Ten Point-and-Shoot Cameras That Are Better Than Your Smart Phone

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Canon PowerShot SX50 HS Superzoom Camera

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS 50x Superzoom Camera

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is what’s commonly called a superzoom or bridge camera. When you look at everything it does, it isn’t even fair to call it a point-and-shoot – and you’re never going to stuff it in the pocket of your jeans. On the other hand, you’d normally have to spend thousands of dollars and carry a trunk of gear around to get the kind of performance the SX50 HS offers – namely, a 50x 24-1200mm (equivalent) optical zoom lens with image stabilization. This is the camera you want when you’re going to a professional sports event or on an African photo safari. Even professional wildlife and motorsports photographers will be jealous of the reach you have with the SX50 HS.

Why is it better than a Smart Phone?
Ever tried to take decent wildlife, concert or stadium sports photos with a camera phone? You know how well that works. The SX50 HS’s 50x 1200mm image-stabilized optical zoom lets you take pictures you couldn’t even get with a monster telephoto DSLR lens – let alone that pinky fingernail-sized non-zoom on your Smart Phone.

Learn More About the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS >>

  • MSRP: $429
  • 12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
  • 50x 24-1200mm f/3.4-6.5 (equivalent) optical zoom
  • 1920 x 1080 full HD video at 24 FPS
  • Sensitivity: ISO 80 to 6400
  • Electronic eye-level viewfinder
  • 2.8-inch 461k-dot tilt-swivel LCD display
  • Shooting modes: PASM manual exposure modes with Smart Auto and scene modes
  • 13 FPS high-speed burst (10 frame limit)

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About the author: Photo-John

Photo-John, a.k.a. John Shafer, is the managing editor of PhotographyREVIEW.com and has been since the site launched back in 1999. He's an avid outdoor enthusiast and spends as much time as possible on his mountain bike, hiking or skiing in the mountains. He's been taking pictures for ever and ever, and never goes anywhere without a camera.

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  • James Felbab says:

    Apprarently you missed this.


    For the majority of photographs taken every day, the cameras are way more advanced than the photographers. It’s really not all about the latest and best gear. What it’s really about is whats behind the gear. That could/should be your next article,IMO. Something like “How the top 10 photographers can use a smartphone to create stunning photos.” Or, “Top ten tips to make you a better photographer.” Good photographers don’t come out of a shrink wrapped box and never will. Photography is a skill and you can’t buy that skill with the latest and greatest $$$ camera. And, yes, the best camera is the one you have with you. I don’t carry around my cameras and lenses wherever I go but I do have my phone with me at all times. I’m not inclined to carry my P&S cameras as well as a phone so if/when the need arises the phone does an admirable job of capturing the moment.

    I read that the top selling camera in the world is the smartphone. Nothing else even comes close. That being the case, why not work on helping these smartphone users become better photographers. Once they realize the smartphones limitations they might be inclined to move up to a more advanced camera but it is not all about gear.

    Here are four points that are irrefutable.
    A poor photographer with a poor camera = a poor photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a poor photo.
    A great photographer with a poor camera = a great photo.
    A poor photographer with a great camera = a great photo.

  • James Felbab says:

    That last point should have read… A great photographer with a great camera – a great photo.

  • susanne says:

    need advice: my husband has recently retired &, shall we say, not retiring well. Many years ago, he was an excellent semi-pro photographer. I’d like to find a good digital camera to get him interested in life again. We are an a very limited income (SS only). Any suggestions where I could start?

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