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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Silver Digital Camera

50x Wide-Angle 24mm Optical Zoom
DIGIC 5 Image Processor
Optical Image Stabilization
HS System
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
PowerShot SX50 HS

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Vari-Angle LCD Monitor

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera features the world's first 50x optical zoom 24mm wide angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization, making those long distance shots that much easier to capture and then share with friends and family. When the time comes to share one of those "can't miss" moments from a family day at the park or of a pride of lions on a safari expedition, the use of HD video is becoming more popular than ever. As a leader in HD video capture, Canon has incorporated Full HD recording (1920 x 1080) capabilities for the PowerShot SX50 HS. Providing exceptional resolution for crystal clear HD video, the camera has a dedicated movie record button in addition to having the ability to zoom while recording, further enhancing the overall user experience. An HDMI terminal output has also been included for easy sharing of videos with stereo sound on HD ready televisions. The camera also features playback of audio in stereo sound, further adding to the flexibility when capturing memorable moments.

A challenging task for the photographer on assignment or appointed family photographer is working under low-light conditions. Helping improve the quality of images from those situations is Canon's HS System, where the camera's image processor and high-sensitivity image sensor work in tandem to enhance low-light image quality. With the PowerShot SX50 HS, Canon's DIGIC 5 image processor maintains the camera's superb low-light image quality while improving overall camera operation and color accuracy. The DIGIC 5 image processor has improved noise reduction and advanced Multi-area White Balance optimizing color tones of both subject and background under multiple light sources. With an optical image stabilizer and a 12.1-megapixel CMOS image sensor -- part of the HS System -- the SX50 HS can capture low-light images of enhanced image quality up to ISO 6400. The 2.8-inch wide vari-angle LCD provides easy viewing of images and menus from almost any angle. Improved Smart AUTO settings ensure the settings are intelligently selected based upon the cameras 58 predefined shooting situations. The Zoom Framing Assist button, which helps the user steady the camera when tracking a moving subject at extreme telephoto settings keeping it in focus.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Key Features

PowerShot SX50 HS Kit
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Supplied Accessories:
  • Lithium-ion Battery Pack NB-10L
  • Battery Charger CB-2LC
  • Neck Strap NS-DC11
  • Lens Cap (with Strap)
  • Digital Camera Solution CD-ROM
High Sensitivity (HS) System
Whether shooting a large family photo at a sunset wedding or capturing a historical monument at night, the PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera captures clear, exceptional images in low-light settings thanks to Canon's HS System. Canon's DIGIC 5 Image Processor combined with a 12-megapixel High Sensitivity CMOS sensor make up Canon's HS System. The 12-megapixel CMOS Sensor positions the light-receiving surface for optimal light reception. More light means clearer, blur-free images with plenty of detail and nuance, even in dark areas. Working together with the CMOS sensor to deliver the HS SYSTEM is Canon's advanced DIGIC 5 Image Processor, which actively reduces noise and delivers high speed image processing. The HS System enhances image quality and helps reduce noise at high ISO levels. It also helps to accentuate a number of hard-to-get details in images with decreased lighting. Canon's HS System enables users to capture dimly lit scenes without a flash, resulting in a more natural look for photos.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Genuine Canon 24mm Wide-Angle Lens With High-Powered 50x Optical Zoom
The PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera's precision lens allows you to shoot any scene from ultra-wide-angle to telephoto. Its 24mm wide-angle lens (35mm film equivalent) lets you capture more in every frame, so everyone fits in a family gathering shot. The world's first 50x Optical Zoom lens has an extraordinary 35mm film focal length equivalent of 24 - 1200 mm. 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. The optical zoom can be augmented by the camera's 4x digital zoom raising the maximum (35mm equivalent) focal length to that of a 4800 mm lens.

Canon's heritage as an imaging company dates back over 70 years to the company's founding in 1934. Since then, Canon has worked hard to perfect the process of creating extremely high-quality optics for its line of imaging products and is now the world's largest manufacturer of cameras and lenses. Canon is a global leader in optical design, with many advanced and original technologies that allow Canon users to achieve the sharpest images possible.

