What is the SX series of cameras?
The SX series of Canon Powershot cameras are a small but powerful superzoom camera that is marketed at people wanting an all in one solution to most types of photography: from landscapes to portraits to wildlife.
It’s important not to mix up the SX double digit models with the triple digit models like the SX730 which are much smaller compact cameras.
This article will focus only on the larger two digit SX PowerShot line of cameras which includes the current SX70, and previous models being the SX60, SX50 and even the older SX40 which you can still pick up used today.
Are they suitable for bird photography?
A compact camera or superzoom is never gong to give you the high-standard of images that you can create with a DSLR or high end mirrorless. That’s just a simple fact. but that does not mean a camera like an SX70 isn’t capable of good to great bird photos in the right situation. And this generally means: being fairly close to a bird in good light.
Overview of the SX Series of Canon PowerShot Cameras
SX60 zoom range: 21-1365mm
SX50 zoom range: 24-1200mm
(all ranges equiv to 35mm)
Pros and Cons of using the SX70 or SX60 for bird photography
Can shoot in RAW format
Good image stabilization (IS)
Slow autofocus compared with DSLR cameras
Slow aperture makes it not a great performer in lowlight situations
Not weatherproof: using it in humid or damp conditions is likely to affect performance and may damage the camera
Poor build quality compared with dslr and mirrorless cameras
Garden birding / Backyard bird feeders
Places you can get closer than usual to the birds. e.g. duck ponds, zoos and other scenarios where birds might be more accustomed to humans
Not So Good For:
Small, flighty, fast moving birds
Low light situations