I’m often asked about the camera I use on Estuarian ventures. I have three cameras that often go out with me: the camera in my iPhone, an old Canon D-10 waterproof/underwater camera, and a Canon Powershot SX60HS.

Canon SX60HS

The Canon Powershot SX60HS, pictured above, is the camera I use the most. It’s basically a “point-and-shoot” camera (or so camera buffs tell me). Other photographers, more kindly, refer to it as a “bridge” camera, bridging the gap between DSLRs and point-and-shoot models. This camera has a small sensor, typical of the breed.

But it has many compensating virtues. It has a zoom lens with lots of reach, 65X. I like photographing birds and marine mammals, creatures who don’t like people approaching too near. The zoom lens helps me take their portraits without disturbing them. Powerful zoom lenses mean getting less light that you need in low light situations. Since I mostly take pictures outdoors in bright conditions (estuaries are like that!) the smaller f-stop capacities don’t bother me.

The SX60HS is very easy to use. An intuitive interface helps me use more than its auto mode. For me, ease-of-use is decisive advantage. I cannot allow too much of my attention to be absorbed by the camera as I’ve got a boat to handle.

This camera is not remotely waterproof, splash proof, or even mist proof. That’s its biggest problem for me. I have to be careful and keep it in a dry bag whenever it might accidentally take a swim, like when I’m entering or exiting my boat.

I’m a beginner in photography so I am unqualified to give it an informed review. For more information about this camera, go here.