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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

RRP £538.80  £327.00
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Ultra advanced 50x zoom

A powerful 50x ultra zoom for extreme telephoto shots. Intelligent IS counteracts shake and Zoom Framing Assist helps keep subjects in the frame. A premium lens, manual modes and RAW give expert results.

Key Features:

  • 50x ultra wide-angle zoom
  • 4.5-stop optical Image Stabilizer. Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 MP HS System with DIGIC 5
  • Full HD, HDMI
  • 7.1 cm (2.8") vari-angle LCD, EVF
  • Manual modes, RAW
  • Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist
  • Smart Auto, Multi-area WB
  • High-speed Burst HQ
  • Accessories

Full Details


50x ultra wide-angle zoom

With an incredible 50x optical zoom reaching from 24mm to 1200mm* (up to 100x with ZoomPlus) you can capture a huge range of subjects with one camera - from exceptional long range close ups of wildlife to impressive landscapes. An Ultra Sonic Motor ensures fast, near-silent zooming.

Sharp shots with Intelligent IS

A 4.5 stop optical Image Stabilizer delivers sharp images in low light or when using the full extent of the zoom. Intelligent IS automatically selects the optimal Image Stabilizer mode from 7 options, to ensure clear, detailed images.

12.1MP HS System with DIGIC 5

A powerful combination of DIGIC 5 image processor and 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor, HS System lets you shoot with low noise and high image quality even in low light without flash or tripod.

Full HD Movies, HDMI

Record superb, Full HD (1080p) movies at 24fps with stereo sound. Enhanced Dynamic IS compensates for rolling motion plus conventional camera shake for steady movies. HDMI connection allows for loss-less, high quality playback on a compatible HDTV.

Vari-angle LCD and Viewfinder

A 7.1 cm (2.8”) vari-angle PureColor II VA LCD provides excellent visibility and easy framing from difficult angles. An EVF lets you shoot using your own style and view subjects clearly in very bright conditions.

Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist

Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist helps keep track of distant subjects at full zoom. Pressing the Lock button engages the Image Stabilizer to keep the subject static while using full zoom. The Seek button quickly zooms the camera out of the scene - so you can relocate the subject - zooming back when the button is released.

Manual modes, RAW

Manual modes let you take full control of exposure - choose settings for aperture, shutter speed, WB and ISO. Shoot in RAW with multi aspect support, for maximum control over composition and post-shot editing using the supplied DPP software.

Smart Auto with Multi-area WB

Smart Auto selects camera settings from 58 scenes (21 in movies), ensuring optimum results. Multi-area White Balance captures the natural colour of scenes illuminated by multiple light sources.

High-speed Burst HQ

Capture fast action in full 12.1 MP resolution, at up to 13 shots/sec for up to 10 shots, using High-speed Burst HQ mode.


Optional accessories include a 67mm Lens Filter Adapter, Lens Hood and Canon Speedlite EX flashes.




Type1/2.3 type back-illuminated CMOS
Effective PixelsApprox. 12.1M
Colour Filter TypePrimary Colour


TypeDIGIC 5 with iSAPS technology


Focal Length4.3 u0096 215.0 mm (35 mm equivalent: 24 u0096 1200 mm)
ZoomOptical 50x.
ZoomPlus 100x
Digital Approx. 4x (with Digital Tele-Converter Approx. 1.5x or 2.0x and Safety Zoomu00b9). Combined Approx. 200x
Maximum f/numberf/3.4-f/6.5
Construction13 elements in 10 groups (3 UD lenses and 1 double-sided aspherical lens)
Image StabilisationYes (lens shift-type), 4.5-stop. Intelligent IS
Ultrasonic Motor (USM)Yes, zoom


AF System/ PointsFace Detection, 1-point AF (Any position is available, fixed to centre or Face Select and Track)
AF ModesSingle, Continuous, Servo AF/AEu00b9, Tracking AF
AF Point SelectionManual selection using FlexiZone AF/AE, Size (Normal, Small)
AF Lock On/Off Selectable
AF Assist BeamYes
Manual FocusYes
Focus BracketingYes
Closest Focusing Distance0 cm (W) from front of lens in Macro


