Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review: Long Lens is Fun, but Use Can be Frustrating
Canon has carved out a name for itself within the photography world, known for its high-quality, cutting-edge technology. One such offering from Canon is the PowerShot SX50 HS, a superzoom camera meant to combine the best of a DSLR’s shooting capabilities with the convenience of a compact digital.
Boasting one of the longest zooms in any digital compact camera, with a huge 50x zoom lens (24-1200mm equivalent), this gadget has elicited mixed responses from its users. Here ends the praise for our protagonist and begins an insight into its use which can be frustrating at times.
The shining star and also potentially its downfall is the camera’s extensive zoom capacity. While this offers unmatched flexibility and makes it possible to capture pictures at a considerable distance, it can be tricky to operate.
The camera’s autofocus system often struggles to zero in on the subject at maximum zoom, leading to blurry photos. It requires patience and steady hands or ideally a tripod, making spontaneous shots almost impossible at full length.
Moreover, image stabilization seems to falter when pushing the boundaries of its extensive zoom. Although Canon includes an ‘Intelligent IS’ system that tries to cater for different types of camera movement and shooting condition, it’s clear that maintaining image quality at high-range focal lengths remains a challenge for this device.
The PowerShot SX50 HS design does little to mitigate these problems either. Although it has an ergonomic grip, generally responsive controls, and an efficient menu system, one cannot ignore its weightiness especially when used with full extended lens making it cumbersome and uncomfortable during prolonged usage.
Despite these frustrations, however, there are definite positives. The camera offers 12.1 megapixels of resolution providing satisfactory image quality at moderate zoom levels. Featuring Canon’s reliable DIGIC 5 processor ensures quick processing times, adding RAW support which is particularly useful for post-photo editing.
The PowerShot SX50 HS also impresses with various modes including smart auto mode that recognizes up to 58 predefined shooting situations and adapts settings accordingly – extremely convenient for novices as well as professionals who want a quick shot without fiddling too much with settings.
In conclusion, Canon’s PowerShot SX50 HS camera offers fun and flexibility with its extensive zoom range but comes with frustrating trade-offs in ease-of-use and image stabilization. It is ideal for those prepared for balancing technical prowess against practical limitations; if you’re patient enough not just in understanding its operational nuances but also ready to lug around relatively more weight than other superzoom compacts in exchange for superior range reach this might be the camera that enriches your photography exploration journey.