Record Screens & Menus

Please excuse the poor quality of these screen captures. The PowerShot SX50 HS kit does not include an AV output cable, therefore we had to photograph the LCD.

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When shooting with the SX50, Canon has included quite a few icons on the screen to provide you with shooting information, even in Auto mode. You'll see a battery gauge, resolution, photo storage space remaining, video setting, video recording time remaining, image stabilization features, and shooting mode across the top of the screen as you line up your image.

If you press the Disp button in Auto mode, you'll see a three-by-three grid superimposed on the screen, helping you follow the Rule of Thirds. Press the Disp button again, and the SX50 will switch the active view from the LCD to the electronic viewfinder. You can change the data viewed in the EVF by pressing Disp again.

You can change what's displayed each time you press the Disp button by selecting the Custom Display menu command in the main shooting menu. You can pick from Shooting Info, Grid Lines, Electronic Level, and/or Histogram.

When you press the shutter button halfway to focus, the focus bracket will change from white to light blue in color, and the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO setting will be displayed across the buttom of the screen. The icons and data across the top will disappear temporarily.

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When shooting in Program mode, you'll see a similar set of icons on the screen as you see in Automatic mode, although the SX50 displays the exposure value and the ISO value across the bottom of the screen at all times. Pressing the Disp button changes the view again by adding a three-by-three grid, but in Program mode, you'll see a histogram of the current scene in the upper left corner. Pressing Disp a third time changes the display to the electronic viewfinder. Again you can customize what's shown by using the on-screen menus.

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Although the PowerShot SX50's mode dial isn't lit, you can still see what mode you're using when shooting in the dark as Canon displays the current mode on the screen for a second as you twist the dial, along with a brief description of the mode.

There is a limited manual focus option with the PowerShot SX50, although you won't be adjusting the focus by twisting a focus dial on the lens, as is common with a DSLR type of camera.

To use the manual focus, you must twist the mode dial to one of the advanced shooting features, as manual focus isn't available in Auto shooting mode. Press the left side of the four-way button to open the focus popup menu. Macro focus is indicated by the flower icon, autofocus is indicated by a triangle and A icon, and manual focus is indicated by MF.

With manual focus selected, the camera will display a slider bar on the right side of the screen, and a magnified portion of the scene will appear in the middle of the LCD. You then can spin the control dial to adjust the slider bar until the magnified area is in sharp focus.

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In advanced shooting modes, you also can adjust the exposure value (EV). Just press the top button on the four-way button to open the EV bar across the bottom of the screen. Spin the control dial to adjust the EV bar settings.

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White balance and other settings can be adjusted when you press the Func/Set button to open the popup menu. The different settings you can adjust will appear along the left side of the screen. The options within each setting will appear along the bottom of the screen.

Use the control dial and/or the four-way button to make your selections, using the up and down buttons for the settings along the left side and the right and left buttons to change the options along the bottom.

The popup menu options will change depending on which shooting mode you've selected on the mode dial. The popup menu options in Program mode are:

  • DR Correction - Off, Auto, 200%, 400%
  • White Balance - Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Tungsten, Fluorescent, Fluorescent H, Flash, Evaluative Custom 1, Evaluative Custom 2
  • My Colors - (Discussed below)
  • Bracketing - Off, AEB (-2 to +2), Focus-BKT
  • Single/Continuous Shot - Single, Continuous, Continuous AF
  • Flash Exposure Value - -2 to +2
  • Metering - Evaluative, Center Weighted, Spot
  • Aspect Ratio - 16:9, 3:2, 4:3, 1:1, 4:5
  • Image Type - JPEG, RAW, JPEG+RAW
  • Resolution - L, M1, M2, S
  • Movie Resolution - 1920x1080, 1280x720, 640x480

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The My Colors option is great for applying some interesting color-related effects to the images. Your options within My Colors are: Off, Vivid, Neutral, Sepia, Black and White, Positive Film, Lighter Skin Tone, Darker Skin Tone, Vivid Blue, Vivid Green, Vivid Red, and Custom Color.

By turning the mode dial to the interlocking rings icon, you will gain access to the High Dynamic Range menu, while also having access to quite a few other special effect options. Press the Func/Set button to see all of the options, including: Fish-Eye Effect, Miniature Effect, Toy Camera Effect, Soft Focus, Monochrome, Super Vivid, Poster Effect, Color Accent, and Color Swap.

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Canon chose to include some odd settings within the Scene Mode popup menu, which may make it a little difficult for you to find these settings. I wouldn't expect to find the camera's high-speed shooting mode buried in the Scene Modes, for example. Turn the mode dial to SCN and press the Func/Set button to open the Scene Mode menu, which includes: Portrait, Smooth Skin, Smart Shutter, High-Speed Burst HQ, Handheld Night Scene, Snow, Fireworks, Stitch Assist Left to Right, and Stitch Assist Right to Left,

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Canon has made the movie shooting modes with the PowerShot SX50 pretty easy to use. There's a dedicated movie button in the upper right corner of the back panel of the camera, allowing you to start and stop movies no matter where the mode dial is set. By twisting the mode dial to the movie icon, you can more easily access the camera's movie settings. You can shoot at 1080p and 720p HD resolutions, as well as an SD movie resolution. Press the Func/Set button to access the movie resolution menu.

