[Staples] Canon SX40 HS Camera $219.97 or less at Staples
The SX40 is $219.97 at Staples.ca on clearance. OOS in the GTA but your region may vary. I had to go in store to find one. The Sherway Gardens store had 4 in stock, all open box. Most GTA stores are showing 1 or zero of this item. I was able to use a $15 coupon to bring it down to $205 but YMMV. In store price was $299 but I got them to PM the Staples.ca site.
Yes, there is the newer model SX50. The main difference is the 50X optical zoom vs 35X on the SX40. And the SX50 shoots in RAW mode, although it is debatable how important that is on this tiny image sensor camera.
The SX40 is a much better performer at the wide end at 24 mm (F2.7 vs F3.5 on the SX50). And right now the SX50 is around $400.
I think $220 is a hot price for this camera. One of the best bridge superzooms you can buy.
User reviews from Amazon are found here. Google will show you that this camera is generally very well reviewed on professional sites.
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-Digital-Sta ... words=sx40
My background: I am a serious amateur photographer. I own multiple DSLRs and m43 bodies and lenses. Cameras with much bigger and better image sensors. The main reason for my purchase is I wanted something versatile with serious zoom reach, I can't afford telephotos longer than 300 mm on my other cameras. This SX40 goes to the equivalent of 800 mm.
http://www.staples.ca/en/Canon-PowerSho ... CA_1_20001