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Years ago, most birders were not carrying cameras into the field. Binoculars, of course. Spotting scopes, less common but still popular. But cameras? They were often too bulky and expensive for most birders’ liking. Now, however, digital camera tech is incredible, and prices are more affordable, to the point where lots and lots of birders are photographing birds out on the trail and in backyards.
Below are nine cameras that we like. If possible, try out a few different models to find out which will work best for you.
CANON EOS 7D MARK II
This DSLR features a 65-point autofocus system (with compatible lenses), allowing photographers to track fast-moving objects.
Max frame rate: 10 fps
A full-frame mirrorless camera with a 24.2- megapixel stacked CMOS sensor. It makes 60 AF/AE tracking calculations per second.
Max frame rate: 20 fps
SONY RX10 IV
An all-in-one compact with a 25x zoom lens. Approximately 20.1 megapixels and a phase-detection AF CMOS sensor.
Max frame rate: 24 fps