Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review

Canon's superzoom bridge packs a whopping 50x zoom

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The bridge camera section of the market is continuing to perform well in a time when the general compact camera market is on a downturn.

What bridge cameras such as the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS offer is fantastic flexibility in a smaller, lighter and cheaper package than a DSLR. The trade-off is a smaller sensor and the impossibility of changing lenses.

They're fantastic for travelling photographers, or those looking to get a bit more from their photography without the added complications that an interchangeable lens system brings.

One of the biggest disadvantages of the Canon SX40 was that it didn't have the capability of shooting in raw format. Happily, Canon has addressed that issue, making the Canon SX50 a much more attractive proposition.

We liked

With many great features onboard the Canon SX50, picking one feature is difficult. But, what probably stands out the most is that incredible 50x optical zoom lens, giving this camera huge appeal to travel, wildlife and family photographers.

We disliked

It's a shame that at the widest end of the optic, the camera couldn't boast a wider aperture, because that would have really been the icing on the cake for this great bridge camera.

Final verdict

What we've got here is good image quality, lots of features, an attractive body and plenty to appeal to a wide variety of photographers.

While it's true that the Panasonic FZ200 offers a better maximum aperture value, of f/2.8 throughout its entire range, this camera boasts a whopping 50x optical zoom - something you won't get anywhere else.

For anybody looking to purchase a bridge camera this year, the Canon SX50 is easily one of the best options currently available on the market. An articulating screen, raw format shooting and of course that giant zoom all add to a fantastic package in a neat little body. It's just a shame about the EVF, though.

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
Image Sensor Size1/2.3" (6.16 mm x 4.62 mm)
Maximum Image Resolution4000 x 3000
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height87.3 mm
Width122.5 mm
Depth105.5 mm
Focal Length4.30 mm to 215 mm
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesManual, Auto
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product ModelSX50 HS
Product NamePowerShot SX50 HS Digital Compact Camera
Product LinePowerShot
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter priority AE
  • Aperture priority AE
  • Manual
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.

Package Contents
  • PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Compact Camera
  • Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery NB-10L
  • Charger
Limited Warranty1 Year