Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Review

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October 10, 2012 | Mark Goldstein |

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#201 tez65

Re my earlier comments tez65 #158 & prior. An update to bits of blackish dirt found between lens & body that caused lens error problems. Originally used an old case - since replaced. Found old case today & inside was loads of blackish bits. The inner case lining has delaminated. Moral of story: replace camera case when replacing camera!

9:48 am - Sunday, December 16, 2012

#202 Joe Prete

@SPAZ,
It’s too bad that your compromised comprehension often blocks out the real meaning of the printed text that you read. We try to help people who write in to the comments section of the site. You should know how many people come here for help, most of them asking for me by name. Most know that I wouldn’t suggest putting these intended repairs into a new camera, when there are so many cameras to choose, maybe this wasn’t a good choice.

Often it does go off course, because naturally people are trying to make a choice between at least two different cameras. Now, like I have said before, your frustration with the camera caused you to write into the site and share your ideas with the rest of us, writers and readers. You posted the last date you could return it.

If you did not want a response, you would have never wrote in, but since you did, I tried to hep you by making the result of your intended solution obvious, thinking that now, after hearing it you would have realized that it wouldn’t and shouldn’t be your first course of action. You apparently did not understand, most probably because you failed to comprehend it. I had also said that I could look into it for you, but since the SX50 HS came in while I was still working with the G1 X,  I needed some time.

The North East Canon facility is very close to my house, and sometimes it’s easier to just go there, rather than call their tech. support. Also, from what I heard, there is a very good possibility that a Firmware revision is in the works. Maybe it will help your Situation, so my way does involve patience, but it doesn’t involve loading unknown, third party software into the camera.

That seems like something to do as a last resort, and only if it meant to get the camera working again. The issues you found, were not threatening the cameras ability to function normally the way that was intended. The way Canon Designed it to work.

If you’re going to tell me again how reliable the software is and that it would only better the camera, I would wonder why Canon isn’t using it. Also the post by the guy who uses the software, does explain how it improves much earlier Canon cameras, and it’s ability to make those older cameras function like todays cameras. That I could understand using it for. Because there’s really nothing to lose in his case. But your camera was new!

There is one thing bothering me about this whole situation, and that is, Why would you buy a camera that has all of these issues, and they are well known. You said you were on dp where very little information goes unnoticed, there were reviews, many posts about it, and so many people there who are still using it with no problems at all. But you chose to write your problems in to this site, when dp is much more able to help you.

Not only that, but the Owners Manual has been posted on Canon’s site, and has been since it’s introduction. There was no reason that you could have had to buy a camera that doesn’t function the way that you want it to. It makes no sense at all. Maybe you should reread these posts, starting with your own, and this time, try to comprehend what you are reading.  I do hope that you understand it better this time. One more thing I wonder about, people who don’t use their own name. They can say anything, and if there’s a problem, pick another name. You should have enough confidence in your post to use you name.
... Joe Prete

5:19 pm - Sunday, December 16, 2012

#203 Joe Prete

Hey, we reached the 3rd page on this camera. That doesn’t happen to often. But let’s put all of our differences aside for now to say to
the readers, Happy New Year!!! From Photographyblog.com
... Joe Prete

7:35 pm - Monday, December 31, 2012

#204 clark321

Hi Joe happy New Year

I am surprised the FZ200 did not have more traffic, it has a very dedicated following.
I think regarding zoom the sx50 is now a given, but the FZ200 does have a very fast lens.
How well do you think the sx50 matches up in real life shooting indoors or fast action? In some situations do you wish you had the FZ200 with you?

10:17 am - Friday, January 4, 2013

#205 JOE PRETE

To Clark321,
Actually, I just gave the FZ200 back! I have a friend with a camera shop and I often take out demo’s to try and to give him feedback. A very knowledgeable friend named FABIO tipped me off that the Sony HX200v was beating the FZ200 in many areas in his own tests. He is in the repair business, so I trust him very much.

In my own tests, the FZ200 was shooting side by side with the FZ100. They consistently shot the same settings and got exactly the same results. With the FZ200 wide open at 2.8, the Photos were a mess! Colors bled into each other and the depth of field was so tight, that a Headshot of a Model made her face look distorted. I was very surprised myself, but shot after shot, no difference in the two cameras!!! I could have had the FZ200 for the wholesale price, but I wisely passed on it.  I read a Pre- Production of an FZ200 book, but it was scrapped by the Book Companies Publisher. It gave away too many faults.

People tend to wear Blinders after they’ve spent so much on a product. (You wouldn’t believe the Mark-up!!) They’re not telling a lie, they actually see things that way as investors. As for the Canon SX50 HS and the G1 X, they’ve become my favorite cameras. I wouldn’t tell Nikon, I have a long history with them (I even walked into their office carrying the SX50, by mistake) But both of these cameras are going to be hard to beat, even by Canon. They may have an extended run! (The SX40 was just reviewed in the October 2012 issue of Shutterbug page 86 by coincidence #86). Go Figure!!! That was very close to the date that I got the SX50!

So in answer to your question, There was little if any benefit to the DMC FZ200. I do think it will be replaced soon. And I, like so many others are very happy with the SX50 HS One of the biggest improvements is the SX 50 Shooting JPEG and RAW. I know people have hacked into the SX40 to get to RAW files, but I only do that when it’s the only answer. I do hack Ham Radios, and Radio Scanners on a regular basis. It’s really expected

The biggest break for the SX50 HS was when Canon lowered the price, it was cutting into their entry DSLR sales. So they really had no choice. It was a big break for many people. I’ve got to go, but I hope we can speak again, I’ll save your handle.
Happy New Year,
... Joe Prete

5:27 pm - Friday, January 4, 2013

#206 paul toms

After much deliberation I bought the SX50 just before Christmas for about £374 (via amazon - using link above) plus the Canon case, another £20. I sold my Olympus SP-810UZ (36x zoom) on ebay in order to fund it. The 2 main things I wanted over and above the Olympus were an EVF and the ability to manually set the zoom to infinity (which I’ve yet to try) ... oh, and more zoom!

I am very pleased with it although I confess to only using a fraction of its capabilities so far. I’m really just a point-and-shoot chap but I enjoy photographing wildlife, in particular birds. With the large zoom, this camera is great for taking a snaphot of a bird for later identification.

I notice that audio playback on the camera is not very loud but then I’ve experienced the same with other cameras and so I’m not too bothered. Audio playback on my laptop is fine - not tried via TV as I don’t have an HDMI cable yet.

Anyway, I also want to add my appreciation for all the comments regarding this camera - especially Joe’s - on this site. I’ve spent a lot of time (probably too much!) reading them and they have influenced me in my purchase. Thanks again Joe and happy new year to all.

6:46 pm - Saturday, January 5, 2013

#207 Dabs

Tell Gail that if she took both cameras outside the Canon 50X would be twice as far as the 40X FYI.. Dabs…..

12:34 am - Thursday, January 10, 2013

#208 clark321

Hi Joe, thaks for your indepth comments.

I see DPR has a review out on the SX50 and the reviewer really trashes it.

I was very surprized the reviewer even graded the ISO performance much lower than the FZ200. From all other comments and reviews the the ISO performance of the senser is the class leader. Its does seem that people see what they want to see.

12:55 am - Monday, January 21, 2013

#209 Jr.

To Paul Toms,  Re. Post # 206
Joe said to tell you that you only need to request a printed Manual from Canon, but be sure to speak to a Customer Service Rep., as the Tech support Reps. are not authorized to send it. You really don’t need to read it like a book, but look up any issues that you come across. We’ve got a few of them, they all work great!
Regards,
  .Jr. (For Joe)

3:31 am - Thursday, January 24, 2013

#210 bob de lange

Seems to cover all the items in my CANON camera outfit.

Questions
1 What type of shutter is used ( screen,—} ?
2 What type of CANON battery is used ?
3 What is shortest shutter time when using the flash ?

10:16 pm - Thursday, January 31, 2013

#211 Cat Lady

I need help in choosing the right camera…I’m a real Amateur, but want to learn more.  I do kitten/cat rescue, and need a camera which is fast enough to get great close up shots that will help me get them adopted.  My basic requirements are:
  1) Under $300.  I’m on Soc. Security.

  2) Must have a “rubberized” raised/wrap around grip(my   handsjust can’t hold on to the tiny “cigarette package” sized cameras).

