The best cameras for travelers
Cameras can fit into that confusing tech category. Confusing from the standpoint of knowing what you want, but with so many different options on the market-how do you know which one is best? If you are in need of a travel camera, great news! Cameras have gotten smaller and more portable than ever, all while delivering better quality images.
In our opinion, a camera is one of the best traveling companions, so we rounded up the top 5 best travel cameras covering everything from budget, durability, waterproof, and size just to name a few.
This durable camera is for anyone encountering a little more adventure than reading by the pool. Waterproof and shockproof, this camera can survive the kinds of knocks delivered to it by most outdoor activities and still produce quality images. The Canon PowerShot D30 is a good-looking camera that handles nicely, boasting a 12.1MP 1/2.3in BSI CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm lens. It’s not terribly sophisticated, with limited exposure control, but can survive in depths of up to 25m. Other features include a built-in GPS, full HD video recording and Canon’s Intelligent IS optical image stabilization.
If you’re looking for a camera that can endure all things, look no further. Aimed at resisting all you can throw at it – literally – this shockproof, crushproof (yes we said crushproof to weights of 100kg,) dustproof, and freezeproof camera certainly boasts every tough element needed to survive a rough and adventurous trip! Features like WiFi (remote camera operation, easy file sharing), time-interval shooting (similar to popular action cams), time-lapse movie (sunsets! starscapes!) and advanced GPS make the TG-3 Olympus’s most versatile outdoor camera.
If budget isn’t of your concern, this camera boasts outstanding image quality. The photos produced by the XT-1 are sharp with exemplary colors and the size is perfect for easily fitting into a bag for travel. The weather-resistant structure is sealed in approximately 80 places and is both dust and water resistant. The XT-1's big, bright LCD screen is clear to see under all conditions whether you're inside or out and its ability to accurately capture a moving subject has earned its title as of the best regarded cameras.
The A7 II is one of Sony’s best mirrorless cameras. The body is quite compact, but a high-quality metal build means it should survive minor bumps and tumbles without suffering any dents and scratches, perfect for travel. If you’re looking for incredibly fast autofocus, excellent image quality, beginner-friendly interface, integrated WiFi, and a solid battery life – this Sony camera is hard to beat.
If you’re looking for affordability and a good smartphone companion, this Samsung is worth considering. Let’s say you’re on vacation and would like to share your photos with friends and family ASAP. Well, you can. With built-in Wi-Fi, you can send photos to social networks and e-mail contacts—right from the camera. Plus, upload and store your memories from the camera to Microsoft SkyDrive. Some cameras struggle with conquering distance. The WB800F allows you to move closer without taking a single step. You’re guaranteed to cause travel envy without ever leaving where you're standing.