Who doesn’t love to travel and moreover who doesn’t love taking a few photographs while traveling? While it is quite understandable why many consider travel photography one of the coolest hobbies in the world, there is no denying that this takes a bit of consideration, knowledge and skill. One thing to keep in mind is that we are not talking about the experts and professionals with their million dollar cameras in this article, we are strictly talking about the most suitable cameras for travel photography to be used by armatures and hobbyist.
Things to Keep In Mind
First let’s talk about a few things we must keep in mind. For people who love to travel light and can’t carry tripod and such other accessories, size is the most important thing to keep in mind while getting a camera for travel photography. The camera should certainly be small for the ease of carrying. And its quality should be at least being able to take sharp 11×14-inch snap when it is set on the lowest ISO. It should include features like Shake reduction, fast lenses, big sensors and good performance at high ISO and any other possible ways to improve low light performances and it should certainly be easy to use. You do not want to be fumbling over too many functions while scenes pass you by. Here are a few top notch cameras ranked by their overall functionality to be used for travel photography. Prices included as of May 12 2015.
Canon Powershot G7X
Canon Powershot G7X is a relatively small self-contained typical compact camera with a 1-inch sensor. According to the reviews, the picture quality it produces is almost on the DSLR level. The f/1.8 aperture lens makes sure it can produce good quality pictures in a low light setting. Its core features include 1-inch, 20MP CMOS sensor, 4x lens (35mm equivalent: 24-100mm) f/1.8-2.8, shutter speeds 1-1/4000 sec and 3-inch flip-up touchscreen LCD monitor. Although it is not small enough to fit in your pocket, but its size is amazingly small considering the large sensor size and fantastic picture quality. Adorama Price $649
Canon Sl-1 W/18-55mm Kit Lens
The canon EOS rebel SL1 is considered the world’s tiniest and lightest DSLR. But considering the size, its features are quite surprising which includes the same high resolution sensor that is found in the larger Canon T51i. Its core features include 18MP APS-C (22.3×14.9mm) sensor, 3-inch touch-screen LCD monitor, Wide ISO range of 100-12,800, the ability to shoot 1080p video at 30 and 24fps and a microphone jack. This is simply the best portable DSLR available. Adorama price $499
Reaching new heights in small interchangeable camera category, the Fujifilm X-TI is quite amazing. Along with the amazing ability to be used in rain, deserts and in extreme cold, this camera has a logical retro-style control layout and a high-resolution eye-level electronic viewfinder. With a 16MP sensor it has often been compared with Sony for amazing picture quality. Its key features include 16MP APS-C (23.6×15.6mm) X-Trans CMOS Sensor II, 3-inch LCD, 8fps burst rate, 256-zone TTL, Wi-Fi, and it is weather-sealed. Even smaller than a small DSLR the Fujifilm X-TI will take your travel experience to a new height. Price is $1,449 with an 18-55mm lens.
If you are looking for some incredible zoom capability for something like photographing rare birds, then Nikon P610 is the camera you are looking for. This camera gives you an outstanding 60x long-range zoom (35mm equivalent: 24-1440mm). And still its lens is relatively compact and includes an extensive array of controls for the professionals. Still it is quite simple to use for the snap shooters with a native ISO of 100. Its core features include 24-1440mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.3-6.5 optical zoom lens, 1/2.3-inch (6.16 x 4.62mm) 16MP sensor, 921k resolution electronic viewfinder, 921k dot resolution LCD monitor and many more. With an amazing camera like this one we bet you are going to need a few extra memory cards. Adorama price $446.95