Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

Sections: Cameras for Beginners, Point and Shoot

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canon-sx-50-hsDesigned with advanced features, faster focusing and multiple-shot speed, the PowerShot SX50 HS boasts a whopping 50x optical zoom, 24–1200mm equivalent lens and significantly reduced lag time than previous PowerShots.

The first point-and-shoot model with a high-powered 50x optical zoom, 24mm wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization that combats blurring, the SX50 HS doesn’t just get you up close to the action, it delivers image quality in every shot. Whether you’re shooting a large group or faraway subject, Canon’s HS system—a combination of a 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Digic 5 image processor—will let you create beautiful images every time. And, you can record your memorable moments in lifelike 1080p Full HD video with stereo sound. You can even use the camera’s high-speed autofocus and optical zoom when recording video. Plus its high-speed burst mode lets you continuously capture 12.1-megapixel photos at 10 frames per sec.

Other notable features include a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD screen (461,000 dots) and zoom framing assist, which makes it easy for you to locate, track and keep subjects in the frame while using the extreme telephoto lens. By just pressing a button, the zoom framing assist seek function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate a subject and zooms back into the saved position when the button is released. A second zoom framing assist lock button permits the camera to lock the image stabilization onto the center of the frame for even more correction of camera movement.

The camera also features an electronic viewfinder, smart auto mode that selects the best settings for you based on 58 predefined shooting situations, and the ability to capture 12-bit RAW + JPEG image files for instant file backups and greater ease when you post-process and edit images. A hot shoe lets you use optional accessories such as Canon Speedlites or additional lighting units. $479.99.

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