Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review at NeoCamera: A bridge camera is mostly about the zoom, and this is as zoomy as they get.

Resists purple fringing, Sensitive autofocus, Class-leading 50X optical zoom.

"As the flagship Canon ultra-zoom, the Canon Powershot SX50 HS sports the longest optical zoom ever built into a digital camera. With an equivalent focal-range of 24 to 1200mm, the SX50 HS is king of zooms. Even with this 50X zoom ratio, the SX50 HS is not the biggest ultra-zoom. To make this lens so compact, Canon had to limit the maximum aperture to F/3.4 at the wide-end and F/6.5 at the long-end. This makes a tripod more necessary than with any other ultra-zoom. Compare the SX50 with other flagship ultra-zooms here.

The Canon Powershot SX50 HS is a prosumer digital camera with the requisite manual controls, including manual focus and custom white-balance, plus a hot-shoe and built-in EVF. It has advanced features like exposure and focus bracketing and it can shoot full 1080p HD video with stereo sound.

Image quality is good for this type of camera, falling short compared to the Fuji X-S1 but delivering twice the zoom in a smaller body. No free lunch here! The speed of this camera is also quite good. The main usability issue is that the variable-speed electronic zoom is jumpy.

Choosing a camera like the SX50 HS is all about the zoom and, this time, there are no other models that can match it. If you need such a long zoom, you have to get used to its compromises."

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