Before you record the movie, you'll see the still image resolution and movie resolution across the top of the screen. When you press the movie record button, the screen will change, removing most of the data and icons. You'll see the amount of time of the current recording across the top of the screen, and a red Rec message will appear near the upper right corner of the screen.

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One of the more confusing aspects of using the PowerShot SX50 -- and quite a few Canon fixed lens cameras, for that matter -- is that the shooting menu changes its options, depending on which mode you're using. This can be frustrating because you may have seen an option while shooting in one mode, but you now can't find it because you're in a different shooting mode.

You'd need to be in Custom mode to see the menu options listed here. Press the Menu button to open the Shooting Menu screen.

  • AF Frame - Face Detect, Tracking AF, FlexiZone
  • Digital Zoom - Standard, Off,1.5x, 2.0x
  • AF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Servo AF - On, Off
  • Continuous AF - On, Off
  • AF-Assist Beam - On, Off
  • MF-Point Zoom - On, Off
  • Safety MF - On, Off
  • Flash Control - Flash Exp. Comp (between +2 and -2, in levels of 1/3), Shutter Sync. (1st-Curtain, 2nd-Curtain), Red Eye Corr. (On, Off), Red Eye Lamp (On, Off), Safety FE (On, Off)
  • ISO Auto Settings - Max ISO Speed (400, 500, 640, 800, 1000, 1250, 1600), Rate of Change (Standard, Fast, Slow)
  • High ISO NR - Standard, High, Low
  • Spot AE Point - Center, AF Point
  • Movie Audio - Mic Level (Auto, Manual), Level (21 steps), Wind Filter (On, Off)
  • Review - Off, Quick, 2-10 seconds, Hold
  • Review Info - Off, Detailed, Focus Check
  • Blink Detection - On, Off
  • Custom Display - Shooting Info, Grid Lines, Electronic Level, Histogram
  • Reverse Disp. - On, Off
  • IS Settings - IS Mode (Continuous, Shoot Only, Off), Dynamic IS (1, 2)
  • Display Area - Small, Medium, Large
  • Date Stamp - Off, Date, Date & Time
  • Face ID Settings - Face ID (On, Off), Add to Registry (Add a New Face, Add Face Info), Check/Edit Info, Erase Info
  • Set Shortcut Button - Not Assigned, i-Contrast, White Balance, Custom White Balance 1, Custom White Balance 2, My Colors, Drive Mode, Flash Exp. Comp./Output, Light Metering, Aspect Ratio, RAW/JPEG, Servo AF, AF Lock, AE Lock, Digital Tele-Converter, Display Off
  • Save Settings - Destination (C1, C2)

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While on the Menu screen, press the right side of the four-way button to advance the tab across the top of the screen to the Setup Menu, which is labeled with a tools icon. The SX50's Setup Menu options are as follows.

  • Mute - On, Off
  • Volume - Start-up Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Operation Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Selftimer Vol. (Level 1 to 5), Shutter Volume (Level 1 to 5)
  • Sound Options - Start-up Sound (1, 2), Operation Sound (1, 2), Selftimer Sound (1, 2), Shutter Sound (1, 2)
  • Hints & Tips - On, Off
  • Date/Time - Set the Date and Time of the internal clock/calendar
  • Time Zone - Choose time zones for Home, World
  • LCD Brightness - Adjust the LCD's default brightness; 5 levels
  • Start-up Image - Image 1, Image 2, Off
  • Format - Format the memory card; deletes all files
  • File Numbering - Continuous (recommended) or Auto Reset
  • Create Folder - Monthly, Daily
  • Lens Retract - 0 sec., 1 min.
  • Power Saving - Auto Power Down (On, Off); Display Off, six settings (10 seconds to 3 minutes)
  • Units - m/cm, ft/in
  • Electronic Level - Calibrate, Reset
  • Video System - NTSC, PAL
  • Ctrl via HDMI - Enable, Disable
  • Copyright Info - Disable Copyright Info, Enter Author's Name, Enter Copyright Details, Delete Copyright Info
  • Certification Logo Display
  • Language - Choose the menu language, 30 options
  • Reset All - Restore all settings to their factory defaults
By scrolling one additional tab to the right (marked with a star icon), you can open the My Menu Settings options. This allows you to set up a customized menu that only contains the commands that you use most often. This can be one way to avoid some of the confusion that the SX50 menus can cause.

  • Select Items - AF Frame, Digital Zoom, AF-Point Zoom, Servo AF, Continuous AF, AF-Assist Beam, MF-Point Zoom, Safety MF, Flash Control, ISO Auto Settings, High ISO NR, Hg Lamp Corr., Spot AE Point, Safety Shift, Movie Audio, Review, Review Info, Blink Detection, Custom Display, Reverse Disp., IS Mode, IS Settings, Display Area, Date Stamp, Face ID Settings, Set Shortcut Button, Save Settings
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  • Set Default View - Yes, No

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