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Only nice features...
, October 22, 2012
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
are the 50x zoom and the digital zoom capabilities...but the image quality more than suffers at those higher levels. I was not thrilled with this camera. Having owned and used the SX40 extensively, I found that the low-light focusing of this SX50 leaves a lot to be desired. The camera, in anything less than daylight conditions, focuses very slowly or not at all though focus in good light is readily achieved and appears fairly speedy and accurate. Essentially, this is just a decent good light/bright light camera and should be viewed as such.
The auto white balance is horrendous which necessitates the need to use one of the presets or use a custom WB setting. Image quality is really just so-so and nothing over 400 ISO is good for anything but small prints, email, or the web. Smearing, noise and loss of detail begins at 400 ISO and quickly degrades afterwards. Because the lens is not very fast, you'll find the camera defaulting to higher ISO levels more often than not with mediocre results at best.
I did not check the video capabilities. The EVF is needed in many extremely sunny and bright daylight situations, but its low resolution and smearing makes it almost more of a hassle than the LCD. The diopter adjustment is poorly implemented, difficult to adjust, and doesn't remain at the chosen setting.
This is not, in my opinion, an everyday camera; however it does fill the niche for birders, wildlife photographers, etc. The zoom is remarkable; however, it comes at a cost and unless you are a affirmed "zoom-head," your money can be better spent with another Canon, Nikon, or Fuji.
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