Can anyone recommend a really good point and shoot camera for a safari

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  1. Martin77

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    Can anyone recommend a really good point and shoot camera for a safari. Thought about getting something a little better than my iPhone.
     

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    You will be amazed by the colors captured by the iPhone. I’ve taken an Olympus point and shoot that has rarely come out of its case. I’ve taken a canon t2i That is ten plus years old on three Safaris and a Nikon 3400 on one. Fantastic pictures from all three cameras but I probably most often stare at the iPhone images...dreaming of The next trip over.
     
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  3. Karoo Wild Safaris

    Karoo Wild Safaris SPONSOR Since 2016 AH Enthusiast

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    I agree... the newer iPhones have excellent cameras...

    The wife and I just finished 10 days in Peru, and the canon pocket camera rarely was used.. 90%+ of the shots we took were with our phones...

    They were just much more convenient/ easy.. and honestly take better pics..
     

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    I carry a Sony cybershot in my pocket for the “on the go” pictures. My iPhone is in my pack for the hero shots.
     

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    Ridgewalker AH ENABLER LIFETIME BRONZE BENEFACTOR AH Legend

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    I chose a Luminix. It’s a step up from a pocket point and shoot. I was looking for a camera with a viewfinder. It can do either viewfinder or screen. I wanted one with lots of megapixels...it is 20 so I can blow up pictures more. I wanted a long zoom...it goes to 40x...a bit more than I was looking for, but it works. Twilight times are great for wildlife and it has a setting that helps with that.
    I carry it in my daypack mostly. When we’re having lunches, sitting in a blind, or just on a leisure day I use it as my gun.
    If I only needed a point and shoot, like everyone previously has indicated a cellphone with a 12 megapixel works great. I like my iPhone 8 with 12 megapixels, but my Lumix is much better for those longer shots and I can see things in bright daylight much better through the viewfinder.
    No camera nor cellphone works for everything well. If you want a simple point and shoot check out the Consumer Report Annual. They usually have good advice on them each year.
    Best of luck in your decision!
     
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  7. Clodo Ferreira

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    Hello,

    I preffer a camera. I do not know a better one than the Olympus TG series. I have tthe TG 1 since 2012, right after its introduction. Now they ar at TG5. Not much changed anyway. Great sharpness, colours and contrast. And REALLY TOUGH!!!
     

  8. Bhfs300

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    Don’t have a point and shoot camera, still believe in SLR size for a good photo.
    Phones are convenient but if you take your 8-12 mg picture zoomed out to get that great animal photo it ends up being 1-2 mg good on a phone screen but not that great otherwise.
    Here is a review of several compact cameras with real zoom lenses you might be interested in.
    https://m.dpreview.com/articles/457...ne-26&ref_=pe_1822230_290261350_dpr_nl_320_17
     

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    Nikon Coolpix W300, money no object - Leica SL
     

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    The Sony RX100 series is one of the defining high-end point and shoot compacts, if not the defining camera in that space. The latest models are getting expensive but the Zeiss lenses etc produce incredible results, far beyond what your smart phone is capable of. I’ve also just started using a Sony DSC WX500. Lower priced but also with Zeiss glass. It has wifi which is really nice for quickly dumping pics to your phone, laptop etc. I always have an iPhone, but I find there are situations where I don’t want to handle the phone potentially exposing it to damage/loss or I just want more flexibility with my photography. Haven’t carried a full size camera in the field since retiring my Nikon F4.
     
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    I purchased a Canon SX620HS for my trip to Namibia last October and it worked well for me. It has a 25 zoom with an image stabilizer that kept the pictures in focus. Have a great trip
     

  12. Rob404

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    There are some other post that discuss point and shoot cameras on AH
     

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    I purchased a Canon 620sx for my trip as well. For a point and shoot it is great and it fits in my pocket so I can take it everywhere. I normally use a high end camera with an articulating view finder for most of my pictures, but they're cumbersome to carry. The 620 is easy to carry so it's always there and it takes very good pictures.
     

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    I took a Nikon P900 to Namibia along with my Canon 70D dslr. Ended up leaving the Canon in my room and took all my pictures and some of my videos with the P900. Awesome camera for the money. Will probably sell my Canon now....
     

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    I asked a similar question a while back. I ended up with a Panasonic LUMIX DC-ZS70K. It's a little more than a point & shoot although you can use it the same way. It takes great photos and has a lot of features including a 30X optical zoom and a real view finder.
     

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    Canon SX50HS in my pack, Canon SX720HS on my belt or in my vest.
     

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    Whichever camera you choose, the point and shoot cameras have few "weaknesses" that you need to keep in mind. The camera decides the focus and the exposure. Determine how the camera decides what focus to use, then make sure that it is focusing on what you want it to. Secondly, learn how to keep the camera in sync with you as to what part of the picture you want to be properly exposed. Most problems with automatic cameras is that they are out of focus or incorrect exposure for your subject. Keep you and your camera on the same page and you will get at least good photographs with any camera. The remainder of the quality is up to your composition, framing, timing and subject matter.
     
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    I too use a Lumix in conjunction with an iphone. The Lumix is a kind of a hybrid between an auto point/shoot and a true digital SLR. Great camera for the price plus it has a Leica lens.

    Another thing to consider is how to handle various batteries and chargers while traveling. And, I like regular SD cards for memory and storage and my desktop already has an SD slot. Makes it easy to handle photos once home even though air drop is available if Apple.

    I also have a couple of different small pocket size point/shoots and they, like the smart phone, are not that ergonomic and easy to use as compared to a larger camera. Some are so small, with their tiny controls, that they seem unhandy. And you may be asking other people to take some shots, so the camera needs to be user friendly for others who may not have the best photographic skills.
     
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    This^. I have used the Lumix and came back to the TG's, better pic and somewhat more rugged. I know as I am very hard on cameras, tend to bust them. So far have not busted the TG. Phones I leave in the pack where I can't break them.
     

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