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Digital Cameras for Nature Photography

My Overview and Buyer's Guide Updated for 2020

December 5, 2019  |  by Bryan Pfeiffer  |  4 comments  | 

Revised and enhanced for the new decade, here’s my overview (opus) for birders, biologists, field naturalists or anyone else who might be looking for a point-and-shoot camera for taking better photographs in nature. Rather than simply suggesting “the best” cameras on the market, I explain how you can choose wisely among my various reviews and suggestions. It depends a bit on knowing yourself and who you want to be outdoors. Read, learn, purchase, point and shoot »


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  1. Thanks for your reviews, they’re just what most of us who take photos for on-line posting or PowerPoint presentations need before purchasing a camera.

    I had the SX50 and am now using a SX70, the images from the SX50 are definitely superior to those from the newer camera. BUT, the SX70’s viewfinder and controls are much better than the SX50’s. Although I still have a SX50 and use it for low-light situations, the SX70 is my go-to camera for day to day photography as long as the ISO can be kept at 400 or below, preferably 200 or lower.

  2. Ernest Williams says:

    Thanks, Bryan. Very timely review of digital cameras! I’m getting the Canon PowerShot SX70 HS so I don’t always have to carry my big Nikon and lenses. Your photos, as usual, are superb (…and that’s more than what camera is in use!).

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