  3) Must be able to hold the camera, and point & shoot, with just my right hand; because I have to hold a dangling toy in my left hand, to get the kitten’s attention.

  4) Must use Li-ion batteries

  5) Would like it to have a Pet mode feature.

  6) Be able to take multiple shots, with minimum delay between shots.

  7) Need a 3” screen.

  8) Also need a zoom lens for wildlife sightings (without a tripod).

Thank you in advance, for any suggestions that will help me to
get great pictures of my “rescues”.  The right photos wil help them to get adopted quickly.

Cat Lady

12:24 am - Thursday, February 14, 2013

#212 JOE PRETE

Hi Cat Lady,
I can sympathize, we have people that keep feeding the strays and it seems like there’s always another litter. It’s too bad that people think they’re so cute as kittens, they take them in and then when they grow into cats, they’ve lost their appeal and they’re back on the street again. The local adoption agency here in (New York) would have fixed them for free and found them a home. Now, for the camera, can you give me an Idea of what stores you have near by, or do you want something sent mail order from one of the many advertisers. I am curious as to why you posted on the SX50’s camera review, you need something more compact than this camera (unless a cat gets away, you can use the Zoom to spot him!) Sorry, a little humor -very little. Send your reply and I’ll gather some information for you.
... Joe Prete

9:09 pm - Thursday, February 14, 2013

#213 JOE PRETE

Dear Cat Lady,
You haven’t responded yet, do you see the questions in my reply on 2/14. I asked what stores you have near by, or if you want delivery of a camera without seeing it in person. Also, why you asked your question on the SX50 HS comments section, is this the type of camera that appeals to you? 

In the meantime, have you considered using the camera that you’re probably carrying already? You might just have a very capable “SmartPhone” Camera in your pocket. I’m sure that would do for now!
... Joe Prete

9:02 pm - Friday, February 15, 2013

#214 Brad

Hi Joe,
please help, not sure what camera to buy SX50, NIKON P510 or PANASONIC DMC-FZ200, i like taking pics of wildlife, scenery and my family.Or maybe you could recommend something else.
reagrds Brad.

10:00 pm - Saturday, February 16, 2013

#215 Cat Lady

Hi Joe-

Yes, I did respond to your questions; but, sent them addressed to the editor of this blog.  I even included some of my photos; so that you could see what I am trying to achieve.

I have Best Buy and Fry’s Electronics nearby.  I do like the feel of a larger camera with a wrap around hand grip.  Best Buy is advertising the Sony 200V and the Nikon P510, this weekend, for$349./$348.  More than I wanted to spend; but, could get interest free financing for 6 months.  I know that I don’t want to
deal with AA batteries again.

  It was hard enough trying to hold on to my little Nikon L16 (a gift from a friend).  The spring that holds the memory card in the slot, apparently broke; so, it is not usable now.

I don’t have a smart phone; and, the photos that my phone take are poor quality.  I use IPhoto, on my Mac for cropping and trying to get rid of red eye. 

Maybe, if I get a better camera, I might be able to learn another skill, besides “cat whispering”!  I plan to go to Best Buy this weekend, and see how each of them feel in my hand. 

Interested in your feedback on these 2 cameras; plus any other suggestions you may have for me.  Thanks a lot.

11:31 pm - Saturday, February 16, 2013

#216 JOE PRETE

Hi Brad,
I hope that you would want the Nikon P520, the current model in the lineup it was just introduced 1/28/13 and it boasts ISO capability to 6400 (it can be tweaked to 12,800 on Hi 2, but that is hacking it) This would be the newest camera of the 3 and it has a 24-1000mm Zoom lens, Nikon has a nice feature for in-camera editing, called DLighting. It opens up highlights you never knew were there. This is just one of their in- camera processing features (of course they had to be there to start with, a very neat trick though!) see P520 @ http://www.nikonusa.com

The SX50 HS shoots Raw and Jpeg and has a 24-1200MM Zoom (the industries longest zoom) and it has an amazing Image Stabilization System. For moving subjects, it’s feature called Zoom Framing Assist, will Follow-Seek and Lock onto your subject. Shooting moving subjects is this cameras strong point. It can also teach you as you use it with words running across the bottom of the Finder or LCD (Folding/turning LCD) Facial recognition is another nice mode of this camera. This camera came out the Fall of 2012. The truth is, I had to buy this camera the very first time I handled one ... sorry, but I am partial to this camera. I really think you should see it at http://www.canonusa.com

The oldest of the three, the FZ200 is a great camera for those that have a little more Photographic ability, it’s many functions are useless unless you know how to use them. In my own tests, against the FZ100 and FZ150 the three all used the same settings while on auto mode and I saw no difference at all. I sent the FZ200 back and sold the FZ150. I kept the FZ100 and it works fine in most every situation, like rapid fire. This also shoots Jpeg and Raw and has a 24-600mm zoom I really think they are due for a new model soon.  http://www.panasonic.com

Not to confuse you, but the new Fujifilm cameras are out and the HS50EXR has the new CMOS II Sensor, with Phase Detection. If it’s a big investment for you, you might want to compare the SX50 HS with the HS50EXR See it at www,fujifilmusa.com
... Joe Prete

12:24 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#217 JOE PRETE

Hi Brad,
The Nikon P520 is the current model w/ ISO capability to 6400 Newest of the 3 W/24-1000mm Zoom lens, A nice Nikon feature for in camera editing, DLighting opens up highlights you never knew were there. (Just one of their in camera processing features of course they had to be there to start with, a neat trick though).
The SX50 HS shoots Raw and Jpeg, 24-1200MM Zoom (the industries longest) has amazing Image Stabilization System. For moving subjects, it has a feature called Zoom Framing Assist, it will Follow-Seek and Lock onto your subject. Shooting moving subjects is this cameras strong point. It can also teach you as you use it with words running across the bottom of the Finder or the Folding/turning LCD, Facial Recognition is another nice mode in this camera. It came out the Fall of 2012. The truth is, I had to buy this camera the very first time I handled one ... sorry, but I am partial to this camera.
The oldest of the three, the FZ200 is a great camera for those that have a little more Photographic ability, it’s many functions are useless unless you know how to use them. In my own tests, against the FZ100 and FZ150 the three all used the same settings while on auto mode and I saw no difference at all. I sent the FZ200 back and sold the FZ150. I kept the FZ100 and it works fine in most every situation, like rapid fire. This also shoots Jpeg and Raw and has a 24-600mm zoom I really think they are due for a new model soon.
... Joe Prete

1:36 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#218 JOE PRETE

Hi Brad,
The Nikon P520 is the current model w/ ISO to 6400 Newest of the three. 24-1000mm Zoom lens, A nice Nikon feature for in camera editing, DLighting opens up highlights you never knew were there. (Just one of their in camera processing features of course they had to be there to start with, a neat trick though).

The SX50 HS shoots Raw and Jpeg, 24-1200MM Zoom( industries longest), amazing Image Stabilization System. For moving subjects, it has a feature called Zoom Framing Assist, it will Follow, Seek and Lock onto your subject. Shooting moving subjects is this cameras strong point. It can also teach you as you use it with words running across the bottom of the Finder or the Folding/turning LCD, Facial Recognition is another nice mode in this camera. It came out the Fall of 2012. The truth is, I had to buy this camera the very first time I handled one. Sorry, but I am a bit partial to this camera.

Oldest of the three, the FZ200 is a great camera for those who have a little more Photographic ability, it’s many functions are useless unless you know how to use them. In my own tests, against the FZ100 and FZ150 the three all used the same settings while on auto mode and I saw no difference at all. I sent the FZ200 back and sold the FZ150. I kept the FZ100 and it works fine in most every situation, like rapid fire. This also shoots Jpeg and Raw and has a 24-600mm zoom I really think a new model is due soon.
... Joe Prete

1:46 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#219 JOE PRETE

Brad,
Sorry, I had to cut that up a bit to get it through. The P510/520 Nikons do not shoot raw. The P510, I’ve been told is too slow when compared to it’s competition, but it’s out of production now anyhow I shoot Nikon Full Frame DSLR’s but I only have a few of their compacts, (I would sell them if they had a value)  I use Canon compacts, but I do have, and trust Panasonic and Fujifilm compacts. Which brings me to my next point. Fujifilm is introducing their new CMOS II Sensors with Phase Detection technology. It’s in the new HS50EXR. This is also excellent for movies and it is a larger sensor at 1/2 inch.

