Safari Cam? RX100 VII, Lumix ZS200, or SLR/Mirrorless??

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kyley New Member • Posts: 24
Safari Cam? RX100 VII, Lumix ZS200, or SLR/Mirrorless??

Hi All,

I have a Canon T3i SLR with a nice Tamron lens and an okay Canon zoom lens (not super sharp). I also have a Sony RX100 (III or IV) that isn't working 100% reliably. Haven't really used either in years. I'm going on an African safari in a month and would like to take some great shots (wildlife, scenery, etc), but photography isn't quite as big of a hobby as it used to be for me. So I also don't want to spend a ton. And since we're going all over Africa (several different countries), it wouldn't be ideal to carry a big heavy camera (but I'd consider it). Obviously for a safari, it would be great to have a long zoom lens.

If you were in my shoes, what would you do?

- RX100 VII with great lens, image quality, compact, and a decent zoom (200mm)? Although a lot of money, it is still a lot less than a mirrorless and good zoom lens...

- Panasonic Lumix ZS200 with lesser lens, image quality, but greater zoom (360mm)? Cheaper, and more zoom, but I don't know - would I not be happy with the image quality?

- Other compact cameras worth considering (doesn't have to be pocketable of course)??

- Go "big" and get a mirrorless cam like the Sony Alpha 7C or A6600? I'm really hesitant to pull the trigger on something so expensive. And I have a lot to learn and not much time to do so. And I haven't even looked at what a zoom lens might cost me...

- Lug the older Canon SLR around? Probably won't do that tho. If I did, I might have to buy a better zoom lens (but seems like a waste for an old camera...

I'd love to hear your thoughts! Thanks,

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