Built-in hot shoe allows compatibility with optional Speedlite flashes for additional lighting options.
When you're ready to take your creativity further with the lighting and exposure possibilities of an optional Canon Speedlite, the PowerShot SX50 HS is ready too. The camera has a built-in hot shoe that makes it compatible with a variety of Speedlite flashes.
Great carry around camera
This a great all in one carry around camera. I also own the older SX1 and SX40HS, and this camera improves on both.
The SX1 has a 35mm equivalent 24-560mm lens, has great image quality, great video, and shoots RAW files, but the downfall in my view was AA batteries which had a very short useful life (relative to a Lithium Ion battery) and always seemed to die at the wrong moment. There was no battery charge indicator other than an "idiot" light that would flash as the battery died.
Then a few versions later came the SX40HS. Great camera, battery charge indicator, Lithium Ion battery, 35mm equivalent 24-840mm lens, great image quality, great features, great video... but no RAW.
Now we have this little gem the SX50HS which in my view finally completes the picture for the perfect carry around camera with an even longer lens range, battery charge indicator, Lithium Ion battery with remarkable life, great image quality, great video, great features and shoots RAW files!
This camera boasts remarkable image quality from a very small chip. Does it compare to the image quality I get from my 1DS Mark III or 5D Mark III? No. Did I expect it to? No. But for the all the amazing features packed into this camera the bottom line for me is that there are many great images that HAVE been captured because of the portability and range of this camera which might have been missed otherwise, as I don't regularly tote around the 20 - 30 pounds of gear that would be needed to cover this lens range on my full frame DSLRs.
November 19, 2012
I had a Pro1 and loved it and I was hoping this would be the replacement. It has in many ways, long lens esp in image quality at hight ISO, and shooting speed. But the the viewfinder which was great in my Pro 1 was usable, and necessary for sports.is useless exp for glasses users ! Love the articulated LCD and it is bright. The controls can be hit inadvertently, and cause problems, but love extra features HDR is good.No pocket manual, no usb or video (for us non hdmi tv users) cables. Would like GPS, and WiFi, But in the next model, please at least a decent viewfinder and time lapse(lots of folks want it now) and live pc connection like my Pro 1!
June 10, 2013
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase - the camera does what it is intended to do. I am disappointed with not getting a manual to refer to - PDF is nice but doesn't cut it. Including a cable for connecting camera and computer would have been nice too. Just a couple details that keeps me from giving it a 5* rating.
June 7, 2013
After 1 month review
Canon buttons always wear out, and the first SX50 did not work—function button didn't work. Store exchanged. No printed instruction book, which is a drawback, I think. Telephone support is quite good. The lens cap is tied to the camera, yay! Alas, back to a custom battery instead of AA. Shooting options are numerous. Lens quality seems great. Having trouble with RAW in shade; JPEG of same view looks great. Will change settings to see if issue is me or the camera. So far, am happy with the camera. Star ratings above are preliminary.
June 5, 2013