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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS review: Not your average compact

By Ben Boswell - Tuesday January 15 2013

Sensor Review
Introduction | Canon PowerShot SX50 HS sensor performance | Canon PowerShot SX50 HS versus competition | Conclusion

Sensor Performance

Remarkably, given the price and the list of specifications, the SX50 HS scores well among its peers.

The SX50 HS, in the middle of the chart is the least expensive of these three
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS, highlighted in the graph is at the top of the cluster of cameras showing a good overall score, but is still relatively low on the price axis.

Among the category of compact and high-end compact cameras with sub 4:3 sensors this Canon rates 10th in DxOMark’s testing. There are a couple of cheaper cameras higher up the scale, the Canon Powershot S95 and S100, but neither of these has anything like the range of zoom capability. The overall score of 47 is good. Color depth, shown by the Portrait Score and Dynamic range shown in the Landscape Score are also pretty good. Low light ISO is not great, 179 ISO is a long way behind the best in class, but it is a similar figure to most of this type of camera.

The Canon SX50 HS scores OK for low light, but in a disappointing field.