We have been visiting the South Padre Island Laguna Nature Trail a lot where we have been taking nature photos of birds, plants and insects. I began to notice that my trusty Nikon Camera was not performing to its high standards. It use to take great macro shots (or close ups) of plants and insects but lately it has difficulty focusing.
Also, I noticed that it struggled taking good photos in dim light like at dusk. Furthermore, I would often use it to zoom in on butterflies 4 to 6 feet away so I wouldn’t startle them and now it has difficulty focusing on them . All of this frustration led me to begin researching new cameras.
While I would love to have one of the Digital SLR’s I really don’t feel as if I would use it as much as I would one I can simply tuck into my pocket. So after a lot of mental debate I finally decided against getting an SLR and focused on the smaller compact high zoom cameras. After all, my Pixel phone takes fabulous photos but just lacks zoom capabilities.
After scouring the web for camera reviews and features I finally narrowed it down to the Canon Powershot SX740 HS compact high zoom camera. While it is a bit larger and heavier than my older camera it offers a much better zoom. After all, what nature photographer wouldn’t want the biggest zoom they could get.
Here are the features that sold me: it has an impressive 40x optical zoom, it records videos in super-high definition 4K, it has built in WIFI and has a compact body relatively light in weight making it easy to carry. I found a great package deal on Amazon and now it’s mine!
The added bonus in my purchasing a new camera is that Sharon always has complained about not being able to zoom in on birds and wildlife with her Pixel phone. Although she has the new Pixel 5 which we recently bought, she still yearned for a zoom. We decided to repurpose my Nikon camera and it will become hers to use as a zoom for wildlife and birds because the Nikon still works great on bright sunny days and sports a 30x zoom as well. She was thrilled!
So look out world Sharon will be learning how to take zoomed in shots and the blog will be filled with nature shots lovingly taken by us both! We are really happy we decided to winter here in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas with all its birds, insects, plants and wildlife not to mention the beautiful ocean views.We really couldn’t be in a better place for us during this Covid-19 pandemic.
NOTE: We are currently in South Padre Island in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas until March 1st…