1. The best camera is the one you have with you.
2. David Pogue's articles about a very nice Sony. I'm sure there are newer models and reviews but I'll give you a start here:
As to any this versus that, I defer to reviews as there will always be cases where one will be better than the other but if you don't bring a nice camera then you won't have a chance to get the shots.
3. And then we have our new camera phones. These work so well that why weren't these on your list?
Hello all! I am heading to Africa on Safari and have a Canon Rebel SL1 and was thinking I would rent a telephoto lens. I am a beginner and haven't used my Canon much so I feel kind of clunky with it. It is also a lot of camera as the lens is pretty big. Are there any point and shoot cameras that I could get similar quality and distance with that would be easier to use and obviously a lot smaller to carry around? Thanks for any help from this newbie!