Canon Optical Image Stabilizer (IS) Technology
Unlike electronic image stabilizer systems that typically cause degradation of image quality, Canon's Lens Shift Optical IS system is based on the advancements made in the development and refinement of Canon's EF and video lenses. The Canon Image Stabilizer uses gyroscopic sensors to detect motion and generate a corrective signal to reduce blur caused by camera movement. An image-stabilizing lens group along the optical axis is shifted in response to the detected motion, providing effective cancellation of unwanted lens movement and vibration. Result-photos taken while zoomed in and at slower shutter speeds are not blurry, even without a tripod.
Intelligent IS
One of the most important innovations for a point-and-shoot camera has been Image Stabilization (IS) since it helps improve image quality by reducing camera blur for both images and videos. Canon has taken this technology one step further with the Intelligent IS which automatically chooses from six different modes (Normal, Macro, Panning, Dynamic, Powered, Tripod) to optimize image stabilization and help achieve crisp, blur-free images for various shooting conditions.
Canon DIGIC 5 Image Processor
DIGIC 5 Image Processor
Since their groundbreaking introduction in 1999, Canon DIGIC Image Processors have set the standard for performance and brought powerful new features to PowerShot digital cameras with each successive generation. The DIGIC 4 Image Processor ushered in a new level of picture quality and accelerated processing, making possible features such as high-speed continuous shooting, Full HD Video, and improved low-light capture. The DIGIC 5 Image Processor, found in the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, delivers higher-quality continuous rapid shooting, improved noise reduction under low light and an advanced Multi-Area White Balance system. The DIGIC 5 image processor maintains the camera's superb low-light image quality while improving overall camera operation and color accuracy. The DIGIC 5 image processor has improved noise reduction and advanced Multi-area White Balance optimizing color tones of both subject and background under multiple light sources.
12.1 Megapixel CMOS
12.1 megapixels of resolution give your photography incomparable depth and ensure that any section of any shot can be enlarged and cropped with no loss in quality when you edit the image and even in large printout. It creates crisp, clear 13" x 19" posters. Taking advantage of its own proprietary technologies, Canon develops and produces its own CMOS sensors. They fulfill the primary functions of an imaging sensor -- sensitive, accurate, low noise capture of image data -- with electrifying performance. Unlike CCD sensors, CMOS sensors convert and amplify signals before they are transferred to the image processor, enabling them to produce exceptionally clean image data and reduce power consumption by as much as 90%. They incorporate the latest in CMOS engineering advances, significantly reducing digital noise and expanding the useful ISO range.
Zoom Framing Assist
The Zoom Framing Assist button aids in the tracking and capturing of subjects from a great distance away while keeping the lens in focus. At extreme telephoto settings, holding a camera unsteady can cause the user to lose track of the subject and make it difficult to find the subject. The Zoom Framing Assist button allows the user to zoom out, find the subject and then zoom back in.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera
Full HD (1920 x 1080 Pixels at 24 fps) Movie Mode
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS with HD movie gives you the ultimate convenience of owning an advanced still camera that also creates superb movies. HD Movies with 1920 x 1080 pixels at 24 fps capture your memories with dazzling clarity, realism and brilliance. The PowerShot SX50 HS also includes spectacular movie functionality. With the Movie button, simply push and you can start shooting video and never miss the perfect moment. When shooting movies, you can get up close with the 35x Optical Zoom for riveting detail and realism, from the overall appearance to facial expressions! And the camera's Smart AUTO technology that helps ensure the perfect still image works to bring that same quality to your movies.
Movie Digest Mode
Putting together a video containing highlights from family vacations, important occasions and other special events is now easier than you might imagine. Using the Movie Digest Mode, you can have the camera automatically record a short video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) every time you shoot a still image. The camera will then combine an entire day's worth of clips into a single video. No editing required -- Movie Digest Mode does all the work, so you can sit back and enjoy your video!
HDMI Output
The PowerShot SX50 HS also makes it easy to enjoy HD movies and photos on your HDTV with a mini-HDMI cable for direct connection to a high-definition monitor. This allows you to enjoy the full quality of HD with no degradation of image or audio in the signal, but also improves playback functionality, letting you view up to 130 still images at once.
iFrame Movie Support
With the PowerShot SX50 HS, you can also shoot video in the Apple™ iFrame format, a computer-friendly standard that speeds up importing and editing of videos. It keeps file sizes small, making it more convenient to upload or e-mail high-quality videos. The iFrame format enjoys native support in compatible Mac and Windows video applications, making it unnecessary to perform time-consuming and often quality-degrading conversions.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS LCD Monitor
Large 2.8-inch Vari-Angle LCD Monitor, Plus an Electronic Viewfinder
The SX50 HS digital camera's 2.8-inch LCD screen gives you the big picture, whether you're shooting, reviewing or showing off your images. This high-resolution (461,000-pixel) screen offers a crisp, clear picture to make shooting, playback and using the camera's menu functions especially convenient. The Vari-Angle LCD screen swings out, permitting the user to compose shots from virtually any position, such as over-the-head or under the knees. The SX50 HS also has an electronic viewfinder that provides sharp images when you shoot close-up with the Super Macro shooting mode.
High Speed AF
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 second for a super-responsive shooting experience that lets you capture every great shot as it happens. Thanks to High Speed AF, the PowerShot SX50 HS's shooting time lag is dramatically reduced to only 0.25 second. 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.
High-speed Burst HQ
An added benefit of the DIGIC 5 image processor is the incorporation of High-speed Burst HQ, providing users with the ability to continuously capture a maximum of eight frames. This feature will allow the story of a child scoring the winning goal on the soccer field or a marathon runner crossing the finish line to be told frame-by-frame through the eye of the photographer. The continuous shooting speed is approximately 13 fps.
Advanced Smart AUTO
Advanced Smart AUTO intelligently selects the proper settings for the camera based on 58 predefined shooting situations. Just set the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS to Smart AUTO and you're ready for maximum enjoyment from your picture taking every time. It's a relaxing and satisfying way to shoot because you can completely concentrate on your subject knowing that the camera has the technical details covered. Advanced Canon technology intelligently analyzes your situation and shooting conditions. Then it automatically selects an appropriate setting from 32 specially defined settings. So whether you're photographing flowers, a captivating sunset, or your friends at the park, you can be confident that you're getting dramatic, memorable images.
Smart Shutter Technology (Smile Self-Timer, Wink Self-Timer, Face Detection Self-Timer)
