Testing my new camera

Today, I got a new megazoom camera for documenting purposes. I have had a lot of instances during my birding career when such a camera could have been helpful in proving my identification of birds. The Sony Cyber-Shot HX400V bridge camera sports a massive 24-1,200mm equivalent zoom range which is more than enough for general birdwatching. The photos are not exceptional but good enough for blogging and other social media purposes. Its price tag is very good and making this camera a great value for the money. I think it will be a great gear for our Scottish birdwatching trip in May.

I share a couple of shots I took this afternoon in a quite overcast, nearly rainy weather at the nearby Mount Farm Lakes. Photos were downloaded from the camera using it as Wi-Fi to my iPad Pro. All photos were slightly sharpened in Snapseed and in a few cases slightly cropped (starlings).

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Sony Cyber-Shot HX400V bridge camera on my coffee table. It’s a great gift. © Gyorgy Szimuly

European Starling. 1/250, f6.3, ISO200, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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European Starling. 1/250, f6.3, ISO200, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Greylag Goose. 1/250, f6.3, ISO200, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Canada Goose. 1/250, f6.3, ISO 500, 1,194mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Grey Heron. 1/250, f5.6, ISO 320, 480mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Grey Heron. close up with nice bokeh. 1/250, f6.3, ISO 320, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

1/250, f5.6, ISO 400, 379mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Getting closer to the subject brings very nice smooth bokeh. 1/250, f6.3, ISO 400, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

1/250, f5.6, ISO 250, 647mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Greylag Goose close-up shot. It’s a bit noisy but acceptable. 1/250, f6.3, ISO 500, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

1/250, f6.3, ISO 400, 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

Zoom test on the local church in Central Milton Keynes. Unedited photos straight out of the camera. 24mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly

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Zoom test on the local church in Central Milton Keynes. Unedited photos straight out of the camera. 1,200mm. © Gyorgy Szimuly