Metering modesEvaluative (linked to Face Detection AF frame), Centre-weighted average, Spot (centre or linked to Face Detection AF or FlexiZone AF frame)
AE LockYes
Exposure Compensation+/- 3 EV in 1/3 stop increments
Enhanced i-Contrast for automatic dynamic range correction
AEB1/3 u0096 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments
ISO sensitivity*AUTO, 80, 100, 125, 160, 200, 250, 320, 400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600, 2000, 2500, 3200, 4000, 5000, 6400


Speed1 u0096 1/2000 sec. (factory default)
15 u0096 1/2000 sec. (total range u0096 varies by shooting mode)


SettingsAuto (including Face Detection WB), Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Custom1, Custom 2. Multi-area WB correction available in Smart Auto. White Balance Compensation.


ViewfinderEVF (0.20 type), 4:3 aspect ratio, Approx. 202,000 dots
Viewfinder / CoverageApprox. 100%
Dioptre CorrectionYes


MonitorVari-angle 7.1 cm (2.8u0094) PureColor II VA (TFT), Approx. 461,000 dots
CoverageApprox. 100%
BrightnessAdjustable to one of five levels. Quick-bright LCD


ModesAuto, Manual Flash On / Off, Slow Synchro
Slow Sync SpeedYes. Fastest speed 1/2000 sec.
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Flash Exposure Compensation+/- 2 EV in 1/3 stop increments. Face Detection FE, Safety FE, Smart Flash Exposure
Flash Exposure LockYes
Manual Power Adjustment3 levels with internal flash (up to 19 levels with external EX Speedlites 270EX II and 430EX II. 22 levels with 580EX II, 600EX and 600EX-RTu00b9)
Second Curtain SynchronisationYes
Built-in Flash Range50 cm u0096 5.5 m (W) / 1.4 m u0096 3.0 m (T)
External FlashE-TTL with EX series Speedlitesu00b9


ModesSmart Auto (58 scenes detected), Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Custom 1, Custom 2, SCN (Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter (Smile, Wink Self-Timer, FaceSelf-Timer), High-speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist), Creative Filters (High Dynamic Range, Fish-eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap), Movie Digest, Movie
Modes in MovieSmart Auto (21 scenes detected), Standard, Program AE, Portrait, Miniature Effect, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, Color Swap,Snow, Fireworks, iFrame Movie, Super Slow Motion Movie
Photo EffectsMy Colors (My Colors Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black & White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, Custom Color)
Drive modesSingle, Continuous, Continuous with AF, Self-Timer
Continuous ShootingApprox. 2.2 shots/sec., AF: Approx. 0.8 shots/sec., LV: Approx. 0.9 shots/sec., High-speed Burst HQ: Approx. 13 shots/sec., up to 10 shots. High-speed Burst HQ with AF: Approx. 4.1 shots/sec., up to 10 shotsu00b9u00b2


Image Size4:3 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 3000, (M1) 2816 x 2112, (M2) 1600 x 1200, (S) 640 x 480
16:9 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2248, (M1) 2816 x 1584, (M2) 1920 x 1080, (S) 640 x 360
3:2 - (RAW, L) 4000 x 2664, (M1) 2816 x 1880, (M2) 1600 x 1064, (S) 640 x 424
1:1 - (RAW, L) 2992 x 2992, (M1) 2112 x 2112, (M2) 1200 x 1200, (S) 480 x 480
4:5 - (RAW, L) 2400 x 3000, (M1) 1696 x 2112, (M2) 960 x 1200, (S) 384 x 480
Resize in playback (M2, S, XS)
*XS is half the length and width of S
CompressionSuperfine, Fine
Movies(Full HD) 1920 x 1080, 24 fps, (HD) 1280 x 720, 30 fps, (L) 640 x 480, 30 fps
Super Slow Motion Movie (L) 640 x 480, 120fps, (M) 320 x 240, 240fps
Miniature Effect (HD, L) 6fps, 3fps, 1.5 fps
iFrame Movie (HD)
Movie Length(Full HD & HD) Up to 4 GB or 29 min. 59 sec.u00b9
(L) Up to 4 GB or 1 houru00b2
(Super Slow Motion Movie) 30 sec.


