Canon SX50 HS summary
Canon SX50 HS is Canon's Small Sensor Superzoom camera initially revealed on January of 2013. It has a 12 MegaPixel, BSI-CMOS 1/2.3" size sensor with a max resolution of 4000 x 3000.
The SX50 HS is scored #77 out of 243 in Small Sensor Superzoom cameras and overall #543 out of 1436 for digital cameras in our list. You should use our Advanced camera search to get camera ratings based on your personalized criteria.
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Canon SX50 HS family
The Canon SX50 HS is part of a family of products. You can read the complete list below.
Canon SX50 HS Gallery
You can look at the SX50 HS from several angles in the gallery underneath.
Canon SX50 HS Pros and Cons
Here is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon SX50 HS based on aspects that are normally considered necessary in a camera.
Canon SX50 HS Sensor features
The Canon SX50 HS features the Digic 5 processor. The sensor specification on the Canon SX50 HS is 6.17mm x 4.55mm (1/2.3"). The 28 mm² sensor is able to capture 4000 x 3000 pixels using aspect ratios of 1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera boasts Image Stabilization (Optical). Sensor stabilization is superior than digital stabilization since the latter may produce cropping.Photographer fined '$200,000' for failing to deliver photos
The BSI-CMOS sensor boasts 12 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 80 to 6400. RAW files are supported which means that the user has more room to maneuver in post.
The picture below shows the SX50 HS's sensor size compared to other common sizes. The SX50 HS sensor comes with a crop factor of 5.8 and is presented in green.Last day to get your files as Canon Irisa shuts down
To get an understanding of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.
Canon SX50 HS dimensions
Canon SX50 HS weighs around 1.31 pounds (595g or 20.99 oz) and features outer measurements of 123mm x 87mm x 106mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 4.2"). The weight of typical Small Sensor Superzoom camera is 387g and the Canon SX50 HS is weightier as compared to various rivals.World's smallest camera makes it into Guinness Book of Records
Listed below is a visual of the Canon SX50 HS with a soda so you can have a sense of its size.
The top view directly below will provide the button design on the SX50 HS.
Canon SX50 HS Lens features
The SX50 HS comes with a built-in lens offering a focal range of 24-1200mm making it a 50.0 x zoom which is huge and could enable you to zoom right in.
At it's widest 24mm, it will have an aperture of f3.4 which is kind of sluggish and not very good in low light conditions and you will probably find it difficult to capture good bokeh. You will also need to raise your ISO producing noisy files. On the long end, 1200mm is outstanding zoom and comes to f6.5 which is fairly slow and you will have to go with slow shutter speeds.
Canon SX50 HS Connectivity
The SX50 HS has the following connectivity:
- USB Yes
- HDMI Yes
Digital cameras that contain NFC and Bluetooth support are able to be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can send pictures and usually alter camera settings without connecting straight with the camera.
Several apps also enable a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera features a HDMI out, it can easily be hooked up to an external monitor. Virtually all cameras will allow you to recharge the battery pack using the USB socket.
Canon SX50 HS Video features
The max video resolution on the Canon SX50 HS is 1920 x 1080 and it can record in H.264 format. 1080p resolution offers a decent balance between quality versus file size but 1080p is not going to leave you with much room to downsample. The body does not have a mic and headphone port which means you have absolutely no control over your sound. It is perhaps best to purchase a different camera in case you need good sound in your video clips.
Canon SX50 HS Weather Sealing
There is no environment sealing in the Canon SX50 HS so you have to be careful in rainy and dusty situations.
Canon SX50 HS Display and Viewfinder
The Canon SX50 HS has a 2.8" fully articulated display having a resolution of 461k dots.
It includes a selfie friendly display to get self portraits and even group photos if necessary. Please note that the display screen offers no touch support.Handle those 8K RED files like a boss
The View Finder specifications regarding Canon SX50 HS are below:
- ViewFinder Electronic
- ViewFinder Resolution 202k dots
- ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
In those bright outdoor situations that make the camera displays washed out and difficult to view, viewfinders can be particularly helpful.
Canon SX50 HS Shutter features
Canon SX50 HS is able to shoot continuously at 2.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/2000s.
Canon SX50 HS Flash and Hot shoe features
Canon SX50 HS boasts both built in flash plus external flash support. The maximum flash sync speed is 1/2000s.
Canon SX50 HS Autofocusing features
Canon SX50 HS boasts only Contrast Based AF and doesn't have Phase Detect AF. Phase Detection focusing is a lot quicker and exact as compared to Contrast Based focusing. The camera has Face detect making it handy for portrait photography.
The AF system has 9 focus points to choose from. It also features Tracking AF for moving objects. Canon SX50 HS features manual focusing when required during low light scenarios or you need to have more accurate control on focusing.
Canon SX50 HS Battery life
The battery pack (NB-10L) in the Canon SX50 HS is built to last for 315 pictures as per the CIPA benchmarks making it on par with its competitors. The usual Small Sensor Superzoom camera battery life is 316. Fujifilm HS35EXR offers the maximum (600) battery life within this category of cameras.
Following is a list of Small Sensor Superzoom cameras that come with the best battery life:
Canon SX50 HS for various forms of photography
The following illustration shows a summary of the Canon SX50 HS for various forms of photography. To understand more, go to the specific paragraph below.
Canon SX50 HS as a Portrait photography camera
The Canon SX50 HS has a score of 48 which is average, and means the camera is reasonably suited to use for portraits. Shooting portraits favors greatly towards sensor specs, RAW support along with the capability to use external flash.
Canon SX50 HS Street photography highlights
With a average score of 57, the Canon SX50 HS is fairly adequate to use in street photography. A decent street photography camera comes with a perfect balance of image quality and portability.
Canon SX50 HS Sports photography information
A lousy sports photography rating of 39 suggests the Canon SX50 HS is not suitable for taking photos of sports. A camera should have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.
Travel photography with Canon SX50 HS
Portability is very important when picking a travel camera. All things considered, the Canon SX50 HS gets a decent 53 as a travel camera which is reasonably acceptable for your journeys.
Canon SX50 HS Landscape photography advice
For anyone who is looking to choose a digital camera for landscape pictures, the most vital factor will no doubt be image quality. The Canon SX50 HS and it's decent rating of 46 for a landscape camera is somewhat acceptable compared to it's competitors.
Canon SX50 HS as a Vlogging camera
A vlogging camera preferably should have a articulating display, mic port and ideally image stabilization. Taking all things into account, the Canon SX50 HS is relatively appropriate as a vlog camera as it receives a reasonable score of 58.
Canon SX50 HS Alternatives
If you are in the market for replacements to the SX50 HS, here is a number of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Small Sensor Superzoom.
The chart here offers you a bird's eye view of the SX50 HS compared to it's highest ranked competitors suggested earlier.
There are more cameras you may regard as alternative options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.