Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 117
Rated 5 out of 5 by TwitnFain Awesome upgrade from the SX30 IS
I really enjoyed using my old SX30 and captured some amazing photos with it. When the SX40 came out, the reviews and comments indicated that Canon had made notable improvements in the SX line. But, I couldn't justify getting a new camera so soon. But when the SX50 was released with the longer zoom, I knew that would be my next camera. I did some comparisons with other similar cameras, but jumped for the Canon when Walmart dropped the price. In the end, the two reasons I picked Canon over Nikon and Sony were: 1. My familiarity with Canon SX cameras and 2. That incredible 50X zoom.
I have only used the camera for a few weeks mostly to capture backyard birds and the full moon. When possible, I took the same shots with my old SX30 to make comparisons. The photos have always been better with the SX50... sharper, brighter and better color. I am very pleased so far.
The range of this lens is similar to my SX30 and it provides very good macro shots as well as zoomed shots. I haven't taken enough test shots yet to give a detailed analysis, but the range of this lens is simply amazing. In the dSLR world, you would need to buy several (many) heavy and expensive lenses to get the same range. Without a doubt, the dSLR will deliver much better quality in the photos. But unless you are a pro or a very serious hobbiest, it would be hard to justify the extra expense. And if you do have great dSLR equipment, you can probably justify having an SX50 (or other megazoom) as an everyday carry around camera when you don't want to drag the heavier stuff around.
I seldom take video and haven't tried this feature yet. Sorry. But other reviews I've read think the SX50 is very good at this. I guess there are some great video uses for the 50X lens, but does it make sense to buy this camera for movies when there would be no way to capture sound at a 50X distance? But like I said, I don't do video very often.
The SX50 controls have been shuffled since the SX30. In my opinion, the new design works about the same as the old. It just took me a few days to get used to the new locations. The power button is the one thing that still troubles me. The location is probably better and lowers the chance of accidental on/offs. But, I find that I have to be very deliberate when pushing the button. Several times, I've grabbed the camera, pushed that button and moved the camera to my eye only to see that the camera hadn't turned on. This might be a deliberate design to further prevent the casual button press???
The articulating LCD screen is one of the coolest features of the SX cameras. This makes it possible for you to keep good control of your camera in some very awkward situations... around corners (being sneaky :^), on the ground, over your head, etc. Other than those type of situations, I seldom use the LCD to compose a photo. But I can't imagine having a camera without that feature.
I have only used the flash once, just to make sure it works.
The image stabilization works great... but hand holding this camera at 50X is still an issue. I use tricks (leaning into something, holding the camera on something, etc) for most long shots, but I think I will use a tripod a lot more than I did with the SX30.
If you have always used a point-and-shoot camera, the SX50 is a great way to start using some manual techniques. I've only tinkered a bit with these on the SX50, but have used aperture and shutter priorities quite a bit on the old camera. A big complaint of mine with both cameras is when using manual focus. Ughh. Focusing is a fine tuning function which is almost impossible to do by spinning the control wheel. Luckily, the autofocus works pretty good as long as you can get it to focus on what you want.
Should you buy this camera? The zoom is awesome for wildlife, birds, sporting events, etc... anything that you want to bring up close If those type of photos are low on your priorities, there are many other cameras on the market that will give you excellent photos at half the price. For me, I am VERY happy with the SX50.
Rated 4 out of 5 by canonreview I planned to use this camera to record a wedding in HD. After trying a few practice videos, I noticed the video kept cutting out less than 20 minutes into the recording. I contacted Canon customer support about it and received the following response:
"Unfortunately, the SX50 HS has built in clip limitation when shooting videos. Your camera will stop recording automatically once the clip reaches 4GB in size or 29 minutes and 59 seconds in length when shooting in high definition or approximately 1 hour when shooting in standard definition."
