Cameras for planespoting

Hi guys! I’m currently saving money up for a camera, and before buying, I need some suggestions. So if any of you have suggestions for a camera that is good for plane spotting. Please let me me know. Also I need to know what type of lense I should get. I’ve been told 70-300mm. If it helps I’d like to keep the price of a camera in the 300-500 dollar range.


Google is your friend!

I have a Canon EOS 300 Digital, it works well enough for me.


Nikon D3300 with a 70-300MM lens is pretty good and at a good price too


Two people that should be able to help are @JRRaviation and @Iggydang.


I’ve got a Canon XSI that gives pictures like this

and I’m not too experienced yet so I’d recommend it 👍🏻


I also recommend you to get the Nikon D3300.


Shouldn’t this be in the lounge?

I use a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300. It is really good for its price and perfect for plane spotting. If you want to see some sample shots, check out my spotting topics below. Feel free to PM me if you have any questions about it - I would love to help you! :)

My spotting topics

Exciting spotting session at Zurich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Spotting at Zurich (ZRH/LSZH)
Pictures from Zurich Airport (ZRH/LSZH)
Swiss 777-300ER at ZRH (HB-JNB)
SWISS 777-300ER at ZRH (HB-JNA)


No… this is related to spotting, not if you like lobsters.


I opened up a topic like this but it got closed and the Mods said that when I reach TL3 I should post things like this in the lounge. here is the topic btw

If you go down the route of a DSLR such as a Nikon D3000/3100 or similar i would recommended trying to invest as much as possible on a decent lens and don’t put all your budget into a camera body

If you are looking at a Bridge/Compact camera look for something with a good optical zoom range over a digital zoom range

Optical zoom will give you better image quality where digital zoom tends to lose image quality

Happy to help with any questions 🖒


I use to a Sony DSC-H300 which is alright for the price that I got it at. It is a good starting bridge camera.


Recent photo from a spotting trip.


Mate just play it safe and get yourself a Canon T5 or T6 it takes amazing pics and make sure you save enough money to buy Lightroom or use the free canon editing software called DPP with this you can get pictures like @JRRaviation

This costs 500 dollars with 18-55 and 75-300

I would also get a tripod and extra battery’s

I personally use a Canon T6i with 75-300
It gets pics like this


Experience will give you great pictures

Lightroom, DPP or any other software wont turn water into wine


The best and most affordable, in my opinion - would be the Cannon SX60, you can get some great pictures!

Here’s a picture of the Qanats 744 from Sydney landing in FAOR.


I’d say a Sony a6000. It has many great perks to it, and it’s not a newbie beginners camera like the Rebels that your seeing in the posts above. Here’s a rundown of specs:

• A wicked-fast 11 frames per second, allowing for you to capture every moment in great detail. The rebel T6 shoots at a mere 3 fps, meaning that you have to prey you can capture the moment.

• The max ISO of the a6000 is 52000, while that of the rebel T6 is just 6000. The way higher ISO allows for much easier night time shooting.

• The max shutter speed of the a6000 is double that of the T6, at 1/8000 sec, allowing for you to capture planes traveling at high speed in clearer focus.

• The a6000 has a 24.3 megapixel sensor, allowing for a much clearer, higher quality photos compared to the just 18 megapixel sensor of the Rebel T6.

• The a6000 as 179 autofucous points, allowing a the camera to focus on subjects all across the frame. The T6 only has 9, which results in poorer, out of focus shots on subjects even the slightest bit out of the center of the frame.

• The a6000 weights on 16.5 ounces with a batterie and a 70-300 mm lense. The Rebel T6 weight over double, at 41 ounces with a 70-300 mm. It Amy not seem like much, but after a day of shooting, it makes a difference.

• The a6000 shoots 4K video, the T6 just 1080p.

• Bulit in wifi, which means you can send photos direct from your camera to a phone or a TV without haveing to upload an SD card.

• A6000 is USM-1 SD compatible, which means that it can handle high speed SD cards, allowing the card to write much faster, and allowing you to shoot more often.

• They both cost $449.

As you can see, there is an obvious winner here. I could go on, comparing many other ascpects in which all the a6000 wins at, but I think you get the idea. Forget the rest, get the best. If you decided to go with a lame, poor quality, beginner camera like the T6, you’ll soon realize what you are missing for the same price. Get over the name, go with the best.


Canon EOS700D with 70-300mm lens is brilliant.

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I use a T5 and I get pictures like this:

So it’s really your call on what camera you want to get. I do however, do recommends you get some sort of DSLR. Canon is really good, but there aren’t many lens for sony cameras.


That is very true, however, for what @Padi3_14 wants to do, there is plenty. Yes, Sony lacks the professional super-telephotos, but thats not what he is looking for. They have many great amateur options for APS-C for very cheap.
I use a similar set up, the A6000’s big brother, and get similar results:

(Click for full quality)


You have a valid point there the body of the Sony is more superior that th Canon but like @JRRaviation said Sony doesn’t have that many good lenses for spotting where as Canon has many high quality lenses which ar affordable some examples include the EF-S 55-250 f/4-5.6 IS STM or the EF 75-300 f/4-5.6 which you can get for around $100 and you can even save up for something like the EF 70-200 f/4L IS USM