Let’s face it. If you’re off travelling to somewhere - regardless of a road trip or flying to overseas, you’ll want to pack as light as possible. This is particularly true if you are constantly on-the-go and at the same time, unable to live without your must-have arsenal: the camera.
Which brings us our topic here; pick the right travel camera that isn’t bulky, where you can bring it anywhere with little hassle. From mirrorless digital cameras to DSLRs, here are the 9 best cameras for travel worth investing for.
More than just an aesthetically pleasing camera, the retro-styled FujiFilm X-T20 boasts a sturdy yet lightweight body that is made mostly from magnesium alloy. This makes it compact enough to carry in your backpack or travel bag wherever you go. One can snap away rich colours and razor-sharp image quality, thanks to its 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor.
The FujiFilm X-T20 also packs a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, complete with intuitive touchscreen panel that can be tilted for high or low angle shots. Its 325-point autofocus system is both speedy and accurate, regardless of shooting a still shot or fast-moving subject.
Whether you are an aspiring or seasoned vlogger, there are plenty of cool features you will find here in Canon Powershot G7X II. This includes the likes of a flip-up screen that can be tilted either 45° or 180° for more creative shooting angles and a control ring for easy manual access like white balance, aperture and shutter speed.
It also boasts a built-in WiFi for easy social sharing and wireless image transfer to mobile devices, a 20.1MP CMOS sensor that enables you to capture high-quality images and a versatile 24-100mm lens that is capable of zooming from wide angle to telephoto range.
If you are a beginner making your first transition into the world of DSLR, here’s one for you; the entry-level Nikon D3400. With a handy guide mode that helps you understand the camera better, this makes the DSLR easy to learn and to use in no time.
The Nikon D3400 does a decent job of taking high-quality images with the help of a large 24.2MP APS-C sensor. It's also bundled with an 18-55m kit lens, which is particularly useful for shooting various focal length ranging from bokeh to macro shots.
One word: video-friendly. This popular Canon 80D is known to be a favourite among many aspiring filmmakers, YouTubers or even used as an ideal B-camera. So, it comes to no surprise that frequent travellers can benefit from using this DSLR for shooting videos up to 1080p in Full HD mode.
The Canon 80D boasts a high-resolution 24MP sensor and a 45-point Dual Pixel AF system for speedy and accurate focusing on the subject(s) in live-view mode. It also has a flip-out screen, allowing you to shoot creatively at a difficult perspective like low-angle shots.
With an ergonomically body that's built to fit nicely on most hands, it has an overall solid feel, given its sturdy aluminium alloy body. Another advantage for travellers is the body itself that happens to be weather-resistant against the likes of dust and moisture.
The Nikon 1 AW1 may have been small and compact. But it's also built tough for harsh conditions when you go for hiking, which comes complete with an interchangeable 11-27.5mm lens that is both shockproof (up to 6.6 feet) and waterproof (49.2 feet).
Packed with a 14.2MP CMOS sensor, capture high-resolution images with excellent amounts of detail and colour. Other features you can find here includes a 135-point hybrid AF system that can lock focus fast with accuracy and a high-speed continuous shooting mode of up to 15 fps in full resolution.
There are basically two things that matter upon capturing fast-moving subjects, with the likes of running, football and badminton - speedy and accurate autofocus system.
Enter the Nikon 1 V3, a nifty camera that is able to perform such a job at an incredible 20fps with reasonable detail and sharpness. The camera is lightweight enough at just 381g, making it easier to carry around while you’re travelling from one destination to another.
It also comes with a bundled 10-30mm lens that can be detached from your camera when not in use. The lens itself is equipped with Nikon’s VR (vibration reduction) system, which helps to minimise camera shakes upon shooting handheld or low-light conditions.
Instagrammers, rejoice! Here’s a compact-sized Sony Alpha A6000 that produces crisp image quality with natural colour reproduction and low noises, thanks to its stellar 24.3MP CMOS sensor and BIONZ X image processor. And did we mention? The camera is small and compact enough without being conspicuous, particularly if you are shooting at public places such as street and food.
Afraid to play around with the setting? Not to worry, since the camera makes your life photography easier with a choice of Intelligent Auto or Superior Auto settings for fuss-free shooting. The camera also comes with a built-in WiFi, allowing you to transfer photos and videos conveniently to your mobile device.
This mid-range Nikon D5600 features a bundled 18-140mm lens that can zoom up to 7.8x, complete with the brand’s vibration reduction technology for shake-free images even in low-light conditions. The lens is also versatile enough to shoot wide like city blocks or natural landscape.
Other features available in the Nikon D5600 includes a high-resolution 24.2MP sensor, an adjustable 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD monitor for taking unique camera angles and a 39-point autofocus system that helps to detect and lock the subject accurately.
If you are a frequent traveller who likes to take photos, one of the most important features you can’t live without is the GPS system. After all, GPS helps to pinpoint your exact location whenever you capture an image.
Whereas not every camera comes equipped with a built-in GPS, Nikon has included into the W300 the aforementioned navigational system alongside with other wireless connectivity like WiFi and Bluetooth. The camera even packs an optical zoom up to 5x, allowing to shoot up close on the subject.
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