Canon PowerShot SX50 HS manual

View a manual of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS below. All manuals on ManualsCat.com can be viewed completely free of charge. By using the 'Select a language' button, you can choose the language of the manual you want to view.

  • Brand: Canon
  • Product: Digital Camera
  • Model/name: PowerShot SX50 HS
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English, Dutch, Spanish

Table of Contents

Page: 0
Camera User Guide
•	 Make sure you read this guide, including the “Safety
Precautions” section, before using the camera.
•	 Reading this guide will help you learn to use the camera
properly.
•	 Store this guide safely so that you can use it in the future.
ENGLISH
COPY
Page: 1
2
Package Contents
Before use, make sure the following items are included in the package.
If anything is missing, contact your camera dealer.
Camera
Battery Pack
NB-10L
(with terminal cover)
Battery Charger
CB-2LC/CB-2LCE
Neck Strap
NS-DC11
Lens Cap
(with cord)
DIGITAL CAMERA
Solution Disk*
(CD-ROM)
Getting Started
Warranty Card
*	Contains software and PDF manuals (= 
28).
•	 A memory card is not included (see below).
Compatible Memory Cards
The following memory cards (sold separately) can be used, regardless of capacity.
•	 SD memory cards*
•	 SDHC memory cards*
•	 SDXC memory cards*
•	 Eye-Fi cards
*	Conforms to SD specifications. However, not all memory cards have been verified to
work with the camera.
About Eye-Fi Cards
This product is not guaranteed to support Eye-Fi card functions (including
wireless transfer). In case of an issue with an Eye-Fi card, please check
with the card manufacturer.
Also note that an approval is required to use Eye-Fi cards in many countries
or regions. Without approval, use of the card is not permitted. If it is unclear
whether the card has been approved for use in the area, please check with
the card manufacturer.
COPY
Page: 2
3
Preliminary Notes and Legal Information
•	 Take and review some test shots initially to make sure the images were
recorded correctly. Please note that Canon Inc., its subsidiaries and
affiliates, and its distributors are not liable for any consequential damages
arising from any malfunction of a camera or accessory, including memory
cards, that results in the failure of an image to be recorded or to be
recorded in a way that is machine readable.
•	 Images recorded by the camera are intended for personal use. Refrain
from unauthorized recording that infringes on copyright law, and note that
even for personal use, photography may contravene copyright or other
legal rights at some performances or exhibitions, or in some commercial
settings.
•	 The camera warranty is valid only in the area of purchase. In case of
camera problems while abroad, return to the area of purchase before
contacting a Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
•	 Although the LCD monitor and viewfinder are produced under extremely
high-precision manufacturing conditions and more than 99.99% of the
pixels meet design specifications, in rare cases some pixels may be
defective or may appear as red or black dots. This does not indicate
camera damage or affect recorded images.
•	 The LCD monitor may be covered with a thin plastic film for protection
against scratches during shipment. If covered, remove the film before
using the camera.
•	 When the camera is used over an extended period, it may become warm.
This does not indicate damage.
Organization of Camera User Guide
The following guides are included, each used for different purposes.
Basic Guide (= 
13)
•	 Gives basic instructions, from initial preparations to shooting, playback,
and saving on a computer
Advanced Guide (= 
37)
•	 Practical guide that introduces other camera basics and describes
shooting and playback options
COPY
Page: 3
4
Part Names and Conventions in This Guide
	 Zoom lever
	 Shooting: 
<i (telephoto)> / 	
<j (wide angle)>
	 Playback: 
<k (magnify)> / 	
<g (index)>
	 Shutter button
	 Strap mount
	 Mode dial
	 Flash
	 Hot shoe
	 Microphone
	 <h (Flash)> button
	 Speaker
	 Lamp
	 < (Framing Assist – Lock)>
button
	 Focal length markings (approx.)
	 Lens
	 Lens hood/filter adapter mount
	 < (Framing Assist – Seek)>
button
	 Tripod socket
	 Lock release switch
	 Memory card/battery cover
	 DC coupler cable port
•	 In this guide, icons are used to represent the corresponding camera
buttons and dials on which they appear or which they resemble.
•	 The following camera buttons and controls are represented by icons.
	 <q>	 Left button on back
	<o>	 Up button on back
	 <r>	 Right button on back
	
<p>	 Down button on back
	
<5>	 
Control dial on back
•	 Shooting modes and on-screen icons and text are indicated in brackets.
•	 : Important information you should know
•	 : Notes and tips for expert camera use
•	 =xx: Pages with related information (in this example, “xx” represents a
page number)
•	 Instructions in this guide apply to the camera under default settings.
COPY
Page: 4
5
Part Names and Conventions in This Guide
	 Screen (LCD monitor)
	 < (Shortcut)> / <c (Direct
print)> button
	 Diopter adjustment dial
	 Viewfinder
	 <1 (Playback)> button
	 Indicator
	 Power button
	 Movie button
	 Remote terminal
	 < (AF Frame Selector)> / 	
<a (Single image erase)> button
	 AV OUT (Audio/video output) /
DIGITAL terminal
	 HDMITM
terminal
	 <n> button
	 <l (Display)> button
	 <e (Macro)> / <f (Manual
focus)> / Left button
	 <b (Exposure compensation)> /
< (Filter image display)> / Up
button
	 < (Self-timer)> / Right button
	 FUNC./SET button
	 < > / Down button
	 Control dial
z
z Turning the control dial is one way to
choose setting items, switch images, and
perform other operations. Most of these
operations are also possible with the
<o><p><q><r> buttons.
•	 For convenience, all supported memory cards are simply referred to as
“the memory card”.
•	 The tabs shown above titles indicate whether the function is used for still
images, movies, or both.
Still Images :	 
Indicates that the function is used when shooting or
viewing still images.
Movies :	 
Indicates that the function is used when shooting or
viewing movies.
COPY
Page: 5
6
Table of Contents
Package Contents..........................2
Compatible Memory Cards.............2
Preliminary Notes and Legal
Information......................................3
Organization of Camera User 	
Guide..............................................3
Part Names and Conventions in 	
This Guide......................................4
Table of Contents............................6
Contents: Basic Operations............8
Safety Precautions.
