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Canon PowerShot S50
Canon PowerShot S50

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Canon PowerShot S50

Editor's Review

The top-ranked Canon PowerShot S50 offers superb image quality and easy-to-use controls. Offering almost all the advanced features and optional manual controls of the G3, yet simple enough for beginners to use, the S50 should appeal to anyone who wants high resolution in a compact package.


  • 5.0 megapixels (effective)
  • 3x optical zoom/4.1x digital zoom
  • auto and manual focus
  • program and manual exposure
  • JPEG and RAW file formats
  • ISO range 50-400
  • proprietary Lithium-Ion battery
  • movie mode with sound
  • UPC: 00013803024487
  • Release Date: Apr 09, 2003

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Canon PowerShot S50 Reviews

Canon PowerShot S50 Reviews by Digital Camera-HQ Users

  • 5.0 out of 5
I think I got a GREAT camera! (Jennifer Malone — 03/03/2007)

I got this camera, my first 'real' digital camera right before our first Int'l trip. I was extremely pleased with the quality of the pictures. Many times I have wondered if someone 'accidentally' put a higher quality camera inside because my pics are VERY OFTEN a higher quality than others that have paid MUCH more than I did and also have a much higher megapixel. I do see a lag time occasionally if lighting isn't right but I will take that anyday for the HIGH quality pics I have gotten.

I have tried very hard to not be ROUGH on this one like I used to be on regular cameras. I have only dropped it once and keep it covered and in a very cushioned case. I want to keep this one as long as I can!

I am VERY happy! I even got to take it back to Italy & Greece, has made WONDERFUL lasting memories.

  • 1.0 out of 5
S50 (tony — 09/28/2006)

Pure JUNK. Took great pictures then it went bad. Got a replacement one and it too went bad, the s50 no longer took pics but was able to show the one it had taken. The screen went blank so thats all she wrote,
canon wanted 250.00 to fix their crappie camera so i bought a Nikon coolpix with the money. Do'nt buy it new or used (refurbished)....

  • 2.0 out of 5
Good pictures but reliability bad (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I use the S50 mostly for work in Bangladesh and have had to have the DC to DC converter go bad while under warranty and almost a year ago it started to act like it is doing the same thing. The battery warning comes on and then the camera shuts down after the voltage reaches 7.6 to 7.8 volts. All the labeling on the camera long ago disappeared. Sent the camera back for repair a year ago and Canon wanted $120 to look at it and the repair on top of that. Works good for if you don't use it a lot

  • 1.0 out of 5
second piece of crap from canon (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I got a "refurbished" model from canon after my first camera, the S45, crapped out on me. I paid $250 to upgrade to this camera (because I was one month past the 1 year warranty, they made me pay to fix their poor quality). Well now the S50 crapped out on me 11 months later. Basically two canon cameras both died on average one year after purchase. Don't waste your money. Pictures and features are great, but durability and reliability get a big fat "F". I learned my lesson and switched to a Sony.

  • 5.0 out of 5
Fabulous Camera (anonymous — 07/18/2006)

I have owned this camera for over a year, and I have to tell you that I have learned to appreciate the quality of Canon. This is by far the sturdiest camera I have ever owned. I have dropped this camera more than once from various distances (butterfingers), as the case will attest, and I have NEVER had a bad picture yet! My husband and I are currently shopping for another Canon. I am naturally drawn to the S70 for the same reasons that I bought the S50 - Size, quality, & features. You will NOT be disappointed with this camera.

  • 4.0 out of 5
Great Camera in a Small Package (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
I have used the Canon PowerShot S50 since June, 2004 and have found it overall better than many cameras in its price range. The Canon S50 is a great little camera that is well designed and very well built. It was made to use and to bring both satisfaction and pride to the photographer. At 5MP, it takes photos that can be favorably compared to film cameras by the ordinary photographer who is interested in "capturing the moment" for family and friends. There are two drawbacks: the dedicated battery has an inherently short life (additional batteries are expensive, around $70.00) and no filters are available. This makes the camera most unsatisfactory when a polarizing filter is needed for a shot. Apart from these two drawbacks, I am pleased with the camera and its performance.
  • 5.0 out of 5
Great camera with all the features and superior picture quality at a good price (anonymous — 07/18/2006)
There is nothing this camera can't do. All the features and optics of the more expense SLR models at lower price. I also would suggest using a high speed 20x or higher scan disc to reduce down load time between pictures when it is necessary to take several pictures in rapid succession.