I am looking to purchase a superzoom and would like some opinions. The camera's primary uses will be documenting rare birds and to a lesser degree identification. At this point in time, I am leaning heavily toward a Canon Powershot SX90. It seems to be a quality camera and fits my budget (around $500). The Nikon P900 seems quite good as well, but is heavier and will likely be out of my price range.
Any comments will be much appreciated.
Could you be confirm the Canon model, Todd.
Canon doesn't list a PowerShot 90 or a SX90 as ever having been made.
So i have owned point and shoots and I do own a DSLR, problem with point and shoots is that when you go to zoom into a bird and there is a twig in front , you can't control the zoom if the twig is in the way.
Maybe they have gotten better but that was why I will choose a dslr everytime
Sorry. The Canon model is the PowerShot SX60. Nikon makes the Coolpix P900.
I already own a DSLR (an older Canon body with an L series 100-400). This is a lot of gear to lug around, so it often gets left at home.
i understand, I had a Nikon point and shoot witha 50x zoom , originally for a 2nd camera when my canon rebel was on the tripod. You know, sitting in a blind and having a camera set up on a certain feeding position and then something rare shows up in a different spot so you need a 2 nd camera for covering those situations.
Well after constantly having problems with the zooming into twigs and such I ended up selling the point and shoot.
Now I have a video camera as my 2nd camera, on the tripod, but it also has auto zoom but being that it's a video camera I don't mind as much.
Hope you find something that allows you go manually focus, that would be the best senario, my rebel using a 250mm lense, which won't work with teleconverters because of the way the lense sits. But it's a good lense for using if you don't use a tripod.
It seems that manual focus is now a common feature.
that's a good addition
.The SX 60 is a good compact but buying new will blow your budget.
I'd expect to lay out $650- $675 for the camera and a spare battery.
You could look at the PowerShot SX 530 HS. It's recent, 16mp, has 50X optical zoom and tax-in with a spare battery it's closer to your budget.
Here's about the best non-sale price in Canada.
I hear and have read that most prefer the SX50 to that of the new SX60 in overall performance.
Thanks. That is good info. I will look into the 50.
The SX50 is no longer in production so be careful that any "new" camera isn't a refurb.
I can get the SX60 for $520CA
They are going for about $525 pre-tax so if you can do it at $520 I'd say it's a pretty good choice.
At approximately 4" x 4 1/2" x 5" and 23 ounces (with battery and memory card) it's not exactly a pocket camera but it's pretty close.