RE: [Birding-Aus] Advice on first camera

To: Nick Payne <>
Subject: RE: [Birding-Aus] Advice on first camera
From: David Rees <>
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2015 07:38:34 +0000
Your Sony and my Lumix are very similar creatures.  They both show how such cameras are moving into this space in terms of capacity. 

On Mon, Sep 21, 2015 at 3:31 PM, Nick Payne <> wrote:
I recently purchased a Sony HX90V, which is small enough to fit in a trouser pocket and yet has an eye-level EVF and a 30x zoom (24-720mm eq.). The lens is rather slow at full telephoto, and the image quality is definitely not up to what you get from an APS-C or full frame sensor of the same resolution, but for what it is (something small enough to always carry with you) it can produce some quite good results. The attached image is a crop from the centre of the frame at full telephoto.

Nick Payne

On 21/09/2015 11:33, Harold Schranz wrote:
I'd highly recommend the Canon SX50HS (if you can still find it); the SX60HS is said to be a step too far.

Quite reasonable for bird photography, or even BIF as you get more skilled. See:

A bonuse is it is a good general outdoors camera and even good for some astrophotography on near objects (Moon, rings of Saturn, bands on Jupiter, star clusters) - not so good for long exposures (limited to 15 seconds); can also be hacked via CHDK for more features (

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