It is a nice camera and easy to use. The pictures look great and the zoom is amazing, just don't plan on taking long HD videos with it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by raves1013 Great camera, easy to use
This by far is the BEST camera that I've owned. I was using the PowerShot S5is, that I bought 4 years ago. I love taking sunset pictures and anything nature, so the decent zoom worked out well for those pictures. When I first saw the PowerShot SX50 at my local Walmart, I fell in love with it, and knew that I would own it when I could. Finally, that day came. Nature and sunset pictures are easier than ever to capture, because it has a GREAT zoom. I consider myself a professional amateur. The PowerShot SX50, makes me look like a professional. The colors of the sunset pictures are amazing!! Great detail!! If you need to zoom in on a pelican, this zoom will get you so close, you think you're standing in front of it. I have not tried recording a video yet, but I'm sure it will be just as great as the pictures have been. So, if you're looking for a camera that takes great pictures, has a great zoom to get you close to everything, and is easy to use, then look no further, the PowerShot SX50 is that camera.
Rated 5 out of 5 by KCKayak Love it!!
I have several Canon cameras, including the 5dii. But I got this one both for the super zoom, and for ease of carrying while hiking. I also take it out with me in the kayak. My other cameras have 18-21 mp, and this one is only 12.1, so I hesitated. But the shots are beautiful!! Very rich color, especially in good light.
Auto does a decent job, but I also use the manual, aperture priority, and shutter priority. And I admit to enjoying the toy camera option. It's fun.
I did buy a cable release for this camera, which makes tripod use even better and easier. The swing out viewfinder also makes tripod use much easier.
I also bought a hood, although I don't really notice much difference now that it's on.
I also appreciate that the battery lasts quite a long time. But I did buy an extra one, because it's hard to recharge when you're in the boat.
I was really very pleasantly surprised at how much I like this camera!!!
Rated 5 out of 5 by travelred Great camera with all the bells of the g-series Canon but with 1200 MM lens. Works great in low light and you can use the hot shoe if needed.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Diz62 Great
Very easy to use and quality of pictures are very good. I have grandchildren in sports and this as been wonderful for action shots.
Rated 5 out of 5 by IaWalmartShopper Zoom! Zoom! Zoom!
I got this for Christmas & love love love it! I love Canon products & it's similar to my other Canon camera when it comes to it's "functions". It's easy to use. I'm not a professional at all, just use it to shoot everyday life. The zoom is AWESOME!!! I'm sure there is so much more to the product than I even know how to use and can't wait to learn more. You won't be sorry you made the investment. If you can, get a case with it #included with price#.
Rated 5 out of 5 by casper82 Nice camera for the price.
This is an excellent camera for capturing photos at a distance. For me, as a birdwatcher, it takes great pictures for identification and documentation. It's not intended for the professional photograhper. The camera's ability to focus rapidly after the full extension of the Zoom, either optically or digitally is lacking. I still think it's a great value for the price.
Rated 5 out of 5 by GenericConsumer 50X zoom at a good price
There are professional reviews on the web, all positive on this camera.
I got it at Walmart for a good price, and with Walmart full satisfaction guarantee behind it.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lagarto7 Great zoom and great quality photos at great price
My previous camera was the Canon SX40, with a 35x zoom and I really loved it. I got this one as an upgrade and it met my expectations. It is a great point and shoot camera, if you don't want to worry about any specific settings. But if you like to modify some of them, it allows you to play with it. It's not a substitute for a DSLR, but it shouldn't be.
The 50x optical zoom let you take photos of things you can't even see on plain sight. Great for photos of the Moon! (I have even been able to see Jupiter and it's four biggest moons, as bright spots; don't expect so much detail on those!).
The flash is more powerful than the SX40, so the SX50 is improved for dark conditions. Just be careful when taking photos too close to individuals; they can seem too bright.
Another improvement is the anti-shake technology while taking video. Very useful for people like me, with not a very steady grip.
It doesn't include the mini-USB cable, so that's something you might need to get if you want to transfer the photos directly from the camera, instead of removing the SD memory card.
Rated 4 out of 5 by vzarnold I wanted something to get close ups on birds and buterflys. This works great.
