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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About Canon SX50 HS

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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)
Mfr #

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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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Love this camera !!


from Boston, Ma.

Photography is a passionate hobby of mine. I have owned Canon cameras for at least 35 years..since my first Canon AE1..I've dealt with carrying around different lenses and filters. This time I wanted a good "all in one " camera. I found it. This camera has an incredible zoom ( a "see the craters on the moon" zoom) and great special effects to play with. The pictures are of excellent quality especially for what is considered a point and shoot camera. I love that it can be either fully automatic or fully manual. It's a nice size and comfortable to hold. I love my SX50 HS.


love it


from Cincinnati, Ohio

I love this camera! It is very easy to use. gets way up close, takes great pics. My friends that have really expensive camera's want to know what I use to get great pictures. Of course it's a Canon!


I love this Camera!


from Craig, Colorado

I am a beginner and the Canon Powershot SX50 was recommended by a professional Photographer I know. I love this camers and I am so please with the pictures I have taken!


Great purchase and value!


from Weatherford, TX

I have been looking for an easy to use camera with a great zoom for documenting my bird sightings. After much researching I decided on the Canon Sx50 HS. It has done exactly what I needed it to do. Pictures are great and it is easy to review photos and to down load photos.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


First bridge camera


from Ballantine, MT

This little camera has all the functions I could have imagined, plus a bunch of other functions I didn't even know existed. It takes fantastic pictures, up close and far away. I'm just getting started with photography, and this camera has definitely put me on the right road to getting good at it. Thanks Canon.


Good focus HORRIBLE Mic, Horrible battery life.


from Undisclosed

I shoot youtube videos of wildlife and the outdoors. The zoom on the camera is great but does have a slight delay. The auto focus feature works sometimes but can be very troubling. The audio on this camera is HORRIBLE. I installed a foam wind screen over the two mic holes to reduce wind noise. If you are wanting an all around camera, buy the t3i or t5i. If you are wanting a camera with not a ton of lenses to change with high zoom, this is a decent camera. Battery will last about 2 hours.




from Undisclosed

Great lens. sharp pictures, quiet smooth shutter. Needs a slightly larger body for easier handling and a remote wireless shutter release.


Best in my hands in 70 years


from San Antonio, Texas

I have been taking pictures professionally for 69 years in the USA and Europe. I was forced to give up the120 size film in 1975. I had of course used 35mm also and got my first canon in Switzerland in 1957 (a VT Deluxe) I took it back to work in Germany and fell in love with it. No Canon has come out with this marvelous camera SX50HS which does everything a working pro would need. 24-1200 mm. Zoom lens (Sharp as a tack) . Shoots both RAW and Jpg.. Built in filters,and,a viewfinder and viewing Screen, ISO speeds up to 6400. All in a package no bigger then a old rangefinder camera. Now that may be the only problem I can see with the camera. It is so small and has so many buttons to push that it is very easy to push them by accident, but what else can you do with a camera with so many features? When combined with the right software I don't see anything beating it.

(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.


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THOMAS C  The optical range without the need for additional lenses.
JC H  How do set this camera to shoot in raw mode?
RICK W  1] access the function menu by pressing FUNC SET button 2] Using up or down buttons to choose menu item for image format 3] use right or left buttons or turn the dial to select JPEG, Raw, or Raw+JPEG 4] When you have desired format press FUNC SET button to select
Shopper  What is 'Raw' mode and why would you take photos in this mode?
GERALD W  Here is what Canon says in the manual: "RAW images are unprocessed data, recorded with essentially no loss of image quality from the camera's image processing. The data cannot be used in this state for viewing or printing on a computer. You must first..... convert images to ordinary JPEG or TIFF files." The camera takes such excellent pictures as JPEG or other format files that no average user would ever shoot in the RAW form. I presume RAW is for a very special application in the professional world of photography.
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