Wildlife Photography Cameras

Compare the 10 Best Wildlife Photography CamerasJanuary 2018(Last Updated 16 January 2018)

The best cameras for capturing high-quality photos of wild animals and birds
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72

FinePix F750EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F750EXR

3 Reviews
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$440.31

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16MP
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Apr 2012
A classic and good spec compact camera, but representing only average value for money

87

Coolpix L26

Nikon Coolpix L26

107 Reviews + 1 Award
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$79.00

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16.1MP
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Feb 2012
An award winning and affordable compact digital camera, with great features

87

Coolpix S6300

Nikon Coolpix S6300

53 Reviews + 1 Award
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$219.99

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16.3MP
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Jul 2013
An award winning and excellent value for money compact camera, with very good features

72

L810

Nikon L810

155 Reviews
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$199.99

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16.1MP
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Feb 2012
A classic and good spec bridge camera

76

D800

Nikon D800

130 Reviews + 26 Awards
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$1,345.00

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36.3MP
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Jan 2014
A high image quality and multi award winning SLR camera, with good features but representing only moderate value for money

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FinePix S4200

Fujifilm FinePix S4200

58 Reviews + 1 Award
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$185.00

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14MP
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Apr 2012
An excellent value for money and award winning bridge camera, with very good features

76

EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

877 Reviews + 7 Awards
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$1,626.00

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22.3MP
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Nov 2007
A multi award winning and very popular SLR camera, with one of the highest image qualities around but representing only middle of the road value for money

76

X-S1

Fujifilm X‑S1

20 Reviews + 5 Awards
Digital Versus - 5 StarTrusted Reviews - RecommendedLes Numeriques.com - 5 StarPhotographyBlog.com - Highly Recommended
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$961.82

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12MP
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Dec 2012
A good spec and multi award winning bridge digital camera, but representing only average value for money

75

EOS 1D X

Canon EOS 1D X

372 Reviews + 11 Awards
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$4,299.98

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18.1MP
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Mar 2012
A multi award winning and good spec SLR digital camera, but representing only middle of the road value for money

86

FinePix JZ100

Fujifilm FinePix JZ100

36 Reviews
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$129.99

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14MP
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Mar 2012
A low cost and classic compact digital camera, with very good features

86

ELPH 320 HS

Canon ELPH 320 HS

157 Reviews + 4 Awards
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$249.00

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16.1MP
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Jun 2012
A bargain price and multi award winning compact digital camera, with very good features

75

PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS

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$219.95

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10.1MP
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Mar 2012
A bargain price and good spec compact camera

82

PowerShot G1 X

Canon PowerShot G1 X

187 Reviews + 17 Awards
Camera Labs - RecommendedEphotozine - RecommendedDP Review - SilverPhotographyBlog.com - Highly Recommended
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$496.37

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14.3MP
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Dec 2012
A cheap and multi award winning bridge digital camera, with very good features

86

A800

Canon A800

87 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$179.99

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10MP
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Sep 2011
A low cost and award winning compact camera, with great features

83

VS20

Pentax VS20

25 Reviews
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$194.02

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16MP
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Feb 2012
An affordable and classic compact camera, with great features

73

NX5

Samsung NX5

6 Reviews
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$956.94

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14.6MP
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Aug 2012
A good spec and classic bridge camera, but representing only moderate value for money

83

ES60

Samsung ES60

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$129.99

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12.2MP
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Aug 2012
A fully featured and affordable compact camera

77

G1

Benq G1

35 Reviews + 2 Awards
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$229.00

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14MP
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Sep 2012
A good spec and award winning compact digital camera, with a reasonable price

87

Powershot ELPH 300 HS

Canon Powershot ELPH 300 HS

159 Reviews + 6 Awards
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$238.98

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12.1MP
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Jun 2011
A top-value and multi award winning compact camera, with very good features

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X100

Fujifilm X100

261 Reviews + 33 Awards
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$700.00

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16.3MP
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A multi award winning and good spec compact digital camera, with a reasonable price

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AThere is a small but important difference between waterPROOF and water RESISTANT - waterproof means that the camera can be submerged underwater for an extended amount of time with no adverse effects. Water resistant means that the camera can suffer limited exposure to water without any problems - normally this is limited to heavy rain or liquid splashes, not total immersion.
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AInstant cameras have been seeing a revival in recent years - modern versions work similar to the classic Polaroid cameras, but use modern thermal-reactive paper. They allow immediate printing of photos when out and about - perfect for parties! However the paper is expensive to buy, and you can easily blast through a pack of 10 shots very quickly.

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Wildlife Photography

Wildlife photography is popular and rewarding hobby, but most wildlife is notoriously shy so getting close up, detailed shots can be difficult. If you can't find a full-size gazelle costume to hide in, a good SLR camera is an excellent fallback.

When ranking cameras for their ability to photograph wildlife, we've concentrated on a number of key attributes. Optical zoom is important to allow you to take clear, detailed photos of animals without having to get physically close to them. A high ISO sensitivity will help take cleaner photos in low-light conditions. Finally, since animals tend to move (and sometimes quite fast), we consider a trio of the camera's shutter speed, auto focus power and whether it has an image stabilisation system or not. All three of these will help you take crisper, cleaner photos of fast moving objects.

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How to Choose a Digital Camera That is Good for Wildlife Photography

Optical Zoom

The optical zoom of a camera is a measure of how much the camera can zoom in to the subject using the camera's lens system. An optical zoom is superior to a digital zoom because the zoom is achieved using the optics of lens which means that the full extent of the digital sensor is always used to capture the image.

A long optical zoom helps you to get closer to distant wildlife, without loss of image quality. Ideally you should look for a lens of 300mm focal length (15x zoom) or more.

Image Stabilizer

Camera shake is a major cause of blurred images, especially with handheld photography or in low light situations where a slow shutter speed is required. Image stabiliser technology detects and corrects slight camera shakes.

An image stabiliser reduces image blur that can be caused by small hand movements. This is very useful when shooting without a tripod and especially when using long zoom lenses. The best image stabilisers are optical stabilisers which are housed inside the camera lens.

Auto Focus (AF) Points

A higher number of Auto Focus points means that the camera is capable of better tracking and keeping focus on fast-moving targets, meaning cleaner, crisper photos.

Camera Shutter Speed

The minimum time which the camera shutter is open when taking a photo.

A faster shutter speed means that the photo will be taken quicker, meaning you can shoot fast-moving animals without them appearing as a blur.

Maximum ISO Sensitivity

ISO sensitivity denotes the sensitivity of your camera to available light. Modifying the sensitivity causes the camera to gather more or less light when forming an image. Higher sensitivity gathers more light, which means can lead to a sharper image in low-light conditions. However it may also lead to increased 'noise', meaning the ISO level must be carefully modified to get the best shot.

A high ISO sensitivity allows you to take photos in very low light without using flash. This can be very useful for wildlife photography as the flash can be startling for some animals. The high ISO level will also allow you to take faster photos when zoomed in which will reduce blur due to camera shake.