Canon adds to its long-zoom PowerShot SX-series line the new PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera. Replacing the 35x zoom SX40 and 30x zoom SX500, the new SX50 HS gets a boost, featuring a high-powered 50x optical zoom lens with 24mm wide angle. It includes Optical Image Stabilization for reducing camera shake during shooting to deliver clear, blur-free images.
The SX50 HS sports 12.1 Megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 image engine and features the HS System for enhanced low-light performance and image quality. It has High-speed AF with faster auto-focus speeds and reduced lag, and offers High-Speed Burst HQ mode for up to 10fps continuous shooting at full resolution. Canon adds to the long-zoom camera the Zoom Framing Assist to help users locate, track and capture subjects. The Zoom Framing Assist Seek function remembers your previous zoom position, zooms out to let you locate your subject, and zooms right back into the saved position when the button is released; and the Zoom Framing Assist Lock button allows the camera to lock the Image Stabilization onto the center of the frame for additional compensation of camera movement.
The Canon SX50 HS also features ISO up to 6400, Intelligent IS to optimize image stabilization for the shooting conditions by using one of six stabilization modes, and Smart AUTO mode that will choose optimal camera settings from 58 scene modes to suit the shooting condition. It is capable of Full HD 1080p video recording. The PowerShot has a 2.8-inch vari-angle LCD display and provides HDMI output. You can also find an electronic viewfinder and built-in hot shoe for adding accessories.
The long-zoom PowerShot SX50 HS will be available in October for $479.99.