Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera

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Summary: A 12-megapixel camera from Canon with a 2.8-inch LCD, 50x optical zoom, an image stabilizer and manual controls.
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About - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The PowerShot SX50 HS is a 12-megapixel camera with 50x optical zoom and a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24mm-1200mm. It has a live-view 2.8-inch LCD (461,000 pixels). It also includes an electronic viewfinder, which is helpful when composing in bright light.

Because it does not accept interchangeable lenses, we consider this model an advanced point-and-shoot.

The camera has a maximum aperture of f/3.4. The camera's shutter speed range is 15 seconds to 1/2000 of a second.

The PowerShot SX50 HS stores photos and video on SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards but has no on-board storage. It captures images as JPG or RAW files at a top resolution of 4000 x 3000 and full HD-resolution video as MOV files at a top resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Like most digital cameras, this model comes with a proprietary rechargeable battery.

This advanced point-and-shoot has 9 autofocus points. It also includes 7 flash modes (for the on-board flash), 12 exposure modes, and an exposure compensation control that can be set at +/-2 EV. The image stabilization system for this camera is lens-based.

Measures 4.9 inches wide by 3.7 inches high by 4.5 inches deep, and weighs 22 ounces (1.4 pounds) (with battery, memory card, and strap).

About This Brand

Canon is the market leader in point-and-shoots, with an extensive line of models, which are known as PowerShots. Its compact camera line includes several different series. The A series are budget point-and-shoots while the ELPH series adds more creative features and advanced functions. Its N series provides an even larger number of features including Wi-Fi and photo-sharing. Canon’s D series cameras claim to be waterproof and shockproof. Its SX series are mostly superzooms and come in various sizes and include smaller or larger feature sets. Its high-end series, the S and G lines, include special modes and manual features, such as the ability to shoot RAW files and to focus manually. The EOS Rebel series helped to define budget SLRs. Other SLRs include a host of pro and more-advanced consumer models, including models that have large, full-frame sensors. Canon also offers a wider selection of lenses than most brands.

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Features & Specs - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
info LCD size (in.) 2.8
info 35mm equivalent multiplier 5.6
info Shutter speed range 15 - 1/1600
info Still image formats JPG, RAW
info LCD pixel count 461k
info Memory card slots/type SD/SDHC/SDXC
info Width (in.) 4.9
info Height (in.) 3.7
info Depth (in.) 4.5
info Max. ISO 6400
info Live view Yes
info Image stabilizer L
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User Reviews - Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
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Best camera I've ever owned
So Easy To Use Right Out
Best Uses
Birds in flight
I use it for everything
Stills Of Flowers
The Moon
i've shot full moons using a tripod <br />i have photos of a lunar eclipse using a filter<br />auto settings for awesome sunset pictures<br />auto settings for water falls where you can see individual drops of water<br />a GREAT photo of our lighthouse with 50 MPH winds and waves crashing that looks professional
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Looks, Feels, Shoots, IS Amazing!
Awesome All-in-all
Don't Need Extreme Light
Easy to carry
Great HD video
Hardly Un-focuses
Simple Buttons And All
Zoom Extraordinary
Best Uses
Filming Yourself
Sport events
This camera is truly remarkable. I encourage everyone looking for a fantastic camera to buy this one, it really can't get any better. Everything is simple; you don't have to be an expert to use it! When I first got it, I knew automatically how to use it. The zoom is amazing. You can be at a very far distance of something, and get the shot you want easily. As someone else mentioned, test it on the moon, it works! The video is great, too. Only occasionally does it un-focus, but then in less than a second it focuses again. Of course every camera un-focuses eventually. And this only happens when it's something really fast. You can walk around and film yourself, no blur. Mine came with a travel-strap (I'm sure most do), and it definitely helps when you go walking somewhere and don't use it the whole time. I've yet to drop it, thanks to my neck strap, but I'm sure it would hold just fine, seeing as it FEELS strong. You don't need lighting for this camera, either. It already has a great lighting! At night, all you need is about ONE light to show what your filming or taking a picture of with no problem. It's just an amazing, fantastic, extravagant camera all in all.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Terrific vacation camera
Decent performance/quality
Great value
Lots of useful options
Very good video features
Best Uses
I bought a Nikon 3100 about 8 months ago. I bought 3 lenses up to 200 mm. It is a great camera but you have to lug around a large back pack for all the lenses. The SX 50 eliminates all the lenses. The zoom is incredible. Just focus in on the moon and you will see why. The craters actually come to life! My Nikon is now gathering dust. For vacations and travel I truly don't think you can beat this camera. Yes you can not put it in your pocket, but most of us have a cell phone for those quickie shots. This camera bridges the gap for serious travel photos that are best shot with a zoom lens.
How long have you owned it:
Three-to-six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
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