Not too bore you with too much camera news this morning, but it’s a bit too hard to resist a story on the world’s biggest optical zoom point and shoot cameras, the Powershot SX50 HS from Canon.

It’s not exactly a pocket friendly form factor, and in fact looks more DSLR than point and shoot.  That said, the SX50 HS sports the same sensor and image processor as found in the S110 (a 12-megapixel CMOS and DIGIC 5), but instead of zooming a mere 5x optical, the SX50 reaches a massive 50x optical.  In traditional camera terms that’s 1200mm, or 50 times 24mm, which is the base focal length of this camera.  And although the SX50 has an articulating 2.8-inch LCD (and no touchscreen) it does include a bevy of other functions include Face ID mode, high speed AF, 10fps burst mode, smart intelligent mode which chooses from 58 predefined settings to best match your shooting situation, full HD video capture, a built-in hot shoe for adding an additional lighting options, and the always important optical image stabilization.

The Canon Powershot SX50 will be available for purchase in October for $480.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."