Sony has released a jaw-dropping set of wildlife images taken by a group of pro photographers, including 2016’s Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, Sam Hobson.
The photos, which were captured to highlight species in need of conservation, are clearly sensational. But what’s equally amazing is that they were captured using a bridge camera – the Sony RX10 III.
While many may be surprised with this choice of equipment, instead assuming wildlife photography is the preserve of those toting pro DSLRs and long prime glass, the series shows not only that great images can be captured with any kit, but also that in some cases, less can indeed be more. For example, Sony point out in the press coverage for this photo series that the RX10 III not only has an insane 25x 600mm zoom allowing close up subjects to be captured at distance, but the camera also has a silent shutter so the animals weren’t disturbed – an important factor in today’s world of ethical wildlife photography.
The series also shows how far bridge cameras have come since the days of being slow focusing, low resolution buys that photographers tended to use as a stepping stone before investing in a DSLR. Let’s look at the specs; the RX10 III boasts 20-megapixels, a 24-600mm zoom range, a max aperture of f2.4, image stabilisation technology and 4K video. So, perhaps it’s no wonder that with these features, professionals like Sam Hobson can capture this world class imagery. After all, many believe it’s the photographer that makes the picture, not the equipment and while there may be many other situations where a DSLR would have been the right tool for the job, in this case it looks like the lightweight and portable Sony bridge camera enabled a stealth-like approach.
Photo series of this type are inspiring, because they show what can be created with attainable gear and that not owning a bag full of expensive equipment shouldn’t hold you back from getting out there and capturing amazing images. So, over to you, do you think it’s the camera or the person holding it that’s the key factor in making a great image?