Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review - The SX50 HS boasts impressive features on paper, but read on to find out how it fares in the full What Digital Camera review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Overall score:89%
Image Quality:90%


  • Focal range; Handling; Image quality; RAW and RAW +JPEG capture; Accessory hot shoe


  • Focus performance; Low power built-in flash; High ISO noise; Lack of Raw in manual modes


Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review


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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review – Verdict

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review - front view

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a camera that combines an amazingly long zoom lens and a set of enthusiast and novice features, all packed into a surprisingly small bridge-style body and keeping it all relatively easy to use too. Honestly, make no mistake, that’s no mean feat.

The monster zoom grabs the headlines perhaps, but it does not come without the compromise, such as the modest maximum apertures notwithstanding the PowerShot SX50 HS’ other assets. 

But imagine if will, just how much it might cost to buy the equivalent optics to match the 24mm -1200mm focal length built into this camera for, say, a D-SLR system. Exactly! It would be both very costly and indeed, very difficult to carry due to the bulkiness.

The all too obvious chromatic aberrations disappoint but is one of the few real demerits. There are other, arguably equally important features here too, such as the arrival of RAW format shooting, the accessory shoe or off camera flash and the neatly sculpted handgrip.

The increase in resolution on the larger display are also key advances, that all together mean the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is a strong contender as an alternative to a DSLR not just the other super-zoom rivals on the market.

In short then, Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS has great image quality, D-SLR-like advanced shooting features and improved handling; it’s 50x zoom lens can bring the distant into sharp focus and all at a price that makes it a real alternative to a system camera and hefty bag full of lenses and accessories.

  1. 1. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review - Features and Handling
  2. 2. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review - Performance and Image Quality
  3. 3. Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review - Verdict
  4. 4. Sample Image Gallery
  5. 5. First Look
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