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Canon launches 50x optical zoom PowerShot SX50 HS camera

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
Canon says its PowerShot SX50 HS is world's first compact digital stills camera with a 50x optical zoom

Canon has taken the wraps off another new superzoom camera, the PowerShot SX50 HS, which joins the rest of the expanding PowerShot range of compacts.

Announced at the Photokina 2012 show, it has an ‘extreme telephoto’ 50x zoom capability thanks to its 24-1200mm, f/3.4 – f/6.5 lens.

There’s also optical image stabilisation, which you will almost certainly need if zooming in that far. The zoom can be digitally boosted to x100, while the Zoom Framing Assist and Lock features are on hand to help keep subjects in the frame and in focus.

The model replaces the SX40 HS and, like its predecessor, it has a hot shoe mount and a 12.1-megapixel sensor.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Its maximum ISO rating is 6,400. There’s also a 7.1 cm vari-angle LCD, 10fps burst mode, a large set of auto and manual control modes (including Smart Auto and Multi-area White Balance) and compatibility for the RAW format in multiple aspect ratios.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS has an HDMI output and 1080p video capture at 24fps or 1280 x 720 at 30fps.

The SX50 HS goes on sale from October for around £450.

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