Hello, I have a question about wildlife photography. I would like a camera, with lens, to be able take good photos of birds and other wildlife and my budget is around £300. Do you have any recommendations?
Hi Clara welcome to the community and Happy New Year.
We get this question asked a lot on the community and generally say it is a good idea to pop into a camera shop if you have one nearby and try them out in your hand, what may feel ok for me might not suit you.
But for your budget you can get something like this second hand Bridge camera that is good for wildlife as well as landscape photography.
Buying second hand from reliable shops you can get some real bargains.
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In reply to Alan.:
Thanks, Happy New Year to you too! That looks good, would I need a lens as well?
In reply to Clara Lehmann:
Hi Clara no the lens is built in, Bridge Cameras are in between the small compact cameras and the DSLR ones that have interchangeable lenses.
Whereabouts in the country are you?
Oh right, that makes it handy. Both cameras look good, thanks for the suggestions. I live in Eastbourne.
Just had a google you have a Jessops I would have a walk in there and have a look at a few in your hand and then check on the internet for used/new prices.
Good idea, thanks for your help.
I'm a Canon man myself and started with a bridge camera - Canon PowerShot SX60.
The numbers don't really make sense because it actually has a 65 x optical zoom.
I found this camera to be excellent and can be purchased new for around £350, worth looking for used also if budget won't reach.
In reply to Brummy-Dave :
Hiya, thanks for the suggestion :) Canon seems to be a good option, I'll have a look.
Only just caught up with this thread, I apologise for my tardiness, blame the time of year :-)
As the guys have mentioned, the budget suggests a bridge camera (it's a bit light for DSLR, though there would be options if you're keen to go that way). There was a thread a few months ago where various suggestions and pictures were being bandied about, may be worth a look
There's also a bit of a long running series of photo related threads discussing the tools & techniques useful for people looking to get off the basic auto settings which may be an interesting read for you - there's an index to make it easier to find the various threads...
If you have some specific ideas about the sort of wildlife pics you're after, that may change people's suggestions - eg should you want to take a lot of birds in flight images, or lots of bugs at macro distances. I'm guessing that it's more a case of a little bit of everything for now at least, so a bridge may well be a good starting point to cover all your bases
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