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awesome camera for the money,
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)I've been an enthusiastic amateur photographer for over 50 years, have worn out everything from Nikons to Canons to Mamiya-Sekors, have used 35 mm lenses from 24 mm WA to 300 mm catadiatropic. I've been in the digital revolution for about 15 years, and have been searching for "the perfect camera". Had to send an Olympus OME back, along with the "super zoom" -- just didn't make the quality photos I was searching for. We've had very good results with our little "pocket" Canon cameras, and decided to try the SX50. Took about 15 minutes to sort out the operations, and when we reviewed our first 200 test shots my wife exclaimed:"we've found the camera!". We'll be ordering a second one soon, so we each have one of these remarkable devices.
THE GOOD STUFF: easy to use. image stabilizer is incredible. Quality of wide angle shots superb. Zoom this thing out to the 1100 mm and get INCREDIBLE photos of flowers and critters. FAST operation -- turn it on and shoot; push the shutter release and it doesn't have to think about it like most digitals seem to -- it clicks immediately. Nice for shooting picts of birds who spend 3 seconds on a perch and then are gone, or a bee that touches a flower then moves on, or a squirrel who doesn't know he's supposed to pose for a photo. Has superb battery life -- we've gotten over 200 shots and the battery indicator shows still "full" (don't know how long it will last, I recharge the lithiums after every shooting session). Be sure and get a large capacity card -- you'll take LOTS of photos with this thing. Closeups with the 24 mm setting are good, but I find myself using that long tele to get closeups because it has a better depth of field. The quality of the photos taken by this camera that costs (lens and all) $500 is just unbelievable. Canon has outdone itself.
THE AGGRAVATIONS: auto focus, especially at long zoom, is -- like all auto focus cameras I've used -- aggravating. When the autofocus is on track, it is superb. But it sometimes just refuses to focus, no matter how many times I center the focus area on my subject. IF it had manual focus, like my Panasonic does, it would be a DREAM camera. (It supposedly DOES have manual focus, but I haven't been able to persuade it to work, probably because the manual focus is tedious to use(as compared to my Panasonic DMC-FV50.)It is not silent -- it clatters when focusing, but not a big deal. A little heavy, but this is in my mind actually a plus -- implies well made (not as heavy as our old Nikon with long lens, but heavier than the pocket cameras.
Keep in mind this is not a $10,000 camera and lens -- you can see the hairs on the flowers, the fine detail on a bird's head, but they are NOT as crisp as my old glass lenses. But considering how good the image actually is on most of my shots, I think you're still getting a LOT more in relative value than you are paying for with this camera!
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Initial post: Nov 12, 2012 10:15:43 PM PST
Thanks for the detailed review! Can I ask you a very basic question (I'm not a very advanced camera user). This camera is the equivalent of 24mm-1200mm. My old camera was 6mm-72mm. Obviously this camera can zoom in far far more. But my question is about the opposite end, the 24mm. How close a picture can one take? Could I still take a self-portrait just by holding the camera out at arms length? (The swivel display looks like it is just begging to be used for this; can the camera do it?) Can I take a picture of a ring on my finger?
Basically, I don't know what sort of limitations 24mm minimum means, compared to my old 6mm.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 15, 2012 4:49:41 AM PST
keep in mind that I'm also an amateur, although an experienced one. Wide angle has severe limitis before inducing distortion (pincushion or fisheye effect) and 24 mm (equiv) is about max for useful WA. This camera will let you focus for closeups at full wide angle right down to the lens. Great for flowers, ants, bees, etc. Yes, you can shoot self=portrait, but best portraits are made with 100 mm (equiv) at 6 - 10 feet (have you ever had a "sitting" with a portrait photog?This is their usual paradigm.) As you zoom out to longer equivalent, the focal point also moves out -- I have taken some wondrous head and neck shots of birds at 15 feet. My wife and I have been so pleased with this camera that we now have two -- one for each of us. And I am fascinated at the differences in the photos we take of the same scene (diffeent framing, different technique -- I shoot mostly program with under-exposure by 1 stop, she shoots intelligent auto. ) After several weeks and probably a few thousand photos, we both agree this is the must fun/versatile camera either of us has owned. It is NOT perfect -- perfection is in the range of $10,000 plus if you want National Geog shots.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 7:07:44 PM PST
Laura K. English says:
Do you know how it is for action shots specifically indoor basketball and swim? I am an amateur when it comes to anything past a point and shoot.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 7, 2012 7:19:23 PM PST
can only extrapolate: most of my digital cameras have been annoying because of the delay between pushing the shutter release and the image capture. I don't shoot sports, but photos of birds (especially wrens, who have the FIDGETS) have been superb -- the camera has the ability to take brackets for both exposure and depth, and can take a series (clickclickclick) as long as you hold the shutter down. My guess is that it should take excellent sports action shots -- but as I said, have only taken "action" shots of birds and dogs.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2013 8:20:32 AM PDT
Cary Bennett says:
I am looking at cameras beyond a small pocket size point and shoot for a snorkeling trip to Fiji and Tonga next year where we will be swimming on some of the most incredible reefs on the planet and with momma and baby Humpbacks. I cannot stand the thought of taking this trip with nothing more than a tiny point and shoot. Since we are snorkelers, I often am frustrated to get home and find that a shot I thought was going to be totally amazing looks a mile away and you can barely make out the smaller reef fish. I do plan to buy a housing for this camera if I decide to buy it. And, like yourselves and the birds, the fish rarely "pose" for you, though, from time to time, you do get lucky!! It sounds like this camera can handle motion and distance quite well. Lighting is not generally a huge issue since we are at or close to the surface, but, there are days when the sun is not as bright due to those pesky tropical cumulus clouds overhead. Any thoughts you might have for me on this? Thanks so much!!!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2013 3:28:31 PM PDT
must be confusion -- the Canon SX50 HS is very definately not a dive camera. When you zoom the tele out, the lens is really extended -- and I cannot imagine an underwater housing that would accomidate it. Since there are a number of very good digital dive cameras out there, I suggest you do a bit more research and get a dedicated underwater camera. Over the years I've tried housings for underwater cameras and was always disappointed -- finally got a Nikonos and wish I had STARTED there for the UW shots (it also worked great for above-water snapshots!) Nikonos (of course) was a 35 mm film camera, not relevant to your modern needs, but makes the point that it is usually wiser to buy a dedicated camera rather than improvise with a housing. Sorry, I haven't been diving in 10 years, and am not current on the new flock of underwater digital cameras so can't recommend one.
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 26, 2013 4:28:34 PM PDT
Cary Bennett says:
Thanks for the info., yeah, I couldn't find a housing for this anyway. I am looking at some other cameras as well. I really want something that will give me some really good zoom, yet retain good image quality and noise reduction under movement situations.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2013 8:37:09 AM PST
I think the "Sport Mode" the SX50 HS camera has can help with indoor sport photos. I know you get 10 fast continous photos using "Sport Mode" with that camera as I have used it at a local Renn Fest Jousting event and it worked well.
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