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has Smart Shutter technology, which detects faces in the scene and releases the shutter automatically in response to the appearance of an additional face, or when a smile or sassy wink occurs. These technologies help to make your photography less rushed and more natural, so getting the perfect shot is even easier.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Shooting Modes, Including Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Special Scene Modes
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS offers a wide variety of shooting modes to optimize the camera's performance based on user preferences or shooting conditions. These modes include:
  • 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 (also available for video).
  • Program (P): Set almost all parameters yourself, while the camera selects aperture and shutter speed.
  • Shutter Speed Priority (Tv): Select from a wide range of shutter speeds while the camera sets an appropriate aperture.
  • Aperture Priority (Av): Set the aperture to control depth-of-field while the camera selects shutter speed.
  • Manual (M): The ultimate in creative control, you set aperture and shutter speed.
  • Custom 1: Define and store your own settings to achieve the effects you prefer.
  • Custom 2
  • Sports: Ensures highly accurate autofocusing when shooting fast-moving subjects for capturing beautiful action shots.
  • 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
  • Movie: Standard, iFrame, Super Slow Motion. Record up to 1080p Full HD video in stereo sound. Unwanted scenes can be deleted in playback mode.
  • 8 Special Scene Modes
  • 10 Creative Filter Modes
8 Special Scene Modes
  1. Portrait - The camera sets a large aperture, focuses the subject and artistically blurs the background to make your subject "pop".
  2. Smooth Skin - Removes dullness, wrinkles, and harsh shadows for beautiful faces
  3. Smart Shutter - Smile Self-Timer, Wink Self-Timer, Face Detection Self-Timer
  4. Snow - Shoot clear snow scenes without darkened subjects and bluish tint.
  5. Fireworks - Grab brilliant images of skyrocketing fireworks.
  6. Stitch Assist - Build inspiring panoramas by neatly aligning sequential images.
  7. High-Speed Burst - The camera captures fast-action shots at full sensor resolution, by shooting continuously when the shutter button is held down.
  8. Handheld Night Scene - Suppresses image blur even without the help of a tripod.
10 Creative Filter Modes
The Creative Filters mode dial setting provides easy access to special filter effect and scene modes. The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS offers creative effects (Miniature Effect, Fisheye Effect) similar to those found in professional lenses.
  1. Fisheye Effect - Uses barrel distortion to warp the image around the center, giving a distinctive curvature effect to the photo. The curvilinear images produced by Fisheye Effect can suggest the curve of the Earth, the inside of a dome, or the image you see through the peephole of a door.
  2. Miniature Effect - (also available for videos) Creates an illusion where very large objects appear in miniature proportions. Turn soaring cityscapes into a scene in seemingly dollhouse-like proportions.
  3. Toy Camera Effect - Simulates photos taken with "toy" or pinhole cameras, darkening the image at the edges to create a vignette effect.
  4. Monochrome - Choose from three single-tone effects: Black-and-White, Sepia, or Blue
  5. High Dynamic Range - Takes three shots, of the same scene, in different exposures in succession and combines all three images together to capture an image with flattering shadows and highlights. A tripod is required.
  6. Soft Focus - Creates a hazy ambiance perfect for portraits and wedding photos
  7. Super Vivid - Intensifies existing hues, saturating the scene with bright colors.
  8. Poster Effect - Combines several similar shades into one color, turning subtle gradations into eye-catching, scene-popping contrasts.
  9. Color Accent - Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  10. Color Swap - Enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the camera's memory card.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
Excellent for outdoor shooting, the in-camera, HDR scene mode helps shooters capture the full magnitude of a scene that consists of very dark tones and bright highlights. With the use of a tripod, one push of the shutter button yields three sequential images with various exposures, and then combines them into a single optimized image within the camera. As a result, the image showcases a better range of depth and detail found in natural settings.
ISO 6400 Sensitivity
Canon's advanced DIGIC Image Processor enables a range of ISO equivalent settings from 80 to 6400, achieving excellent image quality under darker conditions without a flash. With camera shake greatly reduced, you can shoot high quality images in many more situations. With Canon's latest Motion Detection Technology, it's even more advanced -- it also factors in camera or subject movement when setting ISO automatically. Now even scenes notorious for having insufficient light, such as those lit by candles, fire, or street lamp, come through in fantastic color and clarity, with less noise. You can keep the feel of the scene intact without adding additional light, so the result will be scenes with the visual accuracy, depth and clarity you expect from a Canon camera.
Advanced Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB Technology
Your most cherished image often feature faces, and Canon's advanced Face Detection Technology gives every face its best chance to shine. With Canon's Advanced Face Detection AF/AE/FE/WB function, the SX50 HS can detect, lock on, and track up to 35 human faces in a scene. It can even detect profiles. The face detection algorithm automatically prioritizes and selects faces (based on Canon's Intelligent Scene Analysis/iSAPS technology). It will then optimize the focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help ensure the best possible results for even easier picture taking moments. The result is flattering portraits and group shots where all of the subjects are in clearer focus and accurately exposed.
Intelligent Contrast Correction
DIGIC 4 also makes possible the new i-Contrast (Intelligent Contrast Correction) system, which controls the compensation level in pixel units to brighten dark areas while leaving bright areas unchanged for better images where the main subject is dark, and more natural transition.
Canon iSAPS Technology
Over the past 68 years, Canon has accumulated a vast amount of photographic data and know-how and used it to create some of the most innovative camera products in the marketplace. Now, using that same data and know-how, Canon has developed an exclusive technology called iSAPS (Intelligent Scene Analysis based on Photographic Space) that can predict certain camera settings such as focusing distance, exposure and optimum white balance based on zoom focal length, overall light level and tonal distribution data. Canon refers to this collective data as "Photographic Space." By incorporating iSAPS technology into its PowerShot line, the cameras can analyze a scene just before the image is made and in doing so, increase the speed and precision of the camera's autofocus, auto exposure and auto white balance.
Direct Printing
You've taken the picture, reviewed it, like it and can not wait to print it out. What next? Direct Printing significantly expands the appeal of the PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera by making it simple, quick and convenient to produce high-quality photos without the need for a personal computer. Simply connect the SX50 HS directly to a Canon Compact or Canon Direct Photo Printer, as well as PictBridge compatible printer and press the blue lighted Print/Share button on the back of the SX50 HS and you are printing. Beyond its Direct Print capability with Canon's Compact Photo Printers and acclaimed Canon Direct Photo Printers, the camera is also PictBridge compatible, an industry standard that offers the flexibility of direct printing to other brands of PictBridge compatible printers.

The PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera supports Exif Print, a worldwide standard that transfers important camera settings and data from the camera to the printer ensuring the photos you print will look true to life. Moreover, DPOF 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) lets users specify the images to be printed or execute batch printing of selected images.

SDHC / SDXC / SD Memory Card Compatibility
The PowerShot SX50 HS is compatible with the newest SDHC memory cards.
Noise Reduction
Experienced photographers know that high ISO speeds can coincide with increased levels of noise: aberrant or stray signals that degrade image quality. With Canon's exclusive DIGIC 5 Image Processor, there is no need for compromise. DIGIC 5 offers a major boost in noise reduction signal processing to compensate for the higher ISO settings it enables.
Safety Shift
In Av and Tv modes, a Safety Shift function is available to eliminate exposure errors: the camera will automatically change shutter speed or aperture to achieve proper exposure for the given brightness conditions. Safety FE makes automatic adjustments to prevent over- or under-exposed flash shots when shooting in Manual mode.
Fast and Responsive Shutter
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has a maximum shutter speed of 1/2000 second and can capture still photos continuously at rates up to 13 fps.
White Balance Control
A choice of preset White Balance settings gives you natural-looking images under almost any lighting condition. There's Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H and Flash. Select the one that fits your environment. You can also create and store a custom setting by focusing on a piece of white paper under your light source.
My Colors Function
My Colors lets you customize color before shooting and correct individual colors on the LCD screen as you shoot! Whether the desired effect is to make the color more real or surreal, these digital dynamos are capable of capturing and saving both the original still image and the enhanced color versions as separate files on the camera's SD memory card. Where previously, users could only enable "My Colors" while shooting, the current iteration permits captured images to be retouched as well, without the need for special software applications or tools.

