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5.0 out of 5 stars A Worthwhile Upgrade From an SX1, October 26, 2012
This review is from: Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 12MP Digital Camera with 2.8-Inch LCD (Black) (Electronics)
After nearly three years of use, I decided to sell my trusty Canon Powershot SX1 HS and buy the new Canon Powershot SX50 HS. Here's the difference.

Pros (Where SX50 is better than the SX1)
Better images. Outdoors the SX1 takes great shots under the perfect light conditions, the SX50 takes better shots under less perfect conditions.
SX50 has more intuitive settings compared to the SX1. For example, in order to record HD videos in the SX1, you have to change the aspect ratio of the photo settings from 4:3 to widescreen. In the SX50, the video resolution and photo aspect ratio are independent of one another.
Better image stabilization.
Better LCD screen and EVF.
Higher resolution shots. (12 MP vs 10MP).
Longer zoom (50x vs 20x)
Better low light shots. I had to buy and use a Canon Speedlight 270 EX to improve my night and indoor shots).
More solid build.
Lighter weight.

Pros (found on both cameras)
Ability to save images in RAW format. Only the SX1 and the SX50 could save in RAW. The rest, SX20, SX40, etc. could not do.

Cons (Where SX1 was better than SX50)
No remote control. The SX1 had a very useful remote that you can use to take shots with.
No longer uses AA batteries. The AA batteries gave me a lot o flexibility should I run out of juice. I can simply go to any store, buy batteries and continue taking shots. Now I need to buy an extra battery for the SX50 (shop where I bought it ran out of batteries). At least I can use my AA Eneloop batteries for other uses like on my flash and on my wireless mouse.
No lens hood, no USB cable, no AV cables included. In the SX1 box, all of these accessories were included. All you have in the box is the camera, battery, charger, CDs and manuals.

With the exception of the remote, all the cons of the SX50 can easily be offset by buying the things that you want (lens hood, cables, etc.). And the features far outweigh the loss of the remote. Image quality by itself is worth the buy.
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Initial post: Dec 25, 2012 12:46:53 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 25, 2012 12:49:26 PM PST
B. Sperry says:
Thanks for your review, I appreciate the comparison and details.

My Canon A610 happily takes four AA batteries (Eneloop's are great*) and one of my reservations about buying this camera is the new battery type. How is it working out?

You mention getting the "Speedlight" kit to improve the night and indoor shots; is this for the SX1?

Thanks :)

* I'm an occasional photographer and these batteries can last for about nine months without need a re-charge :D
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