Help choosing mid range lens camera for low light, close up bird pictures

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Auntarctica New Member • Posts: 6
Help choosing mid range lens camera for low light, close up bird pictures

Been pouring through these forums. But really needing some final advice. I have no lenses, so this is a huge 'system' decision for us.

I am a permitted bird rehabilitator. I get very cool birds and am unable to take good pictures - a lot of that is me, but also my old built in lens, slow as the dickens camera too.

My desires are: light and easy to grab and shoot. Sure I would like to take it into the field too, but I am not interested in 600mm zooms or that.

My challenge is everything in my center is low light. The aviaries are low light from design. And my indoor enclosures are of course low light (most are black insect screen).

And the birds are...well right there. Like a foot away in an indoor enclosure. So an Evening Grosbeak might be 1 foot away or 2 ft, in low light.

Aviaries, well they fly way from me, so the camera should be pretty fast. I can get them on the perches too of course. Don't need to get them in flight (but would be nice).

Cameras think might work: Olympus OMD EM1 MII; Pana GH5 (both of these for video too); Sony 6500 or A7 III; Nikon Z50 (love how this feels, lenses?)...all mirroless. Also considered going super cheap and doing a small DSLR APS.

I hope some of you can help me out here.

Nikon Z50 Olympus E-M1 Panasonic GH5 Sony a7 III
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