Twelve modes offer many options:

  • Vivid Green - Add vivid dimension to greens for extraordinary nature shots.
  • Vivid Red - Charge up red objects in your images for extra impact.
  • Vivid Blue - Emphasize the sea, sky, or other blue areas.
  • Lighter Skin Tone - Lighten your subjects' skin tones paler.
  • Darker Skin Tone - Darken skin tones a shade.
  • Color Accent - Choose to retain a single color in your image while other colors turn monochrome.
  • Color Swap - Enables users to alter specific colors in an image by sampling another color from the same image or any other image on the camera's memory card.
  • Positive Film - Combines Vivid Red, Vivid Green and Vivid Blue to achieve a positive film effect.
  • Neutral Color - Produces images of subtle, elegant tonality.
  • Sepia - Recreates the look of vintage photographs.
  • Black & White - Delivers enhanced clarity -- especially useful when shooting text.
  • Custom Color - Set balance of red, green, blue and skin colors; finely adjust brightness and vividness.
Evaluative Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering and Spot Metering
Three light-metering modes are available for precise exposure. Canon's sophisticated Evaluative metering is the ideal metering choice for most situations. There's also Center-weighted metering, which is perfect for shooters who prefer to dial in their own exposure compensation. Finally, for the utmost precision, there's Spot metering -- which can measure a tiny area at the center of the image.
Real Time Histogram
Real time histogram while shooting to check exposure levels.
High-Speed USB 2.0
The pace of image transfer is accelerated (when used with a USB 2.0 compatible computer, printer or other peripheral) thanks to the inclusion of a High-Speed USB 2.0 port. The USB 2.0 port is backwards compatible (at no increased speed) with computers featuring standard USB 1.1 connections.
Built-in Pop-up Flash
Shooting with flash never slows down the action. The Built-in Pop-up Flash retracts when not in use, and you can opt to allow the flash to pop up and fire automatically whenever the camera detects a low ambient light situation. The camera's 3-mode built-in flash includes Red-Eye Reduction.
E-TTL Flash Compatability
The PowerShot SX50 HS includes a dedicated hot shoe, enabling total compatibility and control of Canon's full line of EX-series Speedlite external flashes.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Specifications

