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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Canon's superzoom bridge packs a whopping 50x zoom

As part of our image quality testing for the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 80 the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 80, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 100, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 400, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 1600, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 3200, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

ISO 6400, score: 14 (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
HDMIYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyPowerShot
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
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
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 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