Choosing the Best Camera for Travel
One of the best souvenirs you can bring home from your travels is photographs. As the old saying goes, pictures are worth a thousand words, and nothing brings back the excitement and thrill of holiday memories quite like looking back at your photos.
People say, “It’s not the camera that takes good photos, it’s the photographer”, and this is completely true. And while there’s a reason pros don’t use low-quality equipment, for the majority of travelers there’s no need to spend a lot of money on the best camera to travel with.
A quick visit to a camera store can leave you feeling completely overwhelmed with all the choices. So what is the best camera for traveling, and where should you start?
Here is our list of the best travel cameras:
- iPhone 7+
- GoPro Hero6
- Canon SX730HS
- Sony RX100V
- Canon G7X Mark II
- Sony A6300
- Sony A7ii
- DJI Mavic Pro
- Insta360 Nano
Keep on scrolling to find detailed information about each of these, and why they really are the best cameras for travel.
First Pick Your Photography Goals
The first thing you will need to do is decide what your goals are for your travel photography. Do you just want to get some snaps to look back at now and then and maybe upload them to social media? Are you going to try and document as much of your trip as possible? Keen on video? Thinking about getting serious and taking your photography to the next level?
Best Smartphone Camera
These days a good smartphone takes incredible photos! When they first came out they were great for portability, and keeping in touch, and that’s about it. But now even the pros are publishing shots from their phone and they’re quickly becoming the best small cameras for travel you can buy.
For the last few years, we’ve always used dedicated cameras that give us a range of lens options and manual settings. But just recently we picked up an iPhone 7+ and have been blown away by the images we get out of it! So much so that we’ve actually started leaving our pro camera behind now and then!
The undisputed king of action sports cameras is GoPro, and we’ve been proudly using them for over 7 years. These epic cameras have insane image quality and shoot some remarkable video. They’re also extremely durable, waterproof and fit in your pocket.
The Canon SX720HS was a hugely successful compact camera, and Canon has just released their new best budget camera for travel, the SX730HS.
This great little camera does it all, and for the price, it is the best travel zoom camera out there. 40x optical zoom, manual settings, shoots in 1080p HD video, good color grading and comes in a very small body.
This is, in our opinion, the best point and shoot camera for travel on the market. It does everything you’ll ever need it to do and has incredible image quality. If you ever want to get into vlogging either, this is an excellent option.
Canon G7X Mark 2:
For the longest time we used to recommend the DJI Osmo, but in terms of pure practicality and quality, you can’t beat the Canon G7X Mark 2 as the best vlogging camera for travel on the market.
The Sony A6300 is an absolute powerhouse and puts up a good fight for being the ultimate travel camera. In fact, we’re just going to come out right now and say it – the Sony A6300 is the best camera for travel abroad available!
We recently picked up this little powerhouse, and have quickly fallen in love it. We’re using it mainly for vlogging, but more and more we’re feeling happy snapping shots with this one rather than pulling out our Sony A7ii or changing lenses.
Sony A7ii OR Sony A7Rii:
At the moment Sony is the only camera maker that produces a full frame mirrorless system, and oh boy do they do a good job at it!
The Sony A7 series is almost flawless. Fantastic image quality, 4K video capabilities (on the A7R and A7S), articulating LCD screens, wifi, light, compact and a whole range of native lenses available for it make them the absolute best cameras for traveling. And with the Metabones adaptors, you can even use your old Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Samyang or other types of lenses on it.
Recommended Lenses For Sony A7 Series:
If you’re going for the Sony A7 series, we’ve got some bad news for you. Full frame lenses are expensive. But if you’re considering turning your photography hobby into a profession, then this is a small sacrifice to make for the quality of photos you’ll be taking.
Trust us, if you’re buying the best camera for travel photography on the market, you’ll want to also have the best lenses to go with it.
Best Drone For Travel
Aerial photography has gained in popularity over the last two years, and it’s easy to see why. Not that long ago the only way to get photos from the sky was by taking a chartered flight or helicopter. But today just about anyone can go out, buy a drone and start taking shots from very unique angles.
DJI Mavic Pro:
Released in October 2016 the DJI Mavic Pro is a foldable drone with a 4K video camera on a mechanical gimbal attached to it. When folded up it quite literally fits in the palm of your hand!
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