Digital Cameras for recording sightings

Subject: Digital Cameras for recording sightings
From: Chris Ross <>
Date: Thu, 03 Dec 2009 22:58:03 +1100

any of the big name (Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sony) super zoom compacts will do a good job for you for that sort of work, Panasonic have just released a new type of camera which is sort of hybrid between a DSLR and the compact styles, but it does attract DSLR level prices and has better Autofocus and low light performance due to a DSLR size sensor, but in a compact size body.

Where all of these compacts fall down a little is that the autofocus will hunt around a bit in anything but the best light and Manual focus is a bit hit and miss. What I would suggest to look at for differentiation between them for _*you*_ is to go somewhere where they hold stock and will let you try them out to see how they fit in the hand and how easy the buttons are to access and how the interface works for you. Also check what sort of memory card they take, SD cards are becoming the "standard" and will be the cheapest. What type of battery it takes and how much a spare is. Last on the list is Megapixels. I would suggest the lowest available megapixel count! 8-10MP is more than enough, those with higher counts won't give you an advantage in this class of camera. Optical image stabilisation is pretty much standard and does help a lot. Then of course $$.

The Canon SX20IS takes 4 x AA batteries, so you can use generic rechargables in it. I recommend Eneloops or the equivalent type from Jaycar. They have a lower mAhr rating but do not self discharge when the camera is sitting not being used. The good thing about AAs is you can buy a set anywhere if you get caught short and a spare set of rechargables won't break the bank either. The SX1 IS may be an even better bet having a better grade of sensor installed and a bigger rear LCD. They both have the equivalent of a 560mm lens and will also go wide for landscape shots.


Chris Ross

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