Wildlife Photography Cameras

Compare the 10 Best Wildlife Photography CamerasJanuary 2018(Last Updated 12 January 2018)

The best cameras for capturing high-quality photos of wild animals and birds
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Pixpro AZ252

Kodak Pixpro AZ252

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Jul 2017
The top rated digital camera under £100, good for wildlife photography
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D3

Nikon D3

105 Reviews + 19 Awards
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£188.12

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Jun 2016
A very cheap and multi award winning SLR digital camera, but with only average features
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85

DSC-HX80

Sony DSC‑HX80

106 Reviews
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£228.95

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Dec 2017
A very good value for money and newly released compact camera, with good features and marvellous user reviews
#4

86

AZ401

Kodak AZ401

7 Reviews
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£99.00

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Dec 2017
A very popular and cheap bridge camera, with a recent release date and good features
#5

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Coolpix W100 Kit

Nikon Coolpix W100 Kit

108 Reviews + 7 Awards
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£108.99

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Jun 2017
A top-value and new compact camera, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 6 further awards from other expert sites
#6

86

Pixpro FZ53

Kodak Pixpro FZ53

23 Reviews
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£55.99

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Aug 2016
A positively reviewed and affordable compact digital camera, with good features
#7

85

Cybershot DSC-W800

Sony Cybershot DSC‑W800

927 Reviews
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£71.28

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20.1MP
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Jul 2016
A very highly rated and bargain price compact camera, good for everyday photography
#8

89

NX1000

Samsung NX1000

241 Reviews + 6 Awards
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£80.00

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Nov 2017
A bargain price and newly released MILC camera, good for everyday photography
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86

Luxmedia Z250

Praktica Luxmedia Z250

3 Reviews
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£64.94

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20MP
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Sep 2015
A positively reviewed and bargain price compact digital camera, good for landscape photography
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89

Cybershot DSC-WX500

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX500

951 Reviews
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£239.00

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Sep 2017
A low cost and recently released compact camera, with great features and user reviews
#11

87

Lumix DMC-GX85

Panasonic Lumix DMC‑GX85

88 Reviews + 3 Awards
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£3,880.00

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Feb 2017
A very cheap and award winning SLR camera, good for sports photography
#12

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D3300

Nikon D3300

1,098 Reviews + 9 Awards
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£244.99

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24.2MP
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Dec 2017
The highest scoring portrait photography camera available, with great features and a very cheap price
#13

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Z212

Praktica Z212

5 Reviews
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£84.99

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Sep 2015
A very highly rated and very good value for money compact camera, good for wildlife photography
#14

82

DMC-FT30EB-

Panasonic DMC‑FT30EB‑

39 Reviews
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£105.00

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Apr 2016
A best selling and low cost compact digital camera, with good features and very good user reviews
#15

81

W1024

easypix W1024

181 Reviews
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£46.92

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10MP
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Aug 2016
Good for everyday photography, this is the top scoring digital camera under £50
#16

86

IXUS 185

Canon IXUS 185

158 Reviews + 1 Award
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£79.00

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20MP
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Jan 2017
An affordable and very popular compact digital camera, good for everyday photography
#17

85

Coolpix B500

Nikon Coolpix B500

161 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£202.92

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16MP
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Oct 2016
A very popular and amazingly good value for money bridge digital camera, good for wildlife photography
#18

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IXUS 175

Canon IXUS 175

19 Reviews
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£69.99

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Jan 2016
A top-rated and top-value compact camera, good for sports photography
#19

86

Coolpix P530

Nikon Coolpix P530

457 Reviews + 4 Awards
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£163.99

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Jan 2016
An affordable and multi award winning bridge camera, with good features
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Cybershot DSC-WX

Sony Cybershot DSC‑WX

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£148.99

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Jan 2016
A top-value and best selling compact digital camera, good for wildlife photography

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QWhat is the difference between optical and digital zoom?
AOptical zoom uses the hardware of the camera to physically move the lenses, enlarging the captured picture. Digital zoom uses software to further enlarge the picture. This means digital zooms can go far beyond the range of optical zooms, but the quality is much worse, and degrades sharply as the image is zoomed in.
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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.