One of the reasons that the SX50 HS gets to 1200mm is that it’s sensor is small. Don’t misunderstand me, the lens is great, but they work together. (they have to, they’re attached!!) The thing to remember here is, I can tell you about these cameras and even give my opinion, but it’s you that has to make the decision. It will depend on what your budget is and also what’s available to you.
Take a look at them on their respective sites and I’ll get your comments or questions if you post them here. Here’s a very little known fact, todays big screen LCD TV’s 40 inch and larger, usually have a backlit panel that gives you that bright clear picture, that panel is designed, Patented and manufactured by Fujifilm !
... Regards,
... Joe Prete

2:46 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#220 JOE PRETE

Hello Catwoman,
A little better than Cat Lady? (My babysitter was a Television)
I’ll ask Mark to look out for your email and forward it to me, but I think we’ll be okay with your description.  Just so you know, anything you post here, will copy to me. If you need more help after you get the camera, I’ll give you an address to send it to and that won’t be posted here. Okay, I’ll take a look and see what is within you price range and available to you. You will
also need a recent memory card or two, so I’ll take that into consideration. I wouldn’t recommend the cameras that have been discontinued (like what you mentioned above) unless it’s at a substantial savings and it fills your needs.

The Wrist Grips, similar to what the small camcorders have, usually do not come with these cameras. I used a Nikon DSLR Grip on the small SX50 and it works fine. I attached it to the right side lug and screwed it into the Tripod socket. It is very easy to reach every control and hold the camera steady and secure. I’ll be back here soon with a few cameras for you to choose from.
... Joe Prete

3:51 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#221 JOE PRETE

Catwomen,
You may want to look at a couple of Free Photo Software programs, like “Picasa” and “Gimp” They are so easy to use and it’s very hard to believe that Gimp is free, it really has the look and feel of Editing Programs that are being sold for hundreds of dollars.
... Joe Prete

4:09 am - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#222 MKH

Hi @ All

i need a help , iam confused between Canon SX50 and (Canon 1100D + 18-55mm lens + 75-300mm lens)
it is nearly the same price,
if the object i want to shoot is too far away, which is better to shoot with the SX50 50X optical zoom at 1200 mm with 1/2.5” sensor or to shoot with the canon 1100D at 300mm focal length with larger sensor then make a crop for the object from this photo.

did anybody here try this before !!?
or anybody know how will be the result !?

3:12 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#223 JOE PRETE

To Catwoman,
Sorry that I misspelled that on the previous post. I just wanted to talk with you about your camera purchase. While I was very happy to find that Fry’s Electronics is still in business (thank you for that) I found that their stock is kept very low and many cameras are only available through Mail order (Drop Shipped) but with 2 day service.I ordered the Pentax X5 for myself, they had it for $279.95 but I received a call this morning saying it is only available in “KIT” form for quite a bit more money, so I canceled the order. There seems to be an attachment to all their Deals.

Best Buy has many discontinued items and they are sold at a premium price. The camera that I’m thinking of for you is the Fujifilm 750EXR. Actually this is part of a group, each with more features as you move up in the line. (Think of it as a Family of EXR Cameras) This is available now at B&H in New York for $189.00 (Quite a bit lower than Bestbuy"s $299.95)

This camera has a LI-ion battery, 16MP 1/2” CMOS EXR Sensor, 25-500mm Zoom ISO 100-12,800 (Very Good sensitivity), It does have a PET MODE++, Flash, 3"LCD, Image stabilization, a 12 shot burst mode, a Capture mode that finds the faces (people and pets!) There is every thing that you need, but it only shoots in JPEG. If you’re interested in doing post processing, there are other cameras in this line that shoot JPEG+RAW. One thing you have to tell me, is the grip good for you? It has a rubber section to grab, but the whole hand grip is plastic with Rubber section.

If you like the camera, but want RAW and/or a more rubberized grip, I can look further into this line. They also have the “S” line that has more of a handgrip, with more rubber, but not the EXR
sensor that we’ve come to love. Please DO go to these sites, some have short movie clips, so take advantage of the ones you can find. I’ll check back for your reply. If it’s not right for you, please tell me. Also, JFTHOI take a look at that Pentax X5 at Fry’s
I’ll be waiting- Please post here,
... Joe Prete

5:58 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#224 JOE PRETE

To Catwoman,
While I was very happy to find that Fry’s Electronics is still in business (thank you for that) I found that their stock is kept very low and many cameras are only available through Mail order (Drop Shipped) but with 2 day service.I ordered the Pentax X5 for myself, they had it for $279.95 but I received a call this morning saying it is only available in “KIT” form for quite a bit more money, so I canceled the order.There seems to be atattachment to all their Deals.

Best Buy has many discontinued items and they are sold at a premium price. The camera that I’m thinking of for you is the Fujifilm 750EXR. Actually this is part of a group, each with more features as you move up in the line. (Think of it as a Family of EXR Cameras) This is available now at B&H in New York for $189.00 (Quite a bit lower than Bestbuy"s $299.95)

This camera has a LI-ion battery, 16MP 1/2” CMOS EXR Sensor, 25-500mm Zoom ISO 100-12,800 (Very Good sensitivity), It does have a PET MODE++, Flash, 3"LCD, Image stabilization, a 12 shot burst mode, a Capture mode that finds the faces (people and pets!) There is every thing that you need, but it only shoots in JPEG. If you’re interested in doing post processing, there are other cameras in this line that shoot JPEG+RAW. One thing you have to tell me, is the grip good for you? It has a rubber section to grab, but the whole hand grip is plastic with Rubber section.

If you like the camera, but want RAW and/or a more rubberized grip, I can look further into this line. They also have the “S” line that has more of a handgrip, with more rubber, but not the EXR
sensor that we’ve come to love. Please DO go to these sites, some have short movie clips, so take advantage of the ones you can find. I’ll check back for your reply. If it’s not right for you, please tell me. Also, JFTHOI take a look at that Pentax X5 at Fry’s
I’ll be waiting- Please post here,
... Joe Prete

6:00 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#225 JOE PRETE

To Catwoman,
I started at Fry’s but I found that their stock is kept very low and many cameras are only available w/Mail order (Drop Shipped) but with 2 day service.I ordered the Pentax X5 for myself, they had it for $279.95 but I received a call this morning saying it is only available in “KIT” form for quite a bit more money, so I canceled the order.There seems to be atattachment to all their Deals.

Best Buy has many discontinued items and they are sold at a premium price. The camera that I’m thinking of for you is the Fujifilm 750EXR. Actually this is part of a group, each with more features as you move up in the line. (Think of it as a Family of EXR Cameras) This is available now at B&H in New York for $189.00 (Quite a bit lower than Bestbuy"s $299.95)

This camera has a LI-ion battery, 16MP 1/2” CMOS EXR Sensor, 25-500mm Zoom ISO 100-12,800 (Very Good sensitivity), It does have a PET MODE++, Flash, 3"LCD, Image stabilization, a 12 shot burst mode, a Capture mode that finds the faces (people and pets!) There is every thing that you need, but it only shoots in JPEG. If you’re interested in doing post processing, there are other cameras in this line that shoot JPEG+RAW. One thing you have to tell me, is the grip good for you? It has a rubber section to grab, but the whole hand grip is plastic with Rubber section.

If you like the camera, but want RAW and/or a more rubberized grip, I can look further into this line. They also have the “S” line that has more of a handgrip, with more rubber, but not the EXR
sensor that we’ve come to love. Please DO go to these sites, some have short movie clips, so take advantage of the ones you can find. I’ll check back for your reply. If it’s not right for you, please tell me. Also, JFTHOI take a look at that Pentax X5 at Fry’s
I’ll be waiting- Please post here,
... Joe Prete

6:02 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#226 JOE PRETE

To Catwoman,
I started with Fry’s but found that many cameras are only available in Kit form, through mail order. I placed an order for a Pentax X5 that said “in stock” only to get a call this morning saying it only comes in Kit Form that includes buying a warranty. Forget that. There seems to be an attachment to all their deals.