.......................10
Basic Guide..................... 13
Initial Preparations........................14
Trying the Camera Out.................22
Included Software, PDF 	
Manuals........................................28
Accessories..................................35
Advanced Guide.............. 37
1	 Camera Basics.
.....................37
On/Off...........................................38
Shutter Button...............................39
Viewfinder.....................................40
Shooting Modes............................40
FUNC. Menu.................................41
MENU Menu.................................42
Shooting Display Options.............43
Indicator Display...........................44
Clock.............................................44
2	 Smart Auto Mode.
.................45
Shooting (Smart Auto)..................46
Common, Convenient Features....55
Using Face ID...............................63
Image Customization Features.....73
Helpful Shooting Features............79
Customizing Camera 	
Operation......................................82
3	 Other Shooting Modes.........85
Auto Clip Recording 	
(Movie Digest).
..............................86
Moving Subjects (Sports).
.............87
Specific Scenes............................89
Image Effects (Creative Filters)....92
Special Modes for Other 	
Purposes.
....................................102
Shooting Various Movies............108
4	 P Mode.
................................113
Shooting in Program AE Mode 	
(<P> Mode).................................114
Image Brightness 	
(Exposure Compensation)..........115
Color and Continuous 	
Shooting.
.....................................122
Shooting Range and 	
Focusing.....................................129
Flash...........................................142
Shooting RAW Images.
...............146
Other Settings.............................147
5	 Tv, Av, M, C1, and C2 	
Mode....................................149
Specific Shutter Speeds 	
(<Tv> Mode)...............................150
Specific Aperture Values 	
(<Av> Mode)...............................151
Specific Shutter Speeds and
Aperture Values (<M> Mode).
.....152
COPY
Page: 6
7
Table of Contents
Customization for Shooting 	
Styles..........................................154
6	 Playback Mode...................159
Viewing.......................................160
Browsing and Filtering 	
Images........................................166
Editing Face ID Information........171
Image Viewing Options...............172
Protecting Images.......................175
Erasing Images...........................179
Rotating Images.
.........................182
Image Categories.......................184
Editing Still Images.....................188
Editing Movies............................194
7	 Setting Menu.......................197
Adjusting Basic Camera 	
Functions....................................198
8	 Accessories........................213
Tips on Using Included 	
Accessories................................214
Optional Accessories..................215
Using Optional Accessories........218
Printing Images...........................231
Using an Eye-Fi Card.................245
9	 Appendix.............................247
Troubleshooting..........................248
On-Screen Messages.................252
On-Screen Information...............255
Handling Precautions.
.................259
Functions and Menu Tables........260
Specifications.
.............................274
Index...........................................278
COPY
Page: 7
8
Contents: Basic Operations
	4	 Shoot
z
z Use camera-determined settings (Auto Mode)..................................... 46
Shooting people well
I
Portraits
(= 
89)
P
Against Snow
(= 
90)
Smooth Skin
(= 
91)
Matching specific scenes
Sports
(= 
87)
Night Scenes
(= 
89)
t
Fireworks
(= 
90)
Applying special effects
Vivid Colors
(= 
92)
Poster Effect
(= 
92)
Fish-Eye Effect
(= 
94)
Miniature Effect
(= 
95)
Toy Camera Effect
(= 
96)
Soft Focus
(= 
97)
Monochrome
(= 
98)
z
z Focus on faces.
............................................................... 46, 89, 133, 139
z
z Without using the flash (Flash Off).
....................................................... 47
z
z With myself in the shot (Self-Timer).............................................. 58, 104
z
z Add a date stamp.................................................................................. 61
COPY
Page: 8
9
Contents: Basic Operations
z
z Use Face ID.................................................................................. 63, 163
z
z Movie clips and photos together (Movie Digest)................................... 86
	1	 View
z
z View images (Playback Mode).
........................................................... 160
z
z Automatic playback (Slideshow)......................................................... 173
z
z On a TV.
.............................................................................................. 218
z
z On a computer...................................................................................... 29
z
z Browse through images quickly.......................................................... 166
z
z Erase images...................................................................................... 179
	E	 Shoot/View Movies
z
z Shoot movies................................................................................ 46, 108
z
z View movies (Playback Mode)............................................................ 160
z
z Fast-moving subjects, slow-motion playback.
......................................111
	c	 Print
z
z Print pictures....................................................................................... 231
	 	 Save
z
z Save images to a computer.................................................................. 32
COPY
Page: 9
10
Safety Precautions
•	 Before using the product, please ensure that you read the safety precautions
described below. Always ensure that the product is used correctly.
•	The safety precautions noted on the following pages are intended to
prevent injuries to yourself and other persons, or damage to the equipment.
•	Be sure to also check the guides included with any separately sold
accessories you use.
Warning Denotes the possibility of serious injury or death.
•	Do not trigger the flash in close proximity to people’s eyes.
Exposure to the intense light produced by the flash could damage eyesight. In
particular, remain at least 1 meter (39 inches) away from infants when using the flash.
•	Store this equipment out of the reach of children and infants.
Strap: Putting the strap around a child’s neck could result in asphyxiation.
•	Use only recommended power sources.
•	Do not attempt to disassemble, alter or apply heat to the product.
•	Avoid dropping or subjecting the product to severe impacts.
•	To avoid the risk of injury, do not touch the interior of the product if
it has been dropped or otherwise damaged.
•	Stop using the product immediately if it emits smoke, a strange
smell, or otherwise behaves abnormally.
•	Do not use organic solvents such as alcohol, benzine, or thinner to
clean the product.
•	Do not let the product come into contact with water (e.g. sea water)
or other liquids.
•	Do not allow liquids or foreign objects to enter the camera.
This could result in electrical shock or fire.
If liquids or foreign objects come into contact with the camera interior,
immediately turn the camera off and remove the battery.
If the battery charger becomes wet, unplug it from the outlet and consult
your camera distributor or a Canon Customer Support Help Desk.
•	Do not look through the viewfinder at bright light sources (such as
the sun on a clear day).
This could damage your eyesight.
•	Use only the recommended battery.
•	Do not place the battery near or in direct flame.
