Having said good-bye to the Sony line, I’ve bought my first Canon. Among film enthusiasts, Canon and Nikon rank high, but I assumed they had no advantage with digital. I may have been wrong.
What made me look first at the Canon SX50 HS was its super-zoom: 50x, the equivalent of 1200mm (~50% more than the Sony HX-100v and 200v). What made me look twice was Linda Stokes, extraordinary bird photographer. When she blogged about the Canon and posted such incredible photos, I was hooked, though I pulled against the hook for a few months. I know an expert can make mediocre equipment shine just as someone inept can make great equipment look bad — it’s the mind more than the tool that matters.
As I looked more closely at Canon’s specs, the following negatives caught my attention:
- Low resolution electronic view finder (EVF — the little eye piece)
- Low resolution LCD screen
- Switching between EVF and LCD isn’t automatic (a feature I’ve learned to love on the Sony)
- No GPS
Any one of these could have been a deal-breaker. I’m trying mightily to overlook these flaws at the incredible range and reported image quality. There are other pluses, of course:
- Polarizing filter available (separate purchase) — yeah!
- Raw file format (an uncompressed, lossless storage format offering the most post-processing options)
- Zoom framing assist sounds interesting (zooms out and back instantly for locating your subject)
- Slow motion filming
- Creative modes and filters
First impressions (more in a couple of weeks):
- The grip is smaller than the Sony, which makes the Canon harder for me to carry and hold
- The power button requires a strong press to turn on
- I already miss Sony’s multi-point focus; Canon has a single point of focus
- Menus and options are easy to step through
- Low res of LCD is not an issue; EVF is just OK
Update: My first disappointment is ironic: exposure compensation isn’t available in Automatic mode. (The irony is that EC breaking led me away from Sony, the only manufacturer I’ve seen that smartly enables EC in Automatic).