At Afognak Wilderness Lodge, we’re proud to help our guests experience the majesty that the Kodiak Islands have to offer – and one of the best ways to capture it is through wildlife photography. We regularly lead our guests in hiking and kayaking photo tours through the oceans, forests, mountains, and meadows of the Kodiak Island to photograph birds, mammals, fish, and of course the Kodiak brown bear – and if you’re wondering what camera to bring along to your wilderness vacation, we can help!

The Best Wildlife Cameras for Your Alaska Wilderness Vacation

The camera market is always changing, and if you’re looking for a great camera to use during your wilderness vacation, it can be hard to know which to pick. Here are our recommendations for a few great cameras for wildlife photography in Alaska. You can’t go wrong with any of these options:

  • Canon EOS 80D: A powerful, versatile DSLR camera that’s well-suited to wildlife photography. The 80D has a powerful autofocus system, which is a big advantage in wildlife photography, and the camera is well-suited to perform even by the light of the moon alone.
  • Pentax K-3 II: The Pentax K-3 II is a versatile, rugged option for wildlife photography. While the autofocus system isn’t quite as robust as the Canon 80D, it can still autofocus in low-light conditions, and it offers built-in image stabilization to prevent blurry photos even for a fast-paced shot. The camera also has 92 seals to prevent damage from the elements, making it an excellent option for an Alaskan wilderness vacation.
  • Sony a77 II: The a77 isn’t technically a DSLR, as it uses Sony’s Translucent Mirror System which passes most light directly to the image sensor. This makes it excellent for low-light conditions, and it also comes with a very robust autofocus system. With weather-sealed buttons and controls, the a77 is another powerful option for wildlife photography on your Alaska wilderness trip.

Contact Your Alaskan Wilderness Lodge Today

Ultimately, the right camera depends on what feels right to you, so it’s always a good idea to head to camera store and test out a few models to see what you like. However, any camera on this list will make a perfect companion for wildlife photography on your Kodiak wilderness trip. If you’re ready to plan that trip, we’d love to help – just contact us today to learn more about our wilderness lodge. We can’t wait to hear from you, and we’re excited to help you experience the best that Kodiak wilderness photography has to offer!