•	Unplug the power cord periodically, and using a dry cloth, wipe away
any dust and dirt that has collected on the plug, the exterior of the
power outlet, and the surrounding area.
•	Do not handle the power cord with wet hands.
COPY
Page: 10
11
Safety Precautions
•	Do not use the equipment in a manner that exceeds the rated capacity
of the electrical outlet or wiring accessories. Do not use if the power
cord or plug are damaged, or not fully plugged into the outlet.
•	Do not allow dirt or metal objects (such as pins or keys) to contact
the terminals or plug.
The battery may explode or leak, resulting in electrical shock or fire. This could cause
injury and damage the surroundings. In the event that a battery leaks and the battery
electrolyte contacts eyes, mouth, skin or clothing, immediately flush with water.
•	Turn the camera off in places where camera use is prohibited.
The electromagnetic waves emitted by the camera may interfere with the
operation of electronic instruments and other devices. Exercise adequate
caution when using the camera in places where use of electronic devices is
restricted, such as inside airplanes and medical facilities.
•	Do not play the supplied CD-ROM(s) in any CD player that does not
support data CD-ROMs.
It is possible to suffer hearing loss from listening with headphones to the
loud sounds of a CD-ROM played on an audio CD player (music player).
Additionally, this could damage the speakers.
Caution Denotes the possibility of injury.
•	 When holding the camera by the strap, be careful not to bang it, subject
it to strong impacts or shocks, or let it get caught on other objects.
•	Be careful not to bump or push strongly on the lens.
This could lead to injury or damage the camera.
•	Be careful not to subject the screen to strong impacts.
If the screen cracks, injury may result from the broken fragments.
•	 When using the flash, be careful not to cover it with your fingers or clothing.
This could result in burns or damage to the flash.
•	Avoid using, placing or storing the product in the following places:
-	Places subject to strong sunlight
-	Places subject to temperatures above 40 °C (104 °F)
-	Humid or dusty areas
These could cause leakage, overheating or an explosion of the battery,
resulting in electrical shock, fire, burns or other injuries.
High temperatures may cause deformation of the camera or battery charger casing.
•	The slideshow transition effects may cause discomfort when viewed
for prolonged periods.
COPY
Page: 11
12
Safety Precautions
•	 When using the separately sold lens filters, be sure to attach them firmly.
If the lens becomes loose and falls off, it may crack, and the shards of glass
may lead to cuts.
Caution Denotes the possibility of damage to the equipment.
•	 Do not aim the camera at bright light sources (such as the sun on a clear day).
Doing so may damage the image sensor.
•	When using the camera on a beach or at a windy location, be careful
not to allow dust or sand to enter the camera.
This may cause the product to malfunction.
•	In regular use, small amounts of smoke may be emitted from the flash.
This is due to the high intensity of the flash burning dust and foreign materials
stuck to the front of the unit. Please use a cotton swab to remove dirt, dust or other
foreign matter from the flash to prevent heat build-up and damage to the unit.
•	Remove and store the battery when you are not using the camera.
If the battery is left inside the camera, damage caused by leakage may occur.
•	 Before you discard the battery, cover the terminals with tape or other insulators.
Contacting other metal materials may lead to fire or explosions.
•	Unplug the battery charger from the power outlet after charging is
complete, or when you are not using it.
•	Do not place anything, such as cloth, on top of the battery charger
while it is charging.
Leaving the unit plugged in for a long period of time may cause it to
overheat and distort, resulting in fire.
•	Do not place the battery near pets.
Pets biting the battery could cause leakage, overheating or explosion,
resulting in fire or damage.
•	When putting the camera in your bag, close the screen to face inward
to ensure that hard objects do not come into contact with the screen.
•	Do not attach any hard objects to the camera.
Doing so may cause malfunctions or damage the screen.
COPY
Page: 12
13
Basic Guide
Gives basic instructions, from initial
preparations to shooting, playback, and
saving on a computer
COPY
Page: 13
14
Initial Preparations
Prepare for shooting as follows.
Attaching Accessories
1	 Attach the strap.
z
z Attach the included strap to the camera
as shown.
z
z On the other side of the camera, attach
the strap the same way.
2	 Attach the lens cap to the strap.
z
z Remove the lens cap from the camera
and attach the lens cap cord to the strap.
z
z Always remove the lens cap before
turning the camera on. Try clipping the
lens cap to the neck strap when the cap
is not in use.
z
z Keep the lens cap on the lens when the
camera is not in use.
Holding the Camera
z
z Place the strap around your neck.
z
z When shooting, keep your arms close to
your body and hold the camera securely
to prevent it from moving. If you have
raised the flash, do not rest your fingers
on it.
COPY
Page: 14
15
Initial Preparations
Charging the Battery
Before use, charge the battery with the included charger. Be sure to charge
the battery initially, because the camera is not sold with the battery charged.
1	 Remove the battery cover and
insert the battery in the charger.
z
z Remove the cover from the battery, align
the ▲ marks on the battery and charger,
and insert the battery by pushing it in ( )
and down ( ).
CB-2LC
CB-2LCE
2	 Charge the battery.
z
z CB-2LC: Flip out the plug ( ) and plug
the charger into a power outlet ( ).
z
z CB-2LCE: Plug the power cord into the
charger, then plug the other end into a
power outlet.
X
X The charging lamp turns orange and
charging begins.
X
X When the charging is finished, the lamp
turns green.
3	 Remove the battery.
z
z After unplugging the battery charger,
remove the battery by pushing it in ( )
and up ( ).
•	To protect the battery and keep it in optimal condition, do not
charge it continuously for more than 24 hours.
•	For battery chargers that use a power cord, do not attach
the charger or cord to other objects. Doing so could result in
malfunction or damage to the product.
•	 For details on charging time and the number of shots and recording time
possible with a fully charged battery, see “Specifications” (= 274).
COPY
Page: 15
16
Initial Preparations
Inserting the Battery and Memory Card
Insert the included battery and a memory card (sold separately).
Note that before using a new memory card (or a memory card formatted
in another device), you should format the memory card with this camera
(= 
203).
1	 Check the card’s write-protect
tab.
z
z Recording is not possible on memory
cards with a write-protect tab when the
tab is in the locked (downward) position.