Still Image TypeJPEG compression (Exif 2.3 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system and DPOF ver. 1.1 compliant), RAW, RAW+JPEG
MoviesMOV [H.264 + Linear PCM (stereo)]


Canon Printers Canon SELPHY Compact Photo Printers and Canon Inkjet Printers supporting PictBridge (ID Photo Print, Fixed Size Print and Movie Print supported on SELPHY CP & ES printers only)


Red-Eye CorrectionYes, during shooting and playback
My Camera / My MenuStart-up image and camera sounds customisation. Menu customisation
My CategoryImage tagging feature
Intelligent Orientation SensorYes
HistogramYes, live histogram
Playback zoomApprox. 2x u0096 10x
Self TimerApprox. 2 or 10 sec., Custom
Menu LanguagesEnglish, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Swedish, Spanish, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Turkish, Simplified Chinese, Chinese (traditional), Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabic, Romanian, Farsi, Hindi, Malay, Indonesian, Vietnamese


ComputerHi-Speed USB (MTP, PTP) dedicated connector (Mini-B compatible)
OtherHDMI Mini Connector (HDMI-CEC compatible) A/V output (PAL/NTSC)




PC & MacintoshWindows 7 SP1/ Vista SP2/ XP SP3
Mac OS X v10.6 u0096 10.7


Browsing & PrintingImageBrowser EX
Image ManipulationDigital Photo Professional for RAW development


BatteriesRechargeable Li-ion Battery NB-10L (battery and charger supplied)
Battery lifeApprox. 315 shotsu00b9
Approx. 420 min. playback
A/C Power SupplyOptional, AC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80


Cases / StrapsSoft Case DCC-850
LensesFilter Adapter FA-DC67A (Compatible with Canon 67mm Filters: Circular Polarizing PL-C B, Protect Filter)
FlashCanon Speedlites (including 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 430EX II, 580EX IIu00b9, 600EX, 600EX-RT), Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite bracket SB-E2, Off-Camera Shoe Cord OC-E3
Remote Controller/ SwitchRemote Switch RS-60E3
Power Supply & Battery ChargersAC Adapter Kit ACK-DC80, Battery Charger CB-2LCE
OtherLens Hood LH-DC60
Canon HDMI Cable HTC-100


Operating Environment0 u0096 40 u00b0C, 10 u0096 90% humidity
Dimensions (WxHxD)122.5 x 87.3 x 105.5 mm
WeightApprox. 595 g (including battery/batteries and memory card)
Zoomu00b9 Depending on the image size selected.
AF Modesu00b9 Some settings limit availability.
Manual Power Adjustmentu00b9 Not all functions of the flash are supported.
External Flashu00b9 Not all functions of the flash are supported.
Continuous Shootingu00b9 Under conditions where the flash does not fire.
u00b2 Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Movie Lengthu00b9 The following Speed Class memory cards are required for maximum record time: (HD) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 4 or above. (Full HD) 1920 x 1080 Speed Class 6 or above. (iFrame) 1280 x 720 Speed Class 6 or above.
u00b2 Depending on memory card speed / capacity / compression setting.
Battery lifeu00b9 Using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera (where included), except where indicated.
Flashu00b9 Not all functions of the flash are supported.

*Standard Output Sensitivity / Recommended Exposure Index.

According to ISO 12232:2006 (20th April 2006) which specifies the method for assigning and reporting ISO speed ratings for digital still cameras.

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods (according to CIPA Standards) except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.



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