New Superzooms – Canon SX50 & Nikon P510

Hi all,

We’ve had the opportunity to shoot with a couple of newer cameras recently, the Canon SX50 and the Nikon P510.
So here we share some early images from these current models…

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… and I’ll post some first impression commentary about each in an upcoming article.

The high-resolution slideshows can be seen here:





4 thoughts on “New Superzooms – Canon SX50 & Nikon P510

  1. Cool stuff!

    It would help, though, if one had a rough idea of the distance from which some of these shots were taken. I’m looking for an inexpensive camera capable of documenting the occasional rare bird encountered in the field and am wondering if the Canon SX50 might be the way to go.

    • Hi Anthony,
      All the shots in our galleries are taken over a range of @5-50ft. The portraits vary from minimum focusing distance (@5ft) to 20ft. And the environmental (birds in trees) shots generally range from @20-50ft. Most of these images are taken at or near the maximum optical focal length of whichever camera/lens was used, and many are also cropped to various degrees.
      Hope this is helpful,


  2. Very nice photos Kenn. We are just wondering what is your point of view! P510 or SX50? Is the zoom of 42 or 50x a significant choice? Is, as people say, Canon best than Nikon on the correction of the stability?

    • Hi Arnaud, and thanks for your comment.

      Both of these cameras offer great reach and good detail capture at the long end, and both of these things are very important factors in bird and wildlife photography. The Canon advantage is small but significant in both of these areas in my opinion. Both cameras also have very effective image stabilization. I have not done any scientific tests to compare them, but again, I believe the SX50 IS system is the best I’ve ever used.

      Full-reach bird photography is our primary application for these cameras however, and many folks will have a wide variety of other uses on which to compare them. I believe they both offer excellent value and versatility in their price range, and strongly encourage anyone considering either to evaluate both in-hand if at all possible. Everyone has different criteria for selecting or rejecting any photographic tool. And I believe that the results any photographer achieves with any gear will usually depend more on what’s in front of the camera, and who’s behind it, than the camera itself.

      You might enjoy reading this thread…
      7 Birds from 7 Cameras

      Hope this is helpful,


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