Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Brief Review

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Specifications

  • 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • 50x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle
  • 1080/24p HD video recording with stereo sound
  • 2.8-inch swivel touchscreen LCD with 461,000 dots
  • Image stabilization
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Flash hotshoe
  • RAW Capture
  • Manual modes
  • Lithium-ion battery
  • Release Date: 2012-10-10
  • Final Grade: 89 B+

B+
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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; 50x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 1080/24p HD video recording with stereo sound; 2.8-inch swivel touchscreen LCD with 461,000 dots; Image stabilization; Built-in WiFi; Flash hotshoe; RAW Capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
By , Last updated on: 5/18/2014

Canon has leapfrogged Nikon's P510 with the SX50 HS, a camera sporting an improbably long 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom. They're claiming improved image stabilization, up to 4.5 stops, but hand-holding 1200mm is bound to be difficult. Other improvements include better autofocus, a slightly enlarged 2.8-inch swivel touchscreen, and built-in wireless. The release has even more clearly divided the market into Panasonic's FZ200, with its relatively short 24x zoom and fast lens speed, and the ever-lengthening zoom ranges of other models. It will be interesting to see where other manufacturers, most notably Fujifilm, fall in future releases.

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