These bridge cameras are remarkable bits of kit. They will never compete with the big lenses in getting those award winning photographs, but as a bit of visual back-up they are great. I was at a very dull and murky Canons Farm this afternoon and saw a blob at the top of a dead tree, lifted my binoculars and could see that it was a Great Spotted Woodpecker. As a bit of an experiment, I took a picture of the scene with no magnification whatsoever, then a maximum x260 shot from the same spot, focused on the woodpecker. These are the results:
|Pink circle where the woodpecker was perched.|
|Hand held on a dull old afternoon, digital x260. Not award winning, but if it had been a Middle Spot, then job done!|
It was a hard slog around the farm this afternoon, with just single Whinchat (top), Stonechat (a spotty juvenile) and Willow Warbler to show for it.