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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera, 12.1MP, CMOS Sensor, 50x Optical Zoom, 24-1200mm (35mm Equivalent) Lens, Full HD 1080p Video with Stereo Sound, Black

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The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera is the world's first compact digital camera with a 50x optical zoom lens. The impressive focal length range extends all the way from a wide-angle 24mm to a super-telephoto 1200mm (35mm equivalent). The camera has a 12.1MP CMOS image sensor and a DIGIC 5 Image Processor, enabling you to capture high-resolution JPEG and RAW still images, as well as full HD 1080p video with stereo sound. The 2.8" Vari-Angle LCD monitor features a resolution of 461,000 pixels and an electronic viewfinder.

Sensitivity up to ISO 6400 helps the camera produce clear, detailed images even in low-light situations. Optical image stabilization compensates for camera shake in these conditions for crisp, blur-free image quality. High Speed AF provides fast 0.19-sec focusing, improving upon the SX40 HS's 0.38 sec and a reduction in shooting lag time from 0.45 sec (on the SX40 HS) to 0.25 sec to ensure that you don't miss a shot. Zoom Framing Assist Seek and Lock functions make it easy to track your subjects and keep them centered in the frame until you capture the image.

High-Speed Burst HQ enables continuous capture at 13fps for up to 10 frames. Smart AUTO mode automatically chooses the best camera settings for the situation, selecting from 58 predefined scenarios. Face ID adjusts focus and exposure priority based upon up to 12 pre-registered faces. A variety of shooting modes are at your disposal as well, including Manual, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Program, plus Movie Digest for combining a whole day's worth of clips into a video, Stitch Assist for panoramic shots and many more. High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode combines 3 different exposures into one evenly-lit image.

With the camera's built-in hot shoe, you can use optional Canon Speedlite flashes, such as the 270EX II, 320EX and 600EX-RT. Using the included USB cable and the PictBridge interface, one can enjoy the ability to print directly from the camera to a compatible printer without using a computer.

The Canon SX50 HS is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Video, Weddings, Wildlife and more.The Canon SX50 HS is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Canon SX50 HS is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Canon SX50 HS: Compact, Durable, Easy to use, Excellent image quality, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Good battery life, Good image quality, Good in low light, Good low-light performance, Great zoom, Image stabilization, Large clear LCD, Lightweight/portable, Nice body color, Nice features/settings, Short lag time, Simple controls/menu and Zoom range/performance

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (98),Excellent image quality (77),Large clear LCD (77),Nice features/settings (65),Lightweight/portable (63),Good battery life (59),Simple controls/menu (53),Image stabilization (43),Good low-light performance (42),Durable (39),Zoom range/performance (36),Good image quality (33) Fast / accurate auto-focus (24),Compact (23),Short lag time (13),Good in low light (11),Nice body color (11),Great zoom (4) View All
Short battery life (12),Missing features/settings (11),Poor low-light performance (10),Difficult to use (7),Lag / shutter delay (7),Complicated controls/menu (5),Heavy/bulky (3),Poor image quality (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (30),Wildlife (30),Travel (29),Family photos (25),Low light (15),Sports/action (14),Video (8),Weddings (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (29),Semi-pro photographer (7),Casual photographer (4),Pro photographer (3)

Canon SX50 HS Features

  • World's first 50x Optical Zoom (24-1200mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers magnificent images whether you are up close or far away
  • 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor combined with a DIGIC 5 Image Processor creates the Canon HS SYSTEM for improved low-light performance up to ISO 6400 and enhanced image quality
  • Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output
  • High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed and High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames while maintaining superb image quality
  • Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition
  • Bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles, plus an Electronic Viewfinder
  • Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces
  • Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW+JPEG for the ultimate creative control
  • Built-in hot shoe allows compatibility with optional Speedlite flashes for additional lighting options

