“What is the best camera for insect photography?” Hmmmm……… interesting one. You can capture photos of insects with a point and shoot camera, a bridge camera, a micro four thirds camera or a dslr camera, however the image quality will be significantly different. If you are serious about taking decent photos of insects a point and shoot camera (even the top end models like the Canon G1X) simply aren’t up to snuff. Even though point and shoot cameras have macro shooting modes they struggle with focusing, exposing and lighting insects, so they are best left alone. If you want to capture awesome photos the best camera for insect photography is, without a shadow of a doubt, is a dslr camera.
The best camera for insect photography must have a quick auto focus. I know there is a school of thought that manual focusing is best, but this is not the case when it comes to taking photos of insects. Insects are crafty little blighters that will move erratically as you try to take photos and manual focusing won’t cut it. I don’t care how fast anyone can (or thinks they can) focus manually I can guarantee you that it won’t be fast enough to lock on to an insect, and stay locked on as they move around.
The best camera for insect photography should have a high burst rate. Insects rarely sit still (although they sometimes do) so a high burst rate and the ability to fire of several frames in quick succession will increase the chances of getting a super sharp shot. Okay, you can use single shot but the hit rate will be far lower. I appreciate using a high burst rate results in duplicate photos but does it really matter? Digital photography is cheap and if there are any duplicates you can delete them with a press of a button.
The best camera for insect photography should be tough and durable. Photographing insects is an outdoor activity and you will be crawling around on your hands and knees in the dirt seeking out the critters that are going to be the subject of your photos. Insect photography is hard on the camera (and lens for that matter) and it will not only take a real battering but also have to deal all what Mother Nature decides to throw at it. Because of this many photographers consider a weather sealed camera constructed from magnesium alloy the best camera for insect photography.
The best camera for insect photography doesn’t have a full frame sensor. Yes, you read that right – the best camera for insect photography does not have a full frame sensor, and before you start yelling at your computer’s screen in disbelief let me tell you why…….. It’s all to do with the crop factor effect. Using a camera with a crop sensor effectively increases the focal length of the lens, which allows you to get in even closer without spooking the insects. I know that full frame cameras have better image quality than crop sensor cameras, but the difference is marginal and in the real world looking at prints you won’t notice it.
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