Intelligent IS automatically chooses from six different modes to optimize image stabilization for the shooting condition.
It's easy to capture clear, steady images with the PowerShot SX50 HS, even in low light without using a tripod. That's because the camera is equipped with Canon's innovative Intelligent IS. The system analyzes camera movement and applies the best shake correction method for the shooting situation allowing you to focus on framing and capturing your shot. For stills, the system automatically selects among Normal, Panning, Macro (Hybrid) and Tripod IS modes. When shooting video, the system automatically selects among Dynamic, Powered, Macro and Tripod IS modes. Dynamic IS has been enhanced to provide better performance than ever before, now compensating for rotational movement centered on the optical axis in addition to horizontal tilt and vertical pitch, for beautifully clear and steady video.
Normal Corrects for a wide range of camera movement when shooting stills.
Panning Panning motion is detected so that IS does not interfere with desired camera movement.
Hybrid Corrects for shift-type camera shake, which typically occurs in macro (close-up) shooting.
Dynamic Effective for video shooting at wide-angle focal lengths, eliminating the unwanted shaking that typically occurs while walking.
Powered Compensates for hand movement when shooting video at the telephoto end of the zoom range, where camera shake is magnified.
Tripod When tripod use is detected, the Image Stabilizer is stopped because it is not needed.
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
This is a great all around camera and has about every feature a photographer would need. Great image quality, the video is superb (full hd) and it has a slow motion mode that automatically plays back a 240 frames per second. It also has around a 10 fps photo mode thats great for sports. only problem was that it took a while to figure out but a quick search on the web solved that for me. Overall 5/5 i would definitely recommend this to a friend. Ive only had this for a day but this camera is FREAKIN AMAZING. Good for all skill levels.
May 19, 2013
Takes great pictures
I have been a canon user since 1998. Currently use the EOS 50d as my main camera. Bought the SX50 HS for my wife. She loves it. However on a recent trip, the camera lost the LCD display. We could not get it to function. Playback on the LCD was ok. Since there is no paper user manual included with the camera, she could not use the LCD until returning from the trip, and reading the manual on the disk. The fix was to rapidly push the DIS button 3 times. No paper manual with the camera, to me, is a very weak point.
May 14, 2013
canon powershot sx50 review
Ok have had this camera for a month, and before buying this camara I read every review I could find,The picture quality in my option is very very good, you can also shoot in superfine mode to do this select L on the picture size then press disply button which will give you the option to shoot in super fine mode.the macro setting is also very good, the zoom in my opinion is good but not what that everybody seems to rave about, you have to have a very steady hand or you do need a tripod. I think overall this camra is excellent, the only thing that lets it down is the poor Evf which is far to small and needs to be of better quality and the LCD needs to have more pixels and a little bit bigger.i have found when taking photos in very bright conditions I have often just taken pot luck because the screen is poor and you cant use Evf
May 6, 2013