What is the Best Camera for Wildlife Photography? | Wildlife Photography Tips
What is the Best Camera for Wildlife Photography? | Wildlife Photography Tips


51 thoughts on “What is the Best Camera for Wildlife Photography? | Wildlife Photography Tips”

  1. Tim Nicol says:

    Thank you for this review Will and Sam. I agree with Sam on the Nikon D850, I have been using that for the past 6 months or so and absolutely love this camera for wildlife photography. I tend to focus on bird, especially hummingbird photography this time of year and I am more than happy with this camera.

  2. Tony Davis says:

    just a curious question – why didn't you include the Canon 7D Mk 2 since that is somewhat touted as the professional level sport/wildlife body from them?

  3. Ka Ak says:

    I Am a Nikon shooter, but think that Sony one day can make us wildlife shooters realy happy … (A7 series not that good in focussing yet)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yp_t49PqzNM
    In our group we see often more Canon shooters switch to the A9 adapting the perfect glass that can not benefit on the low dynamic older sensors, even with the 5DIV , realism is flattened..
    You need low ISO to keep the birds "alive" Sony A9 with the EF500mm f4,0 IS looks like a 2,8 ! totally different quality
    We will test in time the A9 with the new AFS 500mm f5,6PF (perfect optics in MTF ) see if it works… native lens Sony 100-400 20fps RAW !!! , A9 is kept out in this test , Why?
    In our group there are : 2x Nikon D500 (Sigma 150-600 S, the otherAFS 600mm f4), 3xpersonsD850(180-400 f4,0 ,600mm f 4 , 800mm f5,6VR) and 2x Sony adapting Canon 500 now
    No canon body is used any more… they found it a bit flat, less dynamic and harder to edit in software mainly the shadow correcting…
    Lot of the members think the D850 is for now the best, with its build in D500… very powerful image sensor, but the Canon shooters found their way in using SONY to get the max out of the glass.

  4. Wild Portrait Artist says:

    the D850 is my dream camera. Some day….

  5. Mark Taylor says:

    Great real world review guys covering a fair range of kit.I'm a happy 80D user, and love the image quality I get from the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM I use where I'm frquently amazed by the sharpness from such a relatively inexpensive lens. I'd like more reach and I'm thinking of getting the Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS II USM (lucky me I'm due a bonus soon). Do you think this is a good match with the 80D, and should I part ex the 50 -250, or keep it as a very lightweight walkabout alternative lens. Thanks.

  6. Michael wilson says:

    Sony a9 the best

  7. pete draper says:

    Good video. I have moved away from Canon 7D mark II and Nikon D500 to Sony A7III and A7II. I came to the conclusion that I required a full frame sensor to deal more effectively with higher ISO. I only use two lenses for wildlife now, a Sony 100 – 400mm G Master and a Sony 90mm macro. With respect to the Nikon D7500, it has a preset function on the top plate rotary switch which the D500/D850 lack. The presets mean you can switch between settings for stationary subjects to birds in flight at the turn of a dial. This is a feature I use a lot on my A7III/A7II, and doubt I would buy a camera that does not have that feature now. I shoot on manual with auto ISO and generally have my A7III set to 1/500, f5.6. If I suddenly see a BIF I just turn the dial one click and my settings change to 1/2500, f8, -0.3EV. It's so much faster than having to change three individual settings and lessens the chances of missing the shot.

  8. Liveston31~ says:

    Hi guys currently I have a Canon 760D/T6s. I’m going to Cape Town soon and visiting Safaris. I’m thinking of getting a 2nd hand 300mm f4 IS lens instead of a 400mm, will it be worth it? 100-400 or 150-600 lenses are out of my budget. Thanks!

  9. cii1072 says:

    Did you use Auto ISO and/ or Manual mode with the D850? Or another Mode?

  10. ACID SNOW says:

    thanks for this insight, really interesting video 😀
    thanks for sharing this with us, really enjoyed watching this

  11. jo ho says:

    Sponsored by Canon and Nikon? Come on guys!

