Canon is rumored to introduce a replacement for the PowerShot SX50 HS bridge camera that will feature a 100x optical zoom lens this spring.
We have already established that bridge cameras have been a huge hit at the most recent Consumer Electronics Show editions. This year, a lot of companies, including Kodak, Samsung, and Fujifilm, have introduced cameras with DSLR-like designs and high-zoom lenses.
Canon has been present at CES 2014, but the Japan-based company has not revealed any bridge models. However, according tot he rumor mill, there is a good reason for that.
It seems like the manufacturer has noticed that this type of cameras is not selling very well during the winter. Instead, the sales tend to rise during the spring and summer seasons.
Canon poised to substitute the PowerShot SX50 HS bridge camera soon
As a result, Canon is planning to replace one of its most popular bridge shooters this spring. The PowerShot SX50 HS has been on the market since October 2012, but it seems like its time is coming to an end.
According to inside sources, the successor of the 50x optical zoom lens-powered camera could feature an 100x optical zoom lens. However, it is unlikely that it will be called PowerShot SX100, as a camera with a similar name already exists. It is older, but it might not be wise to launch a new device with an identical name.
Canon PowerShot SX50 HS successor might feature a 100x optical zoom lens
Either way, the rumor falls in line with a leaked patent that describes a Canon compact camera that sports a 100x zoom lens.
Its specs say that it features a 3.6-340mm lens and a 1/2.3-inch type sensor. This means that it would provide a 35mm equivalent of 20-1917mm, an impressive range that will intrigue even professional photographers.
Specs and availability information for PowerShot SX50 HS admirers
The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS successor is said to be announced this spring, but it will only go on sale this summer.
Until then, consumers can buy the current model which features a 50x optical zoom lens that offers a 35mm equivalent of 24-1200mm, 12.1-megapixel 1/2.3-inch type sensor, shutter speed range between 1/2000 and 15 seconds, continuous shooting mode up to 13fps, and a maximum ISO sensitivity of 6,400.
The articulated LCD screen on its back measures 2.8-inches and users can find a pop-up flash on its top as well as an electronic viewfinder on its back. Users can still buy it at B&H Photo Video for a price of $369.