In this user report of the Canon Sx50HS, Michael gives us an enlightening glance at the uses of an ultrazoom, despite the small sensor. Put simply, it opens up the ability to take photos that otherwise would have been impossible, or at least improbable. The best lens is the one you have with you and do you fancy fitting any other 1,000mm type one in your day bag?
Reading this what got me looking into them, though as more of a Nikon man, I went for their P510, for the sharper results, at the expense of the Canon’s rich features (see my own review earlier for more on that). It’s not the first time he has put me onto a new camera. I previously bought another bridge camera, the Canon G9 based on his recommendations and it was my steady back-up camera and at times short trip camera for some years. Along with it’s adapters, it covered a wide range and in fact was often my ‘long’ lens alongside something wider. My P510 is the ‘replacement’, though due to it’s larger sensor and much more conservative zoom range (35-210mm), the G9 probably has better IQ at the end of the day. But if you don’t get the shot, what good is IQ anyway? I also tend to prefer Nikon’s colours, though that is more of a personal preference, if a very deep and essential one.
I sense Bridge cameras like these are making great strides forwards, for me (like him) to the point where they are already usable and likable, at least alongside other compact system cameras and DSLRs. Please do read his review, as he says it all, with a wealth of experience, better than I ever could.