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Canon Xeed SX 50

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 reviews of Canon Xeed SX 50. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People are impressed by the design and usability. Many are less positive about the size and noise.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Canon Xeed SX 50 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 81/100 = Very good quality.

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Expert review by : Mike Lowe (

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS pictures and hands-on - Pocket-lint


Superzooms are all the rage at the moment, so when Canon lifted the lid on the world's first 50x optical zoom all-in-one bridge camera, we have to admit

Sep, 2012

TIPA Award!

Expert review by : TIPA (

Best D-Photo Projector: Canon XEED SX50


The new Canon XEED SX50 is an affordable and portable projector equipped with the latest LCOS projection-panels.

Apr, 2005

Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

Canon USA Canon Realis SX50 Projector


The 8.6-pound Canon Realis SX50 ($4999 as of January 11, 2006) is the only projector of the 16 we tested for our April 2006 issue's roundup that uses liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) technology--a hybrid of DLP and LCD systems. As such, the SX50...

Displayed accurate colors and details ; Good for fixed-installation environments

Resolution not supported by all laptops

The full-size remote works well. It provides remote mouse control, a pointer, and dedicated buttons for changing the picture mode and using the pointer function. Cables bundled with this unit include USB, computer (DVI-VGA), and component video...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by : Richard Jantz (

Canon Realis SX50 LCOS Projector (1400x1050, 2500 Lumens, 1000:1, HDTV Compatible)


Photograph: Rick Rizner, Chris Manners

Displayed accurate colors and details ; Good for fixed-installation environments

Resolution not supported by all laptops

This pricey LCoS projector excels at bright, colorful graphics, but sharp text requires a SXGA+ resolution source.

Feb, 2006

Editor's Choice!

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Canon Realis SX50


A big part of what makes the Realis SX50 ($5,000 street) worth noticing is that it's built around LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology. If you haven't heard of LCoS, it's because there haven't been many LCoS projectors to hear about. With the...

LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology sidesteps common problems of both DLP and LCD projectors. Bright image. Excellent color and overall image quality. High resolution

The native resolution is SXGA+ (1,400-by-1,050), which your current system may not support. Volume from the built-in speakers is barely loud enough to fill a small closet

A lot has been written about LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon) and how it promises to be a much better projector technology than DLP and LCD technology. The Canon Realis SX50, which is currently the lightest LCoS projector on the planet, goes a long way...

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Canon Realis SX50


Before I go further, here's a link to a overview of SXGA+ LCD and LCOS projectors, who purchases them, and why, and where that market is going. However, in summary, many laptops today are now higher resolution than XGA (1024x768), and, also, there are...

Razor sharp image ; Invisible pixels ; Bright ; Accurate colors ; Zoom lens has wide range (1.7x) ; Excellent compression technology had no problems with other 4:3 resolutions, and did equally well with widescreen sources ; Very, very good color...

Remote lacks disk pad, limiting cursor control to up/down/left/right for computer presentation/cursor control ; Slightly noisy (not a serious problem, even in a small room) definitely noisy though for home theater

By far, the least expensive (Suggested retail: $4999) by at least $2000

Jul, 2005

Expert review by : Pete Putman (

Canon Realis SX50 LCOS Projector


Canon's Realis SX50 is the least-expensive LCOS front projectoravailable today—it's yours for a measly four grand. LCOS is a greatchoice if you routinely give presentations that include video and text.The Realis uses SXGA+ (1400 x 1050) imaging panels,...

Jun, 2005

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Review: Canon Realis SX50


Until now, projectors featuring very high resolution, say in the class of 1400x 1050 or more, have been large, bulky, and expensive. So it is understandable that one of the most anticipated releases of the last few months has been the Canon Realis SX50.

