|*||5.0-Megapixel CCD delivers 2,592 x 1,944 pixel images|
|*||3x optical zoom lens covers 35-105mm equivalent range|
|*||Nice mix of high-end features, easy usability|
|*||Beautiful, rugged, compact design|
If you’ve read my review of the four-megapixel PowerShot S45 digicam, you can save yourself some reading on this one, and just skip directly to the section. – The S50 is virtually a carbon copy of the S45, the only differences being the sleek black exterior and five-megapixel CCD (vs the four-megapixel one on the S45. Performance is nearly identical, so all my conclusions about the S45 hold for the S50 as well – This is an excellent camera! Read on for the details if you aren’t already familiar with the S45, or jump to the section if you just want the bottom-line results.
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Canon U.S.A. has long been a strong contender in both film and digital camera markets, well-known for its high-quality optics, technical innovations, and aggressive product development. Since early 2001, Canon has released a full complement of new digital cameras, all designed and engineered to live up to Canon’s competitive standards. The 5.0-megapixel PowerShot S50 updates this extensive line by boosting the resolution of an already excellent model, the PowerShot S45. The S50 is an advanced point-and-shoot style digital camera that incorporates many features from the high-end PowerShot G3 model, but in a more compact, portable format. With the exception of the rotating LCD monitor and external hot shoe, the S50 has almost all of the advanced features of the G3, including an impressive range of automatic and manual exposure controls, a 3x optical zoom lens, JPEG and RAW file formats, and in-camera adjustment of image contrast, sharpness, and color saturation. In addition to these features, relative to last year’s highly popular S40, the S50 also offers an updated user interface, more customizable features, a nine-point AiAF focus mode. Like other Canon digicams, the S50 has a direct-to-inkjet printer connection, enabling the user to make prints not only to the Canon CP-10 and CP-100 Photo Card Printers, but also to several of the company’s newest inkjet (“bubble-jet” in Canon’s terminology) printers. With a list price at introduction of only $599, the PowerShot S50 is an excellent bargain, sure to be a popular choice among business users, prosumer photographers, advanced amateurs, and even beginning photographers who want a high-quality digital camera that delivers large, sharp, colorful picture files.