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Good inexpensive bird camera?

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Post: # 27114Unread post Shule
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:00 pm

I'm wondering if there are any good, inexpensive bird cameras out there, suited for taking pictures of small (or large) birds from a distance (the further the better).

I'm not in the market, yet, but I want to know about them, since eventually I may want to get one. Ideally, it would cost less than $300 (ideally, much, much less).

All it needs to do is take pictures of birds in trees and stuff, during daylight hours (although good ability to perform in low light is a definite plus). It doesn't have to be optimized for people, nor for close-range objects/life-forms, nor for indoors.

Ideally, it would be fairly easy to use for the stated purpose.
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Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:31 pm

All I can say is you need to get an DSLR of some sort.
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Post: # 27121Unread post Whwoz
Sat Aug 01, 2020 5:45 pm

Agree with Worth, ideally DSLR with interchangeable lenses. You really need to define what you want to photograph size of bird wise and at what distance. It can be harder to get close to some birds to photograph them than just walking past. They know something different is going on. Also have a look at the range of compact DSLR's as some have very good zoom ranges. Unfamiliar with what is currently available and prices in USA against here in Oz, so cannot make specific recommendation.
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Post: # 27155Unread post Growing Coastal
Sun Aug 02, 2020 8:56 am

I picked up a couple of pocket cameras that still worked well at a thrift shop for $5 each. They work well for what they are, simple point and shoot. With so many cameras around these days it may be more affordable to buy a good second hand unit.
I have to say again how useful it is to have a manual focus to be able to pick out smaller objects from the background.
A camcorder will also record sound.
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:35 am

I've read about binocular-cameras, but I don't know how good they are or how $$$. Most of the time when I take photos of birds (or dragonflies), they are tiny and far away. So perhaps what you need is a good telephoto lens, and spend most of your camera $$ on a good lens, with a used camera.
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Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:55 am

I don't think you need a dslr for this. A good super-zoom bridge camera would work just fine. You can get a better zoom range in a much smaller package. There's a lot of stuff DSLRs are better for, but not birds. In my opinion.
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Post: # 27198Unread post worth1
Sun Aug 02, 2020 1:12 pm

Dawn wrote:
Sun Aug 02, 2020 10:55 am
I don't think you need a dslr for this. A good super-zoom bridge camera would work just fine. You can get a better zoom range in a much smaller package. There's a lot of stuff DSLRs are better for, but not birds. In my opinion.
Besides they are expensive big time.
Body only is expensive much less the attachments.
I would have thought the price would have went down.
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Post: # 27243Unread post Volvo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:14 am

Might be wise to be patient and be on the lookout for a used DSLR Camera with intechangable Lens as previousely mentioned , maybe coupled with a Good MIn range 400 Lens with an appature range to allow for a fast shutter speed if it Truly Birds you want to Photograph of a quallity nature otherwise save the $$ and get the goods to do the job.
Been there , done that and still have the Camera and Lens to do the job and Birding was and still is a Pet Interest of mine when it comes to Photography.
Ive bought Cheap point n shoot Cameras (Two Of ) for Biding to carry when doing my Walks that dont attract too much attention and still need to fall back on the proper goods to do the job if its seriuouse shots you wish to take .
My Two Bobs worth for you :)..
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:42 am

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My Birding camera is the early Canon 7D coupled with the older Canon 100-400 Hand push pull Lens Does a reasonable enough job but never won lotto to get a better unit lol, so have to have patience , time and a wee bit of cunning to get reasonable shots :).
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:10 am

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Post: # 27248Unread post Volvo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:10 am

Dont know why but doubled up on Pics here ???>.
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Post: # 27257Unread post fluffy_gumbo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:49 am

Probably a used entry level dslr body + a used telephoto lens is your best bet. Regular digital cameras nowadays have pretty good zoom too, but might not be fast enough to catch birds in motion. Costco sometimes have pretty good deals on cameras you might want to keep an eye out for.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:08 pm

Volvo wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:10 am
Dont know why but doubled up on Pics here ???>.
@Volvo This is an easy fix for you to do yourself. Click on the 'edit post' button which is the pencil in to top right hand corner. Just highlight the symbols for images that you want to remove and hit delete or backspace the entry. Then 'preview' your post to make sure that it's okay and then 'submit'. If you would to totally omit an image then go further down the page click attachments and then in the file name line click 'delete file'.
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Post: # 27272Unread post Rajun Gardener
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:49 pm

My advice would be to buy a good camera with a flip out screen for video also. Once you have a good body then you can invest in the glass/lens. You will notice the cost of a good lens can be 3 times higher than the camera body. Keep an eye out for Cannon Refurbs, they come with a warranty.
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Mon Aug 03, 2020 3:43 pm

I have a DSLR with some nice lenses which I don't use anymore. The flop up mirror noise and increased size of the camera are not necessary with the digital LCD displays. I now use a mirrorless Panasonic G7 with interchangeable lenses. The quality is just as good and the size of the camera is much more convenient. Also no vibration from a flopping mirror.
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Post: # 27306Unread post Volvo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:49 pm

MissS wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 12:08 pm
Volvo wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 4:10 am
Dont know why but doubled up on Pics here ???>.
@Volvo This is an easy fix for you to do yourself. Click on the 'edit post' button which is the pencil in to top right hand corner. Just highlight the symbols for images that you want to remove and hit delete or backspace the entry. Then 'preview' your post to make sure that it's okay and then 'submit'. If you would to totally omit an image then go further down the page click attachments and then in the file name line click 'delete file'.
Thank you Kindly for that :)..
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Post: # 27307Unread post Volvo
Mon Aug 03, 2020 7:52 pm

Forgot to mention that a Good Sturdy Tripod or Monopod does come in handy.. Focus on the eyes and the rest will take care of itself when possible.
Exposure and shutter speed !!..
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