Slide the tab up until it clicks into the
unlocked position.
2	 Open the cover.
z
z Slide the switch ( ) and open the cover
( ).
Terminals Battery
Lock
3	 Insert the battery.
z
z While pressing the battery lock in the
direction of the arrow, insert the battery
as shown and push it in until it clicks into
the locked position.
z
z If you insert the battery facing the wrong
way, it cannot be locked into the correct
position. Always confirm that the battery
is facing the right way and locks when
inserted.
COPY
Page: 16
17
Initial Preparations
Label
4	 Insert the memory card.
z
z Insert the memory card facing as shown
until it clicks into the locked position.
z
z Make sure the memory card is facing the
right way when you insert it. Inserting
memory cards facing the wrong way may
damage the camera.
5	 Close the cover.
z
z Lower the cover in the direction of the
arrow and press it until it clicks into the
closed position.
•	 For guidelines on how many shots or hours of recording can be saved on
one memory card, see “Specifications” (= 274).
Removing the Battery and Memory Card
Remove the battery.
z
z Open the cover and press the battery
lock in the direction of the arrow.
X
X The battery will pop up.
Remove the memory card.
z
z Push the memory card in until it clicks,
and then slowly release it.
X
X The memory card will pop up.
COPY
Page: 17
18
Initial Preparations
Using the Screen
Prepare the screen for use.
z
z Open the screen ( ) and rotate it toward
the lens 180° ( ).
z
z Close the screen in this orientation ( ).
•	The screen can only open to approximately 175° in direction . Be
careful not to open the screen any further than this, as it will damage
the camera.
Adjusting the Screen Angle and Orientation
z
z You can adjust the angle and orientation
of the screen as needed, to suit shooting
conditions.
z
z To protect the screen when the camera
is not in use, always keep it closed and
facing the camera body.
•	 Open the screen to activate it when the camera is on. This will deactivate the
viewfinder. Similarly, close the screen (facing the camera body) to deactivate
it and activate the viewfinder.
•	 When including yourself in shots, you can view a mirror image of yourself by
rotating the screen around toward the front of the camera. To cancel reverse
display, press the <n> button, choose [Reverse Disp.] on the [4] tab,
and press the <q><r> buttons to choose [Off].
COPY
Page: 18
19
Initial Preparations
Setting the Date and Time
Set the current date and time correctly as follows if the [Date/Time] screen
is displayed when you turn the camera on. Information you specify this way
is recorded in image properties when you shoot, and it is used when you
manage images by shooting date or print images showing the date.
You can also add a date stamp to shots, if you wish (= 
61).
1	 Turn the camera on.
z
z Press the power button.
X
X The [Date/Time] screen is displayed.
2	 Set the date and time.
z
z Press the <q><r> buttons to choose an
option.
z
z Press the <o><p> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to specify the date and time.
z
z When finished, press the <m> button.
3	 Set the home time zone.
z
z Press the <q><r> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to choose your home time
zone.
4	 Finish the setup process.
z
z Press the <m> button when finished.
After a confirmation message, the setting
screen is no longer displayed.
z
z To turn off the camera, press the power button.
COPY
Page: 19
20
Initial Preparations
•	Unless you set the date, time, and home time zone, the [Date/
Time] screen will be displayed each time you turn the camera on.
Specify the correct information.
•	 To set daylight saving time (1 hour ahead), choose [ ] in step 2 and then
choose [ ] by pressing the <o><p> buttons or turning the <5> dial.
Changing the Date and Time
Adjust the date and time as follows.
1	 Access the camera menu.
z
z Press the <n> button.
2	 Choose [Date/Time].
z
z Move the zoom lever to choose the [3]
tab.
z
z Press the <o><p> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to choose [Date/Time], and
then press the <m> button.
3	 Change the date and time.
z
z Follow step 2 on = 
19 to adjust the
settings.
z
z Press the <n> button to close the
menu.
•	 Date/time settings can be retained for about 3 weeks by the camera’s built-in
date/time battery (backup battery) after the battery pack is removed.
•	 The date/time battery will be charged in about 4 hours once you insert a
charged battery or connect the camera to an AC adapter kit (sold separately,
= 
215), even if the camera is left off.
•	 Once the date/time battery is depleted, the [Date/Time] screen will be
displayed when you turn the camera on. Follow the steps on = 
19 to set
the date and time.
COPY
Page: 20
21
Initial Preparations
Display Language
Change the display language as needed.
1	 Enter Playback mode.
z
z Press the <1> button.
2	 Access the setting screen.
z
z Press and hold the <m> button, and
then immediately press the <n>
button.
3	 Set the display language.
z
z Press the <o><p><q><r> buttons or
turn the <5> dial to choose a language,
and then press the <m> button.
X
X Once the display language has been set,
the setting screen is no longer displayed.
•	 The current time is displayed if you wait too long in step 2 after pressing the
<m> button before you press the <n> button. In this case, press the
<m> button to dismiss the time display and repeat step 2.
•	 You can also change the display language by pressing the <n> button
and choosing [Language ] on the [3] tab.
COPY
Page: 21
22
Still Images Movies
Trying the Camera Out
Follow these instructions to turn the camera on, shoot still images or
movies, and then view them.
Shooting (Smart Auto)
For fully automatic selection of the optimal settings for specific scenes,
simply let the camera determine the subject and shooting conditions.
1	 Turn the camera on.
z
z Press the power button.
X
X The startup screen is displayed.
2	 Enter <A> mode.
z
z Set the mode dial to <A>.
z
z Aim the camera at the subject. The
camera will make a slight clicking noise
as it determines the scene.
X
X Icons representing the scene and image
stabilization mode are displayed in the
upper right of the screen.
X
X Frames displayed around any detected
subjects indicate that they are in focus.
3	 Compose the shot.
z
z To zoom in and enlarge the subject, move
the zoom lever toward <i> (telephoto),
and to zoom away from the subject, move
it toward <j> (wide angle).
COPY
Page: 22
23
Trying the Camera Out
4	 Shoot.
Shooting Still Images
Focus.
z
z Press the shutter button lightly, halfway
down. The camera beeps twice after
focusing, and green frames are displayed
to indicate image areas in focus.
z
z If [Raise the flash] is displayed, lift the
flash with your finger to prepare it for use.
