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Camera advice for Kenya safari: point and shoot variety

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I use my iphone 6 for everyday photos, it is better than my Canon Powershot SD980 - 12megapixels -except for zoom, where the iphone camera quality is poor. The Canon, though better on distance, is only 5x. I am going on my first safari soon and just realized that my camera is probably not adequate.

I'm no camera expert, point and shoot is all I am interested in - no camera bodies and multiple lenses for me. After taking my camera to a camera store to see if there might be other functions that I was missing on my current camera or add ons, etc. they offered 3 other camera options:

Two Nikon Coolpix cameras, both 16 megapixels:
- the L840 38X zoom, about $220, a at Costco with a bundle
- the other S7000 with a 20X zoom and digital zoom to 40X although I don't know if that is tricky to switch over to the digital zoom. $200 at Costco, also with a bundle of stuff. The camera store was slightly more, without most of the bundled accessories from Costco


The camera store recommended: Panasonic Lumix ZS40, 30X zoom, 18.1 megapixels, for about $350 with two batteries, although I found this on sale at Costco for $300, but with just one battery and some other accessories). I did see some review complaints about picture quality in low lighting, although other reviews mentioned that it was user error.

Any recommendations among these cameras? I am assuming that I will be disappointed in my pictures if only using my iphone or current camera.

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