Something to share regarding SX50HS.
Like that forumer, I do not use any photoshop editing.

There are suggestion on how to get sharp images out of SX50HS.

I too, have improvement since Day 1 in Feb'13 esp on the birding shots. I have being experimenting on ISO and Aperture Priority settings.
Will continue to practice, Dec will head up to Fraser Hill for birding shots after the marathon run.

Thank You