If you prefer not to use the flash, push it
down with your finger, into the camera.
Shoot.
z
z Press the shutter button all the way
down.
X
X As the camera shoots, a shutter sound
is played, and in low-light conditions
when you have raised the flash, it fires
automatically.
z
z Keep the camera still until the shutter
sound ends.
X
X Your shot is only displayed until the
camera is ready to shoot again.
COPY
Page: 23
24
Trying the Camera Out
Elapsed Time
Shooting Movies
Start shooting.
z
z Press the movie button. The camera
beeps once as recording begins, and 	
[ Rec] is displayed with the elapsed time.
X
X Black bars are displayed on the top and
bottom edges of the screen, and the
subject is slightly enlarged. The black
bars indicate image areas not recorded.
X
X Frames displayed around any detected
faces indicate that they are in focus.
z
z Once recording begins, you can take your
finger off the movie button.
Finish shooting.
z
z Press the movie button again to stop
shooting. The camera beeps twice as
recording stops.
COPY
Page: 24
25
Trying the Camera Out
Viewing
After shooting images or movies, you can view them on the screen as
follows.
1	 Enter Playback mode.
z
z Press the <1> button.
X
X Your last shot is displayed.
2	 Browse through your images.
z
z To view the previous image, press
the <q> button or turn the <5> dial
counterclockwise. To view the next
image, press the <r> button or turn the
<5> dial clockwise.
z
z Press and hold the <q><r> buttons to
browse through images quickly.
z
z To access Scroll Display mode, turn the
<5> dial rapidly. In this mode, turn the
<5> dial to browse through images.
z
z To return to single-image display, press
the <m> button.
z
z Movies are identified by a [ ] icon. To
play movies, go to step 3.
COPY
Page: 25
26
Trying the Camera Out
Volume
3	 Play movies.
z
z Press the <m> button to access the
movie control panel, choose [ ] (either
press the <q><r> buttons or turn the
<5> dial), and then press the <m>
button again.
X
X Playback now begins, and after the movie
is finished, [ ] is displayed.
z
z To adjust the volume, press the <o><p>
buttons.
•	 To switch to Shooting mode from Playback mode, press the shutter button
halfway.
Erasing the Images
You can choose and erase unneeded images one by one. Be careful when
erasing images, because they cannot be recovered.
1	 Choose an image to erase.
z
z Press the <q><r> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to choose an image.
COPY
Page: 26
27
Trying the Camera Out
2	 Erase the image.
z
z Press the <a> button.
z
z After [Erase?] is displayed, press the
<q><r> buttons or turn the <5> dial to
choose [Erase], and then press the <m>
button.
X
X The current image is now erased.
z
z To cancel erasure, press the <q><r>
buttons or turn the <5> dial to choose
[Cancel], and then press the <m>
button.
•	 You can also erase all images at once (= 
179).
COPY
Page: 27
28
Included Software, PDF Manuals
The software and PDF manuals on the included DIGITAL CAMERA Solution
Disk (CD-ROM) (= 
2) are introduced below, with instructions for
installation, and saving images to a computer.
Software
After installing the software on the CD-ROM, you can do the following
things on your computer.
CameraWindow
z
z Import images and change camera settings
ImageBrowser EX
z
z Manage images: view, search, and organize
z
z Print and edit images
Digital Photo Professional
z
z Browse, process and edit RAW images
Auto Update Function
Using the included software, you can update to the latest version, and
download new functions via the Internet (some software excluded). Be sure
to install the software on a computer with an Internet connection so you can
use this function.
•	Internet access is required to use this function, and any ISP
account charges and access fees must be paid separately.
PDF Manuals
Camera User Guide
z
z Refer to this guide for a more in-depth understanding of camera
operation.
Software Guide
z
z Refer to this guide when using the included software. The guide can be
accessed from the help system of included software (some software
excluded).
COPY
Page: 28
29
Included Software, PDF Manuals
System Requirements
The included software can be used on the following computers. Adobe
Reader is required to view the PDF manuals.
Operating
System
Windows Macintosh
Windows 7 SP1
Windows Vista SP2
Windows XP SP3
Mac OS X 10.6 – 10.7
Computer
Computers running one of the above operating systems
(preinstalled), with an included USB port and Internet connection*
Processor
Still images: 1.6 GHz or higher,
Movies: Core 2 Duo 2.6 GHz
or higher
Still images: Mac OS X 10.7:
Core 2 Duo or higher,
Mac OS X 10.6: Core Duo 1.83
GHz or higher, Movies: Core 2
Duo 2.6 GHz or higher
RAM
Windows 7 (64 bit): 2 GB or
more
Windows 7 (32 bit), 	
Windows Vista (64 bit, 32 bit),
Windows XP:
1 GB or more (still images), 2 GB
or more (movies)
Mac OS X 10.7: 2 GB or more
Mac OS X 10.6: 1 GB or more
(still images), 2 GB or more
(movies)
Interfaces USB
Free Hard Disk
Space
640 MB or more* 750 MB or more
Display 1024 x 768 resolution or higher
*	Silverlight 4 or later (max. 100 MB) must be installed, and in Windows XP, Microsoft
.NET Framework 3.0 or later (max. 500 MB) must be installed. Installation may take
some time, depending on computer performance.
•	 Check the Canon website for the latest system requirements, including
supported OS versions.
COPY
Page: 29
30
Included Software, PDF Manuals
Installing the Software
Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 are used here for the sake of illustration.
Using the software auto update function, you can update to the latest
version and download new functions via the Internet (some software
excluded), so be sure to install the software on a computer with an Internet
connection.
What you will need:
z
z Computer
z
z USB cable (camera end: Mini-B)
z
z Included CD-ROM (DIGITAL CAMERA Solution Disk) (= 
2)
1	 Insert the CD-ROM in the
computer’s CD-ROM drive.
z
z Insert the included CD-ROM (DIGITAL
CAMERA Solution Disk) (= 
2) in the
computer’s CD-ROM drive.
z
z On a Macintosh computer, after inserting
the disc, double-click the desktop disc
icon to open it, and then double-click the 	
[ ] icon displayed.