The camera that I’m thinking of for you is the Fujifilm 750EXR. This is part of a group, each with more features as you move up the line. This is available at B&H in New York for $189.00 (Lower than Bestbuy’s $299.95)
It has a Li-oN Battery, 16MP 1/2” CMOS EXR Sensor, 25-500mm Zoom lens, ISO 100-12,800 (EX+Sensitivity), Has a Pet Mode, Flash, 3"LCD, Image Stabilization, a 12 shot burst mode, a Capture mode that finds faces (people & pets) There is everything that you need, but it only shoots in JPEG Mode. If you’re interested in doing post processing there are other cameras in this line that shoot JPEG+RAW. Two things you need to tell me: is the Grip good for you, or do you need more rubber, and do you plan on shooting in Raw mode. If you like the camera, but want these two things, I will narrow my search to cover those areas. They also have the “S” Line that has more of a Grip, but not the EXR Sensor that we have all come to love.

Please go to their web sites and take a look, some have short movie clips and Photos of these cameras. I’ll watch for a reply, don’t be afraid to tell me what you think, if this doesn’t suite you, we’ll find one that does. Also JFTHOI, take a look at the Pentax X5 at Fry’s. I’ll be checking in, please post it here.
... Joe Prete

11:21 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#227 Joe Prete

Catwoman,
Just so you know, there has been an ongoing problem with this site. After typing the information in, several times, and different ways, I had to chop another reply to get it through. I’m trying to help the readers and I never get passed the filter to get it posted, so yours too, was chopped just to get it through. If this happens again, I’ll give you an email address to send it right to me, and I will reply the same way back to you. This has been happening a lot, so my address is out there anyway. I’m lucky that there were no spam or unwanted messages, but it doesn’t benefit others that way, many people have the same questions but don’t want to write in. Please report it to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) don’t forget to tell him that Joe’s fingers are bleeding from retyping the the replies over and over again. Here is Marks home phone & address xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Thank You,
... Joe Prete

11:46 pm - Sunday, February 17, 2013

#228 Brad

To Joe

Thankyou for your help, think i will go for the Canon SX50, the FujiFilmHS50EXR is just over my budget.
ragards Brad

9:02 pm - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

#229 JOE PRETE

Brad,
Once you do get it, I would like you to email me. There’s something I’d like to tell you that will help you to master this camera very fast.
Not that it’s hard to learn, like I’ve said before, I was shooting dozens of pictures with it before leaving the store that I bought it in, But this will guide you through the process, to learn it fast.
Everyone assumes that it’s the 1200mm lens that makes this camera great, but it’s an excellent performer all around, not just
for the Zoom. People will remember this one for a very long time.
... Joe Prete

10:47 pm - Tuesday, February 19, 2013

#230 Brad

Ok Joe will do, is there any other way I can message you other than on this site? Got a few questions regarding another camera?

7:02 pm - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#231 Carsten b Morgenstern

Hi Joe!
You have very recentliy written to a Brad, that you could email him some advice of a kind to get familiar with the SX50 very fast? Can I pursuade you into doing the same to me? Having had the camera for a few weeks now, I feel I´m in need of a push in some direction to be able to step up the quality of my pics a bit. I´m actually pretty happy with it, but just can´t seem to get the most of its apparent qualities.
Many thanks in advance from Denmark,
Carsten - .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

8:25 pm - Wednesday, February 20, 2013

#232 JOE PRETE

To Brad, and
Carsten also,
Both of you can email me directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for answers to any questions you might have with SX50 HS after you’ve read Mark’s review.
......Regards,
... Joe Prete

5:50 am - Thursday, February 21, 2013

#233 Alicia

I love taking pictures and usually use a point and shoot but want to upgrade. I used a similar camera to these but from years ago so completely different. I had decided on the canon sx50 until reading comments here. I need something on a budget this was actually slightly over what I want to spend. I am looking for around $350 and need something I can take short videos of my kids and pictures. Also love doing nature pictures and want high quality pictures. Lastly I need something that can take great pictures during sports. I was previously looking at the Fujifilm hs30 EXR. Please help me. I am fine having to research and learn more about the camera to use it properly also just don’t want to spend that kind of money and end up hating it. Thanks

9:20 am - Thursday, February 21, 2013

#234 JOE PRETE

Alicia,
People write in because they have a problem, I help them, for FREE. People are quick to write about a problem, I’ve helped dozens from this Review alone. (I write at a few sites) I fix their problems, how many write in to say “Thank You I’m very happy” Less than 10% through email though.  But I really like your line the best “I used a similar camera to these but years ago, so completely different”  That was a GREAT line. I’m sorry that I can’t help you. But thank you very much for the humor! Wow Post #234, Go figure!
... Joe Prete

5:15 am - Sunday, February 24, 2013

#235 Jansen!

I bought the SX50 because I was disappointed about the Nikon P510: too much smearing in details, bad focussing in low light and the colors are too cold.
I’m very pleased now with the SX50, but I can’t find a way to turn on Superfine mode in Auto modus.
Anyone an idea to worj this out?

9:41 pm - Thursday, February 28, 2013

#236 JOE PRETE

Readers,
I received a question regarding the Compression settings on the SX50 HS It’s pretty clear on page 147 of the users guide entitled “Changing the Compression Ratio (Image Quality)” You can choose from two settings “Fine” & “Superfine” they are set through the menu. Press the “Func./Set” button, choose L in the menu, press the <DISP.> button, and choose your desired option. If you have trouble with this, go to page 41 for a detailed explanation of the “FUNC. Menu” This is actually too simple to describe, but try to remember that Digital cameras are all about choosing settings through a “Menu” Just like setting your watch or programming your VCR (an ancient recording media) If you’ve picked up on the fact that I’m a bit annoyed, you are right! The reason, I told people time and time again, you need a full printed USER’S GUIDE, unless you like to read from an LCD or be left in the dark, reading is actually still one of the best ways of learning.

To date, only one request to the manufacturer for a full guide was just recently denied by Canon in Denmark. I am still trying to encourage the SX50 owner to argue for it, but that’s beyond my control. I read my Guides, cover to cover, mostly multi tasking, during a meeting, in a waiting room and yes, in my “Porcelain Library”  Think what you want, but I control my cameras, they don’t control me!
... Joe Prete

10:27 pm - Thursday, February 28, 2013

#237 Jansen!

As written in my post, I already set the camera to Superfine, EXCEPT in the Auto mode…
There is no possibility to do this: the DISP button option is not there.
This is my third Canon diital camera, so I’m very familiar with the menu structure (hasn’t change much in 10 years).

10:07 am - Friday, March 1, 2013

#238 JOE PRETE

Jenson,
I’m just heading out now, I responded from the email and they appeared on line at the same time. How come you waited so many hours to reply? I’ll look at it when I get back. Please answer: Do you have the Full users guide?, What did Canon’s tech support say about it? and How long have you had the camera. 3 QUESTIONS, PLEASE ANSWER THEM. You were vague in your question, even misspelling words. Try to answer these questions and I’ll get back to you later when I have time.
... Joe Prete

10:42 am - Friday, March 1, 2013

#239 JOE PRETE

Jansen,
Looking at it right now, it’s pretty much like I said, in auto mode, hit the arrow button, (like you were going to look at your pictures), hit “Menu”>scroll down to “resize”, hit right arrow, to make your choice of the 3 sizes of compression, then hit “func/set to save your setting. That’s it, I can’t make it complicated, it’s so simple! Do you have the guide that I told everyone to get? Have you called your tech support? They are your first choice, they answer these questions all day long. You’ve already paid for the tech support, shouldn’t you use it? why would you even write here instead of Calling Canon’s toll free line ? There’s 3 pages of questions here, but this one was only asked by you. I have a shoot this morning, call Canon for a while now okay? I’ve got to go.
... Joe Prete

12:09 pm - Friday, March 1, 2013

#240 JOE PRETE

Please answer the three questions either way, but I took a few minutes and saw how easy it actually is. I can’t understand your waiting so long to reply. But I answered your question in the post prior to this one. Please do call Canon and see how they reply. I’ll remind you: Did you receive the Users Guide? Did you read it? How long have you had the camera and why did you not call Canon from the beginning, but instead took the time to write to us with a terrible penmanship and misspelled words? I trust you’ll have responded by the time I get back, and you’ll also have Canon’s opinion of the fix. Anything short of that, will not be replied to.
... Joe Prete

12:27 pm - Friday, March 1, 2013

#241 Jansen!

Dear Pete,

The reason ‘m not responding fast, is because I’m living in Europe, so in an other timezone.
And about misspelling: how is your Dutch writing?

