Date: 7/11/18 9:35 am From: Bruce Boyer <brumyster...> Subject: [NHBirds] Cameras
I am commenting on Cliff Otto’s information on the new Nikon P1000 Extreme Zoom camera. First, the lens has an equivalent field of view to a 3000mm lens on a full frame camera, but it is much easier to make a long telephoto lens for a camera with a tiny sensor, which this camera has. Smaller sensors are much more likely to show noise in the image when light is not bright, which would be the case when photographing birds in the woods, for example.
Sony has a camera which has a similar concept, that is a body with a fixed long-range zoom lens. However, the Sony RX10 IV has a much larger sensor. Its lens only goes from 24-600mm (35mm equivalent), but 600mm is all that is needed for most bird photography. The lens is a Zeiss with 6 aspherical and 8 ED elements. Autofocus is very fast. The catch is that it costs $1698. However, its image quality should be better than the Nikon.
Too many people think the only manufacturers of serious cameras are Nikon and Canon. Actually, Sony, Panasonic, Olympus and Fuji all make great cameras. Sony makes most of the sensors used by all those brands except Canon. Their cameras are praised by reviewers and used by an increasing number of professionals. Canon & Nikon are being forced to bring out their own mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras to compete with Sony’s.