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2.0 out of 5 stars Only nice features..., October 22, 2012
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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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Initial post: Oct 22, 2012 3:48:18 PM PDT
D. M. Baxter says:
I have been trying to find out as much as I can about the differences betwenn the SX40 and the SX50. I like the superzoom, but I don't think I will ever need to use the 50x zoom. The SX40 I have found for 329.00 and of course the SX50 for 479. I wouldn't mind saving a few bucks if it is not worth it the extra. Since you have that experience with both which would you prefer?
Thank You.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 5:30:31 PM PDT
Peacefrog says:

Personally, if you don't need the extra zoom, save some money and buy the SX40. The focus is a little faster on the SX50 and it does have a few more bells and whistles, but the proof of the pudding is in the pictures and I think the SX40 provides, with its faster lens, a slightly better all-around image. The Digic 5 processing in the SX50 is quite good and you probably can squeeze out a little more sensitivity than the SX40 but I think the SX40 is better in lower light, dusk, dawn, and indoors. I feel the 50x zoom on the SX50 is probably more marketing hype than anything else.

Good luck and best wishes,


In reply to an earlier post on Oct 24, 2012 5:38:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 24, 2012 5:38:53 AM PDT
Adam Petrone says:
Having used the SX50HS and the SX40HS I can say they indoor/low light photo's of the SX40 are much better. Unless you need the extra zoom the SX40HS is the better choice.

Posted on Oct 31, 2012 10:10:58 AM PDT
I'm trying to decide between the SX 50 and the SX40. this helps

Posted on Nov 4, 2012 9:09:07 AM PST
Treefern fan says:
Thank you - it confirms what I suspected which is that the SX50's extended zoom is primarily there for marketing purposes and at such a slow speed would not provide a good image except in bright sunlight. On the back of this info I have gone out and bought an SX40 - initial impressions with it are very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 9:57:06 AM PST
Peacefrog says:
Enjoy your SX40, Treefern!

Posted on Nov 10, 2012 12:35:30 PM PST
Got the SX40 for $249.99 at Frys on sale, in store only. Sold out in 1 day at the local store. NIB.
Interesting comments about the SX50, I guess the extra lenses to get to 50x slows the light to CMOS processor and requires a higher ISO.
Makes sense. Going forward this will continue to be a problem with long lenses....

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:32:07 PM PST
Rose says:
I've seen so many negatives & positives for this SX50 HS & the SX40 HS. I'm looking at both of these to choose one that will be a "substitute" for a DLSR. I KNOW it's not a DSLR or could compare, but due to a hand problem, I can't change lenses anymore, so I need a nice bridge camera with good telephoto lens. Already looked at P510 & noted like everyone else, trouble focusing at 1000mm end which is why you buy the camera. Returned to Canon & saw these bridge cameras. I'm amateur wildlife/nature photographer & not pro. Like to get close shots without getting bit or scaring wildlife. Which would be better or best? Appreciate your help! Thanks! R. Altman

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 9:55:56 AM PST
Carol Lugg says:
Rose, I have only had my SX50 for a short time, but I am really enjoying it. My son and husband each have the Canon 50D, and they are impressed with this camera as well. I have had Canon's for years, but for some weird reason, I changed to a long zoom Nikon a while back, and I just sold it, so I could buy this one. So far, I am not disappointed. Admittedly, I haven't tried everything out yet, but so far, I think the zoom is great, and am really impressed with the crispness of the photos at full zoom. To give you an idea, after I got it, I pointed in front of our house (we live in the country), and found a house way out there. I took at picture of it, and showed it to my husband. He asked me where that house was. I apparently had taken a picture of a house far enough away, he hadn't noticed it out there!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 12, 2012 10:19:53 AM PST
Rose says:
Thanks Carol! I'm seeing so many negative reviews about focusing, etc. I had to return the Nikon P510 due to focus problems at 1000m range which is why you buy the camera. I have an arthritic condition in both fingers of each hand so that I can't change lenses anymore. So I need a good bridge camera & this camera sounds just like what I need. I can use burst mode if necessary, but want the zoom due to wildlife, animals, etc. I really appreciate the response & feedback. It certainly helps. Thanks again! Rose
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