Type of Camera:
Compact digital still camera with built-in flash and Optical image stabilizer (OIS) system, 50x optical zoom / 4x digital zoom / 200x combined zoom
Image Capture Device:
12.8 million pixel gross, 1/2.3-inch CMOS, Approx. 12.1 Million Effective Pixels
4.3 - 215.0 mm, f/3.4 - f/6.5 zoom lens (equivalent to 24 - 1200 mm in 35mm format)
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Focus Range:
Auto: 0 in./0 cm - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. / 1.3 m - infinity (T)
Normal: 2.0 in. / 5 cm - infinity (W), 4.3 ft. / 1.3 m - infinity (T)
Sports: 3.3 ft. / 1 m - infinity (W), 43 ft. / 13 m - infinity (T)
Macro: 0 in. - 1.6 ft./ 0 - 50 cm (W)
Autofocus System
TTL Autofocus, manual focus
Maximum Aperture
f/3.4 (W), f/6.5 (T)
Shutter Speed:
1 - 1/2000 sec.
15 - 1/2000 sec. (in Tv and M modes)
ISO Sensitivity:
Auto, or User Set ISO 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400 equivalent (Standard Output Sensitivity. Recommended Exposure Index)
Exposure Control:
Program AE, Manual, Program Shift, Safety Shift; AE Lock
Light Metering Method:
Evaluative (Control to incorporate facial brightness in Face Detection AF), Center-weighted average or Spot metering (Metering frame when spot is center fixed)
Exposure Compensation:
+/- 3.0 EV in 1/3-stop increments (available for video but not available during video shooting)
White Balance Control:
Auto (facial color is evaluated in Face AF), Pre-set (Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash) and Custom White Balance (Custom 1, Custom 2)
Built-in Flash Modes:
Auto, Flash On, Flash Off, Slow Synchro
Facial brightness is also evaluated in Face Detect
Flash Range (when sensitivity is set to ISO Auto):
1.6 - 18.0 ft. / 50 cm - 5.5 m (W), 4.6 - 9.8 ft. / 1.4 - 3.0 m (T)
Image brightness may diminish depending on the shooting distance
Flash Recycling Time:
10 sec. or less (battery voltage=7.4V)
Flash Exposure Compensation:
+/-2 stops in 1/3-stop increments
Shooting Modes:
Auto, P, Av, Tv, M, C1, C2, Sports, Special Scene [Portrait, Smart Shutter {Smile, Wink Self-timer, Face Self-timer}, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks, Smooth Skin, Stitch Assist], Creative Filters (Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap, High Dynamic Range, Soft Focus), Movie Digest, Movie (Standard, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie)
Photo Effect:
My Colors: Off, Vivid, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Custom Color (adjustment of contrast sharpness, saturation, red, green, blue and skin tone are available)
Activates shutter after an approx. 2-sec./10-sec. delay
Custom: 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.
Wireless Control
Continuous Shooting Speed:
Normal: Approx. 2.2 shots/sec. in P mode
Approx. 13.0 shots/sec. in High-Speed Burst HQ (maximum of 10 continuous shots per burst)
AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec. in P mode
Approx. 4.1 shots/sec. in High-Speed Burst HQ (maximum of 10 continuous shots per burst)
LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec. in P mode

