I always say that I’m not an amazing photographer, I just travel to beautiful places around the world. However, every day I get questions about my travel gear along with my photography equipment. That’s why I decided to write an in-depth post on the best travel camera.
Part of being a full-time travel blogger is capturing shots around the world. I’m not a professional photographer but I’ve scoured the internet for hours, asked professional photographers for advice and tested camera gear in order to find and share the best travel camera and photography kit.
A lot of the gear and the travel camera you pick will depend on what you want to plan on doing with your travel photos. A professional photographer selling his pictures will definitely pay more attention to the quality of his pictures compared to a person taking pictures to share with their Instagram followers.
First, we’re going to take a look at features to consider when choosing a good travel camera. However, if you want to, you can go ahead and skip that and go to the recommendations of the Best Travel Cameras.
Best Camera for Travel
There are some basic factors to consider before buying a camera especially when it comes to picking a camera for travel. Here are the factors I consider when making my purchases or recommendations for the cameras below.
- Size and Portability: Unless you are a professional photographer you don’t really want to be carrying around a huge DSLR and a bag full of lenses now, do you? You are going to want a camera that’s light as you’ll be carrying it around a lot. Airlines Luggage rules also play a role here as you wouldn’t want to have to check-in your camera only to have it returned with everything shattered.
- Battery Life and Spare Batteries: Being a travel photographer means that you won’t always have a charging port next to you at all times. A portable power bank can extend your battery life, but nothing is worse than waiting for the perfect shot only to find that your battery is dead when it’s time to take the picture.
- Reviews: I always read reviews from past users and from professional photographers before I pick any gear. I wouldn’t know what people in the past did, but now we have Amazon reviews and we can read what people who used it in the past have to say about it. I personally recommend reading the good and bad reviews which deciding on a purchase, also sometimes the 3-star reviews tend to good when it comes to giving you an overview.
- Specifications: There are several types of cameras available (Point and Shoot, Advanced Compact Cameras, DSLR, Mirrorless) and each one has its own list of benefits and cons. I have pointed out the pros and cons of each type below.
Best Travel Camera
Now lets to the details, which you are actually reading this article. Here is my list of The Best Travel Cameras of 2017
Compact Cameras ( Point and Shoot )
Pros: Zoomable lens, Cheap, extremely lightweight & compact especially for travel (as the name suggests).
Cons: Can’t change the lens, pictures are just a little incrementally better than smartphones cameras, very little manual control.
If you are not too picky about the quality of your pictures, then a basic Point and Shoot is a good cheap pick for a travel camera. However being completely honest a high-end smartphone like the latest iPhone or Galaxy will take about the same or even better pictures. Here are my top compact cameras recommendations for travel
Canon PowerShot SX720 – Check Price
With a 20.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor, 40x Optical Zoom, 3.0-inch LCD Screen, and capability to record in 1080p Full HD this is a great camera for its price!
Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II – Check Price
The previous edition of this camera, the G9 X was a favorite and Canon has improved on it in the G9 X Mark II with the upgraded DIGIC 7 Image Processor and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth which is absolutely amazing for transferring pictures while on the go.
Basic features include 1 inch, 20.1 Megapixel1 CMOS sensor, built-in WiFi and Bluetooth and 3-inch touch display.
Advanced Compact Cameras ( Best Pick For Beginners )
Pros: Better sensors than normal compact cameras, much better pictures than normal point and shoots, can take pictures in RAW and not just JPEG, great manual controls.
Cons: Can’t change the lens just like normal compact cameras, little more pricey.
My recommendation for the best travel camera for beginner travel photographers, Advanced/Premium compact cameras give you the manual control needed to give you that extra edge, they’re a little pricey but still cheaper than normal DSLRs or Mirrorless Cameras. Here are my top Advanced Compact Camera recommendations for Travel
Sony RX100M III – Check Price
With over 350 reviews on Amazon, Sony has really come a long way in terms of their camera technology. From a viewfinder to a tintable screen, the Sony RX100M is a great camera
Basic features include a 20.9 megapixels sensor, 24-70mm equivalent F/1.8-2.8 lens, continuous shooting up to 10 FPS, ISO 160-12800.
Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II – Check Price
An insanely popular camera among travel bloggers, the Canon G series is a great lineup used by some of the top travel bloggers in the world.
Basic features include a high-performance 1.0-inch 20.1 Megapixel* CMOS sensor as well as a bright f/1.8–2.8 lens.
Action Camera ( GoPro Hero5 Black )
GoPro Hero5 Black – Check Price
I personally own the GoPro Hero 5 Black and I can’t recommend it enough! It’s a little pricey so I would recommend you read my post on cheap GoPro alternatives for a better bang for your buck. However the GoPro it’s great for video recording and is waterproof so it’s great for underwater shots.
Pros: Great for video recordings and decent for selfie shots, waterproof and great for action shots. Regarded as the best GoPro till date.
Cons: Isn’t the best for landscape photos and better for closeups.
My recommendation for adventure travelers and photographers like me, absolutely amazing if you are into surfing, trekking or any other sport.
Stunning 4K video and 12MP photos, Voice Control, 2-inch Touch Display are just the beginning of what the GoPro Hero 5 Black has to offer.
Pros: Interchangeable lens with a wide array of choices, full range of features, greatest quality pictures.
Cons: Bulky and heavy to carry around, a little expensive, more geared towards professionals.
I would recommend DSLRs only to professional photographers as most travelers don’t want to be carrying around a bulky camera like this as well as having to worry about keeping it safe at all times.
If you are a professional, you won’t be reading this blog for recommendations so I’m giving the below recommendations for a budget entry level photographer.
Nikon D3300 – Check Price
With over 800 reviews on Amazon the Nikon D3300 is a great camera for the budding photographers and it’s price of less than 500$ for a kit lens makes it’s a great budget buy for your first DSLR.
Canon EOS Rebel T6i – Check Price
A little more expensive than the previous recommendations, however the Canon EOS Rebel T6i comes with Wifi and NFC, 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and a 19-point all cross-type AF system.
Pros: Smaller and lighter than a normal DSLR, it’s trending among traveling photographers.
Cons: It’s new technology hence it’s a little more pricey than DSLR of the same quality. But it should decrease as more players and models enter the marketplace.
I would recommend mirrorless cameras for traveling cameras who want to travel with something lighter than a DSLR but don’t want to give up on the quality.
Fujifilm X-T2 – Check Price
This the only recommendation from Fujifilm and this is the newest in the Fujifilm X series. I have to say that this is only focused toward experiences photographers.
Sony Alpha a6300 – Check Price
I had to included this as it has the world’s fastest autofocus and world’s most AF points since the writing of this article! With a 24.2 MP APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor w/ accelerated readout, Up to 11fps continuous shooting w/Auto Focus and Exposure and Internal UHD 4K30 & 1080p120 Recording makes The Alpha a6300 a great purchase.
Pros: Super easy to share and backup your pictures. The new phones rival some of the cheap compact camera.
Cons: No optical zone, not great for a professional photographer.
Apple iPhone Unlocked Smart Phone – Check Price
It’s incredible to see how far cameras on phones have come. So many people are best off using thier phone for pictures and the iPhone has to be the first on this list.
Samsung Galaxy S8+ – Check Price
For you Andriod users (like me) in thee house, I’d recommend the Samsung Galaxy S8+ with it’s stunning dual Pixel 12MP camera with AutoFocus and Optical Image Stabilization.
LG G5 – Check Price
If you are a little on the lower side of your budget I would recommend the LG G5. The new Lg G6 might come out by the time you read this so I’ll update it once it’s out.
The Lg G5 has a 16MP 1.9 Aperture Camera with laser auto-focus, optical image stabilization+ and a 2-stage LED flash.
I hope this article on the best travel cameras was useful in your decision in picking a good camera to travel with on your next journey! Traveling the world has its wonders and having a good travel camera making capturing the moment to enjoy later even easier!