You and I both know what photography is don’t we? It’s simply a capture of moments that describes almost everything about that single scenario each time we look at the photograph no matter what time of day it is. The real question is how much do we know about Bird Photography. This is photography at a whole other level if you ask me. This sometimes takes long hours with immense effort not to scare away these delicate creatures, even though we stay distant from them. Although majestic, they are often quick and crafty enough to escape a lens. Birds in particular tend to emerge at the crack of dawn and dusk when the level of light is clearly low.
The environment and weather only adds onto the challenge. That is the art of photography. Capturing those rare moments, in a perfect frame of never-ending time. The viewer feels the moment that the photographer has captured no matter what it is. No matter how old it may be. But the level of feeling the moment depends greatly on the quality of the photograph. Since 1906 where the first wildlife photograph was captured, cameras have undergone an enormous number of advancements and evolved into a high tech piece of equipment capable now of doing amazing things. Here are the 7 best cameras of 2020 that you must get your hands on!
1. Nikon D5 20.8 MP FX—Format Digital SLR
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The Nikon D5 is a power house coming into this action filled department. This FX-format DSLR redefined the improvements in sensor design, auto focus, metering and image processing. The low-light capabilities of the Nikon D5 is exquisite. The D5 produces great pictures in near-dark surroundings. This camera will capture quickest movements due to its pinpoint AF detection system.
It has a continuous fast shooting speed of 14 fps which will give you a great chance of capturing even a bird in motion. The D5 has a EXPEED 5 image processor and an additional processor that is custom built to just the auto focus. This guarantees that the pictures are lavish, and vibrant all at once. One of the major advantages over many of its rivals is the battery life, capable of producing above 3,500 photos per charge is extremely handy even in remote areas.
Type: DSLR | ISO range: Native ISO 102400, extend to ISO 3280000 | AF Points: 153 | Video: 4k video time-lapses, 4k recording at 30fps, and Full HD at 60fps
2. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II
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The 1D X Mark II is the most robust and weather sealed camera produced by Canon, ready for whatever outdoor condition we put it across. The 14 fps frame rate (16 fps in Live View Mode) is breathtaking and of great value when photographing birds as it could even catch eyes between blinks.
The 1D X Mark II’s AF system with 61 points drive very fast and accurate focusing with a large array of focus points to use for tracking the subject. When getting the image matters greatly, this one reliably brings back perfection.
Type: DSLR | Megapixels: 20.2 | ISO range: 100-51,200
3. Canon EOS 5Ds R
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Why choose the 5Ds R for bird photography? The quality of the ultra-sharp 50MP images this camera delivers is simply awesome. The slower 5 fps frame rate may cause a few lost opportunities capturing the perfect shot, but the quality of the images are stunning. The cropping headroom provided by the 50MP images is a huge asset for any wildlife photographer who craves authenticity.
Type: DSLR | ISO range: 100-6400 (Extends to 12,800) | AF Points: 61-point module with input from 150k pixel metering sensor | Video: 1080/30fps
4. Nikon D500 DSLR
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For bird photographers craving to have a bit more authority, the D500 DSLR is a serious performing mid-range DSLR camera capable of capturing high-quality photos. This camera does everything exceptionally well, offering high ISO, fast AF, and the ability to capture 10fps. The workspace and user-friendly design along with weatherproofing seals make this great for fast-action shots in conditions that may not be the greatest.
Type: DSLR | Megapixels: 20.9 | AF points: 25, 75, & 153 (3-D Tracking) | ISO range: 100-51,200
5. Sony a7 III ILCE7M3/B
The Sony a7 III is a full frame mirrorless camera which features interchangeable lens options. This able to capture minute details in low and high light situations. The mirrorless build makes this camera catchy and compact. Bird photographers will be impressed with the purity and color this camera produces making it a great grab for hiking and traveling in nature. If you are hoping to get white collar grade photos without paying for costly cameras, the Sony a7 III is the camera you are looking for.
Type: Mirrorless Interchangeable-Lens Megapixels: 24.2 | Frames per second: 10 fps, 8 fps | AF points: 693 phase-detection and 425 contrast-detection AF points | ISO range: 50-204,800
6. Nikon D850 FX-Format DSLR Camera
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One of the best cameras for professionals. This camera is great for all conditions. It comes with the original Nikon Back Side Illuminated Full Frame Image Sensor system producing superior clarity and quality in every shot. The camera is competent of shooting both still images and videos.
The D850 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera has a built-in 45.7MP sensor. It is also capable of shooting videos in both 4K and 8K resolutions. There is a time-lapse mode for video content. The camera features a touchscreen that can be inclined, making it easier and fitting to use the camera in uneasy circumstances.
Type: DSLR | Frames per second: 7fps | ISO range: 64-25 600
7. Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III
This new camera uses Olympus’s latest 20.4 megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor, providing photographs of image quality that is very close to one’s with APS-C sensors. Olympus cameras and lenses are prominent for being small and portable. This new camera’s abilities are astonishing, including excellent 5.5EV in body stabilization, an amazing 30fps Pro Capture mode with 14-shot pre-buffering, C4K and 4K UHD video, Live Composite, and Live Bulb modes.
Type: Mirrorless |Video: c4K/4K