The Best Digital Cameras for Bird Photos


Finding the best digital camera for bird photos depends on whether you are a backyard bird enthusiast or trying to capture a wild bird in its natural habitat. Naturally, price is a major factor in choosing a digital camera for shooting birds.

Affordable Digital Cameras

  • The Canon SD880IS 10MP digital camera with a 4x wide-angle zoom and 3-inch PureColor LCD display, Digic4 processor and Motion Detection Technology is an affordable, rapid-response point and shoot well suited for photographing wildlife birds, according to professional photographer Yvette Cho. Wildlife Pictures Online offers a range of point and shoots digital cameras with 10MP to 14.1MP resolutions and up to a 12x wide-angle optical lens with stabilization and a 3-inch LCD display

Digital SLR Cameras

  • Professional bird photographer Mike Stensvold suggests beginners locate a low-cost digital SLR body and a major-brand 75mm to 300mm zoom lens for under $1,000. The pro digital SLR bodies with super-fast super-telephoto lenses come in varying ranges, and tele-extenders provide closer focusing on birds. Stensvold uses the Canon EOS 30 D that sells for about $1,200 as of April 2011. The Tamron SP 70mm to 300mm telephoto lens sells for about $450 and fits Nikon, Canon and Sony SLR camera bodies, according to Outdoor Photographer.

Backyard Birdcam Cameras

  • Backyard bird watchers might consider using a motion detecting digital camera. The Windscapes WSCAO3 Audubon Birdcam 5MP digital camera offers ease in capturing birds in bird baths or feeders. The digital camera is wireless and offers a 32MB internal memory and an SD card slot that captures still, video and sound. The camera detaches for taking still or video images. Audubon backyard birdcams sell for under $200 as of April 2011.

Binocular Digital Cameras

  • Avid bird watchers and hobby photographers may find the binocular digital cameras an option for capturing birds in the backyard or a natural setting. Bushnell Digital Camera Binoculars offer a variety of models with 3MP resolution, 8 x 30 binocular view, internal memory, SD card slot, a 1.5-inch flip LCD viewer, USB slot, software editing, and ideo, sound, remote shutter cable--and sells for under $200 as of April 2011.

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