American Coot


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Images from Panasonic DMC-FZ300
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The DMC-FZ300 images look really nice.
Thanks. I'm still surprised by the shots I can get with it given it has a 1/2.3" sensor.

I had sold off all of my bridge cameras (various Nikon models) soon after I bought my first DSLR, a D5600. A while later, I found that some Panasonic bridge cameras had many of the features I liked about my DSLRs...things like selectable focus points and especially the ability to be configured for back button focus, a "must have" for me.

I started with an FZ1000 with a 1" sensor, gifted it to a family member and got the MkII version. Eventually I added the FZ300 that can maintain an f/2.8 aperture over its complete zoom range and is splash/dustproof. A downside of these cameras is that they only use contrast detection (vs phase detection) autofocus but they're both great "grab and go" cameras IMO.

Dawg Pics

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Pretty sure I have seen these cameras recommended by amateur bird watchers to get started shooting. Looks like a good 'grab n' go' to me.