The Good The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has an extraordinary zoom range with excellent image stabilization and fine photo quality for a megazoom; plenty of shooting modes, from full auto to full manual; raw image capture; and a hot shoe for adding an external flash.
The Bad Its lens and high-ISO picture quality make it less desirable for shooting indoors or in low light, especially without a tripod. A couple of things about the design of the controls might make shooting frustrating for some users. Outside of its long lens, its features and performance are slightly behind competing models.
The Bottom Line If you simply must have the longest zoom in the room, the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS satisfies.
Long lens is fun, but use can be frustrating
For the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, the lens basically tells its whole story: a 50x zoom that goes from 24mm to 1,200mm.
That's an extraordinary range that is quite capable of pulling into frame something miles away and snapping a shot. Or capturing wildlife from afar. Or helping your neighbors find their car keys inside their house from inside your house. OK, that last one's a bit of an exaggeration, but you get the idea. And while you'll want to use a tripod for the sharpest results, Canon's optical image stabilization is excellent, allowing you to use the zoom with the camera held only in your hands.
Outside of the lens, though, its features and performance are just a little better than its predecessor,, and slightly behind competing models. The extra zoom doesn't immediately make it a better camera, just one that gives you more focal-length choices. Plus, the lens' somewhat small maximum apertures and higher ISO photo quality don't make it a great choice for hand-held indoor or low-light pictures, especially of fast-moving kids and pets or sports.
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