For today’s article, we are going to be taking a look at what we feel are the two best contenders for the title of the best point and shoot camera for birding currently available on the market right now. We have seen an increase in people reaching out for advice on what point and shoot camera, specifically a super zoom point and shoot camera they can pick up for birding.
Both of the cameras that we will be featuring in our article provide excellent bird photograph performance with an already established community of owners using the cameras to capture photographs of birds. Additionally, we will be sharing some videos of each of the cameras being used to watch birds to show the kind of performance that they can both offer you if you decide to pick one up.
The Nikon Coolpix P900 with 83x Optical Zoom
As you would expect from Nikon, the P900 offers you some of the best image quality possible for this type of digital camera and it comes with the excellent build quality Nikon is known for. The epic focal length offered by the zoom lens on the camera body offers you all the optical zoom you could ever want and can outperform some of the popular telephoto lenses used for birding without breaking a sweat.
This has lead to the P900 earning itself an excellent reputation within the birding community with many owners choosing to post many independent reviews (click to read them) of the camera and its performance for photographing birds. We feel that the video below offers an excellent representation of the camera’s capabilities and we would highly recommend that you watch it as it only lasts about three minutes.
Once you are comfortable with using your p900 you will also be able to easily capture some high-quality photographs of birds in flight too. That said, due to the p900 being a unique camera when compaired to what most of us are used to it is usually better to focus on birds that are stationary at first as shown in the image below.
All in all, if you are looking to pick up a decent point and shoot camera for that’s thats not going to break the bank then we would highly recommend that you consider the Nikon p900. The video and photograph above show the level of quality it can provide and it is available for a very fair price these days and will make an excellent addition to your photography kit.
When birding with your Nikon p900, especially at the higher zoom range a tripod can be an essential accessory. If you don’t currently have a decent budget-friendly, lightweight tripod or are looking to pick up a new one then we would recommend you consider the Zomei Z818 (Click here to check for product prices and availability). Additionally, our article on what we feel are the best tripods for P900 owners may also be helpful.
We also have additional articles on the best UV filters for the Nikon P900 and what we feel are essential accessories for Nikon P900 owners that may also be helpful. If you do choose to pick up a Nikon P900 for birding then our article covering a number of Nikon p900 tips and tricks may also be helpful to you.
The Canon Powershot SX60 With 65x Optical Zoom
As you would expect from a Canon Powershot, the image quality is excellent and the zoom lens performs very well in a number of photography niches. The variable focal length offered by the camera allows you to use it in a number of situations when birding to get some great photographs. The video below offers some great footage of what you are able to capture when using the SX60.
If you prefer Canon cameras over the Nikon range and are looking to pick up a point and shoot camera for your bird photography that won’t break the bank then we would highly recommend you consider the Canon Powershot SX60. It offers high-quality photographs and can be used in a number of situations when birding to get excellent image quality.
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