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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Black Approx. 12.1 MP 50X Optical Zoom 24mm Wide Angle Digital Camera HDTV Output

  • 1/2.3" CMOS Approx. 12.1 MP
  • 50X Optical Zoom
  • 24mm Wide Angle
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 2.8" 461K LCD
  • 1920 x 1080
  • Approx. 315 shots when using LCD monitor
  • Approx. 335 shots when using Electronic Viewfinder

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Learn more about the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS


PowerShot SX Series
PowerShot SX50 HS
Part Number



Image Sensor

Image Sensor
1/2.3" CMOS
Gross Pixels
Approx. 12.8 MP
Effective Pixels
Approx. 12.1 MP
Image Stabilization
Optical Image Stabilization


Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Wide Angle
Focal Length
4.3 (W) - 215.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1200mm)
f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T)


Shutter Speed
1-1/2000 sec.
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)


Focus Type
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus
Manual Focus
Normal Focus Range
2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Macro Focus Range
0 in. - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)


Flash Mode
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))


Exposure Control
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Exposure Compensation
-3 EV to +3 EV in increments of 1/3 EV
Metering System
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/ 2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400

White Balance

White Balance
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.

Viewfinder & Monitor

Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 202,000 dots)
2.8" 461K


Continuous Drive
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)
Shooting Modes
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters, Movie
Scene Modes
Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
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)

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

Normal Playback, Slow Motion, Skip Backward, Previous Frame, Next Frame, Skip Forward, Erase chapters, Editing
HDTV Output

Recording System

File Formats
Storage Media


Movie Format
MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Movie Recording
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)
Max. Recording Resolution
1920 x 1080


A/V Out
Mini-HDMI connector


Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
Battery Life
Approx. 315 shots when using LCD monitor
Approx. 335 shots when using Electronic Viewfinder

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions (WxHxD)
4.82 x 3.44 x 4.15 in.
21.0 oz. / 595g (CIPA standard)
19.4 oz. / 551g (camera only)

Package contents

Package Contents
PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
Lens Cap (with Strap)
Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Charger CB-2LC
Neck Strap NS-DC11
Digital Camera Solution CD
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
  • Warranty
  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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4 out of 5 eggsGreat Camera

Pros: Excellent at taking long distance zooms. I took a picture of the moon on a clear crisp night and saw craters on the moon like I have never seen. Takes a great picture and detail is not compromised when printed into large pictures. Quick response time allows for spontaneous shots needed to wildlife shots

Cons: could use more dummy settings, like floral, landcape, etc. Even though it has a backlit setting, doesn't take the best backlit shots. Be sure to change to manual settings and adjust light setting when taking indoor pictures. Better off trying to take a shot from a distance and zooming in that taking a close up shot without zoom as autofocus does not work well on close ups. long distance shots can be tricky as autofocus with focus on closest object, even if small or not in main focus area instead of intended object. But in spite of all these quirks, I love this camera.

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  • Sean C.
  • 2/14/2014 12:49:13 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWeakly

Pros: Quality photos, numerous presets, Lithium Battery.

Cons: Lens gave out after a year and the lens is not removable or repairable on these hybrids.
Canon covered the first replacement but after a month of use with the refurb the same, "Lens error, camera will restart." thing started happening again.
They would not cover the second repair and wanted to charge full price.

GUI and presets are sometimes confusing as well.

Other Thoughts: Had a Canon SX 30 a few years back sold the SX 30 looking to go the next step up...Sadly wish I still had the SX 30 around despite going through lots of double AA batteries.
There were less presets but the camera didn't need it with such great capture

If your a professional or semi-professional save yourself the embarrassment if you are on the field for a shoot.

This is the first time I've had a bad experience with Canon Cameras. Hopefully not a recurring trend.

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  • Jacqueline B.
  • 1/18/2014 7:34:48 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCanon SX50 HS

Pros: One of the best , if not the best , OPTICAL ZOOM available on a P&S Camera today. With a DIGITAL 4X ZOOM this does offer a 200X capability, although image does suffer at the extreme.

Cons: Im not sure this is a con- I wish they would develop one of these cameras with a full size chip that would take full advantage of the radical zoom this camera does offer.

Other Thoughts: I purchased the Canon SX20 IS 3 or 4 years ago for a vacation to Arizona . I was so glad I did as the 20X zoom brought that wide open country a bit closer in to my camera ! I wish I had this one then !

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  • John K.
  • 1/8/2014 4:35:35 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat camera

Pros: great camera lots of options so many settings. shoots great in low light. love that shoots in 1080 full hd and has option to shoot in slow 240 fps great for playback. lots of macro modes plus has option for full manual mode like a dslr. the 50x zoom is great plus 100x and 200x digital zoom gets in great detail.