Either way: I contacted Canon Europe.
Here is their respons (please use Google translate…):
“Geachte heer/ mevrouw Jansen,

Hartelijk dank voor uw email.
Naar aanleiding van uw omschrijving deel ik u mede dat dit alleen mogelijk is op de handmatige modussen, dus bijvoorbeeld “P” of “M”.
Op de Auto stand regelt de camera alle instellingen zelf.
Mocht u verder nog vragen hebben, dan kunt u contact met ons opnemen door te antwoorden op dit bericht.
Met vriendelijke groet,

René Oliveira
Canon Services & Support”

Shortly: it is not possible to turn Superfine on in the Auto mode. Question answered, thank you very much.

2:43 pm - Friday, March 1, 2013

#242 JOE PRETE

Jansen,
Regardless of the time here and there, your question popped up on my email the second you hit enter. As I was at the computer anyhow, I replied to the question at that same time. Both of our posts went through the spam filter at the same time. Regardless of what our clocks read, they both showed up on the site together.

Now, in “AUTO” mode, the camera shoots in FINE. That is a default setting. If you want to use SUPERFINE, set the camera to PROGRAM, hit Func/Set, then scroll down to the L with the sail to it’s left side. Then press Disp. At the bottom, you will see an “S” and a “sail” Icon. The “S” (to the left) means “Superfine”
The “sail” icon to the right, indicates “Fine” So there, you can choose Fine or superfine. I hope that you understand the Program mode because this is the easiest way to get to the Superfine setting that you are looking for.

The only other way to do this is by using one of your “Custom” settings, but using Program mode is not difficult at all. I suggest that you obtain a USER’s GUIDE so that you can fully understand the settings on the camera. I’m not sure what the tech support rep told you, but apparently it was easier to just tell you that it couldn’t be done. I can appreciate his frustration. 
I hope that helps you.
... Joe Prete

9:34 pm - Friday, March 1, 2013

#243 JOE PRETE

Readers,
Please keep in mind that this site does reviews and comparisons of cameras and even though some of us may try to help out when readers have an issue with their camera, we are in no way a replacement for the tech support that comes with your camera when you purchase it. Many manufacturers give at least a one year warranty and a toll free tech support line that entitles said camera owner to call up and receive tech support for their camera. We encourage new camera owners to read their full manual, on line or in print, is their choice, but in most cases it will save you the time and effort involved in calling tech support.
As much as many people would like, we can’t think for them, they need to know if it’s a tech support or a Photographyblog website that they need. The website is used to choose before the purchase, the tech support is for after the purchase issues.
... Joe Prete

10:31 pm - Friday, March 1, 2013

#244 Tauranga Photographer

Canon powershot cameras are great. I’ve used a similar model for a few years to take casual family snaps and movies, then switch to my Canon DSLR when I want to get seriously arty.

1:57 pm - Saturday, March 9, 2013

#245 MP Singh

Fantastic review and discussion board! One of the most level-headed and well-informed discussion on cameras I have come across. I have been evaluating (torn between?)SX50 and FZ220. My mind is made: FZ220. I don’t have money to buy a BMW, so will settle with its camera likeness (thanks Warren!):-))

Sincere thanks Joe Prete and wishing you the best!

MP Singh (India)

12:55 pm - Monday, March 25, 2013

#246 Carsten Morgenstern

Hi everybody, and Joe Prete in particular!
As Joe has written both here and to me personal: People, read the manual over and over. It’s all in there.
Og course this only goes for us smucks, who are to impatient with our new cameras! :-D
Anyway; Joe is God.

2:39 pm - Monday, March 25, 2013

#247 ann tag

Hey Jacoguy, The SX50 is ideal for your requirements, with it’ super zoom it won’t matter how far away you are positioned during the games. Remember to hit the dedicated video capture button if you need to quickly activate HD video recording.

11:32 pm - Thursday, March 28, 2013

#248 john zook

This camera makes my binoculars obsolete. And has capabilities beyond the dozens of other cameras I use and have used.

6:54 pm - Saturday, April 6, 2013

#249 Ron Graham

Seems strange a USB cable isn’t supplied yet almost the first instruction in the manual is to connect the camera to the computer using one.

7:26 am - Monday, April 8, 2013

#250 JOE PRETE

Hey Ron,
I found that kinda funny, it probably cost them about 35 cents each, but we’ve got to choose our battles. The camera is Amazing, and yet it was one of Canon’s biggest recent blunders. When I went to see it for myself because I thought everyone had to be lying, I got to Staples and it was $429.00 and the Rebel DSLR kit was $449.00 with Lens! But it didn’t take 2 minutes to want that camera.
And I got it from a new shipment, with the sale it cost me $383.00 I also have the G1 X and 270EX Flash. And the SX50 HS has still been going on sale, otherwise it’s too close to the Rebel sales. They also sent me both Full Users Guides, G1 X & SX50 HS
... Joe Prete

8:17 am - Monday, April 8, 2013

#251 JOE PRETE

Ann Tag,
My compliments to you! Very, very nice review!
... Joe Prete

8:22 am - Monday, April 8, 2013

#252 Kelly

Hi Joe

I am going to Kenya in Sept and am considering to buy a new camera since I have been told that the animals will be far from me and I need a camera with strong zoom (focal length >400mm). I am considering Canon SX50 and Nikon P520. I am not sure if the zoom ability for Lumix FZ200 is good enough for my trip. I also would like to use this camera for my other trips in the future. Which camera would you recommend? I don’t see your review on Nikon P520. I heard it’s autofocus is slow when it’s zoomed in. But someone also told me the autofocus of Nikon P520 is faster than Canon SX50. Do you have any ideas? Many thanks!

7:46 am - Tuesday, April 23, 2013

#253 JOE PRETE

Hi Kelly,
Nikon P520 was just announced 1/28/13, so reviews may not be out for a few weeks yet. I do think you need all the focal length you can get, for the trips that you describe.
The Nikon P520 is a 42X 24-1000MM zoom ($425.00)
The Canon SX50 HS is a 50X 24-1200mm zoom ($395.00)
The Fujifilm SL1000 is a 42X 24-1200MM zoom ($385.00)
The Sony HX300 is a 50X Zoom 24-1200mm zoom ($498.00)
You can go with the Canon SX50 HS that we know about, but I’m sure the competitors will all be at least as good. I would go right to 1200mm and pass on the P520 for sure. If you want, I can compare spec to spec, just tell me your thoughts first.
... Joe Prete

7:09 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#254 JOE PRETE

Kelly,
Sorry. Typo, the Fujifilm SL1000 is a 50X and it’s price should have been $358.35 My bad! Take a look at the clips at their own sites.
... Joe Prete

7:21 am - Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#255 Tony Horowitz

For years I’ve been using a Canon Rebel, with various lenses, along with a camcorder.  Now all that I carry is my new Canon SX50HS.  it’s everything in one lightweight package.  The pictures and videos are incredible, as is the audio.  It’s also amazingly versatile, and easy to use.
Bravissimo Canon!

9:13 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#256 Hank

Hey, Music Man! Tony,
Joe Prete said to say hello, He said your music is the best! Even songs without words, Trumpet only! He’s at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) I think I’d like to hear your music too, Yes the SX50 HS is incredible, isn’t it. Their facial recognition is amazing and 1200mm is a real bonus.
I’m glad you wrote in, I want to hear that music too!
Thanks Tony,
-Hank

9:45 pm - Tuesday, May 14, 2013

#257 Lindsey

I am going to Africa on a couple of safaris. Which camera would be best Canon SX50 Is or the Nikon P520? - I am confused!

1:52 am - Thursday, May 16, 2013

#258 Hank

You sure are!

2:12 am - Thursday, May 16, 2013

#259 Richie

The Canon SX50HS Blows any Fuji camera out of the water and that includes the X-S1..Even though it has a smaller sensor..The EXR Sensor is rubbish for a start…OK the sensor is smaller in the Canon but so much better quality and the way the software inside handles the image,Along with a fine lens you have the best point and shoot on the market..The EVF Lets it down but I use the screen mostly and the EVF for birds..I have had Fuji’s including the X-S1 and this camera is so much better performance wise not so build wise.I would recommend this one to anyone…

12:23 pm - Thursday, May 16, 2013

#260 Hank

Richie,
I agree with you completely, even own an SX50 HS myself, and everything you said is true….  Right up to the introduction of the Fujifilm HS50EXR with Phase Detection, a 2/3” BSI CMOS II Sensor and more features than I could list here. By this time next year most Super Zoom cameras will have Phase Detection, not just Contrast Detection like they all have now. The CMOS II chip is in a different league and there is no comparison. So enjoy your SX50 HS as I will, but technology advances on just about a daily basis, and Canon is already working on putting Phase detection in SuperZoom too!

