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World's first 50x Optical Zoom (24-1200mm) and 24mm Wide-Angle lens* with Optical Image Stabilizer delivers magnificent images whether you are up close or far away.
Experience the difference that the ultra-zooming power of the PowerShot SX50 HS's 24mm Wide-Angle 50x Optical Zoom lens can make on your everyday shooting. The extraordinary focal length of 4.3-215.0mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1200mm) lets you capture everything from wide-angle shots to super-telephoto shots from wherever you are, while every shot exhibits the unique quality inherent to Canon optics. You'll easily reach into sporting events from up in the bleachers, catch beautiful candid shots of your children without disrupting the scene, and achieve wildlife and landscape photography you never thought possible. Canon's Optical Image Stabilizer ensures that whether up close or far away, every shot is clear and steady.
* As of August 21, 2012.
Zoom Framing Assist
It's easy to track and capture subjects while using the extreme telephoto on the PowerShot SX50 HS. Use the Zoom Framing Assist Seek function to locate and track your subjects even a long distance away; by simply pressing a button, this function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate your subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when you release the button. And with the Zoom Framing Assist Lock, the camera will lock onto and automatically track a subject, intelligently keeping them in the center of the frame until you're ready to capture the perfect close-up shot.
12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor
The PowerShot SX50 HS employs a Canon 12.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor, which delivers state-of-the-art imaging performance and is optimized for use in compact cameras. Utilizing a sophisticated light-capturing design, it provides high sensitivity for improved high ISO capture with reduced noise. It is also a high-speed design, capable of rapidly capturing and moving image data to the processor, enabling faster continuous shooting and faster autofocus.
Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor
The latest-generation Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor works with the PowerShot SX50 HS's image sensor to bring phenomenal increases in processing speed and power, delivering incredible detail in more situations, without the need for artificial light sources. Improved noise reduction produces clearer images when shooting in low light at high ISO speeds. The faster processing speed results in faster continuous shooting capability while maintaining full image quality. With the power of the DIGIC 5 Image Processor, the PowerShot SX50 HS can achieve higher ISO sensitivity and even perform advanced functions like lens correction, special scene modes and much more.
Canon HS SYSTEM for exceptional low-light performance up to ISO 6400
The PowerShot SX50 HS gives you the power to create images with spectacular depth, detail and emotional resonance. The 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor works in concert with Canon's latest-generation DIGIC 5 Image Processor to create the renowned Canon HS SYSTEM. With the Canon HS SYSTEM, you'll experience excellent tracking performance even in low light, and achieve gorgeous still image quality even at high ISO speeds all the way up to ISO 6400; beautiful low-light shots are possible with minimal noise and maximum detail in highlight and shadow areas. The Canon HS SYSTEM lets you use higher shutter speeds to capture clearer images with reduced noise and blur in a variety of situations for incredible photos and even when shooting video.
Capture stunning 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound with a dedicated movie button; zoom while shooting and play back videos on an HDTV via the HDMI output.
Simply touch the dedicated movie button, now conveniently embedded in the PowerShot SX50 HS's thumb pad, to start recording video in 1080p Full HD that is breathtakingly vivid and realistic. You're free to use the full range of the zoom in movie mode, and sound is recorded in stereo. HDMI output allows you to view and share your video on an HDTV immediately, simply by connecting the camera to the TV with an optional HDMI cable.
High Speed AF greatly improves focus speed and High-Speed Burst HQ allows for continuous capture at a maximum of 10 frames* while maintaining superb image quality.
The PowerShot SX50 HS is equipped with Canon's latest advancement in AF technology: High Speed AF. The result of several improved technologies, High Speed AF delivers significantly faster focus speed of 0.19 seconds and a dramatically reduced shooting lag time of only 0.25 seconds, for a super-responsive shooting experience that lets you capture every great shot as it happens. The technology also powers the camera's new High-Speed Burst HQ, with continuous capture at a maximum speed of approximately 13 fps. Moreover, images captured in High-Speed Burst HQ maintain the camera's superb image quality.
*The continuous shooting speed is approximately 13.0 fps.
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.
Bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD with 461,000 dots for shooting at a variety of angles, plus an Electronic Viewfinder.
The PowerShot SX50 HS gives you lots of ways to frame a great shot. The bright 2.8-inch Vari-angle LCD has excellent resolution (approximately 461,000 dots), and flips out and swivels/rotates for shooting at unusual angles, even letting you capture perfectly framed self-portraits. The camera also has an Electronic Viewfinder to give you the classic photographic experience.
Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on 58 predefined shooting situations and the Face ID function adjusts focus and exposure priority based on pre-registered faces.
In Smart AUTO, the PowerShot SX50 HS analyzes various factors in the scene's background and subject, then selects optimal camera settings based on predefined shooting situations to achieve the best possible image quality. The Smart AUTO function on PowerShot SX50 HS includes an astonishing 58 predefined shooting situations, giving you spectacular image quality in virtually any photographic conditions you'll encounter.
Canon's futuristic Face ID feature allows you to register up to 12 faces on your camera, then gives those faces priority over others with regard to focus and exposure. As a result, even in group scenes, you'll always get great shots of your children, family and friends.
PowerShot cameras offer shooting modes that make it easy to take perfect photos in a wide range of shooting situations by providing intelligent presets with optimized settings.
Shooting Modes/Special Scene Modes
Custom - Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
Manual - You have complete control of exposure, selecting both aperture and shutter speed manually.
Aperture-priority - You set the aperture, controlling depth-of-field. The camera automatically selects the shutter speed.
Shutter-priority - You select the shutter speed to stop or blur action, and the camera finds the appropriate aperture. With slow exposure times, Canon's noise reduction system activates to ensure low image noise.
Program - Access advanced exposure compensation features while shooting mostly automatically.
Smart AUTO - The camera automatically selects the best shooting settings for optimal quality based on subjects and environmental factors to provide point-and-shoot simplicity.
Movie Digest - Records a video clip before capturing a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into a video. Now easily playback and review clips, and delete unwanted scenes.
Sports - The camera uses high shutter speeds to capture fast-moving subjects.
Portrait - The camera sets a large aperture, focusing the subject and artistically blurring the background to make your subject “pop.”
Smooth Skin - Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces.
Smart Shutter - The camera automatically takes the photo when people smile, wink, or get into frame.
High-Speed Burst HQ - Captures fast-action shots at full resolution, providing continuous shooting when the shutter button is held down.
Handheld Night Scene - Take clear and steady pictures at night without the use of a tripod.
Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects or an unnatural bluish tint.
Fireworks - Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
Stitch Assist - Easy-to-use guidelines simplify the shooting of aligned multiple frames that can later be combined (using bundled software) to create panoramic photos.
Creative Filters - This setting provides easy access to special filter effects and scene modes, such as Toy Camera Effect, Poster Effect, Monochrome and more.
High Dynamic Range - The camera combines three different exposures to get one evenly lit image.
Fisheye Effect - Add a classic photo distortion without a fisheye lens.
Miniature Effect - Emphasizes perspectives for a miniature effect by blurring upper and bottom portions of the image.
Toy Camera Effect - Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
Soft Focus - Creates a hazy ambiance that's perfect for portraits and wedding photos.
Monochrome - Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue.
Super Vivid - Super Vivid intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
Poster Effect - Poster Effect combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
Color Accent - Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
Color Swap - Select a color and replace it with a color you specify for special effects.
Movie - Record video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
iFrame Movie - The Apple® movie format, iFrame, makes it easier and quicker to import and upload videos while retaining high image quality.
Super Slow Motion Movie - Record your clips in high speed (approx. 240 fps), and then watch your videos in slow motion.
Actual results may vary from examples shown above.
Final image may vary depending on picture composition.
Full range of shooting and recording modes including RAW+JPEG for the ultimate creative control.
As with many EOS DSLR cameras, the PowerShot SX50 HS uses a 12-bit converter to process the output of the CMOS sensor, resulting in true color, smooth tonal transitions and natural gradations. The PowerShot SX50 HS lets you shoot in RAW mode, which records all the information captured by the sensor, giving you outstanding flexibility and complete creative control when editing your images with Canon's powerful bundled software, and the camera allows you to record in RAW and JPEG formats simultaneously. Now in RAW mode, you can even select among several aspect ratios, including 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, and 4:5.
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.
Direct Connect to Your Printer
It's quick and easy to make beautiful prints from your PowerShot camera with Canon's Direct Print system. Directly connect your PowerShot camera to a Canon PIXMA or SELPHY photo printer with a USB cable and simply press the button to print; turn every favorite moment into an amazing photo.