  12. Darryll Benecke says:

    You have totally ignored the Sony range. The A77ii, the A99ii, the A9 and the Sony mirrorless range all of which should have tested to compare with the Nikon & Canon equivalents. I think you will be very pleasantly surprised and may change your choice of workhorse for the future.

  13. Matt Miller says:

    I enjoyed the video very much. I own a 6D mkii and 100-400mm lens. I'm curious as to what you're thoughts are of the Canon XF series of camcorders. Would this be a good choice for wildlife filmmaking or should I stick with a DSLR?

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  15. Neil Sheriff says:

    Hi guys, I don't think you should have included the Canon 1DX in this review, that camera body is really designed for professional sports photographers. I don't think many amateur photographers will think about buying the 1DX. I use the 80D and think it is a great all purpose camera at an affordable price.

  16. Badhan Biswas says:

    Where is Nikon D5 man? This video is incomplete without this camera if you talking about true wildlife photography?

  17. Julie oz says:

    should have tested the 7DII over the 80D, its more the wildlife camera in apsc than the 80D is, maybe its old but still people will buy it over the 80D if they shoot wildlife with canon. I have a 7DII and cant really fault it for wildlife, its way more suitable to fast moving wildlife. I also use a 5DIII but not so much for wildlife as Id be cropping in and losing too much info for print.

  18. Pentaxian says:

    what about Pentax k1? Is it forbidden to say something about or what?

  19. The Animal Enthusiast says:

    How big is the difference between Nikon D7500 and D500 in terms of high ISO capabilities? I am often shooting in forests so I struggle on low light. I am considering buying the D7500 and in time jumping to D850 but I would also consider D500 if the difference is big even though that would mean postponing the lens upgrade.

  20. Mark Harris says:

    Unfortunately we never saw any shots of wildlife.

  21. SundayRacers says:

    D500 & D750 for me. Love to see you guys do an "affordable" wildlife lens comparison. Usually shoot with the 300mm PF and 200-500mm Nikon lenses, but was blown away by the 100-400 Sigma I picked up recently. So much good glass about these days which you won't need a second mortgage for.

  22. Sameer pathan says:

    What about nikon d7200 ?

  23. William Anderson says:

    It’s conceivable to me that they didn’t include the Nikon D5 in their review.

  24. Peter Anderson says:

    Just because something is released later does not make it even close: Example. I own the 80D and 7D Mark II. I would never use the 80D for wildlife or sports if I have the 7D Mark II with me. Not does the 7D Mark II shoot at a rate of a shot every tenth of second it has a buffer to keep shooting whereas the 80D dies out quickly and only shoots at a shot every 7th of a second. In addition the 80D's focusing system is more primitive and does not offer the wide range of focusing options of the 7D Mark II. Very disappointed that homework was not done before throwing in the 80D without considering the far better for action shots of the 7D Mark II. Simple math will help. A bird, for example, flying at 40mph (a slow bird, Bald Eagles flying speed is 75-99 mph and that is far from the fastest, see https://youtu.be/MMsLVxcKh24 for perspective) is traveling at 58.67 feet per second. If it takes your camera longer to lock on to the bird with a less robust focusing system, shoots with less frames per second, and then dies out because the buffer is small you will lose out on many potentially great images.

  25. David Aylsworth says:

    I use my Canon 70D for wildlife and the 5D Mk III for landscape and portrait work. Enjoyed the video.

  26. Magnus Christensson says:

    Wildlife? Comparing of one shooting Canon and one on Nikon hmm

  27. David Schenck says:

    I use both Canon 7D MK2 and 5D MK4. Due to the image quality and high iso capability, the 5D 4 is my favourite. To be honest, I would prefer a compromise and still have the now discontinued 1.3 crop of the 1D series available. One thing I don't think you mentioned was the touch screen on the 5D4. The one on my mobile phone is terrible, so I was a bit put off when I read this was a feature of the 5D4. When I got the camera, I thought I would try it though and was instantly very impressed. Especially for wildlife, it makes it really easy to change settings without having to make much movement that might scare your subject.

