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The best cameras for wildlife photography are the digital SLRs. The absolute must feature that you need to look for is a fast continuous autofocus, which helps you track fast moving animals without losing focus. We limit our selection of the best cameras for wildlife pictures to the ones having supporting continuous auto focus and high response times(atleast 3 frames per second). Our selection also includes some of the expensive DSLR's, which supports this fast and continuous autofocus.

Professional wildlife photography demands a tele-photo lens in the range of 300mm and more. Generally, wild animals are not that obliging and one may want to have large zoom range to get in close enough. Wild life photography also means faster shutter speed (to capture moving animals) and wider aperture for shooting in lower light. Also a key feature is that there should be no shutter release button time lag, which could make a difference in capturing a great shot at the right time.

For amateurs who don't want to lug around a large DSLR body and telephoto lens, there are the superzoom cameras which have an awesome 10x or even 20x zoom built in. They are fixed lens cameras but nevertheless give an impressive 300mm or more zoom. To serve the purpose better they boast faster shutter speed and wider aperture in the range of F3.2. And the icing on the cake is that, they come at very affordable price so it's perfect for your safari vacations.

Compared to dSLRs, the point-shoot cameras have sensor chip that are small in size, trying to cram as many pixels are possible. At higher ISO (that is when shooting in low light) this might lead to more noise. And many wild-life shots are to be taken in natural low lighting. So, remember to buy a camera that has little noise at higher ISO than a camera that has higher mega-pixels. The best digital cameras for wildlife photography come with image stabilization which is a must-have to get less blur due to powerful zoom.

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Canon EOS 760D

Canon EOS 760D


The rankings for Canon EOS 760D in the best digital camera for pets list was generated based on digital camera reviews from sites like Imaging-Resource.com, PhotographyBLOG.com and CameraLabs.com. 7 such reviews were considered in all.

Top Contenders for the Best Digital Camera For Wildlife Photography of 2016 Compared:

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Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Canon EOS 760D
Leica Q (Typ 116)
Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
Fujifilm X-T10
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Jun 2015
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Jun 2015
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Focus Type
Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Touch, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Contrast Detect (sensor), Multi-area, Center, Selective single-point, Tracking, Single, Continuous AF, Face Detection, Live View, Manual focus
Frames Per Second
5.0 Frames
10.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
8.0 Frames
16.0 Frames
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Compact SLR
Large sensor compact
SLR-style mirrorless
SLR-style mirrorless
Compact
Resolution
24.0 Megapixel
24.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
26.81 mm
43.26 mm
21.64 mm
28.28 mm
13.23 mm

  • - HDMI output only functions when Wi-Fi/NFC is disabled.
    - Auto and Incandescent white balance settings too warm in tungsten lighting.
    - OVF coverage only 95%, with offset (this will likely change with sample variation).
    - Built-in flash can act as master to off-camera slave flash units.
    - Competitive though unexceptional burst speed for its class.
    - Excellent color and hue accuracy with manual white balance.
    - Very good high ISO performance for a 24-megapixel APS-C model.

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    - But it’s the 760D’s low noise levels that impress most.
    - The new 24.2MP sensor in the 760D doesn’t just look good on paper; it also generates excellent image quality.
    - Its plastic body is tough and doesn't show any signs of flex, plus you get a generously-sized rubberised rear thumb grip.


  • This camera produces the same superb image quality as the 750D, but its better handling, helpful secondary LCD and electronic level makes it our choice of the two models. It's almost like a smaller, lighter 70D, with a better sensor.


  • The Leica Q (Typ 116) is a niche camera, with a full-frame image sensor and a dedicated 28mm lens. It's not for every photographer, but it's fantastic at what it does.


  • The Leica Q (Typ 116) is the best serious compact camera that Leica have ever released, offering fantastic image quality, great handling and build-quality, and a number of surprisingly innovative features which include very fast auto-focusing, although it's also the most expensive too.
    Offering a unique combination of a 35mm full-frame sensor and fixed 28mm lens, the Leica Q's natural rivals are the now ageing Sony RX1 and RX1R, but they don't offer such a wide or fast lens, a built-in viewfinder, or a touchscreen interface.


  • A superb full-frame compact camera for those who like traditional controls and modern features like an electronic viewfinder. The Q is capable of producing beautiful quality images.


  • The Olympus OM-D E-M10 II is an evolutionary upgrade of 2014's E-M10 camera, principally adding an even better electronic viewfinder, 5-axis image stabilisation system, very useful fully electronic shutter, and AF targeting pad and focus stacking features, along with a better control layout.


  • The OM-D E-M10 II embodies what the Olympus OM-D series is all about; it's a high quality camera that feels great, offers an extensive feature set with bags of control and produces superb quality images yet doesn't take up much space in your bag.


  • The OM-D E-M10 Mark II is a great camera that's packed with the very best Olympus design and technology. Like its stablemates, it has a sleek retro look, a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and a speedy autofocus, but new technology like Focus Bracketing and five-axis stabilisation take it even further. It's straight-forward, effective and attractive. We just wish Olympus would update its over-complex menus!.


  • The mirrorless X-T10 is the best camera Fujifilm offers at a sub-$1,000 price point, but its burst shooting duration is disappointing.


  • The Fujifilm X-T10 successfully repackages most of the core features of the flagship X-T1 camera into a smaller, lighter and cheaper body, and it's also the first X-series camera to benefit from the brand new auto-focusing system, resulting in a mid-range camera that offers a lot of advanced functionality.

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    The Fujifilm X-T10 is a fantastic enthusiast level ILC. Sporting the 16-Megapixel X-Trans imaging sensor, EXR Processor II, Full 1080p HD video and total shooting control on the camera make it lots of fun to use. Performance and image quality will not let you down either.


  • - Macro performance not quite as good as some competitors.
    - Battery life not as good as predecessor (but still fair for its size).
    - Slightly below average saturation levels and hue accuracy.
    - Still can't capture RAW files and JPEGs at the "Extra Fine" highest quality setting.
    - Default Wi-Fi camera app lacks robust functionality; need to install additional (free) app.


  • The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV offers serious video improvements over the RX100 III, but it is very expensive for a compact camera.


  • Sony has made some good improvements to what is already an excellently performing camera, but there are still a few small problems with the RX100 IV which make it just slightly less than perfect. Even if you can put the extremely high price aside (especially as that will drop as time goes on), it remains disappointing not to see a touch sensitive screen on a Sony RX100 - if for no other reason than setting the AF point would be much easier and quicker with one. It’s also frustrating that you have to switch off raw format shooting to make full use of some of the functions on offer here, too.


Top 5 digital camera for wildlife photography of 2016:

  1. Canon EOS 760D
  2. Leica Q (Typ 116)
  3. Olympus OM-D E-M10 II
  4. Fujifilm X-T10
  5. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV