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Canon PowerShot 12.1MP 50x Optical Zoom Digital Camera (SX50HS) - Black

  • Model Number: SX50 HS
  • WebID: 10224249
(31 ratings)


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Snap beautiful shots of faraway objects with the advanced Canon Powershot SX50 HS. Sporting a powerful 50x 24-1,200mm lens, this camera enjoys 12.1 Megapixels and an intelligent Zoom Framing Assist that pulls the lens back so you can easily find your subject before zooming back in. Afterwards, view your images on the sharp 2.8" vari-angle LCD screen.

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  • 12.1 Megapixels
  • High-sensitivity CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5 image processor
  • Full HD 1080p video recording
  • Zoom right in with the powerful 50x 24-1,200mm optical zoom lens
  • Intelligent Zoom Framing Assist software pulls the lens back so you can easily find your subject before zooming back in
  • Canon Smart Auto determines the best shooting conditions based on 58 pre-defined situations
  • Vibrant 2.8" vari-angle LCD screen

What's in the Box

  • Digital Camera PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Lens Cap (with Strap)
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Battery Pack NB-10L(with Terminal Cap)
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • Solution Disk V123

Manufacturer's Warranty

  • Parts - 1 Year(s)
  • Labour - 1 Year(s)

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Image Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size 11.05 mm
Total Pixels 12.8 MP
Effective Pixels 12.1 MP
Image Processor Digic 5
Optical Zoom 50x
Digital Zoom 4x (200x Combined Zoom with Optical)
Focus Range 0 cm - Infinity
Focus Lock Y
Focal Length 4.3 mm - 215 mm
35mm Equivalent 24 mm - 1200 mm
Autofocus System TTL AF with Manual Focus
Viewfinder & Monitor
Viewfinder Type Electronic Viewfinder
LCD Monitor 2.8 Inches
LCD Monitor Resolution 461000 dots
Brightness Adjustment 5 Levels
Touchscreen No
Built-in Flash Yes
Auto Flash Mode Yes
Red-Eye Reduction Flash Mode Yes
Flash On/Off Mode Yes
Fill-in Flash Mode Yes
Slow Synchro Yes
Other Flash Modes Not Applicable
Flash Range 50 cm - 5.5 m
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-2 in 1/3 increments
Aperture & Exposure
Aperture Range f/3.4 - f/6.5 (f8.0 max)
Shutter Speed Range 15 - 1/2000th
Evaluative Metering Mode Yes
Centre-Weighted Average Metering Mode Yes
Spot Metering Mode Yes
Other Metering Modes Not Applicable
ISO Sensitivity ISO 80 - 6400
Exposure Compensation +/-3 in 1/3 steps
Image Stabilization Optical - Intelligent IS
White Balance Modes 1 Auto; Daylight; Cloudy; Tungsten; Fluorescent; Fluorescent H; Flash; Custom 1; Custom 2 (With Multi-area WB)
White Balance Modes 2 Not Applicable
Still Image Features
Auto Mode Yes
Manual Modes Yes
Portrait Mode Yes
Night Mode Yes
Macro Mode Yes
Other Shooting Modes 1 Custom 1; Custom 2
Other Shooting Modes 2 Not Applicable
Face Detection Yes
Self-Timer Off; 2sec; 10sec; custom
In-Camera Effects
Red-Eye Removal Yes
Black & White Yes
Sepia Yes
Other In-Camera Effects See scene modes
Video Features
Video Modes Auto (21 Scenes); Movie Digest; Standard; Super Slo-Motion; iFrame
Special Video Modes Not Applicable
Frame Rate @ 640 x 480 Resolution 120 fps
Frame Rate @ 320 x 240 Resolution 240 fps
Frame Rate @ Other Resolutions 1920x1080 (24 fps); 1280x720 (30 fps; 6 fps; 3 fps; 1.5 fps)
Sound Quality 48kHz; 16-bit; Linear PCM Stereo
Digital Storage Media SD; SDHC; SDXC
Included Storage Medium Size No
Still Image File Formats JPEG (EXIF 2.3); RAW (12-bit)
Movie File Formats MOV (H.264)
Image Quality Modes L; M1; M2; S
Resolution - Highest Quality Mode 4000 x 3000
Resolution - Medium Quality Mode 1600 x 1200
Resolution - Lowest Quality Mode 640 x 480
Images per 1 GB (Highest Resolution) 172
Minutes of Video per 1 GB (Highest Res.) 3.66 min
Image Playback Modes 1 Image Only; Index (2x); Focus Checker; Info Screen (2x); Slide Show; Category Search
Image Playback Modes 2 Not Applicable
Movie Playback Modes Not Applicable
Computer Interface Hi-Speed USB
Video Output Mini-HDMI
Audio Output Mini-HDMI
PictBridge Yes
Other Connection Type No
AC Adapter Optional
Battery Type & Quantity NB-10L
Auto Off Function Yes
Shooting Capacity 335
Playback Time 420 min
Included Software
Computer Compatibility PC And Mac
Physical Features
Colour Black
Body Construction Not Applicable
Freezeproof No
Dimensions - Width 12.3 cm
Dimensions - Height 8.7 cm
Dimensions - Depth 10.6 cm
Weight (with Batteries) 595 g
Warranty Labour 1 Year(s)
Warranty Parts 1 Year(s)



Customer Reviews

4.4 / 5
Based on 31 ratings,22 Reviews
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Positive vs. Critical Reviews

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Critical 9%

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  • from Montréal, QC
  • Jan 13, 2014

Canon powershot 12.1mp 50x optical zoom

Very happy with this camera.

