Below are some of the cameras and lenses we recommend for wildlife photography.
NIKON CAMERA BODIES
- D5600 – small DSLR ideal for beginners with some interesting features.
- D500 – my #1 recommendation for wildlife photography cameras.
- D610 – entry-level full-frame DSLR. Recommended.
- D850 – Nikon’s newest full-frame pro-level camera which really, makes the D5 obsolete.
- D5 – Nikon’s top full-frame camera (until the D850 came out).
CANON CAMERA BODIES
- 70D – small DSLR ideal for beginners wanting a Canon system.
- 1Dx – the best Canon made, but still far inferior to Nikon D850 and D5 in many ways.
Some of the considerations you should take into account before you purchase a camera for wildlife photography are:
- Weather Sealing – Waterproofing – Dustproof
- If doing night flash photography – are any of the buttons backlit?
- Full-frame or Cropped-Sensor?
- Zoom lenses or prime (non-zoom) lenses?
- Cost of Canon vs. Nikon (Nikon is higher)
- Availability of spare lenses, bodies, accessories – in Thailand, for instance, it’s 80% Canon.
- Video capability – if you’re going to shoot some. Cameras differ wildly.
- Used vs. New gear – camera bodies show wear if overused, you can maybe get good deals on used equipment and save hundreds of dollars off the new price.