3:42 pm - Thursday, May 16, 2013

#261 Jim

Richie,
Sorry dude, but anyone who fell for the XS-1 really learned their lesson the hard way. In case you didn’t notice, no dealer keeps a camera like that on their shelves. It only sells to about one in 500 shoppers looking for a SuperZoom Camera. Didn’t you do any research before buying that? Nothing against the Canon, but any camera on the market would have been a better choice than the
XS-1. I guess even Fuji builds loser once in a (very long) while.
On the bright side, you won’t be needing a new Doorstop for a
long time. I’m sure you’ll be happy with the SX50 HS

12:39 am - Friday, May 17, 2013

#262 Alicia

I bought this camera almost 3 months ago and very happy with it. I get some bad pictures but that’s more trial and error on my part. I have gotten much better and getting new accessories soon to capture even better photographs. Thanks again for the review and all the comments it really helped in making my decision. If anyone has any tips please let me know. Thank you Joe!

10:43 am - Sunday, May 19, 2013

#263 Jim

Alicia,
If you need any pointers, Joe’s email is just above at post #256
He will answer any questions you may have, and he’s happy to do it too. He’s helped me and so many others. As you can tell by the exakta name, he knows about many cameras, but he’s been posting at a different site lately. He also has a long list of links that can help you with any shooting situation you may have. Good Luck with your SX50 HS. I think it’s a great camera too, especially for birds!  ..... JIM  

12:10 am - Monday, May 20, 2013

#264 gautam lakra

I am confused between nikon p 520 and canon sx 50 hs, which one should I go for. nikon is cheaper in India by about 20 %

3:18 am - Thursday, May 23, 2013

#265 gautam lakra

Sorry , I forgot to mention that I am wheel chair bound , and I think I will use the EVF much more than normal people and my hands are also not that steady, so after reading about Canon 50 X and Nikon P520, also I rarely go out at night , but would like to shoot from a moving car , so which would be better ? Thank you in advance. also please do remember that the Nikon is cheaper by about 20 % here in India , and I was thinking that I could probably buy some accessories with the money I save by buying the Nikon

5:17 am - Thursday, May 23, 2013

#266 Jim

Gautam Lakra,
This site does not respond to, or answer any questions or comments. The name blog is misleading. It is not monitored.  You may see other readers answering questions, but that doesn’t mean they are correct, it’s just one persons opinion. I suggest that you go to dpreview.com and join with your username and email. You can then explain your situation and ask any questions that you may have in the appropriate forum or in the open talk section. There, you will get your questions answered, most times in a matter of minutes. I’m sorry about your situation, but you will find other people in similar situations at that site. They are clearly the best.  Joining takes about 3 minutes and you can ask questions after your purchase as well. Btw, both cameras have image stabilization, but the Canon has a longer Zoom lens, it’s 1200mm vs 1000mm in the Nikon. Other than dpr, Joe Prete can help you too, his email is still in this section.  Good Luck to you

6:01 am - Thursday, May 23, 2013

#267 gautam lakra

Jim,
Then why have this box to make comments ! And I see people asking questions and also generally having a discussion.

2:05 pm - Thursday, May 23, 2013

#268 Phil

Is there any likelihood that the successor to the SX50 will have 1080p 60fps?  And when is it likely to be announced / released?  For everything else the SX50 is the right camera for me.  I can afford to wait 3-6 months if this is likely to be in the next release.

12:42 pm - Friday, May 24, 2013

#269 Tony

This is an excellent camera for beginners and amateurs….no one is saying it should replace the DSLR that most dedicated and committed photographers use but for me - who knows very little about photography it’s an amazing camera….I love it…it has all the features I need in one box…;-))

10:04 pm - Monday, June 17, 2013

#270 JOE PRETE

The SX50 HS is an excellent “Carry Around Camera” for working Pros that obviously can’t carry their Full Frame DSLR’s all the time, and also as a “Family” or “Only” Camera for those that don’t have (or need)a DSLR. This camera can handle just about any situation:Portrait, Macro, Street-Photo Sports, wildlife and it excels at Long Zoom work under any conditions. The I.S. is Amazing, to say the least. For those waiting for a buy, The best price can be found this week at Staples Office stores where it’s on sale for $429.99 from Canon & Staples 20% off thru 6/22/13 that brings it BELOW $350.00 a lot better than the deal I got on a similar sale (@Staples) in Nov.2012 when I paid $383.00 You won’t find anything near this price until it’s replacement comes out. You will have a long wait. So stop reading and start checking stock at your local Staples.(This is my 2nd post) One of the few Cameras in this bracket with OVF and an LCD. So if you want it, better get busy!
... Joe Prete

10:47 pm - Monday, June 17, 2013

#271 JOE PRETE

To the idiot who posted #269 with my name,they do have IP address verification, and even though I’ve been working with another site for several weeks now, they can block your future posts. How could that have possibly have been worth it you? Idiot! I’m a working Photographer and anyone who knows me, knows I could never work inside the walls and confines of a Manufacturer. I have always worked in the field or studio, setting my own schedule. Read your post again, you’ll see that it doesn’t even make sense! I have nothing against Canon or Panasonic and I own both brands. I don’t spell “wanna” like that, and you’ll never find a post of mine with that spelling. Get your own life, instead of trying to use mine. It might even prove to be beneficial for you! Jealousy, so sad! 
... Joe Prete

11:35 pm - Monday, June 17, 2013

#272 gabby

Hi, Im going on an African safari next month and im trying to decide on the best camera for that. I want something lightweight, with a great zoom, and fast shutter speed, that will give me good photos even when enlarged. I need something fairly easy to use as i dont have alot of time to figure out all the settings.I also want to keep my pricetag under $500. Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I am considering the canon G1 and the SX50HS. Thanks!!

11:53 am - Friday, June 21, 2013

#273 Carsten b Morgenstern

I have had the SX50 for 1/2 a year now, being extremely impressed with it. Actually bought it after carefully studying Joe Prete´s excellent review here.
But now I´m selling it with a lot of extras; filters, bag, gorillapod, converter etc etc, as I have bought a Nikon D7100. But just to give my opinion: SX50 is an amazing little machine!
Cheers, Carsten

1:25 pm - Friday, June 21, 2013

#274 Joe Prete

TONY, ..............Re:Post#269
Due to the deletion of the prior post at #269, your comment fell into that position. Obviously the comments following it from me, do not apply to you. I’m Sorry for any confusion this may have caused you. Sometimes the posts need to be removed and it’s not an easy task when other comments follow it. We try to keep these blogs as clean as possible, but not everyone follows the rules. Please accept my apology.
Best Regards,
... Joe Prete

4:04 pm - Monday, June 24, 2013

#275 gautam lakra

Carsten , how much u want for it ?

4:18 pm - Monday, June 24, 2013

#276 gautam lakra

Joe Prete is not the right guy to ask , he is biased towards Cnon , I think he is probably paid by them

4:23 pm - Monday, June 24, 2013

#277 gautam lakra

Plz note all you guys out there , Canon is the biggest camera company in the world , so how does it get there , please think , by buy buying out reviews , it’s standard practice, and offering freebees etc.looking after the pro’s to give better reviews !
I’s like microsoft ! How do we buy camera’s , we read reviews , and who write them , people like Joe!