  • from Richmond, BC
  • Jan 12, 2014

good for amateur

I was planning to buy a tele zoom lens for my nikon SLR , but it is too expensive!!!! during the boxing week , the canon sx50 was on sale for only 299, 50x optical equal to 1200mm lens , the price is good for sure but just want to remind the ppl who are going to buy, for zooming over 30 x , you will need a tripod or it is kind of impossible to focus well

  • from St. John's, NL
  • Dec 31, 2013

Gotta love the Zoooom !!

Been using the SX50 for about a week and very impressed. I regularly use a variety of cameras and this camera fits right in. Good quality construction, easy handling, good picture quality (outdoors) and fairly compact when the zoom length is considered. I consider this a special use camera and probably should be used as such. It's low light capability is not very good and shutter release response is a little slow when compared to just about any DSLR. So I don't view this camera as a DSLR replacement. BUT, and this is a big BUT. Look at this lens range; 24-1200mm (35mm SLR equiv.)! To get a 1200mm for my DSLR is almost impossible. The last Canon Lens of this length weighed in at over 36lbs and was around $100,000. Plus the SX50 has a zoom and has some wide angle capability. If you are looking for a long zoom camera, with a relatively compact size and good picture quality, that can get you up close and personnel with birds and other wildlife, then get this camera. You won't be disappointed.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Dec 29, 2013

Top notch zoom

Best zoom on a point and shoot. Very happy with this camera - good back up for when my SLR is too big to be brought along. Love that you can connect a Speedlight flash to it with ease. Image stabilizer is simply amazing when a tri-pod is not available. Zoom into a lunar shot and no editing required for breathtaking photos. My only grief is that you need to open the battery compartment to remove the memory card, it should have its own door.

  • from Toronto, ON
  • Dec 28, 2013

Canon SX50HS Black

I like this camera.

  • from Niagara Falls, ON
  • Jul 22, 2013

worst sx model ever made

image quality is very poor,when in 16.9 ratio you only have nine megapixels,colours are washed out very dull would not recommend this camera will be returning to store.

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Jul 11, 2013

Cool camera

Bought it few days back and am quite happy with its performance. The most amazing thing about this camera is its 50x zoom. A good tripod is very much recommended if you want to have best clicks with the maximum zoom.

  • from Brampton, ON
  • Jul 06, 2013

Good intelligent camera

I was planning to buy DSLR but when I looked at this one I was impressed good features especially zoom and 50x is amazing. simple to use good value for your money do don't have to carry so many lenses with you this solves your purpose and another thing this camera is made in japan

  • from Langley, BC
  • Jul 02, 2013

better canada day ever!

we got this camera just in Canada day 2013, its just great, the zoom is awesome!!! i can take picture of performances a lot away from us, try fireworks video in slow motion with this camera its really great!! if you are looking for a good camera in a good price range for kids performance and outside sports this is it !!

  • from Brandon, MB
  • Jun 23, 2013

Best of the bridge cameras!!

Bought this camera for the zoom, and the manual settings and am not disappointed. Best of the bridge cameras. Flip screen is convenient, and flipping it closed protects the screen. Comfortable handle, well placed buttons with a lot of features. Rapid fire for action shots, and great for night shots too.

  • from Brantford
  • Jun 07, 2013

Bruno's reveiw

Ignore that guy that gave it one star! Yes you may need a tripod (or have it set on something stable-use your imagination) for some of the extreme zooming but that just makes sense. That's like complaining your race car is hard to control once you get it up to 200mph. This zoom is amazing!!! I purchased this camera instead of buying a zoom lens for my DSLR. I LITERALLY would have had to spend $1000's of dollars on a zoom lens that would not be able to get close to doing the same thing. You-tube this camera model to see what it can do! My friends son thought I was in a rocket ship when he saw my photo of the moon because it was zoomed in so tight. Yes I used a tri-pod for that shot which was zoomed in to the MAX. which is the equivalent of a 1200mm zoom lens. Google how much that costs (and how big one is) BTW.

  • from Maple Ridge, BC
  • May 14, 2013

Great Camera!

Really like the 50X zoom. This is a great camera for novice or more advanced users. Automatic setting is great, but there is a lot of flexibility with this camera. HD movies are wonderful. It is easy to use, batteries seem to last very well even when shooting with the fold out screen. We take a lot of wildlife, outdoor shots and couldn't be happier.

