Hello there! I am due to go on the Botswana trip and understandably, I would loike to buy a decent digital camera with a mega zoom. I have spotted the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28 and was wondering what people thought of it?
Howdi Hayley, my Photographer friend said that it was a very good camera.
Enjoy your trip and happy snapping :-)
I don't know anything about the camera you mentioned but a couple things may be worth bearing in mind :
- the animals may not be that close so the bigger OPTICAL zoom you can get the better (if you use a big digital zoom the quality will be poor).
- if you think that you may want to enlarge some of your shots, ensure that you use the right file size
- take lots & lots & lots of memory : you will be taking many more pictures than you can possibly imagine !
Good luck - Bots is a wonderful country !
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Hi I am in a similar position to the original poster but as its been a few years I wondered if anyone has any up to date advice on newer models and such. I have about £400 to spend in total so wondering what the best to spend that money on. I am going on the Kenya & Tanzania safari so will have same restrictions on power available and far away animals.
Alex - take a look at the Canon SX30IS. It's on budget and has a massive zoom range (35x). I'm sure that equivalent models are also available from Nikon, but can't remember exact model numbers.
Thing to bear in mind with this type of camera is that they're not always great in low light and can suffer from slower startups and shutter lag (ie press the button, pause, shot taken).
Hope this helps
I have an FZ28 and have used it on safari. You can have a look at some pictures I took with it in Kenya/Tanzania (trip code AYK), with more on Flickr (search for AYK). There are also some shots I took in Gaalpagos. I have found the camera is nice and light, with good battery life. With one spare battery it lasted almost and entire trip. It is not so good in low light, but the zoom is good. The electronic view finder make getting shots in bright sunlight easier. Biggest problem is time between shots and some delay on focus, but I still managed to get a lot of good shots without all the extras you often get with an DSLR. One person on my Kenya trip had an extra suitcase just for camera extras.
I have be consider one of the micro four thirds for my next camera (eg Panasonic G2) , as you keep the size down and still get many of the DSLR benefits. But then I will be into having extra lenses and more stuff to carry around.
Anyway enjoy your trip.
I wish there was a short answer - but here goes........
Modern superzooms are really good, the offer a lot of zoom for not much outlay. On the downside they suffer from poor low light capability, shutter lag and longer startup times.
A DLSR offers a lot more flexibilty, better low light capability (in most cases) and instant operation. However in order to get the best out of it you have buy more bits to clip onto it (and some of those bits don't come cheap, which is why you won't see many rich photographers!)
If you were just considering a camera for your trip I'd say consider a superzoom - it will give you loads of reach, but may struggle (a bit) in the low light of Volcanoes National Park. As your planning on using it when you get back for other tasks., then you may discover the limitations of the superzoom quite quickly (don't get me wrong superzooms are really cool - I started with a fuji one - but I've generally noticed that as people start taking more photos, they progress towards DSLRs as a matter of course).
If you go the SLR route you'll probably need 2 lenses - a short one say 17-85mm and long one say 70-300mm. You can get some lenses that cover a wider range 28-300 (I think) which means that you'd sacrifice some width, but could get away with a single lens.
The downside of the DSLR routes is that for £500 you won't be able to get the reach you would ideally want for a safari. Although there are lenses in the 70-300 range for under £200, they can be a little soft and lack definition
But there are other options - £500 will easily get you a new body and kit lens (D3000 or EOS 1100D would easly come in on price), you could then hire a zoom for the trip - lenses for hire have a good selection and reasonable rates.
There are also numerous dealers in used equipment and you can often spread you budget a lot futher - bear in mind that when you buy a new camera, you'll probably incur a lot of other expenses such as memory and batteries.
I've never encountered a problem with carrying stuff - a good camera backpack does the job well, just be selective with what you take. On my gorilla trip I used a Tamrac expedition 6X - which held all my stuff and couple of changes of clothes in case my main luggage got lost. Once I landed I did a quick repack so that it just held equipement (which primarily consisted 2xDSLR, 1 Long Lens, 1 Walkaround lens, batteries and hard disk).
Hope this helps a bit - sorry if it's wordy - feel free to ask me clarify anything if it's waffley (which most of my posts are.......)
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