I am thinking of buying a digital camera for my trip to Africa. Because I am going to be taking pictures of wild-life from a distance, I would like something with a high optical zoom. My understanding is optical zooms are better than the digital zooms.
I would like something point-and-shoot with a good resolution (4 Megapixels should be fine for my needs I think, posting on the web and printing shots for my photo album) and a good optical zoom (I've seen some with 10x. That seems pretty decent).
I don't really want any of the video features that seem to come with so many of the digital cameras now. Especially don't need a microphone. Not sure if any come without these features now a days, but I am trying to keep the price down.
Does anyone have any recommendations? What should I expect to spend?
I can't advise you a camera but i can tell you. DON'T go fo digital zoom.
Digital zoom you can do after you come back from you trip on your computer with any photoediting program.
I don't know how far you will get from the animals but i expect that it will be difficult to shoot nice wildlife photo's with a point of shoot.
Maybe go look at the www.dpreview.com webpage to see what there is on the market.
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We went to africa two years ago and found out that you can most of the pics without a big zoom.
If you are going to the wild-life parks you get pretty close.
If you wanna do it with a zoom you will need a HUGE zoom.
Like George said, DONT USE DIGITAL ZOOM!!!!!!!!!
never, ever. Do that at home.
A lot of the gamedrives are in the evening or early in the morning, so shooting in the dark(er) can be handy.
Most important thing with wildlife and digital it that the camera takes the pic when yor press the button and not 2 seconds later. This is highly irritating. The animals do their own thing and the better moments can be over in a sec.
Another important thing (imho) is the time between shots. The animals move and like i said they can be gone quickly so you want to shoot some pics in short time.
A fast memory card can make this a lot more fun (40x or more), these cards are more expensive.
Ive been four weeks to africa with a normal SLR and shot around 30 roles. So be sure you dont run out of memory.
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