Rated 5 out of 5 by xpdsniper Got this camera for wildlife pics, It does the job
I wanted an ultra zoom camera to take along on my hunts and just to keep in my truck. I have the Cannon S5-IS and was happy with it, but the powerful 50x zoom on this camera was something I could not resist. The zoom gets me great shots, and the detail I could not see as I took the shot. Stabilization is a must and works pretty well. The photo attached was taken of a deer approx. 100yds from the road, I shot thru the cab as I was sitting on the passenger side through the driver side open window with the vehicle running.
Rated 5 out of 5 by gator32 Awesome Camera
if you are looking for quality then this is the camera for you. This camera is price well also I did alot of research and canon make quality with 12.1 megapixels and 50x Optical Zoom
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tiger1001 Great Camera for Price
I am definitely a bargain shopper but sometimes you get what you pay for when buying cameras which is what has happened to me the last three times I have tried to buy a camera that was less than $100. I decided to bite the bullet and purchase a more expensive camera but I still didn't want to buy a professional end camera. My main goal was to get a camera that would do action shots in burst mode and not be blurry. This camera is perfect for that and wasn't really that pricey considering all the features included within it. I am still learning all the details but so far it has been pretty easy to use and the picture quality is great. I definitely recommend this camera to others.
Rated 5 out of 5 by jwpines Best selection between point and shoots and SLR
I've had Canons before, and I had the 2006 version of this camera until last spring when it could no longer be repaired. I was a professional photographer for 15 years, but now just shoot for pleasure. If you are ready for something that will give you more control but not ready to sink the $ for an SLR this is a very good choice.
Pro - better, more intuitive menu, larger, brighter screen, and a must for me is the rotating screen so you can hold camera in different positions and still see the screen - over your head in crowds, at waist level for undetected shots. The zoom - wow - no one else can touch it. Nice crisp images - under good lighting conditions. Viewfinder is pretty good, unless like me, you are too nearsighted to make use of it.
Mixed Bag - I was able to get focus in very dark settings, an improvement over previous versions, but on auto there was noticeable softness under normal room lighting conditions (lamps, window light) without flash
Cons - lithium battery - previous versions ran on 4 AAs, which meant you could get batteries anywhere in the world. Get a back up battery (or 2) and charger- on a trip I fried a charger and battery by plugging into the wrong outlet (jet lag moment). Yes longer life but less convenient. Placement of controls on back isn't great. There is a thumb rest but I find I can inadvertently move the other buttons, and I have small hands. It's lighter weight but at the cost of feeling solid and well made. If you don't hit the buttons square on you may not get a response - took me 10 tries to get the display to come back up after shutting it down to check out the viewfinder.
On the whole I am happy with this selection and can work around the faults. My only concern is if it is going to last as long as its predecessor which endure a lot of abuse and kept on clicking.
Rated 5 out of 5 by LocationOne Love the camera
It's a little complicated for a beginner. I read the manual for two evenings and made some progress then I went on youtube and watched 3 or 4 videos on how to operate the menu's, buttons, flash, etc. and the light bulb went on. It all made perfect sense and I have been really happy that I bought it. I highly recommend this camera/recorder, the 50x zoom is incredible it's like having a telescope that is a camera/video recorder. You can zoom the moon so close you can see minute details.
Rated 5 out of 5 by awolmodel Amazing features, and long zoom
I love the side-swinging, tilting view screen, which is something I required in a new camera. 50x optic/200x zoom is really impressive and the stabilization really works. Photo here of small bird was done, handheld, through glass, from second story, across back yard and has not been cropped or adjusted.
Has amazing features such as recognizing when someone's eyes are closed, and being able to recognizing a designated face and focus on it.
Only criticisms so far are that the controls on the back are too easy to bump when pickup/handling the camera, and that it does use a rechargeable rectangular battery, so you cannot substitute common AA batteries when you are low. However, this does make the camera smaller and lighter.
