A safari is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and what better way to capture such an incredible event than with a camera.
A great camera should provide you with photos and videos to look back on from your trip for years to come.
However, finding the right camera specifically for safari can be challenging. Especially if you’re a beginner.
After all, the last thing you want to do is have a fancy, expensive camera that you’ve no idea how to use. Leaving you spending more time fiddling with buttons and settings than actually taking in the breathtaking surroundings in front of you.
Thankfully (or maybe not so much), we’ve been in this position and know first-hand how hard it can be to break through the camera jargon to truly understand which camera provides the best value for money for your safari adventure.
|Canon G7X Mark III||294g||20.1||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Sony A7 IV||650g||24.2||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Olympus TG-6||253g||12||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV||383g||20||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Canon M50 Mark II||387g||25.8||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Canon EOS Rebel T7||475g||24.1||1080p||Buy it on Amazon|
|Nikon D7500||720g||20.9||4K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Sony Alpha 7R IV||662g||42.4||8K||Buy it on Amazon|
|GoPro Hero11||158g||19.6||5.3K||Buy it on Amazon|
|Insta360 X3||178g||72||5.7K||Buy it on Amazon|
1. Canon G7X Mark III
⚖️ Weight: 294g 👾 Megapixels: 20.1 🎥 Video: 4K plus image stabilisation
The Canon G7X Mark III is the third release in the G7X series and provides incredible value for money.
This camera is great for point-and-shoot photography and vlogging and fits comfortably in your pocket.
That being said, this camera doesn’t come with any interchangeable lenses and as such, it may be hard to capture animals from a distance.
2. Sony A7 IV
⚖️ Weight: 650g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 24.2 🎥 Video: 4K (10fps)
We personally started out (and still own) with a Canon G7X (albeit the Mark II) before upgrading and making the switch to Sony for the Sony A7 IV.
This is the fourth full-frame A7 camera that Sony has released and boasts 5-axis image stabilisation as well as animal eye autofocus to allow you to capture an in-focus, detailed image every time.
3. Olympus TG-6
⚖️ Weight: 253g 👾 Megapixels: 12 🎥 Video: 4K
The Olympus TG-6 isn’t the best camera when it comes to specifications.
However, what it lacks in quality it more than makes up for in durability.
Labelled as ‘damage proof’ this camera is waterproof up to 15m, drop-proof from a height of up to 2.1 metres, freezeproof up to -10c° and crushproof with loads up to 100kg.
4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark IV
⚖️ Weight: 383g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 20 🎥 Video: 4K
This entry-level mirrorless camera is both stylish and incredibly easy to use.
While it doesn’t have as many of the features of some of the more advanced Olympus mirrorless cameras it’s great for capturing high-quality images easily.
Sadly, however, this camera doesn’t have an audio input. Therefore if you’re looking to film video with audio then this camera isn’t the right one for you.
5. Canon M50 Mark II
⚖️ Weight: 387g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 25.8 🎥 Video: 4K
The Canon M50 Mark II is another fantastic beginner-friendly mirrorless camera.
We personally have this camera and took it to America with us for our wedding / honeymoon trip.
The camera is incredibly easy to use, while the interchangeable lenses allow for custom shots.
6. Canon EOS Rebel T7
⚖️ Weight: 475g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 24.1 🎥 Video: 1080p
The Canon EOS Rebel T7 is a beginner-friendly camera at an affordable price point.
This camera provides good image quality when compared to other similar cameras in this price range straight out of the box.
However, this camera has been known to struggle in low-light situations. As such if you’re heading out on a nighttime safari you may want to look at an alternative.
7. Nikon D7500
⚖️ Weight: 720g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 20.9 🎥 Video: 4K
The Nikon D7500 is the best professional camera for beginners.
This camera is weather sealed and has a 51-point autofocus system that feeds into an extended buffer to expand continuous shooting capacity.
In fact, the only downside to this camera is that the 4K video is cropped and there’s only one memory card slot.
8. Sony Alpha 7R IV
⚖️ Weight: 662g (body only) 👾 Megapixels: 42.4 🎥 Video: 8K
If money is no object, then we would recommend the Sony Alpha 7R IV.
This camera has the world’s first 61MP full-frame back-illuminated Exmor R sensor and provides real-time tracking and real-time Eye AF for humans and animals.
All of which makes this camera a fantastic choice if you’re likely to be in a fast-moving vehicle driving through the savannah.
9. GoPro Hero11
⚖️ Weight: 158g 👾 Megapixels: 19.6 🎥 Video: 5.3K
The GoPro Hero11 camera is a lightweight, compact action camera that’s perfect for capturing photos and videos while on the move.
This is the 11th entry into the Hero lineup and features a revolutionary new image sensor which gives you an extra-large canvas for your creativity by capturing more of the sky and horizon in every shot.
10. Insta360 X3
⚖️ Weight: 178g 👾 Megapixels: 72 🎥 Video: 5.7K
The Insta360 X3 is the perfect choice for those looking to capture 360-degree photos and videos while out on safari.
These unique shots are ideal in addition to regular stills and video, and thankfully this camera is affordable and lightweight enough to purchase and carry easily.
If you invest in this camera then we highly recommend also purchasing the Power Selfie Stick accessory.