Available in 30 Languages
There are now a total of 30 display languages from which you can choose: English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash, 50x Optical, 4x Digital and 200x Combined Zoom with Optical Image Stabilizer
12.1 Megapixel, 1/2.3-inch CMOS
Approx. 12.8 Megapixels
Approx. 12.1 Megapixels
4.3 (W) - 215.0 (T) mm (35mm film equivalent: 24-1200mm)
Normal: 2.0 in. (5cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Auto: 0 in (0cm) - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. (1.3m) - infinity (T)
Sports: 3.3 ft. (1m) - infinity (W), 43 ft. (13m) - infinity (T)
Macro AF: 0 in. - 1.6 ft. (0-50cm) (W)
TTL Autofocus, Manual Focus
Electronic Viewfinder (Approx. 202,000 dots)
2.8-inch TFT Color Vari-angle LCD with wide viewing angle
Approx. 461,000 dots
f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T)
15-1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
Auto, ISO 80/100/125/160/200/250/320/400/500/640/800/1000/1250/1600/2000/2500/3200/4000/5000/6400
Light Metering Method
Evaluative*, Center-weighted average, Spot**
* Facial brightness is evaluated in Face Detection AF
** Metering frame is fixed to the center
Exposure Control Method
Manual Exposure, Program Shift, Safety Shift, AE Lock
Still Images: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Videos: ±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments (not available during shooting)
White Balance Control
Auto*, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom 1, Custom 2
* Camera automatically sets the optimal ISO speed according to shooting mode.
Auto, Flash On, Slow Synchro, Flash Off
- Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect.
1.6 ft. - 18 ft. (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. (T) (50cm - 5.5m (W), (1.4m - 3.0m (T))
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
10 seconds or less (battery voltage: 7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
C1, C2, M, Av, Tv, P, Auto, Movie Digest, Sports, SCN*1, Creative Filters*2, Movie*3
- Shooting movies is possible with the movie button
*1 Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter*4, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld NightScene, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist
*2 High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap
*3 Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
*4 Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer
My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color *
*Adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available.
Custom*, Approx. 2-sec. delay, Approx. 10-sec. delay
* Delay time (0-15 sec. (in one-second increments), 20/25/30 sec.) and number of shots (1-10 shots (in one-shot increments)) can be specified.
1) Normal: Approx. 2.2 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 13 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
2) AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. (in P mode)
Approx. 4.1 shots/sec.* (in High-Speed Burst HQ)
3) LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. (in P mode)
- Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically
- Differs depending on the zoom position.
* The maximum continuous capture is 10 frames.
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Design rule for camera file system, DPOF Version 1.1 compliant
Image Recording Format
Superfine / Fine
JPEG Compression Mode
Still Image: Exif. 2.3 (JPEG)
Video: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Number of Recording Pixels
1) 16:9 - Large: 4000 x 2248; Medium 1: 2816 x 1584; Medium 2: 1920 x 1080; Small: 640 x 360; RAW: 4000 x 2248
2) 3:2 - Large: 4000 x 2664; Medium 1: 2816 x 1880; Medium 2: 1600 x 1064; Small: 640 x 424; RAW: 4000 x 2664
3) 4:3 - Large: 4000 x 3000; Medium 1: 2816 x 2112; Medium 2: 1600 x 1200; Small: 640 x 480; Raw: 4000 x 3000
4) 1:1 - Large: 2992 x 2992; Medium 1: 2112 x 2112; Medium 2: 1200 x 1200; Small: 480 x 480; RAW: 2992 x 2992
5) 4:5 - Large: 2400 x 3000; Medium 1: 1696 x 2112; Medium 2: 960 x 1200; Small: 384 x 480; RAW: 2400 x 3000
Full HD 1920 x 1080: 24 fps (23.976)
HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
iFrame Movie HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Movie Digest HD 1280 x 720: 30 fps (29.97)
Miniature Effect HD 1280 x 720: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Miniature Effect 640 x 480: 6 fps / 3 fps / 1.5 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480: 120 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240: 240 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps (29.97)
Note: SF=Superfine F=Fine
*The approximate number of images recordable on memory cards other than the above can be calculated by using the above figures as a reference and extrapolating accordingly.
*1Movie Digest refers to the created movie.
*2Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps.
*3Playback frame rate is 30 fps*2.
*4Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps.
