Canon PowerShot SX50 HS
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor; 50x optical zoom with 24mm wide-angle; 1080/24p HD video recording with stereo sound; 2.8-inch swivel touchscreen LCD with 461,000 dots; Image stabilization; Built-in WiFi; Flash hotshoe; RAW Capture; Manual modes; Lithium-ion battery
Canon has leapfrogged Nikon's P510 with the SX50 HS, a camera sporting an improbably long 24-1200mm 50x optical zoom. They're claiming improved image stabilization, up to 4.5 stops, but hand-holding 1200mm is bound to be difficult. Other improvements include better autofocus, a slightly enlarged 2.8-inch swivel touchscreen, and built-in wireless. The release has even more clearly divided the market into Panasonic's FZ200, with its relatively short 24x zoom and fast lens speed, and the ever-lengthening zoom ranges of other models. It will be interesting to see where other manufacturers, most notably Fujifilm, fall in future releases.