Conclusion: above average. Bear in mind, using the tele end of the zoom will see you face off atmospheric haze. In this shot the bridge capture by the tele end was actually 1.8km or just over a mile away.
Pros: the 50x zoom!
Cons: the 50x zoom! Too hard to deal with, you need some patience, a decent tripod and suitable subject matter to use it satisfactorily.
Conclusion: While the SX50 HS excels in certain areas, and has a fantastic focal range, it’s far from a complete performer and has issues that let it down on the whole. It's a solid camera, but it's nothing special.
Pros: Huge 50x optical zoom, Hotshoe for accessories, Articulated screen
Cons: Occasional issues with focusing, Poor quality EVF, Bulky and unrefined design