That was why I posted the thread in the first place. I was going to wait about 6 months for the price to come down but when I saw the $429 price I wondered whether the price would get lower than that in 6 months. I thought at that price maybe others on this forum would like to become beta testers like me :). I have an SX50 and I am happy with it but I do prefer the manual zoom. I also have an HS20 & 30 (someone gave me the HS30 because they became frustrated because they didn't know how to use the EXR) and I'm very fond of them except they have small flaws which they probably should have been returned to repair. I'm hoping Fuji works real hard on their quality control for the HS50.