The best types of cameras for safari

Point and Shoot

Point and shoot cameras are lightweight, easy to use, and your first step up from a smartphone camera – perfect for beginners who don’t want to worry about too many fancy features, but are looking to elevate their photos. Their larger sensors and superior optical zooms will have your smartphone beat, and will yield better-quality pictures that will look great when printed out, even at bigger sizes. They’re also in the lower price range, meaning you can take beautiful pictures without blowing your budget. However, without the ability to change lenses, they’re not the most versatile option.

The Camera has great image stabilization, and its 30x optical zoom lens can help you get wide-angle shots of sweeping landscapes or zoom in to help you get those great pictures of those faraway wildlife subjects. Its tilt-angle touchscreen is easy to use and makes setting the focus and using other features simple, while also being great for selfies. Compact and user-friendly, it’s a great camera for travel.


DSLRs, or Digital Single-Lens Reflex cameras, are your most versatile option for more professional results. With a DSLR, you’re able to change lenses to get a greater range of shots, which means the options are truly endless. Even intro DSLRs can offer better photos than most point-and-shoot cameras, at a comparable price. Their only downside is that with more options come more bulk – extra accessories and heavy lenses might take up space and weigh you down. But if you’re ready to level up your photography skills and start taking travel photos more regularly, DSLRs are the tried-and-true way to go.

The camera is a great introduction to DSLRs. For wildlife pictures, a 300mm zoom or an all-in-one lens will give you some flexibility with your shot. Recent models also come equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.  The camera quick autofocus and weatherproof body make it perfect to bring along on safari. With a good hand grip, it has Wi-Fi capabilities and is compatible with most lenses. The camera is a more advanced DSLR that’s at a higher price range, but great for action shots due to its fast and precise autofocus, quick FPS, and a superior sensor. It’s fully weather-sealed with Wi-Fi capabilities and incredibly lightweight thanks to its magnesium-alloy body, and its retro-chic design will fit right in on safari.

Before you head out, practice with your camera to make sure you’re used to its features and its function. When you’re packing, think about what you want to take with you in your camera bag – different lenses, or accessories like tripods, UV filters, or extra battery packs and memory cards could be helpful when you’re on the road, but be mindful of strict baggage requirements. Drones are prohibited on most reserves, but if your heart is set on getting some aerial shots, you can get in touch with your tour provider to see what their provisions are. As always, be respectful of the environment and of the local culture. Once you have your bags packed and your camera picked out, you’re all set to take incredible photos and make unforgettable memories on your exciting safari adventure!

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