Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a 12.1-Megapixels Digital Camera with 50x Wide-Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom. It features 24-1200mm (35mm Equivalent) Lens, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, Full HD 1080p Video recording with Stereo Sound, Optical Image Stabilizer, High Speed AF Focuses in 0.19 sec, High-Speed Burst HQ for 13fps Shooting, Built-in Hot Shoe, and has 2.8-inch Vari-Angle LCD with Viewfinder. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2″ / 12.2 x 8.6 x 10.7 cm and weight 1.2 lb / 0.54 kg.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½

Our Review

Features & Design

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a design that is smaller and lighter than the SX40. Additionally, this camera also looks very similar to a DSLR that has a plastic body and is made with very well. It was a success from Canon to create innovative designs. At the front, the handle or grip feels quite comfortable with the shutter button and lever on it to control the 50x optical zoom lens as well as the power button and mode dial for shooting modes. There is also a hot-shoe for adding an external flash and a dedicated button to activate the internal flash.


In addition, this camera also has a 2.8-inch screen with a resolution of 461 000 pixels to view photos or play back your videos with bright and clear. The screen can be rotated to vary angle making it easier for users capture images from any angle desired. Not only that, the electronic viewfinder of this camera is also quite bright, so it helps you in any situation especially in low-light shooting. To use the viewfinder, you only need to press the display button so that the camera automatically switches from screen mode to viewfinder.

You will find two buttons located next to the lens, the two keys are Framing Assist button seek and lock. Seek button serves to help you zoom out and zoom in quickly on the subject you want, while the Lock key to activate the image stabilization function, so you get the perfect shot.


Meanwhile, on the back you will find a video record button, ISO, Macro, Exposure, and Function Set has been well laid out, including the Display and the Menu button. The menu system on this camera is very easy to understand and use, so it helps you to learn all the functions of this camera. Not only that, the Function Set button also allows users to access various menus or shooting mode quickly.

From the test results, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a battery life that is quite impressive. The battery is capable of shooting up to 350 shots on a single charge, even it can give the shot is much more than that.

Performance & Image Quality

When Canon launched the SX50 HS, they claim that this camera has improved performance and better than the SX40. And it was proven when in testing, this camera is able to shoot quickly without prefocusing after the shutter release button is pressed with a time just 0.3 seconds in a well-lit shooting conditions. While in low light situations, the speed dropped to 0.5 seconds, but still fairly good for a prosumer camera size.

The time of shot to shot is also very good, where the camera takes an average of about 1.6 seconds, and 2.4 seconds when using the flash. In addition, the continuous shooting mode of SX50 HS produces performance that makes you pretty amazed. You can shoot full-resolution images with 10-shot-burst scene mode that lets you shoot up to 13 frames per second.

Speaking of image quality, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is capable of producing excellent images even though not as good as a DSLR camera. You will be impressed with the images produced in the range of ISO100-400 where the image has a very good quality to be viewed or printed in large size. At ISO400-800, images look softer and looks to have emerged noise but still good enough for printing of small size with a little cropping or magnification. The camera also lets you shoot RAW files, so you can process them manually with photo software like Photoshop in order to get maximum results.

Sample photos: Program auto, 1/125, f4, 100 ISO, 4.3-4.3mm at 215mm (24mm equiv.) (Credit: Cameralabs)

Sample photos: Program auto, 1/125, f4, 100 ISO, 4.3-4.3mm at 215mm (24mm equiv.) (Credit: Cameralabs)

While the ISO1600-3200, pictures seem to have less accurate color as well as the subjects look very soft and lacking detail. If looking at the photo quality, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is more suitable for use outdoors with sufficient light, but if you want to use it in the room with little light, you should avoid using ISO above ISO800 to get a good picture quality.

Overall, the picture quality is very good with a bright and sharp results at ISO100-400 settings. Exposure also looks very good and fun coupled with the features of Dynamic Range correction which helps improve image quality at any ISO range.

In addition, the video quality produced by the SX50 HS is also very good that you can display on your HDTV or computer. You can record 1080p video at 24 frames per second with just a push of a button video recorder. When recording video, the camera also lets you capture photos at full resolution or zooming. Sound recorded by a video camera with a stereo microphone that sounds pretty good, supported by sound level settings and filters wind. Overall, the video quality is very good although not as good as its competitors.

Should I buy the camera?

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a super-zoom camera that has a tremendous zoom range with image stabilization is very good and good image quality. This camera is also equipped with a wide range of shooting modes that can be set automatically or manually by the user. In addition to having the ability to capture RAW image files, SX50 HS is also equipped with a Hot Shoe that lets you add an external flash. Plus the price is quite affordable camera for the super-zoom camera enthusiast, it price only $339.00.

Rating: ★★★★☆



Pixels Actual: 12.8 Megapixel, Effective: 12.1 Megapixel

Sensor 1/2.3″ CMOS

Bit Depth 12-bit

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW
+ Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MOV
+ Audio: Linear PCM

Max Resolution 12MP: 4000 x 3000 @ 4:3

Aspect Ratio 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 4:5, 16:9

Image Stabilization Optical & Digital


+ EFL: 4.3-215 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24-1200 mm)
+ Aperture: f/3.4 (W) – 6.5 (T)

Filter Thread Not Specified By Manufacturer

Zoom Optical: 50x, Digital: 4x

Focus Range
+ Wide: 2.0″ (5.08 cm) – Infinity
+ Wide: 3.3′ (1.01 m) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 4.3′ (1.31 m) – Infinity
+ Telephoto: 43′ (13.11 m) – Infinity
+ Auto: 0.0″ (0.00 cm) – Infinity
+ Wide Macro: 0.0″ (0.00 cm) – 1.6′ (0.49 m)

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity
+ Auto, 80-6400
+ Shutter 1 – 1/2000 sec
+ 15 – 1/2000 sec in Manual Mode

Exposure Metering Center-weighted, Evaluative, Spot

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: AE Lock, Aperture Priority, Manual, Program, Program Shift, Safety Shift, Shutter Priority
+ Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)

White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Tungsten

Burst Rate Up to 13 fps for up to 10 frames

Self Timer 2 Sec, 10 Sec, 30 Sec

Remote Control RS-60E3 (Optional)


Flash Modes Auto, Flash On, Off, Slow Sync

Built-in Flash Yes

Effective Flash Range
+ Wide: 1.6 – 18′ (0.49 – 5.49 m)
+ Telephoto: 4.6 – 9.8′ (1.40 – 2.99 m)

External Flash Connection Hot Shoe

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Memory Card Type SD, SDHC, SDXC

Still Images per GB
+ JPEG: 172 @ Highest Resolution – 7675 @ Lowest Resolution
+ RAW: 55 @ Highest Resolution


Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL

Audio Recording With Video, Stereo


Viewfinder Type Electronic

Diopter Adjustment Not Specified By Manufacturer

Viewfinder Coverage Not Specified By Manufacturer

Screen 2.8″ LCD Rear Screen Swivel (461,000 pixels)


Connectivity AV Output, HDMI C (Mini), USB 2.0


Type NB-10L Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack, 7.4VDC, 920mAh

AC Power Adapter CA-PS700 (Optional)

Weight & Dimension

Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.8 x 3.4 x 4.2″ / 12.2 x 8.6 x 10.7 cm

Weight 1.2 lb / .54 kg

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User Manual

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