i take photos of all sorts of nature, but usually plants and arthropods since that’s usually what’s most plentiful in my area.
i usually shoot with a 10-year-old camera that has 18x zoom, 10MP, built-in flash (good to ~2m), manual focus ability, macro mode that allows me to shoot things even just a few mm from the lens. it also can shoot RAW, but i almost never use that (too time consuming). i can do all my framing and shooting (other than taking off the lens cap) with one hand, and it’s light enough that i can hold it all day my hand without any issues or strap it to my back and not even know it’s there. i upgraded the battery years ago when the original went dead, and it lasts pretty much a whole day from sunrise to sunset.
i’m thinking about upgrading to a camera that will allow me to take better shots in low light and can take 4K video (from which i can strip good photos). if i could get longer usuable zoom, I’d probably take more bird photos. i’d like to spend <$500 if possible and definitely less than $1000. there’s no rush, and i might wait until i see some good sales.
does anyone have some suggestions for some cameras that would be a good upgrade?
back in the day, the old OK Trends blog (Christian Rudder maybe) did an interesting analysis of cameras that produced the most attractive photos for online dating purposes (see https://theblog.okcupid.com/dont-be-ugly-by-accident-b378f261dea4). i wonder if there’s any sort of similar analysis for recent nature photo cameras?