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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Camera Review

Canon reaches the 50x mark, making few sacrifices to image quality along the way

$479.99 MSRP
8.3 score Tested by Experts


Super-zoom cameras have long been the butt of jokes here at the office, as the market continues to demand ever-longer zoom ratios, and manufacturers are forced to respond. The results are long-zoom cameras with magnification capabilities that were already silly a year ago, and have since passed full ridiculousness.

The reason why we smirk at these cameras is because when zoom ratio goes up, image quality has a tendency to take a nosedive. That's not always the case, Panasonic's FZ series is immune, and so is today's review: the PowerShot SX50 HS. This camera is far more than its 50x gimmick, it tested very well, and the shooting experience is a lot of fun.

The SX50 is available in black for $479.99.

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  1. Introduction
  2. Product Tour
  3. Hardware
  4. Photo Gallery
  5. Image Quality
  6. Sharpness
  7. Color
  8. Noise Reduction
  9. Low Light
  10. Distortion
  11. Video
  12. Usability
  13. Ease of Use
  14. Handling
  15. Controls
  16. Speed
  17. Features
  18. Video Features
  19. Conclusion

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