Rated 4 out of 5 by momslittlelamb Have not had the opportunity to video anything yet, but the photos are great and the camera is very easy to use.
I had a Canon supershot and many of the commands are the same.
Rated 2 out of 5 by 112340987 too many options
way too many options and no easy way to learn how to use basic options
Rated 5 out of 5 by eyefly2 Canon Powershot S5-IS was my choice for many years
The improvements I like best are: selections of picture formats. Still Aspects Ratios: Framing the subjects a new view, like in cropping a photo before the Lab. Shooting in Low Light is an improvement and with the flash has less blur with moving subjects. The zoom is a little slower and improves move to wider frame when changing subjects in 16:9 Aspects Ratios. The Flip Screen is larger and is solid in construction. Flash is protected from flip-up, off clothing and the carrying strap. Zoom is micro at 1200mm and 6 feet from subject. One-hour movie with 16gb SD Chip. Battery compartment improved. A/V Outlet improved along with HDMI added.
I use small plastic hairpin on cord clipped to strap to stop Lens Cover from flapping in wind.
I use 5/16 bolt-cord-washer to steady camera by standing on washer and pulling cord tight.
Rated 1 out of 5 by bones very dissatisfied
Purchased camera for a bird watching trip to Costa Rica. One week into trip camera stopped working. Others on trip with same camera had similar problems. This was an expensive trip in which I had no camera for most of it. Fortunately the retailer I purchased it from gave me a full refund.
Rated 5 out of 5 by KrnDrln Very nice camera.
I'm sure there is a lot this camera can do that I haven't figured out yet, but I love it!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Bunny most bang for the buck
Took my new sx50 to Costa Rica- Caught amazing images in Tortagero. Birds - Toucans and Macaws even at full zoom are clear. Monkeys - white face, spider, howler pics are amazingly clear.
Rated 4 out of 5 by rodsworld excellent
love this camera, upgraded from a cheap camera, zoom is awesome for super closeups, will be using this camera for my sons wedding and my yearly nascar trip
Rated 5 out of 5 by royboy Service
I was very impressed about a recall I had on the SX50HS ...the rubber around the eye viewer ... received the notice, was instructed as to how to send back to the company ...Canon ...turn around time was just over a week ...and I received a new camera to replace the one I had ... GREAT JOB CANON and Dave ...you have a life time customer...the five star ratings are because of the service ...rating on the camera will come later ...but I bet its as good as the service
Rated 4 out of 5 by wiskers help\\\\
nice pictures, clear and precise. needed help from granddaughter to set it up, more things on this one than the one I have, but it just takes practice, i'm so excited for spring to come. worth the money!
Rated 5 out of 5 by Waxon zoom, zoom
I bought this camera to downsize from a SLR. I found that I often went without a camera because I didn't want to "lug" the big camera around. I wanted a full-featured SMALL camera. The 50x zoom was the main reason I chose THIS camera. It didn't disappoint. The 50x zoom is incredible! Sure, this camera has all the bells and whistles that the other point and shoot cameras have, but the zoom capability is so amazing! Nothing else compares.
Rated 5 out of 5 by gingigingi13 If you want zoom and a good picture, this is it!
I didn't want to go to the expense of separate lens but I wanted a good zoom. My previous camera had 20X. The camera is easy to hold and the picture quality is great. I wouldn't recommend it to a beginner. It's for someone who is seriously interested in wildlife shots and other shots at a distance.
Rated 5 out of 5 by divergent great upgrade!
if you are looking for an upgrade from an ordinary point-and-shoot or a phone camera, look no further. photo quality is great with plenty of light. even got some bokeh. amazing moon shots, too. only downsides is its decent low-light performance, action shots and really zoomed in macro.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Cameragirl1980 Great camera for anyone
Wish it had wifi but overall takes great pics and love the zoom.the colors are bright and crisp.very easy to use and if u have trouble there is plenty tutorials on line for this camera.great for bird watching which I love and takin pics of the kids in motion.