I recently purchased a Canon Powershot SX50HS digital camera. Weather hasn't been reallly great for photographs since however. But, I did try a few comparison shots from wide or normal angle to maximum telephoto. Photos below give an idea of the difference.
The images have been resized both down to 400 pixels, but otherwise have not been edited. I have also taken photos of our grand-daughter, but they do not demonstrate the telephoto zoom and adorable as the photo is, I don't think I will be putting them in Dakota Today. Maybe some charming cat pictures.
Images taken at full zoom are not sharp when viewed full-size however. I haven't had a chance to test the full optical zoom in good sunlight.
After Christmas sales have had the camera on sale for $25 to $50 less than I paid a month or so ago. Images are about 12 megapixels. The camera is not the equivalent of a digital SLR with 50x optical zoom, but it also doesn't cost around $10,000.
A Nikon zoom with 42x zoom recently went on sale for around $240 in ads from Harold's Photo in Sioux Falls.. That might be a good deal too if the extra zoom is not something you want or need. If you have had any experience with either of these cameras, your comments are welcome.
I hope to have some more interesting photos in Dakota Today if the camera works as I hope and it was hyped. Previous Christmas and New Years "card" were taken with this camera.
*** Stay tuned even if the last camera you used was a plastic Kodak with corner drug store print processing ---- Doug Wiken