Birding with the Canon Powershot SX40 HS
Taking Bird Photos with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS
The Canon PowerShot SX40 HS may be the best point & shoot camera for birding. It has 35x optical zoom and 140x digital zoom. I am new to birding and have been amazed at the birds I can photograph in my own backyard.
This page features pictures I took with the Canon PowerShot SX40 HS camera. I don't use a tripod. The camera has image stabilization which compensates for my shakiness. When using the super zoom, I do try to lean up against something to steady myself, and I do usually look through the viewfinder because I can stay stiller that way.
I hope you enjoy these pictures.
House Finch - Backyard Birding Photo with Canon Powershot SX40 HS
Steller's Jay - With Minor Retouching in Photoshop
Eagle Pictures from Nest About 400 Feet Away - I can hardly see the nest with my naked eye!Click thumbnail to view full-size
This is the camera I'm using
The Canon Powershot SX40 HS also Films HD Video - Record bird behavior with it!
Birds move around very fast... How do you take the photo at just the right moment? - I use this setting:
I use continuous shooting mode, which takes pictures continuously while I hold down the shutter button. This means that I can take dozens of pictures and increases the likelihood that I will capture the perfect moment. This mode is explained in the user manual on page 83. You can download the user guide here (PDF)
Discussions about this Camera
- Is there a 'best' bridge/superzoom camera for birders? - BirdForum
Is there a 'best' bridge/superzoom camera for birders? Canon
- Canon PowerShot SX40 HS vs Panasonic Lumix FZ150 - BirdForum
Canon PowerShot SX40 HS vs Panasonic Lumix FZ150 Cameras And Photography
- The Hummingbird Forum: Canon SX-40 HS - Anybody own one?
Discussion and a few sample pictures.