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Like AKR1 said. If what you have is good enough stick with the smaller sensor. If you are looking for better image quality (bridging closer to a. DSLR) it's a no brainer too! Bigger sensor.

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Oh I missed a bit of this thread. It will make a difference regardless, especially in lower light but you should probably be willing to learn to control your camera - especially shutter speed and ISO, as this will result in more consistently clear pictures. Other stuff too, as said, but I am just looking at the very basics.

 

I think that's an interesting question "why not go back to a phone?" It turns the questions you are asking around a bit. I've yet to see anyone but very skilled photographers do much on safari with a phone, but it's still an interesting thought!

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I've found that when I'm playing around at home on the beach or traveling otherwise, I have the time and mental acuity to think through the settings and successfully shoot manually and get really satisfactory results. I don't feel like I have the same ability on safari, especially if something crops up unexpectedly. Maybe it's mind over matter at that point, I'm away, jetlagged, excited, whatever. I have spent some time shooting manually and playing with settings, but when it comes down to a pinch and really don't want to miss the shot, I put it in Auto.

Two of my friends on my first safari brought an iPhone, granted it was 2013 and it was likely the iphone 4, and they didn't manage to get many shots at all, especially those when animals were really close, for some reason. I see a fair number of iPads out there now though, more so than I'd think.

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@@AKR1 and @@pault I bit the bullet and got the Sony this morning. I did a ton of research and had an honest conversation with my camera shop. Bottom line I was worried about my Nikon holding up and I didn't want to miss out on either gorillas or the return to the Mara. It is a significant investment but a significant step up too. I have 105 days to learn to use it before the next safari...

 

Thank you all for your guidance!

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My suggestion would be the Nikon P900 if you want a fantastic optical zoom. My 72 year old Mom has it and her photos have been outstanding. I wish I had it with me on my last trip to Tanzania as a secondary camera.

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My suggestion would be the Nikon P900 if you want a fantastic optical zoom. My 72 year old Mom has it and her photos have been outstanding. I wish I had it with me on my last trip to Tanzania as a secondary camera.

 

So glad to see this! My Father-in-law (an avid photographer) recommended the Nikon P900 and I just ordered it for myself for Xmas (will let my husband sign the gift tag :D ) I have a DSLR but did not want to take something that is smarter than me. I have had my DSLR for about 6 years and love it, but I only shoot on auto, and don't want to be worrying about how to use my camera when I should be enjoying the view. I knew I wanted a P&S with a good zoom and video, and after way too much reading and research chose the P900. It isn't even here yet, so hopefully I love it when it arrives.

 

My Father-in-law was so sweet to order me the book EXPLORING THE LIGHT by Rick Sammon. It seems to be a really good book for inexperienced photographers to get a better understanding of photography. My Father-in-law keeps teasing me that I need to get a lion costume for the dog and then use her in all kinds of situations and light to practice with my new camera before our trip.

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