The Best Travel Cameras of 2017
The camera is an essential requirement on your trip to capture travel moments. But to find the best travel cameras seems like a hard task when you have hundreds of camera available in the market. Being a professional photography I am frequently asked, Which camera to buy? My answer always remain the same
The Best Travel Camera is the one that fulfills your need!!
Today’s market offer range of camera in mainly three categories: Point & shoot, Mirrorless & DSLR cameras. Point & shoot are compact, lightweight & use friendly. Mirrorless camera, the recent advancement in the camera industry, is a great alternative to DSLR. And the last one, DSLR always remained a favorite of professional people for the quality they offer.
Best Compact/Point & shoot Cameras for Travel (2017)
As Camera is an essential part of traveling luggage, if you can find a pocket-friendly compact travel camera it is bliss. Furthermore carrying heavy DSLRs all the time is a pain even for professional photographers. So I have shortlisted 4 cameras that are small, versatile & have latest features!!
Megapixels: 20 MP || Sensor Size: 1″ || File Format: JPEG, RAW || Optical Zoom: 10X || Touch Screen: No || Electronic View Finder: Yes || Video: 4K @ 30p/24p, 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 24p/30p/60p || Wifi: Yes || LED screen: Fix
Panasonic Lumix has a long history of making travel cameras. TZ100 comes with 1 Inch sensor, high-speed autofocus, tilt correction and EVF. It is pricey but if you put quality above features this one for you.
Post Focus is a unique feature provided with this model. Post focus takes multiple shots keeping different focus points, so later you can focus particular area later.
Megapixels: 20 MP || Sensor Size: 1/2.3″ (small sensor) || File Format: JPEG || Optical Zoom: 40X || Touch Screen: No || Electronic View Finder: No || Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 30p/24p || Wifi: Yes || LED screen: Fix
It has 40x zoom range and shoots Full HD video. No raw shoot & small sensor don’t attract professional shooters but it is ideal camera at given prize as cheapest & the best travel camera!!
Megapixels: 18 MP || Sensor Size: 1/2.3″ (small sensor) || File Format: JPEG || Optical Zoom: 30X || Electronic View Finder: Yes || Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 24p/30p/60p || Wifi: Yes || LED screen: 180 Degree
Sony can amaze you with its quality pictures, this camera offers 30X zoom and all other features remain same as Canon PowerShot SX720. The menu is big unfriendly through and lags sometimes.
Megapixels: 20 MP || Sensor Size: 1″ || File Format: JPEG, RAW || Optical Zoom: 2.9X (but F stop is 1.8–2.8) || Touch Screen: Yes || Electronic View Finder: Yes || Video: 4K @ 30p/24p , 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 24p/30p/60p || Wifi: Yes
The fast F-stop of 2.8 provides speed and camera provide shallow depth of field. In simple words, you get nice blurry background for portraits and Good results in low light like night travel photography & videography.
Special Mention for street photographers:
Megapixels: 16.2 MP || Sensor Size: APS-C (large sensor) || File Format: JPEG || F-STOP: 2.8 || Lens: 28 mm || Touch Screen: No || Electronic View Finder: No || Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 30p || Wifi: Yes
This camera is specially designed to provide a fast lens in compact size. it comes with 28 mm lens that has 2.8 f-stop making it very fast yet being small in size. Also on a technical side, having fixed f-stop increases image quality a lot because they require fewer glass elements. So if you are love street photography this camera is the best option for you. But the quality it offers comes at the cost of NO ZOOM.
Top Mirrorless Cameras for Travel (2017)
Mirrorless camera offers DSLR quality in a compact size. They actually use the larger sensors type APS-C (double than 1″ sensor) or Full frame sensor (35 mm). Some of the unique functionalities are an Interchangeable lens, higher ISO and better manual control. This latest camera technology is replacing DSLR very fast.
Megapixels: 24.2 MP || Sensor Size: APS-C (large sensor) || File Format: RAW,JPEG || Lens: 16-50 mm || Touch Screen: No || Electronic View Finder: Yes || ISO: upto 51200 || Video: 4K,1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 30p || Wifi: Yes
Sony increased its market share in professional camera by introducing its Mirrorless camera series. Its APS-C mirrorless series started with Sony Alpha 6000L. Sony Alpha 6300 & Sony Alpha 6500 are latest in the series.
Alpha 6300 offers fast autofocus with 425 AF points, means any movement in the frame is captured well. Wide ISO range, helps you in low light. Apart from 4K shoot, 120 fps shoot is good enough for slow motion video. This one is actually the cheapest camera offering 4K shoot apart from being a successor of proven Sony series. Enough reasons to be on the top of the list of best travel camera
It lacks few features like, touch screen and inbuilt image stabilization for non-stabilized lenses which Sony added to Alpha 6500 but at double the prize. That’s why I don’t recommend it.
Megapixels: 16 MP || Sensor Size: APS-C (large sensor) || File Format: RAW,JPEG || Lens: 14-42 mm || Touch Screen: YES || LED Screen: tilting || Electronic View Finder: Yes || ISO: upto 25600 || Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 30p/60p || Wifi: Yes
Even though it was released in 2015 it still has features comparable to the latest release by other company. Its competitor in the market are – Fujifilm X-T10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-G7 & Sony Alpha6100. To offer a touch screen, Wi-fi and complete silent click are some noticeable features. These features are packed into in a stylish and compact body. Something to show off on your next trip!!
It lacks 4k & slow motion videography. Because highest you can go is 60 frame at full HD. Also, The ISO don’t work with minimum shutter speed, a feature very useful to set ISO on Auto mode.
Megapixels: 16 MP || Sensor Size: APS-C (large sensor) || File Format: RAW,JPEG || Lens: 16-50 mm || Touch Screen: no || LED Screen: tilting || Electronic View Finder: Yes || ISO: up to 51200 || Video: 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) @ 30fps/60fps || Wifi: Yes
I love the sexy look of Fujifilm cameras. The retro style is totally awesome with it being so light weight. Though it is 2-year-old release and newer version are way expensive. I liked its image quality which is comparable to full frame cameras & lens sharpness. I love its B&W results, fuji is master of it. Therefor it made to list of the best travel camera.
it lacks 4k shoot & touch screen at the given prize. but if you want to have stylish look on your trip and still want to capture amazing photos. This retro style sexy design is just made for you.
Best Travel Camera for Videography under 12000/- INR
All of the above cameras have photography as their first priority so all of them lacks one or other feature for videography. Recently I did paragliding at Kamshet, I recorded my complete paragliding experience on YI 88012 Action Camera specially made for sports videography. The advantage of these cameras are – tiny size, wide angle view and full HD shoot.
So if you are a videographer or want to make a vblog of your experiences like I did, following is the list for you.
YI 88012 Action Camera (12600/-)
This tiny camera can create magic. I have used it personally and its video quality is amazing. Contrary to what Chinese products are famous for, this is a quality product at such cheap rate.
It also offers an App to connect it with mobile from where you can even control its functions. The only issue is, it don’t have any screen so either shoot blinding having faith in your experience or use the mobile app to get a real-time view.
If Yii lets you down because it has no screen, this cheaper camera offers you 2″ screen as well with waterproof housing included in the prize. Not only that it also offers 4k shooting, ISO setting, White balance setting What more do you need??
So that makes the Best Travel Camera of 2017. If you have any query please feel free to comment.