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.
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For photographers who just can't get enough telephoto power, there's the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS HS. This camera packs a whopping 50X, 24 - 1200mm lens, which is more than you'll find on any other super zoom on the market (at least for now). While having all that telephoto power sounds appealing, keep in mind that you'll need to either use a tripod or crank up the ISO a bit in order to get a sharp photo at full telephoto, and of course the latter comes with a penalty in image quality. The SX50 HS has received a nice face-lift since last year's PowerShot SX40, with good control placement and solid build quality. The only thing I don't really like is the rear dial, which is flush with the four-way controller and difficult to turn. I think this camera would also benefit from having a side-mounted zoom controller, which you'll find on some of its competitors.
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