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PowerShot SX50 HS

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The PowerShot SX50 HS is the world’s first 50x optical zoom compact stills camera, offering ground-breaking power alongside advanced manual control and RAW format support.

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 50x Optical Zoom Digital Camera Review

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Review

Looking for a compact camera with lots of optical zoom? You won't find more than the 50x found on the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

Added: 16th October 2012 | Brand: Canon

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Sample Photos

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Sample Shots

Here are our studio shots taken on the 50x optical zoom Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.

Added: 5th October 2012 | Brand: Canon
Canon Powershot SX50 Hands-On At Photokina 2012

Canon Powershot SX50 Hands-On

We go hands on with the Canon Powershot SX50 IS, the ultra zoom bridge camera from Canon features a 50x optical zoom lens!

Added: 21st September 2012 | Brand: Canon

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ericfaragh
ericfaragh  10121 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
30/06/2013 - 2:36 pm

This review approaches the Cannon Powershot SX50 from a personal point of view. It's a very subjective review, but for anybody having similar physical problems, it might be useful to give a few indicators as to the advantages of using this particular camera.

First, then, having brought up physical problems in my opening paragraph, I should mention that I've been suffering from a neck/shoulder injury recently which precludes the carrying of anything weighty which might bring pressure on the painful areas. This camera is substantially lighter than my old Canon SLR and a bit smaller, without being too tiny to feel like a digital SLR. The fixed lens covers a huge range, making the camera suitable for most subjects, so you don't miss all those heavy lenses you used to have to carry about in order to exploit one of the great advantages of the traditional SLR. I've found that I can carry this camera in a waist pouch, on my belt, all day long. When using it, the pressure on the neck and shoulders is minimal, although the neck strap supplied is rather thinner than the broad one provided with my old digital SLR (the Cannon 400).

Another advantage of the camera relates to zoom lenses generally; namely, you don't have to move around so much to correctly compose the picture. The push of a button can bring the subject closer or push it back, which is a blessing if your mobility is becoming a problem. If your area of interest happens to be abstracts, I've found that this ability to zoom in on far off subjects can be crucial at times, because it sometimes happens that the abstract you wish to capture disappears if you try to walk toward it. In other words, it can only be seen to the best advantage from where you are, but from where you are it doesn't fill the frame. The powerful range of this camera takes care of that and brings the subject close without changing anything else.

Passing on to matters of more objective interest: the lens has a limited aperture, as you'd expect with something made to cover so much ground (24mm to 1200mm), and this can influence your choice of shutter speed, but a nice feature that can be exploited to counter this limitation is the ISO range, which is vast (80 to 6400) and steps up in small increments. This adds to the flexibility you have to work with as regards exposure. The built-in image stabilisation is also excellent and takes some of the pressure off as regards “hands of stone” when the zoom is at maximum. I don't use a tripod and find my results acceptable.

For a cheap method of taking up wildlife photography, it's difficult to think of a better camera. I've used it to take shots of birds, rabbits and squirrels in the wild and I find it gives good results. If you don't have thousands of pounds to spend, then this is an excellent alternative to a costly long lens.

I remember reading many years ago, in Amateur Photography, an article suggesting that one day the advantages of the SLR would be lost to advancing lens technology, resulting in a super lens that could cope with all subjects and conditions and which would never need be removed from the camera. Whilst I wouldn't argue that this is exactly that Super Camera predicted, it definitely gives the impression that we're getting there.

Of course, like any new camera, it takes some getting used to. I find the manual focus using the rear wheel impractical, and changing to portrait orientation tends to find buttons you didn't mean to press, and an electronic viewfinder instead of the crystal clarity of a mirror and prism set up tends to take away something from the picture taking experience (lags in the viewfinder between shots can be quite startling when you are used to a brief instant of darkness before the world returns). However, like most things, one adapts and grows accustomed with practice.

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