Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crops & Clips: Testing my new camera

My weekly potpourri gathered from the archives features... test photos all taken by my new pocket camera, a 16.1 mpx Canon PowerShot SX 700 HS with 30X optical zoom (450mm equivalent). I am seriously considering leaving my big heavy DSLR rig at home on my next travel experience. Most were hand-held, and a few used a monopod. As the moon photo demonstrates, the image stability feature is excellent. Wish me luck!

To compare the images of the pocket camera with those of my DSLR Canon 60D with 420 mm f/5.6 lens, I rigged up this monopod so that both photos could be taken at nearly the same time and at the same distance. Not surprisingly, the DSLR produced sharper images, but I am pleased with the results and think the SX 700 will be my only camera (besides the iPhone) during our train trip through the Canadian Rockies. The pocket camera does great landscapes.

Double camera rig 20141207

Canon SX 700 HS with tripod extender 20141207


Common Ground-Dove, at a range of 65 feet (about 20 meters, Monopod), December 28, 2014:

Ground Dove at 65 feet CROP Powershot 20141228

Little blue Heron (Monopod), December 18, 2014:

Little Blue Heron Canon Powershot DPP 20141218

Northern Mockingbird (Hand-held) , December 18, 2014:

Northern Mockingbird Canon 60D DPP 20141218

Northern Mockingbird (Hand-held, December 21, 2014:

Northern Mockingbird Powershot 20141221

Palm Warbler at 70 feet (21 meters, Monopod), December 21, 2014:

Palm Warbler 70 ft Powershot 30x optical zoom 20141221

Double-crested Cormorant (Hand-held), December 26, 2014:

Double-crested Cormorant 2-20141226

An example of the pocket camera's macro and image stabilization capabilities is this Monarch butterfly on an  Ixora blossom at a range of about 12 inches (30 cm, Hand-held), January 6, 2015:

Monarch butterfly PowerShot 20150106

Not a critter, but I think this hand-held image of a dewdrop, less than 1 inch, only 2 cm from the front of the lens (AUTO setting) deserves honorable mention, December 16, 2014:

Dewdrop macro Canon SX 700 HS 20141216

Linking to Misty's  CAMERA CRITTERS,

Linking to Eileen's SATURDAY'S CRITTERS,



Our subdivision's entrance gate (Hand-held, January 6, 2015):

Monaco Cove entrance gate 20150106

Linking to GOOD FENCES by Tex (Theresa). 



Wolf Moon rising (Hand-held), January 4, 2015:

Wolf Moon rising 220150104

An example of a sunrise over the local wetlands, (Hand-held), January 3, 2015:

Harbour Lakes 5 min before sunrise HDR COREL 20150103

Linking to SKYWATCH FRIDAY by Yogi, Sylvia and Sandy



Great Egret (Monopod) , December 28, 2014:

Great Egret Powershot 20141228



Please visit the links to all these memes to see some excellent photos on display



  1. always love to hear a good review on a small camera! really wonderful images. thanks for linking up when you get a chance!

  2. I was really interested in the review....and the photos. Love your sky shot and the reflection shot, too. But those first few were fantastic, too.

  3. Beautiful photos, especially the birds!
    How exciting to have a new camera
    I have a Canon SX 520 and I love it.

  4. wow- great photos. The photo of the cormorant standing on top of the duck decoy is priceless!! Beautiful reflection of the egret.

  5. They sky shot is just beautiful as is the egret reflection.

  6. Very nice photos and an objective comparison! Love the sky view photo.
    Have a Great Weekend!
    Peace :)

  7. Wonderful captures Kenneth - I especially love the sunrise over the wetlands and that last shot; beautiful!

  8. I've been thinking of a monopod. I dislike carrying a tripod. I recently bought a micro 4/3 camera and haven't missed the heavy DSLR. Your photos are wonderful.

  9. fun to experiment and see nature's beauty -Love the colors and reflections in the sunrise!

  10. That camera has taken some beautiful shots. Really nice captures!! I have a Canon Powershot SX50 and love it . 50X zoom (1200mm equivalent ). I have been thinking of getting a monopod ...much easier to carry around, methinks :-)

  11. Wonderful how you've compared these cameras. My DSLR gear + all my lenses are so big and heavy, I get tired of lugging it all around. The quality of the photos is excellent, but you pay a price!

  12. Wow wow wow - a beautiful series! That last shot is stunning.

  13. Ken, it is a great camera! I love all the birds, the moon and gorgeous sunrise! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

  14. Great photos. I am amazed how well some of the PowerShots compare with DSLRs!

  15. Interesting experiment! The mockingbird on the rock is particularly stunning! And love that yellow moon! Great photos all!

  16. Great photos! I love the butterfly shot.

  17. A very interesting review! And it is such a fantastic series of photos! They are dreamlike!

  18. Holy guacamole, those are fantastic.

    I have a Canon G15 (replaces my stolen G15, and dead G12). It's a nice hand camera, but it just can't get decent long pics. I'm going to have think about SX 700...seems like a great alternative to the SLR setup I've been wanting, but can't afford.

    Thanks for the review!


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