Safaris can be magical experiences that draw you into deep into the wilderness and away from all the worries of daily life. If you’re lucky enough to have the chance to go on one of these once-in-a-lifetime adventures, you’ll undoubtedly want to capture the best moments in photos you can revisit after your trip – they’re the best souvenirs to document the amazing sights and remind you of the memories you made along the way. However, taking photos on safari can be trickier than you think. If you’re looking to take some great wildlife snaps, a safari trip might be the perfect chance to step up your photography game and splurge for a new camera. While smartphone camera technology has been making incredible strides, the limited digital zoom and screen glare isn’t going to cut it on safari.
What to look for in a camera
1. Price point
Though your safari trip was undoubtedly a big expense in itself, it’ll definitely be worth shelling out a bit more for a good camera if great wildlife shots are what you’re after. There are cameras at every price point that will already be a huge step up from your smartphone camera. With tons of competitive features out there that inflate the price tag, you should know that you don’t need the most expensive model to take the best pictures, especially if you’re not a professional photographer. Take into account the types of pictures you’ll be taking – close-up shots of wildlife in action, or sweeping shots of the safari landscape – to determine the features you’ll want to put your money on.
Conditions on safari can be tough on a camera – dust, wind, rain, and bumps are some things you might need to worry about, not to mention heat and humidity. You’ll want a weatherproof camera that will withstand all of these without a problem, so you that you won’t have to worry about its function while you’re on the road.
3. Frames Per Second
On safari, you’re likely going to be taking photos of dynamic subjects who will be on the move. You’ll want a camera with a fast FPS that will be able to take quick bursts of frames to make sure that you get your shot.
The sensor on a camera is the part that captures the light, and has a huge influence on image quality, which makes it an integral feature to consider for a good camera. Some of the best wildlife moments on safari will be captured during dusk or dawn hours, when the animals will be at their most active. You’ll want a camera that’s able to render your image and its colours well in those conditions. Go for a camera with a crop sensor that will help you get closer to your subject with less distortion.
You’ll be on the move constantly on safari, so the camera you choose has to travel well. You should be able to comfortably grip and maneuver it for long periods at a time. With baggage restrictions and weight limits on some safaris, this is something you should definitely consider – a top-of-the-line camera with all the best features will be of no use if you’re unable to comfortably bring it along with you.