2	 Begin the installation.
z
z Click [Easy Installation] and follow the
on-screen instructions to complete the
installation process.
COPY
Page: 30
31
Included Software, PDF Manuals
3	 When a message is displayed
prompting you to connect
the camera, connect it to a
computer.
z
z After ensuring that the camera is off,
open the cover ( ). Holding the smaller
plug of the USB cable in the orientation
shown, insert it fully into the camera
terminal ( ).
z
z Insert the larger plug of the USB cable
in the computer’s USB port. For details
about USB connections on the computer,
refer to the computer user manual.
4	 Install the files.
z
z Turn the camera on, and follow the
on-screen instructions to complete the
installation process.
X
X The software will connect to the Internet
to update to the latest version and
download new functions. Installation may
take some time, depending on computer
performance and the Internet connection.
z
z Click [Finish] or [Restart] on the screen
after installation and remove the CD-
ROM when the desktop is displayed.
z
z Turn the camera off and disconnect the
cable.
COPY
Page: 31
32
Included Software, PDF Manuals
•	 When not connected to the Internet, there are the following limitations.
-	The screen in step 3 will not be displayed.
-	Some functions may not be installed.
•	 The first time you connect the camera to the computer, drivers will be
installed, so it may take a few minutes until camera images are accessible.
•	 If you have several cameras that were bundled with ImageBrowser EX on
the included CD-ROMs, be sure to use each camera with their included CD-
ROM and follow the on-screen installation instructions for each. Doing so will
ensure that each camera will receive the correct updates and new functions
via the auto update function.
Saving Images to a Computer
Windows 7 and Mac OS X 10.6 are used here for the sake of illustration.
1	 Connect the camera to the
computer.
z
z Follow step 3 on = 
31 to connect the
camera to a computer.
2	 Turn the camera on to access
CameraWindow.
z
z Press the <1> button to turn the camera
on.
z
z On a Macintosh computer,
CameraWindow is displayed when a
connection is established between the
camera and computer.
z
z For Windows, follow the steps introduced
below.
z
z In the screen that displays, click the [ ]
link to modify the program.
COPY
Page: 32
33
Included Software, PDF Manuals
z
z Choose [Downloads Images From Canon
Camera using Canon CameraWindow]
and then click [OK].
z
z Double click [ ].
CameraWindow 3	 Save the images to the
computer.
z
z Click [Import Images from Camera], and
then click [Import Untransferred Images].
X
X Images are now saved to the Pictures
folder on the computer, in separate
folders named by date.
z
z After images are saved, close
CameraWindow, press the <1> button
to turn the camera off, and unplug the
cable.
z
z For instructions on viewing images on
a computer, refer to the Software Guide
(= 
28).
COPY
Page: 33
34
Included Software, PDF Manuals
•	 In Windows 7, if the screen in step 2 is not displayed, click the [ ] icon in
the taskbar.
•	 To start CameraWindow in Windows Vista or XP, click [Downloads Images
From Canon Camera using Canon CameraWindow] on the screen displayed
when you turn the camera on in step 2. If CameraWindow is not displayed,
click the [Start] menu and choose [All Programs] ► [Canon Utilities] ►
[CameraWindow] ► [CameraWindow].
•	 On a Macintosh computer, if CameraWindow is not displayed after step 2,
click the [CameraWindow] icon in the Dock (the bar at the bottom of the
desktop).
•	 Although you can save images to a computer simply by connecting your
camera to the computer without using the included software, the following
limitations apply.
-	It may take a few minutes after you connect the camera to the computer
until camera images are accessible.
-	Images shot in vertical orientation may be saved in horizontal orientation.
-	RAW images (or JPEG images recorded with RAW images) may not be
saved.
-	Image protection settings may be cleared from images saved to a
computer.
-	Some problems may occur when saving images or image information,
depending on the operating system version, the software in use, or image
file sizes.
-	Some functions provided by the included software may not be available,
such as editing movies or returning images to the camera.
Using the PDF Manuals
Camera User Guide
z
z Access this guide by double-clicking the desktop shortcut icon.
Software Guide
z
z The guide can be accessed from the help system of included software
(some software excluded).
•	 It may not be possible to install the PDF manuals on computers that do
not meet the system requirements (= 
29). However, you can view the
manuals on a computer that supports Adobe Reader by copying the PDF
files in the Readme folder on the CD-ROM directly to a convenient location
on the computer.
COPY
Page: 34
35
Accessories
Neck Strap
NS-DC11
Battery Pack
NB-10L*1
(with terminal cover)
Battery
Charger
CB-2LC/2LCE*1
Lens Cap
(with cord)
DIGITAL
CAMERA
Solution Disk
USB Cable (camera end: Mini-B)*2
HDMI Cable HTC-100
Stereo AV Cable
AVC-DC400ST
Memory Card Card Reader
Windows/
Macintosh
Computer
TV/Video
System
AC Adapter Kit
ACK-DC80
Speedlite*3
600EX-RT, 600EX, 580EX II,
430EX II, 320EX, 270EX II
Canon-brand Lens Filter
(67 mm dia.)*4
Lens Hood
LH-DC60
Remote Switch
RS-60E3
Included Accessories
Power
Flash Units
Lens Accessories Other Accessories
Canon PictBridge-
Compatible Printers
Cables
*1	Also available for purchase separately.
*2	A genuine Canon accessory is also available (Interface Cable IFC-400PCU).
*3	These accessories are also supported: Speedlite 580EX, 430EX, 270EX, and
220EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, and Speedlite Bracket SB-E2.
*4	Requires Filter Adapter FA-DC67A.
COPY
Page: 35
36
Accessories
Use of genuine Canon accessories is recommended.
This product is designed to achieve excellent performance when used with genuine
Canon accessories.
Canon shall not be liable for any damage to this product and/or accidents such as fire,
etc., caused by the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories (e.g., a leakage
and/or explosion of a battery pack). Please note that this warranty does not apply to
repairs arising out of the malfunction of non-genuine Canon accessories, although you
may request such repairs on a chargeable basis.
COPY
Page: 36
37
Camera Basics
Practical guide that introduces other camera basics and
describes shooting and playback options
1
Advanced Guide
COPY
Page: 37
38
On/Off
Shooting Mode
z
z Press the power button to turn the
camera on and prepare for shooting.
z
z To turn the camera off, press the power
button again.
