Canon Powershot SX50 HS – bridge camera with 50X zoom [Video]
What is the Canon Powershot SX50 HS?
Featuring what Canon claims is the largest zoom ever included on a compact digital camera, the SX50 has a huge 50X zoom with a focal length of 24mm-1200mm.
To make this zoom practical Canon has included a 4.5 stop optical image stabiliser and Intelligent IS so you won’t have to use a tripod to get stable close ups.
The camera itself includes a 12.1Mp sensor and Digic 5 image processor, plus it can also record video in full HD resolution.
It is controlled with a good selection of manual buttons and it has both an electronic viewfinder and a 7.5-inch screen – which pops out of the back of the camera and can be rotated to help with taking photos in awkward positions.
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Below are just our first impressions based on a short time with the product, not a full review. Read our bridge camera reviews for full reviews of the latest bridge and compact system cameras and to see which produce the sharpest shots and sport the quickest speeds. Read about how we test bridge cameras for an in-depth breakdown of our tests.
Tim’s impressions of the Canon Powershot SX50 HS
The SX50 is all about the zoom and 50X on a bridge camera is the largest we have seen so far. It seems to work well and the image stabilisation is very impressive – particularly when fully zoomed in – although you will have to take care to minimise camera shake as much as possible.
The zoom is near silent – or at least we couldn’t hear it over the buzz at the show – and it worked very smoothly – although holding the zoom button down did mean you could easily stray into the digital zoom and uneccesarily crop your photos.
I’m not sure I can take Canon’s claim that this is a compact digital camera seriously as no matter how big your pockets are you will need a bag to carry it around. In fact, its not much smaller than a DSLR and is bigger than some compact system cameras – so if portability is important to you, it might be worth lookikng elsewhere.
You get manual controls so you can play around with the settings as much as you like – which should please enthusiasts – but essentially this seems more like a camera for interested amateurs who just want to get good shots from a distance.
When can I buy it?
The Canon Powershot SX50 HS goes on sale in late October and can be picked up for £449.99.
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