Great wildlife photography doesn't need the latest, most expensive cameras

Black cockatoos
(Image credit: Sharmishta Sarkar)

One of the best perks to being a camera reviewer is that I frequently get to try out the latest gear released on the market. Of course, this also means that I constantly find myself tempted to buy one of these new cameras for myself. I'm also acutely aware of how expensive these cameras can be, and for someone who enjoys wildlife photography, many of those speedsters are more a pipe dream than anything else.

That said, I've realized you really don't need the latest or fastest camera in the business to capture some great wildlife shots, whether they be action or animal portraits. You can actually do really well with older, budget (or mid-range) gear. 

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!