I don’t carry my Canon SLR’s or a birding lens unless I’m going “birding” because they are so heavy. So far I’ve relied on my Canon SX 60HS for taking general pictures because it’s much lighter than the other choices.
The SX is a lot better than my iPhone for most pictures. It certainly captures as hight of quality shots as I can use of people, like this shot of Tyson, Sydney, an obscured Jen and their two dogs.
If you just want a long shot of animals, like these Harbor Seals
lounging on the rocks at low tide it seems more than adequate.
It even managed a better shot of these two Common Common Murres
than I imagined it could do. Of course, I couldn’t get a shot of them flying.
However, when it came to capturing a shot of the Humpback Whales
it was nearly a complete failure. We watched the whales for nearly a half hour and I attempted dozens of shots, but this is the only one that turned out. The Canon SX was simply impossible to focus between the time a whale surfaced and it sank out of sight again.
As a result, I returned the next day, but you never get quite the same opportunity twice, particularly when it comes to photographing wildlife.