Apr, 2005

Product Specifications

The XEED SX50's outstanding SXGA+ resolution - usually only found in larger, heavier, fixed projectors - delivers 3.1 times more pixels than SVGA and 1.9 times more than XGA. The SX50 clearly displays CAD drawings, technical data, designs and multiple windows. Gaps between the pixels of conventional LCD projectors can create an image that looks as if covered in a fine mesh grid. With virtually no gap between the pixels of the XEED SX50's LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) panels, your displayed image will be clean, smooth and faithfully reproduced. Solving the contrast limitations of traditional LCOS projectors, Canon's revolutionary AISYS (Aspectual Illumination System) technology powers an incredible 1000: 1 contrast ratio for rich, deep tones, true blacks in dark areas and incredible detail in light areas. With 2, 500 lumens brightness, the XEED SX50 has the power to show midday presentations without drawing any blinds. AISYS technology optimizes the light path to prevent lamp-light loss while the LCOS panels reflect appreciably more light towards the screen than conventional LCD panels. The XEED SX50 has a new projection lens with a 1.7x zoom allowing strong magnification with little distortion and wide-angle projection. Two aspherical lens elements eliminate aberrations for high corner-to-corner contrast. To provide the best balance of images settings for each style of presentation, the XEED SX50 has four selectable modes: Standard, Dynamic (for maximum brightness), Cinema (for movies) and sRGB, for consistency with sRGB compliant systems. Canon's Pure Color Processing accurately separates images into red, green and blue and then faithfully processes these colors individually, resulting in fantastically clear and true colors. Combining 6-axis color adjustment and Customizable Image Registration, the XEED SX50 gives you precise manual color control. The XEED SX50's Human Centered Design means it is efficient and easy to use. The unit can be tilted up or down using one hand, and keystone corrections +/- 20 degrees both horizontally and vertically can be made easily. It connects to almost any laptop, VCR or DVD. HD is supported via DVI and Component Video connectors. RGB out is available for external monitor connection.

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Colour of product:Silver
Optical sensor size:1/0.157
Sensor Type:CCD

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Display Resolution Abbreviation:SXGA+
Image Brightness:2500ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:1000:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1400 x 1050
Max Screen Distance:9m
Min Image Size:1.02m / 102cm
Min Screen Distance:1.2m
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:LCOS projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Canon XEED


Bulb power:200 / 330
Lamp Type:NSH / UHP

Lens System

Digital Zoom:12 / 7
Focal length range (f-f):48.2 - 62.6


Number of built-in speakers:1

Operational conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 60

Other features

Aspect Ratio:4:3
Data Compression:Motion-JPEG, JPEG
Digital keystone correction:+ or - 20 degree
Dimensions (WxDxH):109 x 130 x 104 / 284 x 96 x 286 / 370 x 440 x 187
Focus:0.01m ~ 1.5m
I/O ports:DC barrel, 26-pin multi / Mini D-sub15-pin: Analog RGB input/Component input/Analog RGB output\nDVI-I: Digital VGA input\nRCA x 1: Composite video input \nMini DIN 4-pin: S-Video input\nStereo mini-jack: Stereo audio input\nMini D-sub15pin: Analog RGB output\nStereo mini-jack: Audio output\nMini DIN 8-pin: Projector control\nUSB type B: Mouse control
Internal Memory:14
Lens shift:1:1 – 10:0; 2:3 – 3:2
Lens system:F1.7 – F2.0 / F1.85 - 2.5, f=22.0 - 37.0 mm
Maximum internal memory:14
Networking features:Ethernet 10/100Mbit Auto-Negotiation, RJ-45: TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, WebView (Canon)
Power requirements:100V - 240V AC, 50/60Hz / AC 110/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Power Supply:23
Power supply type:100 ~ 240V AC
Resolution:1400 x 1050
Supported protocols:TCP/IP, HTTP, FTP, WebView (Canon)
Video compatibility mode:NTSC / PAL / SECAM / NTSC4.43 / PAL-M / PAL-N / UXGA / SXGA+ / SXGA / WXGA / XGA / SVGA / VGA


Camera shutter speed:1/30
Digital Zoom:12
Dot clock scanning frequency:170 / 180
Focal length range (f-f):3.5 - 91
Horizontal scan range:15 - 100
Maximum frame rate:25
Minimum illumination:1
Noise Level:40
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40
Optical Zoom:25
Plug and Play: Yes
Vertical scan range:48 - 100
Viewing angle, horizontal:2

Ports & interfaces

Composite Video In:1
DVI port: Yes
S-Video inputs quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:2


Power consumption (typical):490


Contrast ratio (typical):1000:1 / 1600:1
Horizontal resolution:550
Keystone correction, horizontal:20
Keystone correction, vertical:-40 - 40
Projection distance:14.7
Projection Technology:LCD
Projector brightness:2500 / 6500
Projector native resolution:SXGA (1280x1024) / XGA (1024x768)
Screen size compatibility:400
Uniformity:85 / 90

Projector Lamp

Bulb type:UHP

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:13 / 3.9 / 620