Canon Powershot S50 Review
Features & Controls
The all-glass Canon 7.1-21.3mm 3x zoom (35-105mm 35mm equivalent) boasts a maximum aperture of f/2.8-4.9, and is constructed with 8 elements in 7 groups.
Focus range is 80cm (32.7 in.) to infinity in normal mode. Macro autofocus range is
6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) to 70cm (2.3 ft.).
Auto focus is accomplished via a 9-point TTL system with user-selectable AF points visible on the LCD monitor. The S50 also features an AF assist illuminator for accurate focusing in dim to dark environments.
When powered down or in sleep mode the lens is retracted back into the camera body.
The camera is powered on when you slide the front cover open.
The Manual focus option is enabled by pressing and holding the "MF" button while using
the Up or Down on the 4-way switch. The manual focus
range is 6cm (0.2 ft.) (wide-angle) / 20cm (0.7 ft.) (telephoto) to infinity.
While manually focusing, the subject area covered by the active focusing point is
digitally enlarged on the LCD to aid in critical focusing.
To save battery power or when outdoors in the bright light, switch off the LCD and frame
your shots with the eyelevel optical viewfinder. There is no diopter adjustment. The LEDs
on the side indicate recording, autofocus and flash status. The eyelevel finder shows
approximately 87% of the captured image.
The builtin speedlight has 5 modes: Auto, Redeye reduction, Slow-sync (1st and 2nd curtain), Fill and Off.
The flash coverage with ISO set to AUTO is 1.1 ft. - 15.7 ft.(W), 1.15 ft. - 9.8 ft.(T).
The zoom lens control is along the edge in front of the shutter button. In Playback the zoom control is used to enlarge the image for critical examination. The Mode Dial has positions for:
The pre-programmed "Image Zone" modes include:
Along the left side of the 1.8-inch LCD is the combination Exposure Compensation / White Balance / Flash Compensation and AE Bracketing button, push it to cycle through the modes and change them onscreen. The "MF" toggles the manual focus mode when held (in Play mode this is the single image Delete button.) The bottom button cycles through the AE metering modes (in Play mode this is the Sound Annotations button.)
The Menu button calls up the onscreen
menu system, The DISPLAY button controls the color LCD and the amount of data that
is overlayed on it.
Across the top is the Flash mode button (thumbnail index button in Play mode),
Macro focus mode button (the Jump button in Play mode)...
The slide switch puts the camera into Play mode, the indicator light is green
for Play mode and orange for Record.
The 4-way controller lets you navigate menu screens, when pushed
in the center it is the SET button. When in Record mode the SET
button is used to manually select the active Focus Point.
Located on top of the camera are the builtin microphone and speaker.
The I/O ports are on the side:
On the bottom in the battery compartment is the Compact Flash Type II card slot. The S50 is supplied with a 32MB CF card and can use any Type I or II solid state flash memory card or one of the IBM Microdrives. The card is ejected far enough to be easily removed, even Microdrives.
Number of pictures storable on different size CF cards:
The S50 is powered by a Canon NB-2L 7.4V 570mAh lithium rechargeable battery pack.
A fully charged battery is good for approximately 170 images when using the LCD or up to
380 images when you use only the optical viewfinder. Or a playback time of
approximately 300 minutes.
The NB-2L pack is charged out of the camera in the included
CB-2LT Compact Charger (100-240VAC). Charging time is approx 80 minutes or less.
It plugs straight into an AC outlet, no cords required.
The optional WP-DC300 waterproof case allows the S50 to go to almost any sporting activity, from boating to snow skiing to scuba diving (100 feet max depth.)
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