I went back to Huppins and they still do not have the SX50HS in stock. The Panasonic FZ200 looks very good though. It is only 25X (600mm equiv), but it has a f/2.8 lens at all focal lengths, and instantly focused in the store where the Canon wouldn't.
I looked at the Nikon offering, but it was really slow to startup, and would not autofocus at all in the store. Too bad, as it has GPS.
I checked my employeers discounts, and see 40% off the Panasonic, which makes it way less than Amazon or any of the others.
I'm not sure I need 1200mm equiv, the f/2.8 on the panny is really nice. IQ is supposedly a hair better, but not a deciding factor.
I'm still thinking about it, there is no big hurry. I'll read some of the reviews.