Pixels aren’t the prime focus that brings out competition. It’s all about value addition. The Canon power shot has found a way beyondthe pixel wars and introduced the “big zoom” cameras that come in small packages. Gone are the days when 12 X zoom cameras seemed to make your eyes zoom out 12 X too. Eventually, came the 18, 24 and the 30X zoom cameras. However, canon took it a notch higher by introducing the Power shot SX50 HS that comes with a stupendous 50X zoom with a 24-1200 mm lens. If you think that is all, we’re sure you’ll love what else the SX50 boasts.
Incorporating a large focal range in a relatively compressed package, canon articulates a clear definition to the popularly trending bridge cameras. These cameras are like the compact and portable cousins of the DSLR’s, they carry almost off advanced features and such, and they feel a lot less bulky. Let’s look at the details and specifics of this leading candidate in the camera market.
Bridge cameras like the canon SX 50 HS have quite adequate features that put rivals to shame. Surged with an excellent zoom that ranges from 24 mm – 1200 mm, Canon’s Intelligent IS Stabilization system comes in action; there is perfect symmetry between lens shift and digital stabilization, which offers benefits upto 4.5 stops when it comes to exposure. The amusing camera lens is Canon’s Ultra Sonic Motor technology enabled that allows near-silent focusing throughout the extensive focal range and a feature that makes shooting fun is the zoom while recording that allows you to zoom into interesting subjects while shooting a video and you wouldn’t have to worry about the annoying zoom noise. The camera has a 12.1 Mega pixel CMOS Sensor (a little less pixels under the kit but manageable) The Sensor features canon’s HS technology that includes the perfect combination of the CMOS backlit sensor and the DIGIC 5 processor by Canon, the advantage is that users can shoot in low light conditions without having to worry about the light.
There is a well-articulated 2.8-inch LCD screen at the rear end of the camera that has 461K dots and provides optimum resolution. You can also rotate the screen horizontally for viewing and shooting at different angles. There is also an electronic viewfinder (EVF) on the camera that provides an easy alternative to compose quality images. But, the downside to this lies in at 0.2 inches (EVF measurement) that has a resolution of 202 k dots, which is less. A newly added feature is the full PASM (Program Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and manual) Image capture control, there are other inbuilt modes built for the users comfort and curiosity. Feel free to try them all.
Pro Photographers can capture RAW images (which prove their worth in postproduction) and also benefit from the HD video capture (1080 P resolution at 24 frames per second). There is a prominent presence of a Hot Shoe on the camera’s top plate which allows the user to attach other canon accessories such as Canon Speed Lite EX flashguns, the camera can also feature 67mm filter thread as well as a removable lens hood.
Benign by looks and a compact package to capture it all, the SX50 HS is built to please. But just like any camera, this one has a few niggles too. As it might seem, Canon cameras have to reconsider their camera bodies, the material seems made out of shoddy plastic and lacks the design aesthetics that most users would expect, unlike Nikon, canon uses cheap plastic components on their budget range cameras. The X50 HS musses out the textured finish and might prove uncomfortable to some users. Not all shooting conditions are the same; you might bungle out with a few tricky shots.
Even the button placement on the camera seems disoriented and disappointing. Both, the menu and the mode dial are juxtaposed in a manner that makes it too recessed and might be challenging and tedious to operate. That being said, the screen built on the canon screen provides the user some amount of relief with its flexibility and user friendliness.
Performance spells preference for today’s buyer, the Powershot SX 50 HS might have been rated an erroneous buy for a photography enthusiast. Contrary to rumored belief, the camera performs quite well under the circumstances. Right from being powered up and ready to perform, with over a second duration in between seems fast enough. The AF features programmed in the camera also create aweduringthose lazy photography days. Another noticeable feature is how the SX50 HS acquired focus with little discernable delay, its ultra sonic motor might sound like noisy relatives chattering away to glory but it gets manageable.
There is a lack of fluidity considering its immense zoom capability. But, what’s impressive is the time taken while transitioning from wide to telephoto within a second. But, while speeding, the lens might skip ideal points and might go beyond it. Rival products have managed to win the LCD wars with better displays with a higher resolution and the images are hammered a bit. The results produced on this camera seem warmer and might/might not be desirable. The EVF (electronic View Finder) has its share of disappointment as well, while viewing the images shot on the camera on the viewfinder might exhibit a combination of softness and chromatic aberrations, using the viewfinder becomes useless as much as it ought to be.
The canon SX powershot camera range has always been on the reliable end and the bridge cameras are available in various options in the market, the SX50 HS has a few prominent features that come in a delightfully small package, and it looks quite attractive at fist glance. But, you have to consider a few let down’s too. The camera has a few flaws with its controls and the image quality is also erratic and would require you to experiment with various modes to get the best results. But, it has a good focal range and great speed. The canon SX50 manages to impress but plays spoil sport too; it might not be rated as the best performer. It is just another camera with nothing exceptional to offer. You can try it before buying it.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Rivals:
Nikon Coolpix P510
Nikon Coolpix P520
Panasonic Lumix DMC FZ200
Sony Cybershot DSC HX300