My friend is going on a safari in Africa this year. She wants to buy a new camera because she has an old point and shoot and doesn't feel like she'll get "quality" pictures.
She doesn't have a serious interest in making photography a hobby. Her use case is probably:
- Shoot jpeg, no RAW
- prefers less bulky camera (so avoiding dslr would be a win)
- Needs a long focal length to get great shots of those animals
- Probably also wants to be able to get some scenery and pictures of people close by
- Might be willing to play with Aperture priority and Shutter priority, but that would be the extent of developing a photography hobby
Price-wise, this is someone that is willing to buy a camera like a Nikon D7000 if it meets all the criteria, but I think she can meet her needs for cheaper :-).
Some thoughts I had:
- mirrorless might be nice: something like sony nex 5n. She's happy with the size of that. I'm not entirely sure what a good focal length is for a safari and whether any standard lenses for that camera meet her needs. I'm not sure if there are good adapters or teleconverters that can do better or how smaller aperture at the high focal length will be...
- Something like the Nikon P7100 is small and very stripped down but still has a good zoom range. Although I think the equivalent focal length is ~200mm, so not sure if that's enough? (My understanding of this camera is that is that many people are picking mirrorless cameras over it and that even cameras in its class are better, but those cameras don't offer as much zoom as this one, which is important).
Any thoughts on a camera and what lens options would meet these needs? (I haven't really looked into adapters for mirrorless cameras and attaching a dslr lens on it, but if you have thoughts on that... I'm all ears).