Under conditions where the flash does not fire automatically. Differs depending on the zoom position.
TFT color EVF, Effective dots: Approx. 202,000 (67,000 x3)
LCD Monitor:
2.8-inch TFT color LCD (vari-angle) with wide viewing angle, Approx. 461,000 pixels, LCD Coverage 100%
Resolution (Recording Pixels):
Still Image 16:9 - 4000 x 2248 (Large), 2816 x 1584 (Medium 1), 1920 x 1080 (Medium 2), 640 x 360 (Small); RAW: 4000 x 2248
Still Image 3:2 - 4000 x 2664 (Large), 2816 x 1880 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1064 (Medium 2), 640 x 424 (Small); RAW: 4000 x 2664
Still Image 4:3 - 4000 x 3000 (Large), 2816 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1600 x 1200 (Medium 2), 640 x 480 (Small); Raw: 4000 x 3000
Still Image 1:1 - 2992 x 2992 (Large), 2112 x 2112 (Medium 1), 1200 x 1200 (Medium 2), 480 x 480 (Small); RAW: 2992 x 2992
Still Image 4:5 - 2400 x 3000 (Large), 1696 x 2112 (Medium 1), 960 x 1200 (Medium 2), 384 x 480 (Small); RAW: 2400 x 3000
Movie - Full HD: 1920 x 1080 (24 fps*), HD: 1280 x 720 (30 fps**), 640 x 480 (30 fps**)
iFrame Movie - HD: 1280 x 720 (30 fps**)
Movie Digest - HD: 1280 x 720 (30 fps**)
Super Slow Motion Movie - 640 x 480 (120 fps***), 320 x 240 (240 fps***)
Miniature Effect - HD: 1280 x 720 (6 fps, 3 fps or 1.5 fps); 640 x 480 (6 fps, 3 fps or 1.5 fps)

* Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps
** Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps
*** Shows recording frame rate. Plaback frame rate is 30 fps
File Size: (average)
  • 4:3 RAW - 17,529 KB
  • 4:3 Large/Super Fine - 5,661 KB
  • 4:3 Large/Fine - 3,537 KB
  • 4:3 Med. 1/Super Fine - 3,173 KB
  • 4:3 Med. 1/Fine - 2,073 KB
  • 4:3 Med. 2/Super Fine - 1,002 KB
  • 4:3 Med. 2/Fine - 558 KB
  • 4:3 Small/Super Fine - 249 KB
  • 4:3 Small/Fine - 150 KB
  • 16:9 RAW - 17,680 KB
  • 16:9 Large/Super Fine - 4,507 KB
  • 16:9 Large/Fine - 2,915 KB
  • 16:9 Med. 1/Super Fine - 2,630 KB
  • 16:9 Med. 1/Fine - 1,814 KB
  • 16:9 Med. 2/Super Fine - 1,095 KB
  • 16:9 Med. 2/Fine - 604 KB
  • 16:9 Small/Super Fine - 188 KB
  • 16:9 Small/Fine - 113 KB
  • 3:2 RAW - 17,585 KB
  • 3:2 Large/Super Fine - 5,134 KB
  • 3:2 Large/Fine - 3,247 KB
  • 3:2 Med. 1/Super Fine - 2,914 KB
  • 3:2 Med. 1/Fine - 1,945 KB
  • 3:2 Med. 2/Super Fine - 899 KB
  • 3:2 Med. 2/Fine - 246 KB
  • 3:2 Small/Super Fine - 496 KB
  • 3:2 Small/Super Fine - 221 KB
  • 3:2 Small/Fine - 133 KB
  • 1:1 RAW - 17,415 KB
  • 1:1 Large/Super Fine - 4,224 KB
  • 1:1 Large/Fine - 2,640 KB
  • 1:1 Med. 1/Super Fine - 2,365 KB
  • 1:1 Med. 1/Fine - 1,549 KB
  • 1:1 Med. 2/Super Fine - 760 KB
  • 1:1 Med. 2/Fine - 420 KB
  • 1:1 Small/Super Fine - 188 KB
  • 1:1 Small/Fine - 113 KB
  • 4:5 RAW - 17,347 KB
  • 4:5 Large/Super Fine - 3,396 KB
  • 4:5 Large/Fine - 2,121 KB
  • 4:5 Med. 1/Super Fine - 1,898 KB
  • 4:5 Med. 1/Fine - 1,243 KB
  • 4:5 Med. 2/Super Fine - 608 KB
  • 4:5 Med. 2/Fine - 336 KB
  • 4:5 Small/Super Fine - 150 KB
  • 4:5 Small/Fine - 90 KB
  • Movie Full High Definition 1920 x 1080, 24 fps* - 4,355 KB/sec.
  • Movie High Definition 1280 x 720, 30 fps** - 3,054 KB/sec.
  • Movie 640 x 480, 30 fps** - 1,416 KB/sec.
  • iFrame Movie, Movie Digest Mode HD 1280 x 720, 30 fps** - 4,701 KB/sec.
  • Super Slow Motion Movie 640 x 480, 120 fps*** - 4,914 KB/sec.
  • Super Slow Motion Movie 320 x 240, 240 fps*** - 2,457 KB/sec.

* Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps
** Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps
*** Shows recording frame rate. Plaback frame rate is 30 fps
Image Storage Capacity:
4:3 RAW 446 1,804
4:3 Small/Fine 40,937 165,225
4:3 Small/Super Fine 27,291 110,150
4:3 Med. 2/Fine 12,927 52,176
4:3 Med. 2/Super Fine 7,442 30,040
4:3 Med. 1/Fine 3,721 15,020
4:3 Med. 1/Super Fine 2,431 9,814
4:3 Large/Fine 2,192 8,850
4:3 Large/Super Fine 1,379 5,568
16:9 RAW 442 1,788
16:9 Large/Fine 2,640 10,659
16:9 Large/Super Fine 1,729 6,980
Movie/Full HD 1920 x 1080, 24 fps* 0:29:39 1:59:43
Movie/HD 1280 x 720, 30 fps** 0:42:11 2:50:19
Movie/640 x 480, 30 fps** 1:28:59 5:59:10
Movie/iFrame HD 1280 x 720, 30 fps** 0:27:35 1:51:37
Movie/Super Slow Motion 640 x 480, 120 fps*** 0:26:24 1:46:35
Movie/Super Slow Motion 320 x 240, 240 fps*** 0:52:28 3:31:49

* Actual frame rate is 23.976 fps
** Actual frame rate is 29.97 fps
*** Shows recording frame rate. Plaback frame rate is 30 fps

Storage capacity varies depending on the scene or the subjects. This data is estimated from Canon's standard shooting conditions. Figures for Movie Mode represent total capacity of SD Memory Card. The values given above vary depending on the subject, shooting conditions and shooting mode.

Image Quality Modes:
Super Fine, Fine (JPEG Compression); RAW
File Format:
Design rule for Camera File system, DPOF Version 1.1 (Digital Print Order Format) compliant
Image Recording Format:
Still Image: JPEG (Exif 2.3 compliant); Movie: MOV (Image: H.264; Audio: Linear PCM, Stereo)
Recording Media:
SD Memory Card, SDHC Memory Card, SDXC Memory Card
Playback Modes:
Stills and 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)
Still Image: 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
Movie: Normal Playback (audio settings available in 5 levels), Slow Motion, Skip Backward (approximately 4 seconds), Previous Frame (slow motion available), Next Frame (slow motion available), Skip Forward (approximately 4 seconds), Erase chapters, Editing
Erase Modes:
Still Image: single image, select range, all images
Movie: erase movie; using the Movie editing function, sections of the movie can be deleted
Dedicated connector (female) with unified type of digital, audio and video: USB mini-b, Audio/Video output (NTSC/PAL selectable, Stereo audio)
HDMI mini connector
Memory Card slot
Direct Printing:
Direct connection to Canon CP and SELPHY Printers, PIXMA Photo Printers and PictBridge compatible printers via USB cable
Power Sources:
Battery Pack NB-10L (included)
AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80 (optional)
Shooting Capacity:
Still Image*: approx. 335 shots (NB-10L, electronic viewfinder); approx. 315 shots (NB-10L, LCD monitor)
Playback Time: Approx. 7 hours (NB-10L)

* LCD screen on. The above figures comply with CIPA testing standards and apply when a fully-charged battery is used.
Operating Range:
Operating Temperature: 32 - 104º F (0 - 40º C); Operating Humidity 10 - 90%
Dimensions (W x H x D):
4.84 x 3.44 x 4.15 in. (122.5 x 87.3 x 105.5 mm)
Approx. 19.4 oz. (551 g) camera only
Approx. 21.0 oz. (595 g) with battery and media card

All data are based on Canon's Standard Test Method. Subject to change without notice.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera

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