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Three Great Cameras to Improve Your Fishing Photos

If you want to do more than post your fishing pics to social media, now is the time to upgrade your camera equipment.

March 23, 2020
Getting ready to shoot pictures at sunrise
If you want to get that perfect fish photo, you need to be on the water during the best daylight hours. High quality camera equipment allows anglers to tweak settings to capture that perfect image. Jacub Gomez

Today’s smartphones are great cameras. The newest models from Apple and Samsung incorporate high-quality digital cameras for still photos and videos. That’s enough for most anglers who want to share their images on social media platforms. But if you want to improve your camera shooting skills with the intention of selling them, or if you want to create fishing videos for YouTube, you’ll need to upgrade past a smartphone. Today’s digital cameras are perfect for fishermen.

A YouTube Dream Camera

Sony mirrorless camera
A perfect camera to capture your fishing adventures on video. Courtesy Sony

The Sony A7 is a wildly popular camera for today’s YouTubers. The 24.3 MP full-frame mirrorless camera has a 3-inch LCD screen and the ability to interchange lenses. A proprietary processor captures natural details, realistic images, tonal gradations, and lower noise when shooting images or movies. The 16-bit image processing and 14-bit RAW output

preserve details in images and videos that can later be edited via software. The combination of the 35 mm full-frame sensor, full HD 60p video, intuitive auto focus features, and light weight feel, plus other audio production features, means this camera is tailormade for fishing videos.

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Are You Fan of Nikon or Canon?

Nikon camera bundle
Today’s budget digital cameras offer a load of features. Courtesy Nikon

When buying a new digital DSLR camera, consider the brand. Both Nikon and Canon have great reputations and great lenses to go along with their cameras. Photographers tend to like one or the other as a personal preference. What’s important to understand is that if you buy a Nikon camera, it can only use Nikon lenses. If you buy a Canon digital camera, it can only use Canon lenses. High quality lenses are expensive, so most photographers pick a single camera brand and stick with it. The Nikon D5600 is a great entry level camera for fishermen. With 24.2MP DX Format CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 4 Image Processor, the camera has the ability to capture exceptional photos. The camera shoots full1080p video at 60 fps, plenty of capability for any non-professional videographer. A 3.2-inch touchscreen helps you look over images quickly and change settings in a flash.

Game-Changing Budget Camera from Canon

Canon camera for outdoors
Canon is one of the top camera brands for outdoorsmen. Courtesy Canon

You can take professional quality fishing images without breaking the bank. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is that next step up from your smartphone or point-and-shoot camera. Including an 18 Megapixel CMOS image sensor and the DIGIC 4+ Image Processor, the camera shoots detailed, vibrant photos and videos in low light. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity make it easy to share or print pictures quickly. Easy to use auto modes allow you to shoot images right out of the box as you learn the different features and settings of this camera.

Understanding all the settings and features on any new camera is a bit intimidating. If anglers want to shoot images before learning about their new camera, they should utilize the auto features first. The auto settings produce great images, but still limit the full functionality of a camera. Getting into photography is an addiction like fishing, once you get a taste, you’ll want to buy more and newer expensive gear each year.

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