Digital SLR cameras that take the best wildlife pictures
A digital SLR would be the next level of photography. There is more of a learning curve so if you are buying one specifically for a trip, make sure you familiarize yourself with the controls and all the functions. A digital SLR will allow you to get sharper, more professional looking pictures due to its larger camera sensor and better optics. Depending on your budget, any camera around the $800 mark will suit you well. Note that you will also need a telephoto zoom lens with the camera.
Our picks are the Canon T2i or the Nikon D90. On tight budget, the Canon T1i or Nikon D5000 and D3000 will work nearly as well.
If you already have a digital SLR and have used it for a while, you will know that the kit lens it comes with simply is not going to cut it for wildlife photography. Most kit lenses only reach 55mm or 105mm but a few do reach 200mm which I would say is the bare minimum focal length for photographing animals.
When shopping for a telephoto lens, look for a zoom (or prime) lens that will reach to at least 200mm. Common zoom lenses are 70-200mm, 70-300mm, and 70-400mm. The latter two lens designs have slower apertures (F/5.6 on the tele end) and are only suitable for daylight. A 70-200mm will have an aperture of F/2.8 or F/4 and is suited for low-light, but is not as long. Some zoom-lenses are also equipped with image stabilization (which makes them more expensive), but greatly increases the sharpness of your pictures when you are moving or shooting at slower shutter speeds. Prices for a telephoto zoom lens can range from $150-$2500.Find a focal length that will match your needs, camera mount, and fit your budget.