Terry555 wrote:Wow, this is all mind boggling! My finepix s1000 has a few auto type settings, and manual ones. I find it difficult to understand how to work the manual ones. It allow for apperature and shutterspeed but takes me forever to figure out how to work them or what they will do. I guess I need to take a class. I really want a camera with the 70-300 zoom for good closeups and was considering a dslr. Would this work for me or is there a p&s that has a good zoom?
There are so many good cameras out there to pick from. First, it CAN be done but point and shoots will not handle birds in flight shots real well. I did not say they can't, but with the shutter delay and other design issues, it will never be easy. Shooting birds sitting or walking etc, there are quite a few higher end point and shoots that do an excellent job. As for zoom, look around but you want to compare OPTICAL zooms not digital zoom. Digital zoom is nothing more then your camera cropping the picture instead of you doing it in your computer. Optical zooms are pieces of glass moving and allowing you stronger magnification. Please understand I follow the Canon line personally so when I recommend you look at the Canon SX-40 or SX-50, that is what I am familiar with. I assure you, if you max those cameras out on their zoom you will want a tripod. Many other fine brands have cameras that compete between the models. The pros for the higher end point and shoots is that they are relatively small and light, they are capable of giving you quality 8x10 prints, possibly a bit larger, They are relatively affordable. That said, DSLR are great workhorses. You will find, with bird photography, there is never enough glass length. You will always be wishing for more. If you shoot properly, they can give you prints well over 24x36, they can have shutter speeds and aperture settings that the point and shoot can not match. BUT...DSLR's are more expensive. This is just a brief review. There are LOTS of other comparisons we could cover. My point, each kind of camera has it's purpose. You have to decide which one best fits you.