Playback Modes File
Stills & Videos:
Auto Rotate (Automatic vertical/horizontal detection), Index Continuous Display, Image Advance (Operation Tools, Transition Effects, Scroll Display), Rotate, Favorites, My Category, Smart Shuffle, Group Playback, Movie Digest, Slideshow (Playback Interval, Repeat, Effect, Playlist)
Single, Index, Magnification (2-10x), Switch to other images while zoomed, Information Display, Red-eye Correction, i-Contrast, Photobook Setup, Trimming, Resize, My Colors, Face ID info, Focus Check, Histogram, RGB Histogram, Location Information, Overexposure Warning
Normal Playback*1, Slow Motion, Skip Backward*2, Previous Frame*3, Next Frame*3, Skip Forward*2, Erase chapters, Editing
Using the software included with the camera (ImageBrowser EX), there are 8 levels (1/8x to 1x) of playback speed for Super Slow Motion Movies possible on a computer.
*1 Audio settings available in 5 levels
*2 Approximately 4 seconds
*3 Slow motion available
Select Image, Select Range, Select All Images
- The image data in the memory card stored with the Design rule for Camera File systems format can be erased (however, protected images cannot be erased).
- Using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted.
NTSC/PAL (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
Stereo (dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video)
SD memory card slot; direct connection to Canon SELPHY, PIXMA Photo Printers & PictBridge compatible printers
Battery Pack NB-10L, Compact Power Adapter CA-PS700 (included with AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80)
Approx. 315 shots when using LCD monitor
Approx. 335 shots when using Electronic Viewfinder
Approx. 7 hours
Dimensions (W x H x D)
4.82 x 3.44 x 4.15 in. / 122.5 x 87.3 x 105.5mm
21.0 oz. / 595g (CIPA standard)
19.4 oz. / 551g (camera only)30 display languages provided (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Portuguese, Korean, Greek, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Ukrainian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian and Vietnamese.)All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.Canon, DIGIC, ELPH, PIXMA, and PowerShot and SELPHY are registered trademarks of Canon Inc. in the United States and may also be registered trademarks or trademarks in other countries. Microsoft, Windows and Windows Vista are trademarks or registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. Mac is a trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the United States and other countries. All other products and brand names are registered trademarks, trademarks or service marks of their respective owners in the United States and/or other countries.
Compatible Supplies & Accessories
Canon offers a wide range of compatible supplies and accessories that can enhance your user experience with you PowerShot SX50 HS that you can purchase direct. Scroll down to easily select items to add to your shopping cart for a faster, easier checkout. Visit the Canon Online Store
67mm Circular Polarizer PL-CB
Filter enhances picture quality by blocking harmful reflected light.
67mm Protect Filter
These filters can help protect your lens against dust, moisture, fingerprints, scratches and damage and can be kept on your lens at all times. Filter fits select lenses with a 67mm diameter.
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80
Provides AC power to the camera with uninterrupted power for shooting or downloading.
Battery Charger CB-2LC
Battery Charger for NB-10L Li-ion Batteries.
Battery Pack NB-10L
Battery Pack for the selected PowerShot SX series.
DELUXE SOFT CASE PSC-4100
This deluxe nylon/imitation leather case is designed to fit the selected PowerShot SX series digital camera safely and securely.
Delux Soft Case PSC-4200
This specially designed soft carrying case provides stylish protection to your PowerShot camera while on the go, or for storage.
Filter Adapter FA-DC67A
This adapter is required for the 67mm lens filter on the selected PowerShot SX series.
Mini-HDMI Cable: connects Canon HD Camcorders/select PowerShot Cameras to HDMI compatible TV.
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
The Canon IFC-400PCU USB Interface Cable enables you to transfer your camera pictures to a computer fast. The cable connects to your camera and to the USB port on your PC or MAC Computer. Comes standard with the EOS 1Ds Mark III, 1D Mark IV, 1D Mark III, 1Ds Mark II, 1D Mark II N, 1D Mark II, 5D Mark II, 7D, 5D, 50D, 40D, 30D, 20D, 10D, Digital Rebel XTi, Digital Rebel XT and Digital Rebel. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.
Leather Neck Strap NS-DC3
This durable neck strap is made of black leather. The strap is lightly padded and features wide tapered ends for maximum comfort.
Lens Hood LH-DC60
The addition of the lens hood can prevent flares.
Video Cable AVC-DC400ST
Enables direct image display from the EOS to an HD television or a similar display device. Comes standard with the EOS 1D Mark IV, 7D, 60D, Rebel T3i and Rebel T2i. Please see Compatibility tab for compatible models.