Playback Mode
z
z Press the <1> button to turn the camera
on and view your shots.
z
z To turn the camera off, press the <1>
button again.
•	 To switch to Playback mode from Shooting mode, press the <1> button.
•	 To switch to Shooting mode from Playback mode, press the shutter button
halfway (= 
39).
•	 The lens will be retracted after about one minute once the camera is in
Playback mode. You can turn the camera off when the lens is retracted by
pressing the <1> button.
Power-Saving Features (Auto Power Down)
As a way to conserve battery power, the camera automatically deactivates
the screen (Display Off) and then turns itself off after a specific period of
inactivity.
Power Saving in Shooting Mode
The screen is automatically deactivated after about one minute of inactivity.
In about two more minutes, the lens is retracted and the camera turns itself
off. To activate the screen and prepare for shooting when the screen is off
but the lens is still out, press the shutter button halfway (= 
39).
Power Saving in Playback Mode
The camera turns itself off automatically after about five minutes of
inactivity.
•	 Adjust the timing of automatic camera and screen deactivation as needed
(= 
206).
•	 Power saving is not active while the camera is connected to a computer
(= 
32).
COPY
Page: 38
39
Shutter Button
To ensure your shots are in focus, always press the shutter button lightly
(halfway) initially. Once the subject is in focus, press the button all the way
down to shoot.
In this manual, shutter button operations are described as pressing the
button halfway or all the way down.
1	 Press halfway. (Press lightly to
focus.)
z
z Press the shutter button halfway. The
camera beeps twice, and AF frames are
displayed around image areas in focus.
2	 Press all the way down. (From
the halfway position, press fully
to shoot.)
X
X The camera shoots, as a shutter sound
is played.
z
z Keep the camera still until the shutter
sound ends.
•	Images may be out of focus if you shoot without initially pressing
the shutter button halfway.
•	Length of shutter sound playback varies depending on the time
required for the shot. It may take longer in some shooting scenes,
and images will be blurry if you move the camera (or the subject
moves) before the shutter sound ends.
COPY
Page: 39
40
Viewfinder
Adjust the viewfinder display for sharper images by adjusting the diopter, as
follows.
1	 Activate the viewfinder.
z
z Press the <l> button repeatedly until
the viewfinder goes on (= 
43).
2	 Adjust the diopter.
z
z As you look through the viewfinder, turn
the dial one way or the other so that
images look sharp.
Shooting Modes
Use the mode dial to access each shooting mode.
Movie Mode
For shooting movies
(= 
108).
You can also shoot
movies when the
mode dial is not
set to Movie mode,
simply by pressing
the movie button.
Auto Mode
Fully automatic
shooting, with camera-
determined settings
(= 
22, 46).
Scene Mode
Shoot with optimal settings for
specific scenes (= 
89).
Creative Filters Mode
Add a variety of effects
to images when shooting
(= 
92).
Movie Digest Mode
You can make a short movie of a
day just by shooting still images
(= 
86).
P, Tv, Av, M, C1, and C2 Modes
Take a variety of shots using your
preferred settings (= 
113, 149).
COPY
Page: 40
41
FUNC. Menu
Configure commonly used shooting functions through the FUNC. menu as
follows.
Note that menu items and options vary depending on the shooting mode
(= 
262 – 265).
1	 Access the FUNC. menu.
z
z Press the <m> button.
Menu Items
Options
2	 Choose a menu item.
z
z Press the <o><p> buttons to choose a
menu item.
X
X Available options are shown at the bottom
of the screen.
3	 Choose an option.
z
z Press the <q><r> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to choose an option.
z
z Options labeled with a [ ] icon can
be configured by pressing the <l>
button.
4	 Finish the setup process.
z
z Press the <m> button.
X
X The screen before you pressed the
<m> button in step 1 is displayed again,
showing the option you configured.
•	 To undo any accidental setting changes, you can restore the camera’s
default settings (= 
211).
COPY
Page: 41
42
MENU Menu
Configure a variety of camera functions through other menus as follows.
Menu items are grouped by purpose on tabs, such as shooting [4],
playback [1], and so on. Note that available settings vary depending on
the selected shooting or playback mode (= 
266 – 273).
1	 Access the menu.
z
z Press the <n> button.
2	 Choose a tab.
z
z Move the zoom lever to choose a tab.
z
z After you have pressed the <o><p>
buttons to choose a tab initially, you can
switch between tabs by pressing the
<q><r> buttons.
3	 Choose a setting.
z
z Press the <o><p> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to choose a setting.
z
z To choose settings with options not
shown, first press the <m> or <r>
button to switch screens, and then either
press the <o><p> buttons or turn the
<5> dial to select the setting.
z
z To return to the previous screen, press
the <n> button.
4	 Choose an option.
z
z Press the <q><r> buttons to choose an
option.
COPY
Page: 42
43
Shooting Display Options
5	 Finish the setup process.
z
z Press the <n> button to return to the
screen displayed before you pressed the
<n> button in step 1.
•	 To undo any accidental setting changes, you can restore the camera’s
default settings (= 
211).
Shooting Display Options
Press the <l> button to view other information on the screen, or to hide
the information. For details on the information displayed, see = 
255.
Open the screen to activate it when the camera is on. This will deactivate
the viewfinder. Similarly, close the screen (facing the camera body) to
deactivate it and activate the viewfinder (= 
18).
No information is displayed
LCD Monitor (Screen) Viewfinder
No information is
displayed
Information is displayed
Information is
displayed
•	 Screen brightness is automatically increased by the night display function
when you are shooting under low light, making it easier to check how shots
are composed. However, on-screen image brightness may not match the
brightness of your shots. Note that any on-screen image distortion or jerky
subject motion will not affect recorded images.
•	 For playback display options, see = 
162.
COPY
Page: 43
44
Indicator Display
The indicator on the back of the camera (= 
5) lights up or blinks
depending on the camera status.
Color
Indicator
Status
Camera Status
Green
On Camera on
Blinking Recording/reading/transmitting images
•	When the indicator blinks green, never turn the camera off, open
the memory card/battery cover, or shake or jolt the camera, which
may corrupt images or damage the camera or memory card.
