I had seen it on sale at Future Shop (owned by Best Buy) and it was reservable in store so I had made a reservation online.
I posted a couple of weeks ago that I was looking at either the Canon SX50 or the Nikon P510.
We ended up buying the newer model of the Nikon P510...it's called the P520!
42x zoom lens for getting great shots of elephants and lions!
Got it for $319.95 plus tax. Total of $352...this is the best price I have seen, even comparing with prices in the United States.
Why did I choose the Nikon P520 over the Canon SX50? Price. Everything I have read says that the two cameras are very similar and the best price I could find on the Canon was $389 PLUS tax.
It's got all the bells and whistles, but the main thing I was looking for was the ability to manually change the lens aperture and the shutter speed or any combination of the two to get the picture I'm looking for. Sure, it still has the "point and shoot" automatic setting, but I wanted to be able to take the time to do things that our little compact won't allow me to do. Oh, it even has GPS and will tag your pictures with the GPS co-ordinates of where you took your shots. This is a pretty new feature for cameras, but there are not many software applications where you can actually use the feature yet...but they're coming. A few years from now, every camera sold will have this feature.
I obviously haven't had the time to play with it yet, but from first impressions, I'm not thrilled. Having said that, I would probably have to spend a lot more than $350 to be "thrilled" with ANY camera. And of course I don't want to be carrying around a ton of camera gear either so this is probably as good as it gets.
For general landscape shots, I don't think this will take any better shots than our little $150 Olympus pocket camera. For example...
Little $150 camera.
Bigger $350 camera.
Two different shots of course, but you get the idea. I'll have to do some side by side comparison shots to really get a better feel for any differences. It's only special situations where the more expensive camera will be able to show it's ability. I firmly feel that for anybody who buys a camera like this and only uses it on it's "AUTO" setting, you might as well not spend the money. A $150 camera will do the same job for most people.