Mega-zoom cameras Can anyone help me decide between a Canon SX40 and the Nikon P500. Both get similar reviews by both customers and professional reviewers. I most frequently use the Auto mode but definitely want to learn to use the other settings. Any suggestions?
I can tell you from experience that the Nikon P500 is not a good camera for stabilization. The new P510 might be but I haven't tested that one. I did test the P500 several times and was disapointed with it. I haven't tested the canon sx40 but you may want to test both cameras before making a decision. I bought a sony HX100 after testing it and finding out it had great stabilization and low light performance when I tested it. You may want to try testing it along with the other cameras before you make a decision to buy one.
All I can tell you is TURN OFF THE DIGITAL ZOOM! Optical zoom is true zoom and on this camera will get you about 830mm! (I know Nikon just brought out 1000mm, but I have doubts about other aspects of something rushed into production.) Anyway, on my web site, click on the "I" as you scroll over any photo on the right, and it will tell you the actual EXIF including zoom. Since I'm taking pictures mostly of birds, you'll see that I'm using 830mm most of the time. Tack-sharp. Never have used a tripod, well not since 1985, and the IS with this camera is great!
I have been looking into buying one of the two as well. One of my interests is birds. The have the highest zoom Nikon 36 zoom and canon 35 zoom and all in one piece. Does anyone use either for birding? Thank you!