  • from Vaudreuil,Quebec
  • Apr 28, 2013

Canon PowerShot SX50HS

Great camera for family,sports and landscape photos, zoom is great i do not need to walk or run anywhere the zooming does it all, pics are great and it has a very fast focus for hockey photos in sport mode. it shoots really HD videos they are so clear and great. i would recommend this camera to some one does not wanna spend money in a DSLR

  • from Burnaby, BC
  • Mar 27, 2013


I haven't compared quality of images to a DSLR, but the quality compared to more compact cameras is far better. The zoom is great. The camera is a bit big though, can't stuff it in your pocket. The HD 1080 recording is good quality, however the camera uses a bulky video format so you 10 seconds of video equals 40MB of space. A 4GB card gets you 14 minutes of video.

  • from Pickering, ON
  • Feb 25, 2013

amazing camera

Researched many other cameras before i bought this camera and im very happy with my choice, the zoom is amazing in optical range after that when it turn over to digital zoom pic quality gets poor but as it does with every camera. And yes this camera needs to be mounted on a tripod on very far zoom but so does every other camera out there!!! took this camera to mexico for a wedding and if you now how to use it, it takes some amazing shots! friends had high end dslrs and for the price theres no difference, great camera all around!!!

  • from Gander, NF
  • Feb 20, 2013


From the research I had done prior to purchasing this camera.. I had expected a lot better quality.. The ZOOM is really slow to focus in on subject, Camera needs to be tripod mounted in order to keep focus and not lose sight of subject, just pressing the shutter creates soo much movement that pictures have blurr quality..If I could have rated a 0 I would have...

  • from Ottawa, ON
  • Feb 19, 2013


I'm currently trying to get into Film School and this is the best product I can afford for the amount of money I have and I have to say it is just amazing. After about a day of seeing how it works, i find out new things the following day!

  • from Gabriola BC
  • Feb 13, 2013

Great Camera

My last Camera is a Lumex DMC FZ18 I started with this Camera for the long 16 times zoom lens and I shot well over 10.000 Pictures with itI was always Happy with this camera however I told friends about it and told them that I would be more happy to see a hot shoe and a adjustable screen on it so you can adjust the positioning of your shot from any angle and there I run into this Camera not all I asked for but a 50 times zoom on top of it all. I had to get used to the new Layout of the Camera and have not tried all possibility's However I got some real nice quality sport filming already and some nice pic's of birds etc. Nice for family shots as well. The zoom is just out of this world .I do not see any use for a SLR where you need a series of lenses to replace this zoom and by the time you change your lens your subject is likely changed as well I highly recommend this Camera l

  • from Regina
  • Feb 12, 2013

Very good travel camera

I use a canon 7d when it makes sense to do so. The obvious problem with full sized dslr is the size when travelling. The sx50 was easy to put in carry on luggage and hang from your neck for hours at a time. Took the camera on a recent trip to San Diego and got some beautiful close up pictures at La Jolla Cove. The quality is not as good as a dslr with an L lens but I have a lot of good pictures that I wouldn't have had if I had to carry the larger camera. The 50 times lens take very good pictures from a long ways away.

  • from Campbellford, ON
  • Jan 31, 2013

Love this little camera

This is a great small point and shoot. I have a DSL and love it but find it to large and heavy when travelling. So I bought this camera after much debate because I didn't want to compromise quality since I am use to my DSL great quality pictures. This is a great replacement for convience and quick and easy shots. Love the screen and how you can angle it or have it lay flat against the camera with the screen facing you or the screen against the camera for protection when not in use.

  • from Penticton, BC
  • Jan 04, 2013

Easy to use

The clarity of the pictures is awesome. The screen flips open to the left and you can angle it up and down or have it right up against the camera. Once done you can flip it around to protect it. Functions are easy to manipulate and the zoom is fantastic for this level of camera. It is extremely light and I plan on using it for when I quad and snowmobile. Thought about buying a DSLR, but chose this camera because I don't have to change the lenses. The only thing I don't like so far, and it's because I need to play with it, is how to edit the pictures. I would like to figure this out so I don't have to always do it on the computer. It's odd that it didn't come with a cable to hook it up to the computer, however I can use my GPS cable.

  • from Shawnigan Lake, BC
  • Dec 22, 2012

Wonderful P&S Camera

I am impressed mainly with the 50 times zoom, took a great shot of the moon and zoomed in so much that it filled the whole frame so I had to back off a little to get the whole moon in. Nice clear image and considering I didn't use a tri-pod and just used a car to steady myself it did a great job getting a clear crisp shot! The zoom is of course the biggest plus on this camera but overall it's great as well for nice clean images a pretty fast shutter speed and I am very happy with my purchase as it's a good replacement for my old Sony H5. It is to be an everyday carry around camera and I think anyone would be happy with it and the ease of use. The one negative I have is that the viewscreen flips out to the left and although is swivels it doesn't lay flat against the camera when in use so that will take a bit of getting used to and to be careful so as not to snap it off. I myself prefer the cameras to have the viewscreen fixed and not able to move it but I can see why they do it like that and when not in use the screen won't get scratched so this issue is just a personal preference thing.