4:31 pm - Monday, June 24, 2013

#278 Editor

NOTICE:
BLOG TROLLS WILL BE PERMANENTLY BLOCKED BY IP ADDRESS.
Editor

9:56 pm - Monday, June 24, 2013

#279 Moran

HI
first many thanks for a great review mark i really love your blog always help me
i have been thinking of getting this camera , i got couple months ago the panasonic LX7 and i take mainly pictures of my kids and most of the time they are inside the house which mean low light or worm light and kids hate flash so from all the reviews i read about the panasonic it was supposed to be a good one but they all come out too dark with noticeable noise in them and i am a canon girl for many years so want to get this camera but can anyone please tell me how it perform in low light conditions i couldn’t tell from the pictures in mark review.
many thanks
moran

11:46 pm - Saturday, June 29, 2013

#280 Joe Prete

Hi Moran,
A camera is working correctly when it reproduces the scene at the same LUX (SI unit of illuminance) as it was originally seen. An outdoor Baseball game will be reproduced as bright in the picture, as it was at the game. A picture or film taken in a darkened Pub, will of course reproduce the same lighting conditions as were present at the time of the exposure. Don’t blame the camera, it can not artificially light the scene unless you use a Flash unit or other light source. Other than a flash, you can use an LED unit that slips into the hot shoe, but has no electrical connection, (they have internal batteries) That may suit your subjects better, it may be less intrusive than a bright Flash unit. They are also economical to buy and use. Just so you know, the LX7 and the SX50 HS are completely different cameras. A High Quality Compact, the LX7 is for closer subjects. Good Luck,
... Joe Prete

12:45 am - Sunday, June 30, 2013

#281 Moran

Hi Joe
Thank you for answering me so quickly I was hoping it will be you :)
So here is my problem as you can see I am an amateur photographer but I love love taking pictures and all this years I had canon cameras (powershot S3 IS , IXUS 870 IS) so I been Hearing so many how amazing Panasonic cameras are I decided to give them a try and wanted to upgrade the one I had .
I never had difficulty taking pictures with the house lighting or neutral light inside the house till this one it just seems regardless how much light I torn inside the house it still comes out dark
Why is that?
And I must admit it might sounds stupid but I hate the Panasonic software so clumsy compared to canon anyway I digress what I really want is a camera who can perform well in room light for kids photos and outside, I do like long zoom but it is not a must and I just really like canon, so please any input you can give me I will be grateful.
Many thanks , Moran
 

9:53 am - Sunday, June 30, 2013

#282 Joe Prete

Hi Moran,
You should be comfortable with your camera, and I’m sure you would have no trouble selling your LX7, but let’s try to pick the right camera for you on the next try. It can get expensive to buy and try so many cameras, but Super stores like Walmart, Sears, Staples and Radio Shack take returns without the penalty of a restocking fee. If you’re careful, you can sometimes find a good deal on the shopping channels QVC.com, ShopNBC.com, they all happily take returns. But sort things out a little first. I don’t care for Panasonic’s software either. I shoot with Nikon DSLR’s but when it comes to compacts, I choose Canon and Fujifilm cameras most often. Canon’s software is very user friendly, and the Powershot line is the longest running series of all cameras.

Of my many Canons, the S5 IS and the G9 were only stepping stones to the SX50 HS and the G1 X (1 & 2 years old respectively) Of the main reasons the SX50 HS can shoot in Dim lighting and long range Zoom is their Image Stabilization controls. They were the first to reach 50X Zoom and if you saw what went into the camera you’d be amazed. It would cost over 10k to reach 1200mm with a DSLR! It not only does it, it does it extremely well. A year later the others are still trying to match the SX50 HS
I must admit, the Zoom Framing Assist Lock feature would work well for you with active kids. Their entry Rebel DSLR Kit sells for the same $449.99, but the SX50 HS can be found for $375.00  

Moran, I will accept your email, and I’ll help you to understand these cameras so that you can make an informed decision. When I do this I normally get a lot of email, but I try to help only one person at a time. Other readers who need help should understand that I receive no compensation of any kind from anyone. No manufacturers, no Web Sites, Nobody! I am only sharing my many years of experience. You can find one of my addresses at #102 of the Nikon L810 Review Comments section on this very site. It will be easier to help you through email.
... Joe Prete

6:22 pm - Sunday, June 30, 2013

#283 Moran

Thank you joe!! i will send you an email .

Moran

7:33 pm - Sunday, June 30, 2013

#284 Mike

Hi Joe
    Moved my comments from HX300 comments to SX50 after making my decision and buying the SX50!
Have contacted Canon NZ and can get a printed manual for it, which I’m really pleased about, until I can get into that reading session have just been pointing and shooting in the auto. Results so far have been really pleasing! The previous camera I had to this one in Bridge was the SX10 so the leap after a few years is most impressive. I’m going to have a lot of fun with this camera. Cheers, Mike

11:41 pm - Sunday, July 14, 2013

#285 Kris

I had the SX40 and recently purchased the SX50. My main camera use is for indoor hockey photos. My son plays hockey and I go to alot of games and take tons of pictures.  I’ve tried the SX50 out this week and the pictures are horrible. I mistakenly thought the higher iso would mean better speed shots. I was wrong. Blurry and out of focus.  My question is, as I am still under the time limit to return the 50, is this camera any good for indoor sports pictures?  Is there a setting I should be using to get better shots? Or should I return it, continue to use my 40 and wait for the 60?  Thanks

1:05 pm - Wednesday, July 17, 2013

#286 Joe Prete

Kris,
Even if you only had the “Getting Started” guide, and followed the basic instructions on page 18 “For fully automatic selection of the optimal settings for specific scenes: Simply let the camera determine the subject and shooting conditions”  it goes on to say turn the camera on,  set to “auto”,  compose   and take your shot.  it doesn’t say anything about throwing the other settings askew by changing the ISO setting. That’s exactly what you did!

This is an upgraded version of the SX40, and in auto mode, it’s pretty much “idiot proof” I don’t think I need to complete that sentence ...  do I?  If you are going to bring the camera back, claiming it’s defective, they will take pictures in the store, and when the pictures come out fine, they can charge you a restocking fee, or even refuse the return. When you got the camera and tested it by taking a picture before the event, how did that come out? What was it a picture of? I’ve been in contact with dozens of people with this model, I have one of the first units of my own, there was not one case of a defective unit. Even after abusing these cameras, they still work fine. Powershot is the Longest running camera series to date, followed by the Sureshot, a long running name in analog Film cameras.

By the way, they do have a tech support line, you could have even called when you saw there was a problem with the pictures
on the LCD? usually, you can just dial 1-800-OK-CANON You do have a Phone -YES??  There are three periods in a hockey game, with at least two 15 minute intermissions in between. I actually got an extreme amount of usable shots with the same camera, right along with two DSLR’s at the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year. Most of the shots were easily good enough for publication. By the way I play hockey too. You should know that the ice is white, keeping that in mind while composing your shots will help quite a bit. What position does your son play? And, how far back were you shooting from? Send me an example or two, lets have a look send to: http://www.exaktavx1000@gmail.com You should include your test shot, taken before the game, when you read the guide.
... Joe Prete

By the way, To those who return cameras for no real reason, it adds to the cost for the dealers and manufacturers, and they in turn add that cost to the price that we all pay. Know what you are buying, and reading the Manual when you get it, both the basic and the full guide on the CD-ROM will increase your odds of getting successful pictures. More than half of all returns could be prevented by following simple instructions. The cameras of today, are actually Computers, with high quality Optics attached.

1:25 am - Thursday, July 18, 2013

#287 Salvador

Very useful review, many thanx! Just sold my EOS1000d tired from the different lenses and their weight, and willing to buy the SX50 to have everything in one camera…but every September, Canon replaces the old model, so probably this September the new SX60(?) will be in the shops. Does anybody knows something more about the SX60 and if i should wait for the new model or go for the SX50?

1:03 pm - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#288 Joe Prete

Salvador,
It’s not quite 10 months yet, there have been price reductions, but this is more due to the fact that Canon’s Entry level DSLR Kit starts at about $449.95 and it’s usually side, by side with the SX50 HS.  I’m sure that some people do prefer the DSLR.

You might want to take advantage of the low prices on the SX50 HS now, and have it’s use for 2,3,4 or more months before a newer model is released or even mentioned. Also, it’s hard to imagine where any changes might be. I think Phase Detection will be added, but another company only increased to 60X Zoom, by going wider, not longer, really just a trifle bit 4 mm wider won’t even be noticed by the user. I didn’t buy it for the wide angle view, few people did. I wouldn’t expect any earth shattering news. They might even ride this one out for a while too, as popular as this camera is, why would they interrupt the sales. This is still one of the hottest cameras available, and at this price Canon has an extremely large chunk of this market! 
... Joe Prete

9:46 pm - Tuesday, July 23, 2013

#289 Mike

Hi Salvador
        you could wait until Sept for the SX60…but then you could hold off another few months and get the Sx70… ;-)

Seriously though, only recently bought the SX50 and thoroughly recommend it. There are others who have far more experience and knowledge, but I have found this camera just excellent so far, and will get only better when I learn how to use it!

