Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Detailed Review

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

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The PowerShot SX50 HS was presented by Canon in September 2012. It is a Superzoom Digital Camera.
Sensor Properties

In additional PowerShot SX50 HS has a Compact CMOS sensor with size of 6 x 5 mm² (0.24" x 0.18").

Also PowerShot SX50 HS's image sensor has an effective resolution of around 12 megapixel. This resolution is far below average.

The Canon does not support recording RAW images. RAW images are stored as they come from the sensor, without any in-camera processing or sharpening. Converting to JPEG or other formats takes place on the computeand involves one extra processing step but will almost always result in superior image quality.

Sensor area6.17 x 4.55mm²
(0.24" x 0.18")
Resolution (physical)12.00 megapixel
Resolution (effective)12.00 megapixel
Pixel size2.30 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 2 frames/second
Focal length (min)24mm
Focal length (max)1200mm
Aperture (max)3.4
Aperture (min)6.5
Viewfinder Properties

The PowerShot SX50 HS uses an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 0.20 megapixel, close to the practical minimum for a viewfinder like this.

The magnifcation is c. 0.50x, an average value for an electronic viewfinder.

Resolution0.20 megapixel
Dioptric correction

The PowerShot SX50 HS's shutter speed varies from 1/2000s to 15s.

The highest shutter speed of the Canon is just 1/2000s. That's no longer state of the art and may cause problems in challenging light conditions.

Max. shutter speed1/2000s
Min. shutter speed15s
Sensitivity Properties

The PowerShot SX50 HS's sensitivity goes from 80 ISO und 6400 ISO, a very useful and practical range.

Min. sensitivity80 ISO
Max. sensitivity6400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The PowerShot SX50 HS supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Center weight
Auto Focus Properties

The PowerShot SX50 HS's auto focus processor uses 9 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in low light).

The Canon doesn't support manual focussing. That can be an issue if the auto focus has problems with your subject or lighting.

AF points9
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The PowerShot SX50 HS has a built-in flash with a diapason of up to 6m (18 ft.). That range will fit for almost all occasion.

(18 ft.)
Hot shoe
Display Specs
PowerShot SX50 HS display

The PowerShot SX50 HS features a monitor with a diagonal of 71.00mm (2.8 in.) and a resolution of c. 0.46 megapixel. That rather low resolution is no longer state of the art and will make it difficult to evaluate images on the display.

The camera's display is articulated, a plus for selfies and other challenging situations.

The PowerShot SX50 HS does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Size71.00mm (diagonal)
(2.8 in.)
Resolution0.46 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

PowerShot SX50 HS video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

ACamera is not equipped with an external microphone.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Video parameters:

Max. resolution1920 x 1080 pixel
...with frame rates24 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

Built-in wireless connectivity is not available with the Canon. You will need appropriate accessories to wirelessly transfer images between camera and smartphone.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Memory cardsSD

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a NB-10L LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 315 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The PowerShot SX50 HS's battery battery parameters:

TypeNB-10L LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life315 photos

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS's dimensions are 123 x 87 x 105.9mm³. (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.2"). This includes the lens. The camera's weight is a reasonable 598 grams (19.3 oz.), lens included.

Here is front and top view of the PowerShot SX50 HS:

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Dimensions (Width / Height)
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Dimensions (Width / Depth)
Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS size comparison

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