Recording will automatically stop when either the clip file size reaches 4 GB or the recording time reaches approximately 30 minutes for HD, and 1 hour for SD. SD Speed Class 6 or higher memory cards are recommended when recording movies.
Movie Modes: There are 3 Movie Modes to choose from:
Super Slow Motion Movies: You can shoot fast-moving subjects for playback later in slow motion. You can choose from two frame rates:
|Frame Rate||Image Quality||Playback Time
(for a 30-sec clip)
|240 fps||320 x 240||Approx. 4 min|
|120 fps||640 x 480||Approx. 2 min|
Continuous Shooting Mode: You can use the continuous shooting mode to shoot successive frames while the shutter button is fully pressed:
Focusing Range: The camera features the following focus ranges (from the end of the lens):
Shooting Modes: Using the mode dial on the top of the camera, you can switch between the following shooting modes:
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
Exposure Compensation: If you are shooting against a bright background or strong backlight, you may need to correct the exposure so that the subject doesn't come out too dark. You can set the adjustments from -3 to +3 in 1/3-step increments.
Locking the Exposure Setting (AE Lock): You can set the exposure and focus separately. This is effective when the contrast is too strong between the subject and background, or when a subject is backlit. Flash Exposure Lock (FE Lock), just as with the AE lock, lets you lock the exposure for shooting with the flash.
White Balance: You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, and Custom 1 & 2.
Flash Modes: The PowerShot SX50 HS has a built-in pop-up flash. You can select Auto (flash fires in low light), Slow-synchro, On (flash always fires), or Off (flash doesn't fire). The built-in flash has a range of 1.6' to 18' in Wide Angle and 4.6' to 9.8' in Telephoto. In the menu, you can turn on the Red-Eye Reduction lamp for the flash, and apply Red-Eye Correction to the images that have been taken.
ISO Speed: The ISO speed can be set Automatically (ISO Auto), or manually ISO 80 to ISO 6400 in 20 steps (1/3 EV). Lowering the ISO speed results in sharper images but there's a greater chance of subject or image blurring in certain shooting conditions. Raising the ISO speed results in a faster shutter speed, reducing blurred images. The images, however, will appear more coarse.
My Colors: You can choose the look and feel of the photos you take by using My Colors to add the following effects to the image you are currently recording or have already recorded: Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, B/W, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.
Self-Timer: The SX50 HS utilizes a 10-second, 2-second, and a custom self-timer to allow the photographer to be included in the shot, or to avoid camera shake when using a tripod. The custom self-timer allows you to set the time delay to 1-15, 20, 25, or 30 seconds for up to 10 shots.
Stitch Assist Images: You can shoot a large subject by taking multiple shots at various positions, and then use the included software to combine them into a panorama. You can take up to 26 total images, each one partially overlapping the previous.
Index Display: This feature allows you to view 4, 9, 36, or 100 images at once on the LCD monitor so that you can search for an image quickly. Movies cannot be played in the index playback mode. You can view the index display by rotating the zoom lever toward wide angle while the camera is in playback mode.
Filtered Playback: When there are many images on the memory card, you can filter and display them by a specified filter. You can also protect or delete all images at once while filtered. Available filters include: Favorites, Shot Date, My Category, Name, and Still Image/Movie.
Review Info: You can choose different ways to display your photos/movies: No Information, Detailed Information, and Focus Check.
Red-Eye Correction: You can correct red eyes in already recorded images. However, red eyes may not be automatically detected in some images such as faces near the screen edge, faces that appear extremely small, larger dark or bright in relation to the overall image and faces turned to the side or at a diagonal and faces with a portion hidden which prevents the Red-Eye Correction from working. You can choose to overwrite the file with the corrected image, or store the image as a new file, retaining the original image.
PictBridge: Using the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a PictBridge-compatible printer of any brand. In this way, you can make prints directly from the camera without having to connect to a computer.
Power Requirements: The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS powered by the NB-10L Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery. The camera includes the CB-2LC battery charger, which can charge the NB-10L battery in approximately 1 hour 50 minutes. For long periods of continuous use, or when connected to a computer, it is recommended that the camera be connected to the optional ACK-DC80 AC adapter kit. The estimated battery life of the NB-10L in the SX50 HS is as follows:
|Number of Shots||Screen On||315 shots|
|Viewfinder On||335 shots|
|Movie Recording Time||Screen On||1 hour 15 min|
|Viewfinder On||1 hour 20 min|
|Continuous Shooting||Screen On||2 hours 25 min|
|Viewfinder On||2 hours 30 min|
|Playback Time||7 hours|
Date/Time Battery: The camera uses a built-in backup battery for maintaining the date and time data for about three weeks after the battery pack has been removed. By inserting a charged battery or connecting an AC adapter kit, the date/time battery can be charged in approximately 4 hours, even if the camera is not turned on.
Power Saving Functions: The camera is equipped with the following power saving functions:
Note: The Power Saving Function will not activate during a Slide-Show or while the camera is connected to a computer.
HDMI Output: The PowerShot SX50 HS is equipped with a mini-HDMI (Type C) for connecting the camera to your HDTV. An optional mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable, such as the Canon HTC-100, is required.
A/V Output/Digital Terminal: The camera has a Mini-B Version 2.0 USB terminal to allow you to connect the camera to a compatible computer or compatible Canon printer. No USB cable is included. An optional USB cable must be obtained in order to load images to your computer or printer. Through the same USB jack, you can connect the camera to a TV or video monitor with stereo RCA audio and composite video input jacks using the optional AVC-DC400ST Stereo AV Cable. You can set the video output to NTSC or PAL.
Remote Terminal: The 2.5mm sub-minijack located on the right side of the camera is provided for the RS-60E3 Remote Switch. The switch enables remote shutter button operation, including pressing the shutter button halfway or all the way down. The attached cable is 25" long.
Included Software: The PowerShot SX50 HS comes supplied with the Canon Digital Camera Solution Disk Ver.123.0 CD-ROM. It contains the following programs:
Compatible Operating Systems:
YES i THINK IT IS A GOOD CAMERA. [ PATRICK M Mar 08, 2014 ]
We have not received any answers from other customers on your question. I would recommend reaching out to an Advisor by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. They should be able to help answer your question. [ Jeff Mar 03, 2014 ] Staff
The challenge is going to be the light in the gymnasium and the event. This is an excellent consumer level camera for average lighting and action situations that provides a great range of options. What you get with flexibility is sort of a compromise across the board, what will be good in certain conditions will be satisfcatory in others. I havent had much satisfaction with distance or action with the camera. My advice is if you already own it, experiment. [ ANTHONY C Feb 16, 2014 ]
Thank you. I take a lot of pictures in dimly lit places and auditoriums so I was looking for something that would be an improvement over what I have. [ Sally Feb 03, 2014 ]
I haven't used it in a gym or auditorium, but I have been well pleased with how it has performed in every setting I have tried it in, The one exception was in a large enclosed tent at night that had a combination of lighting (LED and incandescent) that seemed to mess with everyone's digital cameras. I love my camera! [ TERRI L Feb 02, 2014 ]