Putting New Camera to the Test

So cameras appear to be my new addiction – although this is directly related to my critter addiction.  My other addictions (if you didn’t know) are chocolate, popcorn and Africam.

The new camera is a Sony Cyber-shot DSC HX300 and it had 50x optical zoom.  Now I have to get back to Africa to really try it out.  🙂

I gave it 2 tests on our walk this morning.  The first was a bunny that Chester was stalking.

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The bunny test was pretty easy.  He was about 25 feet from me and I tried 3 zooms.  The camera still had room to zoom more and I maybe should have tried for just his eye, but he moved.  The pictures are not cropped – just re-sized and are ok – not really sharp like they would have been with my other Sony, but probably just as good or better than I would have got with my Nikon.

When we got to the Red River, I could see tiny dots on the far side.  This is where I wanted the zoom since there are often birds across there and my other cameras just can’t handle it.

Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye and Ring Neck Duck
Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye
Common Goldeneye & Ring Neck Duck
Common Goldeneye and Ring Neck Duck

These pictures are also just resized to fit here and have not been cropped.  They were taken this morning under a cloudy sky.  I expect the results would be much better with the sun.

I have been calling these ducks Bufflehead for years now.  The first black and white ducks I saw here were Buffleheads, but since then there have been both Buffleheads and Common Goldeneyes and now I see a Ring Neck Duck also in here.  I will be going back through my previous posts from other years and making corrections.  Although these pictures are not great, they are good enough to be able to identify the birds at a distance.

A couple more pictures taken another day in the sunshine to show distance.

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The spot I am zooming for the next picture is just right of center near the top – right where the Red River takes a bend.

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full zoom

These pictures also have just been resized to fit and have not been cropped at all.  The sunshine here really makes a difference and if there had been one of those ducks in the water it would have been a better picture than the ones taken today.

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