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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Canon's superzoom bridge packs a whopping 50x zoom

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

JPEG images from the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS are most similar in their signal to noise ratio scores to those from the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, although the newer camera is slightly stronger overall. Both of these cameras produce better results than the Panasonic FZ200 and Nikon Coolpix L810, at every sensitivity setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Of the cameras tested, only the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS and Panasonic FZ200 are able to shoot in raw file format. Here, the Canon beats the Panasonic again for signal to noise ratio, with the Panasonic dropping off dramatically at higher ISO settings.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

For dynamic range, JPEG images from the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS again sit at the top of the chart, beating the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS, Panasonic FZ200 and Nikon Coolpix L810 at every ISO setting, with the Nikon performing worst and the other two sitting closest together on the scale.

Raw dynamic range

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Again, in the raw image files the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS shows a greater dynamic range than the Panasonic FZ200, at all sensitivities, although this time the difference between them is slightly less pronounced.

Tech Specs

Product TypeCompact Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution12.1 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
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
Battery Model SupportedNB-10L
Height87.3 mm
Width122.5 mm
Depth105.5 mm
Autofocus Points1
Focal Length4.30 mm to 215 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
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 Address
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