I'm looking for some advice on what camera I should buy on a pretty low budget circa £600.
I'm a complete novice and very much a point and click person at present. The reason I want the camera isn't to create artistic shots (though you never know if that's down the line in the future) but to take photographs of birds that I have no idea what they are so that I can study them when I get home to try to work it out. I'm new to bird watching so really struggle with differentiating types of birds, like pipits and warblers for example. The trouble is, when looking at them through binoculars they don't usually hang around long enough for me to leaf through my bird guide to work out what they are.
I know nothing about cameras but want something with a decent zoom so I can see things as easily (if not easier) than through my binoculars. Appreciate £600 isn't very much in camera terms but any help is much appreciated.
I'll second the advice regarding visiting a reputable camera outlet.
The big names, like Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic to name just a few, do have starter cameras within that budget, both as DSLR where you need lenses, and as bridge cameras.
First, have a look at new and used. There can be some good deals to be had with used and often used cameras come with some sort of short term guarantee.
You will have two main types of viewing, that is optical or digital.
Very often a good camera retailer will offer a package deal, this could be a starter pack (I started with a starter pack, which was a lot cheaper than buying all items individually) camera and lenses, or camera and bag, or other items, another good plus for visiting a good camera shop.
I've probably gone a little too complex, but hopefully it will help when you visit a reputable camera shop, and give you some questions to ask, where they will be able to explain face to face with you.
Good luck with your purchasing, and let us know how you get on.
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