Clock
You can check the current time.
z
z Press and hold the <m> button.
X
X The current time appears.
z
z If you hold the camera vertically while
using the clock function, it will switch
to vertical display. Press the <q><r>
buttons or turn the <5> dial to change
the display color.
z
z Press the <m> button again to cancel
the clock display.
•	 When the camera is off, press and hold the <m> button, then press the
power button to display the clock.
COPY
Page: 44
45
Smart Auto Mode
Convenient mode for easy shots with greater control
over shooting
2
COPY
Page: 45
46
Still Images Movies
Shooting (Smart Auto)
For fully automatic selection at optimal settings for specific scenes, simply
let the camera determine the subject and shooting conditions.
1	 Turn the camera on.
z
z Press the power button.
X
X The startup screen is displayed.
2	 Enter <A> mode.
z
z Set the mode dial to <A>.
z
z Aim the camera at the subject. The
camera will make a slight clicking noise
as it determines the scene.
X
X Icons representing the scene and image
stabilization mode are displayed in the
upper right of the screen (= 
51, 53).
X
X Frames displayed around any detected
subjects indicate that they are in focus.
Zoom Bar
Focus Range (approx.)
3	 Compose the shot.
z
z To zoom in and enlarge the subject, move
the zoom lever toward <i> (telephoto),
and to zoom away from the subject, move
it toward <j> (wide angle). (A zoom bar
showing the zoom position is displayed.)
z
z To zoom in or out quickly, move the zoom
lever all the way toward <i> (telephoto)
or <j> (wide angle), and to zoom in
or out slowly, move it just a little in the
desired direction.
COPY
Page: 46
47
Shooting (Smart Auto)
4	 Shoot.
Shooting Still Images
Focus.
z
z Press the shutter button halfway. The
camera beeps twice after focusing, and
green frames are displayed to indicate
image areas in focus.
X
X Several green frames are displayed when
multiple areas are in focus.
z
z If [Raise the flash] is displayed, lift the
flash with your finger to prepare it for use.
If you prefer not to use the flash, push it
down with your finger, into the camera.
Shoot.
z
z Press the shutter button all the way
down.
X
X As the camera shoots, a shutter sound
is played, and in low-light conditions
when you have raised the flash, it fires
automatically.
z
z Keep the camera still until the shutter
sound ends.
X
X Your shot is only displayed until the
camera is ready to shoot again.
COPY
Page: 47
48
Shooting (Smart Auto)
Elapsed Time
Shooting Movies
Start shooting.
z
z Press the movie button. The camera
beeps once as recording begins, and
[ Rec] is displayed with the elapsed time.
X
X Black bars are displayed on the top and
bottom edges of the screen, and the
subject is slightly enlarged. The black
bars indicate image areas not recorded.
X
X Frames displayed around any detected
faces indicate that they are in focus.
z
z Once recording begins, you can take your
finger off the movie button.

Resize the subject and
recompose the shot as needed.
z
z To resize the subject, do the same thing
as in step 3 on = 
46. 	
However, note that the sound of camera
operations will be recorded, and movies
shot at zoom factors shown in blue will
look grainy.
z
z When you recompose shots, the
focus, brightness, and colors will be
automatically adjusted.
Finish shooting.
z
z Press the movie button again to stop
shooting. The camera beeps twice as
recording stops.
z
z Recording will stop automatically when
the memory card becomes full.
COPY
Page: 48
49
Shooting (Smart Auto)
Still Images/Movies
•	To activate the screen when the camera is on but the screen is
blank (when display is set to the viewfinder), press the <l>
button repeatedly.
•	To restore camera sound if you have accidentally deactivated it
(by holding the <l> button down while turning the camera on),
press the <n> button and choose [Mute] on the [3] tab, and
then press the <q><r> buttons to choose [Off].
Still Images
•	A flashing [ ] icon warns that images are more likely to be blurred
by camera shake. In this case, mount the camera on a tripod or
take other measures to keep it still.
•	If your shots are dark despite the flash firing, move closer to
the subject. For details on the flash range, see “Specifications”
(= 274).
•	The subject may be too close if the camera only beeps once when
you press the shutter button halfway. For details on the focusing
range (shooting range), see “Specifications” (= 274).
•	To reduce red-eye and to assist in focusing, the lamp may be
activated when shooting in low-light conditions.
•	A blinking [h] icon displayed when you attempt to shoot indicates
that shooting is not possible until the flash has finished recharging.
Shooting can resume as soon as the flash is ready, so either press
the shutter button all the way down and wait, or release it and
press it again.
•	The shutter sound will not be played when the Sleeping and
Babies (Sleeping) icons (= 
51) are displayed.
•	 The flash firing during shots indicates that the camera has automatically
attempted to ensure optimal colors in the main subject and background
(Multi-area White Balance).
COPY
Page: 49
50
Shooting (Smart Auto)
Movies
Microphone
•	Before shooting a movie, lower the
flash with your finger. Be careful not to
touch the microphone when shooting
a movie. Leaving the flash raised, or
blocking the microphone may prevent
audio from being recorded or may
cause the recording to sound muffled.
•	Avoid touching camera controls other than the movie button when
shooting movies, because sounds made by the camera will be
recorded.
•	Once movie recording begins, a smaller image display area (field
of view) is shown, with the subject enlarged. This change is due
to rotational image stabilization. To shoot subjects at the same
size shown before shooting, adjust the image stabilization setting
(= 
148).
•	To correct suboptimal image color that may occur in [ ] movie
shooting (= 
77) after you recompose shots, press the movie
button to stop recording, and then press it again to resume
recording.
•	 Audio is recorded in stereo.
COPY

Question & answers

There are no questions about the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS yet.

Ask a question about the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Have a question about the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS but cannot find the answer in the user manual? Perhaps the users of ManualsCat.com can help you answer your question. By filling in the form below, your question will appear below the manual of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Please make sure that you describe your difficulty with the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS as precisely as you can. The more precies your question is, the higher the chances of quickly receiving an answer from another user. You will automatically be sent an e-mail to inform you when someone has reacted to your question.