I am definitely not very savvy when it comes to these items. We need to purchase/rent/borrow some or all of this equipment for our trip July 18th-27th. At the moment our itinerary for YNP is 4 days which may increase to 5-that verdict is still out. We want to get in some animal watching, hiking and geyser gazing.
We're travelling with our 14yo & 6yo girls. We want everyone to have a camera and possibly binoculars for everyone. I am also considering one spotting scope with a tripod. But I have no idea where to start and what to purchase.
What are your suggestions on what to purchase as far as cameras? I want to have at least one camera for adult use that takes excellent quality photos w/o breaking the bank. I want to have a second camera for one of the adults that takes very good but not excellent quality photos. I want to have a camera for each one of the kids. We have a Samsung 18x zoom 24mm wide angle camera. Will this camera work for one of the kids or one of the adults? My 14yo has a mid-range android phone. Will the android phone provide us with adequate photos?
I would also like to have a pair of binoculars for everyone. What are some of the specs I should look for in binoculars? Should we invest in one or two good pairs and tow less expensive pairs?
Also should I invest in a spotting scopes or just rent one or go without? What specs would be advisable for using a spotting scope in YNP? Are there any places near YNP to rent spotting scopes?