Cons: doesn't come with a usb cable to transfer files to computer luckily i had one that fit the camera laying around.

Other Thoughts: just got the camera 3 days ago i really like and so do my friends even ones who own $900 dslr says this camera looks really and has alot of same features that are on much pricier cameras if your going to shoot full hd video's your going need get a sdhc card 32gb or 64gb make sure you get a sdhc uhs-1 card cause they read and write faster than normal class 10 card which really need when shooting hd video's. also the battery came nearly out power so i charged it up took about 90min to charge the included battery i will be getting a few longer life batterys included battery is 7.4v 920ma battery and longer lifes are 7.4v 1400ma plus travel charger luckily these are cheap.

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  • Brian C.
  • 7/17/2013 5:25:49 AM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGreat camera

Pros: Camera functions perfectly as it should.
The company shipped the order timely.
Overall good experience.

Cons: None for the company.
I haven't had a chance to put the camera through it's paces, but so far it's functioned perfectly.

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  • Terry B.
  • 6/30/2013 7:35:26 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsVacation Pics

Pros: Wife got this for me while we were in Wyoming on vacation for Father's Day. If your just a regular Joe this is the camera for you for vacations. I was in the Rockies and did a lot of long distance shots: elk, buffalo, beaver, bear, Mt. Rushmore...etc. We have some of the best pics and movies ever. She threw in a cheap tei-pod and it was needed on the longer shots. Also took shots of flowers at the distance of about 1/2 inch and they were crystal clear. During the lighting ceremony at Mt. Rushmore the Ranger gives a talk and shows a short history of the project. During the talk I had this camera on a tri-pod and focused in on the Ranger's face, from a distance of about 150 yards, that's when I noticed that as he moved the camera tracked his face and kept adjusting the focus. Hard to screw up the pics.

Cons: I did buy two 32 Gb cards and an extra battery for the camera and now I never miss a shot.

Other Thoughts: I see people say that "it's expensive" and "there are better ones out there" but for me since I'm not a "camera nut" and just want some good pics of some wildlife and the family this thing covers it all.

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  • Visa
  • 1/9/2013 7:34:57 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsLook at what is Competing With This in 2013

Pros: Test shots today looked impressive and thought I would get one this week after waiting for announcements from CES 2013 in Las Vegas.
Camera body felt comfortable to hold--not too heavy.

Cons: Price jumpted $50+ after Christmas on some sites.
Tested a standard 49mm threaded lens filter--it doesn't work--an adapter is required. No data transfer cable included--another extra expense.

Other Thoughts: Forget these products. If you think these items are nice, search the web for new model releases announced at CES 2013 (Computer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas this week–Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon. The new Fuji HS50EXR with 42X zoom lens and SL1000 with 50X zoom lens look stunning with prices that will rival what you see here. Glad I decided to wait until new products were announced at CES–two more months wait for reviews won’t hurt. New models should start appearing late March according to press releases. Prices should fall on older stock–if not, go for the latest and greatest for a little more.

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  • Daniel E.
  • 10/31/2012 5:54:46 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsOverall good camera

Pros: CMOS Sensor

It can record raw format images as well as JPEG

If you are familiar with other Canon cameras of this type, it will be very easy to use, very low learning curve.

If you are not familiar with Canon cameras, grab the manual and do some reading, it will reward you to do so.

Plenty of battery life for 300+ shots, however, no better than higher power AAA rechargable batteries used in older models.

Very good fit and weight in the hands.

Cons: Image Sensor 1/2.3" CMOS. Canon is on the cheap here, as 1/2.3 have been used in their compact cameras for years, though not CMOS.

Aperture f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T) is only fair - though usable in many situations, f/2.0 or lower at wide angle would be much better.

ISO 800 maximum, if you are going to print 4x6 photos. You can only get so much out of a 1/2.3 sensor.

Maximum usable power is about 20x or so, which is still good for many long range shots, such as wild life.

For 50 power at least a 1" Sensor and a very high quality lens will be needed for sharper images.

Other Thoughts: A shutter speed of 15 to 1/2000 will be fine for most people, however, except for the moon, 15 seconds is not nearly enough for my work in astronomy.

Remember to bring your tripod when making movies at long range if you intend to move, smooth panning is difficult at high power, and sometimes that pesky wind makes things even more difficult.

Cost is high for this camera, and should drop in the future, unless the American dollar continues to fall in value.

The PowerShot line has been an overall good camera since the PowerShot SX20 [it is better than my PowerShot SX10].

It can be used as a point and shoot camera or general photography, even weddings, and spot mode is very useful for me when I photograph small animals that are among weeds, I want the animal, not the weeds in focus.

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