Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

Overall 42
Imaging 15
Features 42
Size 71
Price 1

Main Features

  • 12.0 MP 1/2.3" BSI-CMOS sensor
  • ISO 80 - 6400
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • 2.8″ Fully Articulated Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 2.0 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: No
  • Dimensions: 123 x 87 x 106 mm
  • Weight: 595 g
  • Environmental Sealing: No
  • Built-in GPS: No
  • Replaced Canon SX40 HS.
  • Replaced by Canon SX60 HS.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Summary

This review is devoted to PowerShot SX50 HS that Canon has first introduced to the public in Jan 15, 2013. This model is a Small Sensor Superzoom camera with a resolution of 12.0 MP and a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

Initially, Canon developed this model to replace their older product SX40 HS and, after some time, Canon has replaced this upgraded model with their most recent one SX40 HS.

In Small Sensor Superzoom cameras (Top 10 SuperZoom Cameras) this model has taken rank #106 out of 249. Its Overall Score has reached 42/100 and it takes a rank of #786 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Compared to other SuperZoom Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Min Native Iso: 80
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Viewfinder: Electronic
  • Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Built-In Flash: Yes
  • Battery Life: 315 shots

CONs

  • Screen Type: Fully Articulated
  • Touch Screen: No
  • Viewfinder Magnification: No
  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 179
  • Sensor Resolution: 12.0 MP
  • Number Of Focus Points: 9
  • Af Phase Detection: No
  • Microphone Port: No

Complete Comparison of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS With Other Cameras in Small Sensor Superzoom Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Small Sensor Superzoom cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has the following external dimensions 123 x 123 x 106 mm (48.43 x 34.25 x 41.73″) with the weight of 595 g.

The typical weight for average Small Sensor Superzoom type cameras is 387g. If we compare the average indicator to the weight of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, we can conclude that this model is heavier than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is wider than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 106mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS — 315 shots
Min: 120 shots
Average: 316 shots
Max: 600 shots

Thickness

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS — 106 mm
Min: 19 mm
Average: 66 mm
Max: 181 mm

Weight

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS — 595 g
Min: 136 g
Average: 387 g
Max: 1415 g

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Photo and Sensor Features

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS boasts of a resolution of 12.0 MP and is equipped with a 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sized BSI-CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has the following ISO range 80 - 6400 .

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS features a 12.0 MP 1/2.3" sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 47 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of 1/2.3" sensor featured in Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is equipped with a Fully Articulated 2.8" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 461k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Electronic ViewFinder.

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS’s embedded ViewFinder comes with coverage of 100 and a resolution of 202k dots.

100% ensures that the resulting photo will capture the exact scene you could see in the viewfinder while shooting. Such coverage indicator also means that the framing of your shot will be more accurate, so there won’t be need for further cropping.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS are its 2.0 fps max speed and 1/2000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Besides, PowerShot SX50 HS comes with an electronic shutter, which has a max speed of 1/2000 sec. It also means that you can take shots without any noise. However, there is one thing to keep in mind. While electronic shutter is great for continuous and noiseless shooting, in some cases, it may result in rolling shutter effects on your images.

Flash

PowerShot SX50 HS features both an embedded flash and a flash shoe, which means that you can use both built-in and external flashes depending on your needs.

Focusing

In addition, PowerShot SX50 HS has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is not equipped with any ports that would allow you to connect external headphones and microphones to it.

Connectivity and Storage

You can connect PowerShot SX50 HS to compatible devices via its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon PowerShot SX50 HS provides a shooting life of 315, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 316 shots.

With the commonly accepted standards in mind, we can conclude that Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is above the average indicator of battery life. However, we believe it is still a great idea to grab a few extra batteries if you are planning long photo trips.

How Good is Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon PowerShot SX50 HS’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon PowerShot SX50 HS’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the PowerShot SX50 HS to the average SuperZoom camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX50 HS performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 80. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Image Stabilization
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX50 HS performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 70. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Fully Articulated Screen
  • Image Stabilization

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (123 x 87 x 106 mm)
  • Small 1/2.3"(6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (9)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX50 HS performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 77. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be called a 77 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Big size (123 x 87 x 106 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (2.0 fps)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/2000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (9)
  • Bad Low Light ISO (179)
  • Small battery life (315 shots)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX50 HS performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 85. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in Flash
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Big weight (595 g)
  • Big size (123 x 87 x 106 mm)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon PowerShot SX50 HS performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 63. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon PowerShot SX50 HS can be called a 63 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Good Dynamic Range (11.2)
  • Live View
  • RAW Support

Disadvantages:

  • Small 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) sensor
  • Low resolution sensor (12 MP)
  • No Environmental Sealing
  • Bad Low Light ISO (179)

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model PowerShot SX50 HS
Announced Jan 15, 2013
Body Type SLR-like (bridge)
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Fixed lens
Number of Lenses n/a
Focal Length Multiplier n/a
Macro Focus Range 0
Screen
Screen Type Fully Articulated
Screen Size 2.8″
Screen Resolution 461k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Electronic
ViewFinder Resolution 202k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 100%
ViewFinder Magnification
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 15 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/2000 s
Continuous Shooting 2.0 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
Flash Range 5.5
Flash Modes Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing No
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial No
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 47
DxO Color Depth 20.3
DxO Dynamic Range 11.2
DxO Low Light ISO 179
Sensor
Sensor Type BSI-CMOS
Sensor Size 1/2.3"
Sensor Dimensions 6.17 x 4.55 mm
Sensor Area 28.07 mm2
Sensor Resolution 12.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 4000 x 3000
Max Native ISO 6,400
Max Boosted ISO n/a
Min Native ISO 80
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking Yes
AF Selective Yes
AF Center No
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection No
Number of Focus Points 9
Number of Cross Focus Points n/a
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port No
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity No
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing No
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 595 g
Physical Dimensions 123 x 87 x 106 mm
Battery Life 315 shots
Battery Type 315 shots
Battery Model NB-10L
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording No
GPS
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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