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- Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
- Canon reaches the 50x mark, making few sacrifices to image quality along the way
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Review$479.99
Speed and Timing
The SX50 HS is equipped with a few different continuous shooting modes, and all of them introduce different strengths and weaknesses. The default continuous mode is found in the quick menu, and can be used at full resolution, in concert with almost any other shooting setting, including RAW or maximum JPEG compression. The camera is even capable of using continuous autofocus during a sequence, a feature that's very rare in the fixed-lens realm. The trade-off here is speed, this method is relatively slow, clocking in at only 2.18 frames per second at best.
Inside the Scene mode menu, you'll find a faster option: the High-speed Burst HQ mode, which doesn't really live up to the "HQ" (high quality) name, since Superfine JPEG compression is locked. This mode is therefore ineligible for scoring, however Canon claims 13 shots per second are possible.
10 second and 2 second countdown presets are available from the self-timer menu, and a third option allows to user to fully customize both the countdown and number of exposures. This certainly makes testing a heck of a lot easier. Unfortunately, no automatic interval timer options have been included.