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Macro focusing is quick and accurate, and enables you to get really close to the subject.
Macro focusing even works well when the light source is low, or the subject is prone to movement.
Despite its small size, the Canon SX50's sensor is still able to resolve bags of detail, even at the telephoto end of the 50x optic.
The Canon SX50 is a great option for a wide variety of subjects, including wildlife. DSLR owners can usually only dream of such a huge zoom range.
At the widest end of the optic, the Canon SX50 offers an equivalent of 24mm, making it a fantastic choice for getting a large proportion of the scene in the frame.
Even at 100x digital zoom, image quality is still fairly high, giving great flexibility for capturing far away action.
It's fair to say that image quality does drop quite dramatically at 200x digital zoom, but it's nice to have this flexibility if you really need to use it.
Colours are represented well by the SX50 straight from the camera, they're punchy without being overly vibrant.
Noise is controlled well at high sensitivity settings, though there is some examples of image smoothing when examining the images at 100%. Normal printing and web sizes are good, though.
Even in artificial lighting conditions, auto white balance does a good job of producing accurate colours.
There's a fairly decent range of art filters available on the SX50, giving you the opportunity to get really creative with your shooting style. See below for some of those filters in action.
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