Canon SX50 HS Specifications

Image Capture Device Type
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Total Pixels
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 215.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1200mm)
Digital Zoom
Focusing Range
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto: 0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Sports: 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (W), 43 ft. (13m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0 in. - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 202,000 dots)
LCD Monitor
2.8-inch TFT Color Vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
LCD Pixels
Approx. 461,000 dots
LCD Coverage
Approx. 100%
Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T)
Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 sec.
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/ 2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400
Light Metering Method
Evaluative, Center-weighted average, Spot
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
Built-in Flash
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
Flash Range
1.6 ft. - 18 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.5m (W), (1.4m - 3.0m (T))
Recycling Time
10 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, Sports, SCN, Creative Filters, Movie
Photo Effects
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color
Self Timer
Custom, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Approx. 10-sec. delay
Continuous Shooting
1) Normal: Approx. 2.2 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 13 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
2) AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 4.1 shots/sec. (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
3) LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Storage Media
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
File Format
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
No. of Recording Pixels: Still Images 1
16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248
3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
No. of Recording Pixels: Still Images 2
1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000
No. of Recording Pixels: Videos
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 24 fps (23.976)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Movie Digest HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Playback Modes File: Stills & Videos
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Playback Modes File: Still Images
Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning
Playback Modes File: Videos
Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Erase chapters, Editing
Erase Modes
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
Video Out
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Mini-HDMI connector
Audio Out
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Other interface
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Power Source
Battery Pack NB-10L
Shooting Capacity
Approx. 315 shots when using LCD monitor
Approx. 335 shots when using Electronic Viewfinder
Playback Time
Approx. 7 hours
Operating Temperature
Operating Humidity
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.82 x 3.44 x 4.15 in. / 122.4 x 87.3 x 105.4mm
21.0 oz. / 595g (CIPA standard)
19.4 oz. / 549.9g (camera only)

Canon SX50 HS Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great carry around camera

This a great all in one carry around camera. I also own the older SX1 and SX40HS, and this camera improves on both. The SX1 has a 35mm equivalent 24-560mm lens, has great image quality, great video, and shoots RAW files, but the downfall in my view was AA batteries which had a very short useful life (relative to a Lithium Ion battery) and always seemed to die at the wrong moment. There was no battery charge indicator other than an "idiot" light that would flash as the battery died. Then a few...

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This a great all in one carry around camera. I also own the older SX1 and SX40HS, and this camera improves on both. The SX1 has a 35mm equivalent 24-560mm lens, has great image quality, great video, and shoots RAW files, but the downfall in my view was AA batteries which had a very short useful life (relative to a Lithium Ion battery) and always seemed to die at the wrong moment. There was no battery charge indicator other than an "idiot" light that would flash as the battery died. Then a few versions later came the SX40HS. Great camera, battery charge indicator, Lithium Ion battery, 35mm equivalent 24-840mm lens, great image quality, great features, great video... but no RAW. Now we have this little gem the SX50HS which in my view finally completes the picture for the perfect carry around camera with an even longer lens range, battery charge indicator, Lithium Ion battery with remarkable life, great image quality, great video, great features and shoots RAW files! This camera boasts remarkable image quality from a very small chip. Does it compare to the image quality I get from my 1DS Mark III or 5D Mark III? No. Did I expect it to? No. But for the all the amazing features packed into this camera the bottom line for me is that there are many great images that HAVE been captured because of the portability and range of this camera which might have been missed otherwise, as I don't regularly tote around the 20 - 30 pounds of gear that would be needed to cover this lens range on my full frame DSLRs.


Most Liked Negative Review


average camera

Terrific zoom, very bright LCD but very short battery life.would of been nice if it had used standard rechargeable batteries.NO manual! your expected to print your own 200 plus page manual with COPY imprinted on every page.I would of kept the camera it if it had a manual with it.What about people that dont own a pc ?You should at least be able to purchase one.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great little Camera


from New Hampshire

Got this camera to replace my SX10is. This camera works great and takes excellent pictures. The zoom extends the reach of my Canon 3ti with a 300mm zoom on the end. This camera meets and exceeds my needs as a backup camera to have on hand, for those really distant shots.


