Canon Powershot SX50 HS

The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is the new mega-zoom bridge camera from Canon.

With a 50x optical zoom that covers the equivalent of 24-1200mm, it’s going to make the SX50 HS very desirable to the amateur photographer who’s looking for something more than a compact.

Similar to the PowerShot SX40 HS, the Canon SX50 HS includes the 1/1.7-inch 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. In addition, both cameras shoot video in 1080p at 24 frames per second and 720p at 30fps. The electronic viewfinder hasn’t changed, the hot shoe is still included and the battery is identical.

Other new features include a hotshoe for an accessory flash, a bigger handgrip, and a higher-resolution LCD screen.

The vari-angle LCD screen has increased in size slightly from 2.7 inches to 2.8 inches and the pixel density has doubled from 230k to 461k. The ISO range has expanded from 100-3200 in the SX40 to 80-6400 in the SX50.

There is also the addition of the RAW format when shooting. The PowerShot SX50 HS can be set to capture 12-bit RAW + JPEG image files for instant file back-ups.
The Canon Powershot SX50 HS will be available in October 2012.

Specs at a glance:

12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor
Canon’s HS (High Sensitivity) System
DIGIC 5 image processor
50x optical zoom (35mm equivalent of  24-1200 mm)
True Lens-Shift Optical Image Stabilization
Fast maximum aperture range of f/3.4-6.5
2.8-inch vari-angle LCD (461k pixels)
High-resolution EVF (Electronic ViewFinder)
Powerful manual pop-up flash unit
Hot shoe for external speedlites
Improved Smart AUTO (58 predefined shooting situations)
Full 1080p HD video capture
Intelligent IS
Zoom framing assist button
HDMI out
SD card slot accepts SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Li-ion power source (up to 400 shots)
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