A 1200mm lens for the masses
Really, it's the only 1200mm lens that's affordable for nonprofessionals. Just to put this point-and-shoot lens into perspective, Canon's longest dSLR EF lens is 800mm and costs $14,000. There is also the near-mythical 1200mm f5.6L EF USM AF lens, which camera retailer B&H once listed for $120,000. And this is a zoom lens, too, so you're getting focal lengths from 24mm out to 1200mm. Of course, the photo quality simply won't be as good as an SLR's with a high-quality lens on it, but you pick your battles.
For the SX50 HS, Canon bumped up the screen size from 2.7 inches to 2.8 inches and doubled the resolution to 460K dots, which makes it slightly more competitive with others.
From the hip
If you shoot a lot from the hip (or overhead), the vari-angle LCD comes in very handy.
Flash hot shoe
Though it has a built-in flash, the camera's hot shoe is compatible with a few Canon Speedlite flashes.
No real surprises with the SX50's shooting modes, but you do get semimanual and manual options as well as two custom spots. Canon finally added 12-bit raw capture to this series, giving you some more flexibility with post-processing.
Zoom Framing Assist
To help keep subjects framed when zoomed in, there's a Zoom Framing Assist that pulls the lens back so you can find your subject and then zooms back in. Along with that, Canon added a button to lock optical image stabilization onto the center of the frame.
Just in time for the holidays
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS lands in October priced at $479.99.