The Crazy-Big Range of Super-Zoom Digital Cameras
Super-zoom, point-and-shoot cameras are allowing birdwatchers and other nature enthusiasts to “approach” their subjects like never before. The images below exhibit the wide range and broad potential of these cameras to document wildlife from far away.
To be sure, these “consumer” zooms do not produce images as good as what you get from single lens reflex (SLR) or mirrorless cameras and their telephoto lenses. But for most casual photographers, particularly birdwatchers, point-and-shoots are the way to go.
I captured the following image pairs with a Nikon Coolpix B700 (no longer in production). The left side images were shot at the widest-angle setting, 24mm. The right-side shot is the same subject at full zoom, 60x (1440mm). In most cases I’ve cropped the shot a bit, leaving behind an image that is no more than 1920 pixels wide (fine for displays like this online, in social media or for iNaturalist), and finished it off with some standard editing in PhotoShop. Now that the Nikon is no more, I’d like to see how the Canon SX70HS and the Sony Cyber-shot RX10IV stack up to these images.