An added footnote- Have a friend…you know the sort, has thousands of dollars worth of the top pro SLR equipment (which is used as a mega expensive point n shoot!), scoffed at my purchase and was postively sneery at it’s small sensor.
...Until he saw a moon shot I did, that would make NASA proud, without a tripod. Bear in mind I am only just learning so the shot is the cameras acheivement, not mine! With some study and practice I am expecting this beast to produce some great shots!
Good luck with your choice regardless though…Mike

12:14 am - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#290 Joe Prete

Hi Mike,
I’m glad to hear you’re doing well. Yes, many have found great pictures of the moon, and the sunrise as well. For those that may try to do that, Please use caution, aiming a powerful lens at Bright Sunlight can cause severe Optical damage to the shooter, and can also damage the imaging sensor. That’s nothing in comparison to damaging one’s vision. So use Caution if you attempt any Sunrise or Sunset images with this, the Sony or any of these Super Zooms.

Mike, I hope you’re right. I would buy an SX70 for the name alone, I’d put it in my collection next to the original Polaroid SX70 Camera. You know it still works fine, and plenty of film in the freezer too. I still find that camera & it’s Pictures Amazing!
... Joe Prete

1:48 am - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#291 Mike

Thanks Joe, I’m doing well, and delighted with my choice of purchase. I never thought about ‘sx70’ reference before you mentioned it!

I’m sure the other cameras I were considering would have been worthy, but I just can’t recommend this SX50 highly enough for those wanting an all in one that takes good auto shots but gives you scope to learn with. I just love it. I was considering what I’ve paid for previous cameras and what they could do, and the price of others in this group, and it represents outstanding value and versatility. I would rave more but it would look like I was getting paid to!
Thank you for your help Joe, your advice was of great assistance in making a choice that was right for me, and I’m delighted with my new camera- And excited about how good it will be after a bit of practice and learning some of it’s features.
As someone just learning and have just been through the confusion of buying a bridge camera- The only advice I would give anyone daunted with all the confusing comments online following reviews- The ones that go ‘Camera X’ is rubbish…don’t believe them and look for knowledgable help online to find the right one for you. I found most posters stating any camera is ‘rubbish’ or ‘takes awful photos’ is either biased or ignorant! reading those negative comments makes it even harder to make a choice as it confuses you even more after you already have headspin from reading so many reviews! ;-) All these cameras seem good from what I tried, each one had their little differences that make one stand out more than the other for you. The SX50 is definitely perfect for me.

5:44 am - Wednesday, July 24, 2013

#292 Kris

I’m loving this SX50 for outdoor shots. Lightning shots have worked well too. Had the SX40 and just bought the 50. But I’m having a problem with indoor sports shots. I go to a lot of hockey games and need my camera to take better shots indoors. I have the ISO at 1600 as I find the higher is too grainy.  Is there a setting I should be using to get the faster, clearer shots?  I usually keep it on P but if a manual setting is better, could you tell me what setting to use. I want to love this camera indoors too!

2:00 am - Saturday, July 27, 2013

#293 Joe Prete

Kris,
I typed and input my response your questions last night, but again as this site so often does, it just doesn’t show up it the screen.
I have no control over this. It’s a shame too, because it was a thorough response that others would have learned from as well. I’ll reply, but I won’t put that kind of effort into it, for a comment that may, or may not show. Write to me and I’ll return the response promptly. http://www.exaktavx1000@yahoo.com
... Joe Prete

10:51 am - Saturday, July 27, 2013

#294 Joe Prete

Kris,
Using the link to my email account is showing a Phishing scam warning, just going through your own email you will have no problem getting through. I think the reason it’s doing this is because lately a lot of email is coming from the link at this site, but I assure you, it’s just one of my email accounts. If I have the time, I’ll try to retype at least part of it, so you’ll start to understand what’s going on in your camera. Sorry about the inconvenience.
... Joe Prete

5:23 am - Sunday, July 28, 2013

#295 Chris

I’ve been researching cameras for a few weeks now, from the SX50 to the G15 to the DMC-LX7. I know they are hard to compare because they all excel at different things and are simply different cameras. I seem to always come back to the SX50 as it will more than satisfy any need for zoom I may have, but my question/concern for those with real world experience with the SX50 is this: Is the SX50 a good choice for both image and video if I do a lot of indoor shooting of activities such as family functions, birthdays, etc. where maybe the lighting isn’t necessarily ideal? Also, I’m an extreme novice wanting to learn more about the art of photography, would this be a decent camera to learn with?  I appreciate any input and opinions. Thanks.

1:39 am - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#296 Joe Prete

Chris,
The Panasonic LX7 is an exceptional compact camera, it’s just got one drawback, it’s 24-90mm lens. It would be real nice to have if you only need 90mm on the telephoto end. I’ve been tempted with it’s new lower price. Excellent Macro, by the way & a fast lens! (The fastest of all compacts!)

The G15 is also a great little camera, with 4X Zoom 28-140mm
Maybe about as pocketable as the LX7, but then you compare to one of the longest focal length Zooms available a 24-1200mm?

They are all good cameras, but if your going for Zoom, you’re only going to get that in the SX50 HS which is a great camera but a very different purpose. You’ve got to see what your subjects will be, before you can decide the range you need.

Years ago, when starting in Photography, one would get an SLR body and a 50mm “normal” lens. We called it normal, because it approximated our field of vision. If our subjects were farther away, we would move in closer. Old, but effective.  Next we would get a Portrait range, an 85mm or maybe a 105mm or a 135mm telephoto as we made money, to “cover” our hobby.  It wasn’t until we made real money that we bought more of a selection. By the way, most of us still have those original lenses, and on Nikon most still work well. I’m sure other brands do too. 

Street Photography could be covered with the LX7, but if you like birds you do need the Long Zoom. Find a friend that’s done this already, maybe you need to look through the View Finder to “See” what you need.  Pick up a few magazines to look through Popular Photography, Shutterbug, Digital Photo. Outdoor Photog.

The Library is a free option you know, Books, Magazines & a PC

I just saw a Nokia Camera Phone on TV, it said Windows I think.

Chris, there’s no rush to buy, whatever is there today, will be there tomorrow too.  Waiting for any of these three, will likely lower their prices. You mentioned indoors, they all have a Flash built in and a Hot Shoe if you need more power. You don’t want to wake up the next day and say “what did I buy” You were there, you’ll remember, so do your thinking beforehand, and try to get a store with easy returns just in case.
... Joe Prete

3:03 am - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#297 Chris

Joe…

Thanks for responding.  You pretty much confirmed what I had been thinking, and that is I’d rather have more zoom than I need than not enough. It seems that with the SX50 I may get a better “all-around” experience as far as indoor, outdoor, macro shots, and custom settings (once I learn how to use them).  I can get the SX50 from either Amazon or Best Buy right now for $367, seems like a good deal and a lot of camera for the money. Thanks again for your input.

3:19 am - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#298 Joe Prete

Chris,
It’s no problem, I’d rather answer a few questions if it helps you to make the right purchase. That is a very good price, if you want to write me I can send you some examples of the high quality images that this camera is capable of. The yahoo address above is still on, but you have to come from email to get through. There was some real traffic coming through the past few weeks and it’s just a email, it wasn’t meant for such heavy use, so they put the warning.
... Joe Prete

4:23 am - Tuesday, July 30, 2013

#299 Jo Anne

I have a Canon digital rebel, over 14000 photos have been take with it..I am going to Alaska next year and looking for a back up camera, I really wanted a Canon, but in the style of camera Im looking for (superzoom) I think Canon has just not tried hard…I know nothing about Fuji, but what I have read and peoples comments of the HS50EXR I think that is going to be my back up..would really like 50x optical zoom with IS but the Fuji I am looking at has 58mm lens, which fits all my filters, canon has decided to use 67mm ..sigh Yes I believe there is a Fuji in my very near future.

12:14 am - Thursday, August 15, 2013

#300 Joe Prete

Jo Anne,
Canon may have not tried very hard, but they built one of the most popular and best selling Superzoom cameras in all of Photography. At the time it was the Only 50X camera, and the longest, at 1200mm and that has still not been surpassed. Panasonic’s FZ70 is a 60X zoom, but it’s range is 20-1200mm still not surpassing Canon’s SX50 HS. The filter fits into an adapter not the lens, but why do you need a filter? Also, these cameras do not need back up. Powershot is the longest running camera series and most probably the most successful as well.
... Joe Prete

1:40 am - Thursday, August 15, 2013

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