  28. Nikhil Bidwaikar says:

    Thinking to buy Nikon D7200

  29. Dirk Tassaert says:

    My old Nikon D3s + Nikon 200-500 mm f5.6

  30. Bob Bridges says:

    Hi Lads,
    I own both a Nikon D850 and a D500 and it’s horses for courses. To be honest and at the price I don’t think you gave the D500 a fair crack of the whip for wild life. I photograph dog training on a regular basis and have posted close to 5,000 shots in the last year.

    Please see….
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums

    OK I am only putting them out at 2100×1500 pixels but the RAW files are much bigger if and when required.For this type of sports/animal work the higher frame rate and greater reach of the D500 DX format wins hand down over my D850. Not to mention the smaller and more manageable file size. Yes the D850 is the quality camera and my first choice for commercial work but give me the D500 every time for dog training.
    Bob Bridges

  31. ACEFIGHTER8 says:

    Ok…so you have the 1DX Mk II but no D5…also D7500 is a baby D500 with 1 card slot

  32. Stefan1968ful says:

    Very clear: Canon 1DX Mark II with Canon 600mm 4.0 II. Or the Nikon D850 with Nikkor 600mm 4.0 FL. I can say that, we use both 🙂

  33. edward bueno says:

    these are dslr fan boys

  34. Eddie Harris says:

    What camera do you think is overall better for wildlife. Nikon d500 or the nikon d810

  35. cybertec69 says:

    No issues with the D500, it's a beast, fast, with great dynamic range.

  36. Victor De Coen says:

    Where's Sony, Fuji, Olympus, …?

  37. Mark Hume says:

    Any chance on a review of budget DSLRs for wildlife for those of us who cant afford the high end.

  38. LOCAL GAMER says:

    your whatsapp number pls

  39. Vinay Kumar says:

    Hello i need small help

  40. Gruff Tor says:

    I got the Sony gear Dump the mirror. There’s no going back.

  41. me4jas says:

    ISO comparison is irrelevant unless you have actual incident light measured in absolutely candela. I have D800 and low light is pretty useless after iso 1200

  42. Ramon van Bentum says:

    80d? Why not 7d mk ii

  43. Kilo Hotel says:

    I’m using the Canon 5dsr and 1DX2 for wildlife. The 5dsr is amazing especially for animals that don’t move fast where you need more than 5fps. The 1DX2 frame rate, high ISO capability and never ending buffer are great to use and the build quality is top notch. For me as a Canon shooter they pair up great, but the Nikon 850 with battery grip seems like the perfect mix of both my Canons in one. High megapixel and high frame rate. If I was starting from scratch right now that’s the kit I’d go with.

  44. Thomas Hong Kong says:

    5D is the king!!!

  45. Codlot says:

    So you went to Slimbridge and used the 1DX MKII to photograph static cows ?. Sorry but that is NOT demonstrating the capability of that camera!

  46. Brian says:

    Man this video was a letdown. Really lazy content. Ducks in the pond and cows? Wow!

  47. eXplorer says:

    Very good video!

  48. Marek Czaja says:

    Canons lens selection is much wider with more specialized lenses. Also canon is generally less expensive than nikon. HOWEVER!!!!!!!! for wildlife where you cant get right in front of the animal, canons lenses loose so much MP. For example canons very popular 7D MK ii (20MP camera) with the 100-400mm mkii or 400mm 5.6 only give about 9 to no more than 15 perceived megapixels!! And in my opinion that's just not enough when cropping. I shall be switching to nikon as soon as my current set up sells.

  49. PrinceCharming25 says:

    Not even the Canon 7D mark II? What gives, man? It's far more better than the 80D…I Own the 7D Mk II For 2 weeks now it's amazing!

  50. eXplorer says:

    Cool vid!

  51. the Godfather _ says:

    What about the Nikon p1000

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