Observing birds in the wild or garden focuses your attention and senses, making it an incredibly mindful activity. And with so many different calls, plumage patterns and behaviours on show, there's always something new to look for. For beginner birdwatchers, there are several options for viewing and capturing birds up close – but which is best for you?
Binoculars are a traditional birdwatching tool and offer incredible zoom as well as being lightweight and compact, but they're unable to record what you see.
Canon's PowerShot ZOOM is a monocular camera that packs a powerful long lens into a body small enough to fit in your pocket. With a versatile 100mm, 400mm and 800mm step zoom, it can bring your favourite subjects a lot closer, not to mention shoot rich, colourful photographs and videos.
Alternatively, a compact camera such as the Canon PowerShot SX740 HS combines high-resolution stills with a powerful 40x optical zoom and is ideal for birdwatchers who want to take their photography further.
Here, we'll look at the varying benefits of a monocular vs binoculars, and compare the Canon PowerShot ZOOM with Canon 8x20 IS and Canon 10x30 IS II binoculars as well as compact cameras to help you make the best choice for birdwatching.