The best camera for wildlife photography in 2024

The Olympus OM-D E-M1X pro camera mounted with an Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 IS Pro lens
(Image credit: James Artaius)

From birds in the backyard to the big five on safari, the best cameras for wildlife photography will help you to get sharp and stunning animal shots every time. I'm lucky enough to have been on photo safari and to live near the world's first drive-through safari park, so I've spent a lot of time using these kinds of cameras! 

Wildlife is one of the most challenging subjects to photograph, so this is one of the most difficult camera choices you'll face. Personally, my pick is the Canon EOS R5 – a camera I bought myself because it boasts the best autofocus on this list, with phenomenal image quality, weather-sealing and a great range of lenses. 

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Photographer James Artaius using an Olympus camera on photo safari in Africa
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James Artaius

I've enjoyed animal photography for years, whether it's photographing them at zoos and sanctuaries or documenting them in the wilderness. I had to be super selective about the kit I took on photo safari to Africa, so I've done plenty of research into the optimum wildlife setup!

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SpeedWith a burst rate of 7fps is offers a good start fro beginners4 / 5
FeaturesIts massive 24-2,000mm lens is a major draw to this camera and beats everything out there 5 / 5
VauleProbably the best price to features ratio on this list5 / 5
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Speed23fps on its electronic shutter means you will certainly capture the action 4 / 5
FeaturesWith 24MP stills and Phenomenal autofocus this is perfect for wildlife5 / 5
VauleWith its super AF and 24MP stills its a great price for enthusiasts 4.5 / 5
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Speed20fps via its electric shutter is great , but not the best on the list3.5 / 5
FeaturesMassive 45MP sensor and 8K video means you can capture stunning wildlife visuals5 / 5
VaulePricey to most, but for 8K video and 45MP, it's good value4.5 / 5
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Speeda blistering 120fps you'll never miss a moment and is perfect for capturing humming birds 5 / 5
Featureswith its 120fps, 4K 60p video and zero rolling shutter - this is the perfect camera for wildlife content creators 5 / 5
VauleThis is a good as it gets for Sony, so it cost a fortune 4 / 5
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Speed120fps for 11MP, or 30fps full res 4.5 / 5
Features45MP stills, 8K video and pro grip body make this pro-grade camera a tank5 / 5
VauleIt's very well priced when you consider how much the Sony A9 III costs, but this is a massive leap from prosumer to pro-grade4 / 5
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Speed10fps is still very nippy for a DSLR4.5 / 5
Features32MP stills, uncropped 4K this is a great option for those want still want a DSLR4 / 5
Vauleits features might look "dated" compared to mirrorless cameras, but its a good price for a solid wildlife camera4.5 / 5
James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.