What a gift!


from Southern NH

Received this wonderful gift with every attachment you can imagine for Christmas. Have used it a limited number of times as I go thru the manual and try different things.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent zoom range


from Buffalo Grove,IL

Basically purchased the camera for taking landscape and nature photos. Have used the camera for about a month and it has exceeded all my expectations. I have taken photos of birds and wildlife in my back yard and I must say the pictures I took with the zoom lens were outstanding. The camera is easy to use and the zoom range is excellent. The camera is well made and battery life is very good.


Still Learning


from Franklin,NC

I am still learning how to use the SX50. It goes without saying that the 50x zoom is amazing, but there are so many things this camera can do. Even though it has been out for a couple of years, it still stacks up well against other superzoom cameras.


Great Camera


from Florence, CO

Love the SX50HS camera. It's even better than the SX40 and I didn't think that was possible. I own 4 SX cameras and have been pleased with all of them. I wore the first one out and use the other 3 all the time. Best camera's I've owned and I've owned several others.


Great Little Camera!


from Bakersfield, VT, USA

I love this camera! Has everything I need and is easy to bring along. I looked at a SLR and decided I didn't need all the bells and whistles. I mostly take pictures of family and nature shots and this camera has all I need for great candid shots and outdoor photography! I just wish they would send a written manual that is a bit larger and easier to read. I had to call and request one, and it is difficult to read. That shouldn't be hard to remedy, and I think it would make a lot of Canon buyers happy!


Great value


from South east PAA

This camera has a ton of features and from what I've seen so far, they all work as advertised - so many features that I can't remember them all. I wish the manual was a hard copy, not just a .pdf Also, I wish it came with a USB cable and a memory card. Quality of photos look great so far. I also wish the panoramic photos would self stitch like other cameras and my iPhone.


good point and shoot with extras


from Chicago

I wanted more than a simple point and shoot for vacation pictures, Also zoom was impoartant.. I did not want a bulky multi lens camera.. This camera fit the bill nicely. Also, the view finder is great for shots in the sun when you can't see the lcd screen very well. I just got the camera but it is easy to use for amateurs like myself, with advanced features available to learn with.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Outstanding all-around camera


from Oakland, CA

I have a couple of mirrorless cameras and a variety of lenses. And even other Point & Shoot compact cameras. But I still use the SX50 on lots of occasions. My main uses are for wildlife. I could use a very long lens on my mirrorless (and I have a 600mm equivalent), but to get max quality you'd spend thousands. I find the SX50 to be a great compromise when I need a very long zoom, and of course it's far easier to use, less weight, and is cheaper than even the budget mirrored superzoom telephotos. Plus the SX50 has many of the manual controls I'm used to on more expensive cameras, a viewfinder (essential for outside work, but not as good as you'd find on an EOS eg), and a nice articulated screen, handy for macros. Capture time with RAWs rather lags, but is expected with a compact camera. But video is good, and autofocus decent. Prefocus helps. Rapid fire shooting for bracketing is also slow, but acceptable once you account for it. It has good battery performance, and the controls are easy to use. Zoom is occasionally a bit choppy, more so than manual on a DSLR, but the motorized feature to zoom out to frame and then back in is very handy at long focal lengths. All in all a great travel and outdoor enthusiast's camera.


Exceeded My High Expectations


from DeLand, Florida

I bought the SX50 as an upgrade to my SX30 despite having no real issues with the SX30. Like to take bird photos and the large zoom was my main desire. The SX50 takes crystal clear photos even out to 200x zoom while being hand held. Noticeably superior to SX30. Minor rearranged placement of control buttons was a plus.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
THOMAS C  The optical range without the need for additional lenses.
Shopper  I am going on a trip with the object of getting many photos of wildlife. Can this take photos when in the zoom position or do you have to take it and then bring it in and resize or crop it? How is the zoom controlled.
JAMES S  You can take photos when the camera is zoomed in on anything. The zoom control is the tiny lever in front of the shutter button.
Terri T  Is this camera good for use in low light or darkness?
FRANCISCA S  Tes, it is
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