Here are our top five picks for the best travel camera your bucks can buy.
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What to Look for in a Travel Photography Camera
Travel photography is a widely popular. It is one of the biggest photography fields. Any image you take on your travels can be considered part of this field.
Street photography and documentary lead the way. Landscape, cityscape and general outdoor photography are there too.
The camera you choose needs to go with you wherever you go. This could be walking down a busy, dusty market street in Asia, or clambering over rocky, topographic locations.
When we think of choosing the best travel camera, we need to look at two things. It’s all about portability and versatility.
The camera needs to be portable and not so big it puts you off from shooting. It also needs to be versatile enough that it covers landscapes and street.
And possible horrendous weather conditions.
TheGo Pro Hero6 is the undisputed king of action sports cameras. This small yet powerful camera offers amazing image quality in stills and video too.
Not only do they capture great images, but they are the most durable cameras out there.
They’re waterproof and fit in your pocket. And they come with a huge array of accessories.
Different mounts allow you to attach this magical box onto almost anything. A helmet, skateboard, or nicely sitting on your bag strap, recording as you travel.
What we like most about this camera is its ability to shoot in RAW format. It is voice activated, perfect for when your hands are busy. The entire unit is waterproof, meaning there is no need for its bulky casing anymore.
The time-lapse mode is incredible and it even supports night photography now.
That should cover all your bases. At its widest, the field of view is 16mm and 49mm at its narrowest.
The Canon G7X Mark 2 is our compact camera of choice. You can’t beat the Canon G7X Mark 2 for it has the fastest aperture (F1.8-2.8) in such a small kit.
The camera’s 20.2MP BSI-CMOS sensor is paired with Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processor.
It offers an ISO range of 125-12800. which is perfect for low-light conditions. The equivalent focal range of 24-100mm means this camera is as versatile as it is small. One lens is all you need to capture those amazing shots.
The inbuilt image stabilisation steadies your camera, even on the most perilous adventures. It has beautiful colour grading and awesome durability.
For those travelling solo, the screen flips up so you can capture the perfect selfies.
It fits in your pocket, so you’ll hardly even notice the camera on your globe traipsing.
The OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the top dog in Olympus’s acclaimed OM-D series. It delivers more than it should. Especially since this camera has one of the smallest sensors on the professional market.
This system is targeted at the sports shooter. That’s a great advantage to you capturing rapidly changing scenes. It’s capable of shooting at a speed of 60fps at its full 20MP resolution.
This is impressive on its own. But the drop to 18fps when using continuous focus still puts it well ahead of rival pro DSLRs.
The camera’s 121 phase-detect AF points also give Canon and Nikon a run for their money. The superb image stabilisation system offers a huge 6.5-stop benefit at maximum. This makes it a fitting choice for low-light photography.
If you need video, it captures 4K video, which is a first for an Olympus camera.
The drawback of this system is that noise and dynamic range fall short of other systems. But in most cases, they are too small to make too significant a difference.
Overall image quality is still impressive.
The DSLR in our list is the Canon Rebel SL1. It is compact compared to most other DSLRs, weighing only 1.66lbs. I am a proud follower of Canon, owning many of their bodies in the past.
They have far surpassed my expectations, giving me high-quality images throughout their use in any area.
It has a 20.2-megapixel sensor, 3″ touch panel LCD, and an ISO range of 100-25,600. This makes it great for low-light situations you will no doubt cross. It will shoot seven frames a second in continuous shooting, which is great for an affordable DSLR.
It doesn’t have image stabilisation, but it does house a 19 point cross-type AF System and wireless technology.
This is great for editing on the road, saving your images to a connected portable hard drive. Editing on long trips is now possible.
It is a sensor camera, so you need to consider which lenses you buy. full frame 35mm equivalent lenses will magnify your field of view 1.6x. Oh and it’s weather sealed, so you can photograph in any conditions.
Currently, Sony is the only camera maker that produces a full frame mirrorless system. They do it so well, it is number one on our list.
We believe it is a flawless system, offering fantastic image quality and 4K video capabilities to boot.
It’s articulating LCD screen is a welcome attribute, as is the WiFi connectivity. It is light, compact and offers a whole range of native lenses, making it the absolute best camera for travelling.
If you aren’t interested in purchasing new lenses, there is a Metabones adaptor you can even use any type of lenses.
The image quality is superb, as is the dynamic range. The low light capabilities are too amazing to describe, as even the maximum ISO (12800) brings little noise in the shot. Well, what else to expect with a 42.4 Megapixel CMOS sensor.
In terms of versatility, the advanced Hybrid AF system holds 399 focal-plan phase-detection AF points. Its 425 contrast AF points cover 47% of the image area. 10fps is no problem, capturing the images silently.
This makes it the fastest on our list, great for rapidly changing scenes.
If you can afford it, this is the best travel camera by far. It is weather sealed, versatile and the 1.4lb weight allows you to take it far and wide.
As you can see, we covered as many systems as there are out there. All of these best travel cameras have the capacity of capturing great quality stills, but also video if you need it.
There are no problems with selfies either if you want to prove you were there behind the camera.
Some situations require bigger sensor formats, others will require a smaller body. When I travel, I have my DSLR and compact camera, to have all my bases covered.
Take our advice, look into these systems and decide which one is best for you.
For more great tips before you invest, check our article on best time to buy a camera.
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