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    Canon SX50 HS specifications

    s you may have noticed, the 'Megapixel Wars' have calmed down a bit in recent years. That doesn't mean that camera manufacturers haven't found something else to drive up to absurd levels. In the case of 'big zoom' cameras that thing is, of course, how powerful the lens is. Remember a few years ago, when 12X lenses were considered a lot? Since then we've gone through 18X, then 24X, and 30X. Things really started to get crazy over the past year, with Nikon releasing their Coolpix P510, which has a 42X lens. Then Canon did what I never thought I'd see: announce the PowerShot SX50 HS ($479), which has a whopping 50X, 24 - 1200 mm lens.
    Full wide-angle (24 mm)Full telephoto (1200 mm)

    As you can see, the SX50 lets you capture vast landscapes at wide-angle and can also fill the frame with subjects two miles away. There is a caveat that goes along with lenses this powerful, though. If you're shooting at ISO 80 (for best image quality), you're going to need hands of stone or a tripod in order to get a sharp photo. Conventional wisdom says that you need a shutter speed of 1/focal length in order to get a sharp photo, though you get a few stops back thanks to image stabilization. What I'm getting at here is that you may need to crank up the ISO sensitivity in order to get that sharp photo, unless you're using a tripod.
    The PowerShot SX50 HS retains many of the features of the SX40 that came before it. They include a 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 5 processor, rotating LCD display, manual controls, a hot shoe, and the handy Zoom Framing Assist feature that I'll explain later. Some new features include RAW support, a slightly larger/sharper LCD, faster AF and continuous shooting speeds, and more available scenes in Smart Auto mode.

    Body type
    Body typeSLR-like (bridge)
    Max resolution4000 x 3000
    Other resolutions4000 x 3000, 4000 x 2248, 4000 x 2664, 2992 x 2992, 2816 x 2112, 2816 x 1880, 2816 x 1584, 2112 x 2112, 1920 x 1080, 1600 x 1200, 1600 x 1064, 1200 x 1200, 640 x 480, 640 x 424, 640 x 360, 480 x 480
    Image ratio w:h1:1, 5:4, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
    Effective pixels12.1 megapixels
    Sensor size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
    Sensor typeBSI-CMOS
    ProcessorDigic 5
    Color spacesRGB
    Color filter arrayPrimary Color Filter
    ISOAuto, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400
    White balance presets7
    Custom white balanceYes (2)
    Image stabilizationOptical
    Uncompressed formatRAW
    JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
    Optics & Focus
    Focal length (equiv.)24 – 1200 mm
    Optical zoom50×
    • Contrast Detect (sensor)
    • Multi-area
    • Selective single-point
    • Tracking
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Face Detection
    • Live View
    Autofocus assist lampYes
    Digital zoomYes (4x)
    Manual focusYes
    Macro focus range0 cm (")
    Number of focus points9
    Lens mountUnknown
    Screen / viewfinder
    Articulated LCDFully articulated
    Screen size2.8"
    Screen dots461,000
    Touch screenNo
    Live viewYes
    Viewfinder typeElectronic
    Photography features
    Maximum apertureF3.4 - F6.5
    Minimum shutter speed15 sec
    Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec
    Exposure modes
    • Smart Auto
    • Program AE
    • Shutter priority AE
    • Aperture priority AE
    • Manual
    • Custom
    • Scene
    • Creative Filters
    • Movie Digest
    • Movie
    Scene modes
    • Portrait
    • Smooth Skin
    • Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf- Timer)
    • High-speed Burst HQ
    • Handheld Night Scene
    • Underwater
    • Snow
    • Fireworks
    • Stitch Assist
    Built-in flashYes
    Flash range5.5 m
    External flashYes (Hot-shoe)
    Flash modesAuto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Second Curtain
    Drive modes
    • Single
    • Continuous
    • Continuous with AF
    • Self-Timer
    Continuous driveYes (2.2 fps)
    Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
    Metering modes
    • Multi
    • Center-weighted
    • Spot
    Exposure compensation±3 EV (at 1/3 EV steps)
    AE Bracketing(at 1/3 EV steps)
    Videography features
    • H.264
    Resolutions1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
    Videography notesMiniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
    Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
    Storage includedUnknown
    USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
    HDMIYes (Mini)
    Remote controlYes (RS60E3)
    Environmentally sealedNo
    BatteryBattery Pack
    Battery descriptionLithium-Ion NB-10L rechargeable battery & charger
    Battery Life (CIPA)315
    Weight (inc. batteries)595 g (1.31 lb / 20.99 oz)
    Dimensions123 x 87 x 106 mm (4.84 x 3.43 x 4.17")
    Other features
    Orientation sensorYes
    Timelapse recordingNo

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