Top Travel Cameras for 2017
Wanderlust, we all have it. Some stronger than others. Some have a dream location to one day live in, others have a yearning to travel the globe. Regardless, we all have an element of wanderlust.
For those wanting to travel the globe, I can guarantee you’ll be taking pictures along the way. But what’s the best camera to take?
We’ve taken a look at the top 5 most affordable cameras for travel to help you out!
Up first is the Canon EOS M10. This compact little beauty costs only £199 (Body only AMAZON UK) and has a fair few features to attract a budding traveller. It packs 18 megapixels into a tiny 301g body. Considering some much larger and costlier DSLRs also rave 18 megapixels, this is fairly impressive.
It has a shutter speed of 4.6 fps, higher than that of the pricier M3 and shoots film in full HD. This device also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and the ability to link up to your smart phone and download images on the go. So, you can download your fantastic scenery shots to Instagram in a matter of minutes.
This is also a great device for any amateur photographers trying to get into the big leagues. It packs the power of a DSLR into the body of a digital compact camera. Its ability to change lens means that you can change your shot based on your location. A panning lens, zoom lens, fish eye… you name it. The Canon M10 can support it.
Next, we have the Sony a6000. This camera is rather on the pricey side compared to the Canon m10 coming in at £442 (body only AMAZON). It has a similar compact body design at 2.87 inch x 4.75 inch x 1.19 inch. It also carries a whopping 24.3 mega pixels and is raved to have faster auto-focus than that of a DSLR.
It has a shutter speed of 11 fps and comes with a 0.39-inch colour Viewfinder. A feature the Canon m10 lacks. The Sony a6000 also can take up to 360 shots on one battery charge making it ideal for a traveller who lacks plug sockets.
The Sony a6000 also supports its own Wi-Fi and image downloading apps, meaning it too can send an image to your smart phone to upload onto Facebook for you mum to see within minutes.
It too has the interchangeable lens feature of a DSLR and so allows for a more advanced photographer to shine once you get there.
The a6000 has a big sister, the a6300, but we felt the extra features weren’t spectacular enough for an extra £300.
It’s quick, it’s fast and it’s pretty darn good. If you have the extra cash to splash this could be the device for you. However, as a backpacker, I’d imagine you’ll be spending that money elsewhere… say Australia’s koala experience?
Our third camera of choice is the Fujifilm x100s. Again the older sibling of a newer model (the x100t) but still well worth the hype. It comes in at £579 (used on AMAZON) and has had a big impact on the photography world.
It’s compact, stylish and retro. It looks like something you’d want to take a picture of. Maybe if you buy two?… No, that’s too far. But it’s definitely a beautiful camera.
It features 16.3 megapixels and is the only camera listed with a fixed lens. Whilst this can be seen as a downside, this camera’s lens is definitely not. It’s great for wide range shots. If you’re travelling anywhere with vast open spaces or magnificent mountain ranges, this cult favourite could be the one for you.
It drinks battery juice for breakfast, so you’re likely to need a few spares, but I promise, you’ll feel so fetch with this beauty around your neck.
Number four brings us to the Panasonic Lumix GM1. This is our teeniest, tiniest camera weighing only 204g. It’s perfect for any pocket, and is a fantastic ‘grab camera’. It comes in at around £349 (AMAZON) and though it now has a big sister, as with many of these devices, its features for its size are well worth noting.
It shoots 16 megapixel images and is phenomenal for any beginner. It has quick autofocus, very quick autofocus as well as continuous autofocus. With auto focus the GM1 can hit 5 fps and though this doesn’t seem like much, the clarity of these images will change your opinion there.
The GM1, whilst small, can still support the same lenses as that of the GX7, regardless of their size difference. That’s the main calling card to this camera. It’s the size and weight of a ‘point and shoot’ digital camera, but has the capabilities and lens changing abilities of a weighty DSLR.
It’s the perfect choice for a backpacker with few pockets that’s new to photography.
Finally, we take a look at the Nikon D3300 Digital SLR camera. This is much bulkier than our other cameras but as far as DSLR cameras go is still fairly compact. It is weightier at 408g but coming in at £287 (Body only AMAZON) is fairly well priced to say the least.
It has a similar 24.2 megapixel quality as the Sony a6000 and for almost half the price too. It works at 5 fps like the Panasonic Lumix GM1 and takes 1080 HD video.
There’s no built-in Wi-Fi with the camera and so there’s no direct image sharing between your devices. However if you’re travelling across America or Europe, I’m sure there will be plenty of opportunities to upload your images the old-fashioned way.
The D3300 is also fantastic for beginners and is an open door into the world of DSLR cameras. And with an automatic flash with a range of flash options, it allows for that low light shot too, something many smaller cameras sacrifice.
What you lose in pocketability you more than make up for in image and video quality.
It really comes down to what sort of device you’re looking for. Something lightweight and easy to pop in your pocket like the Panasonic Lumix GM1? An entry-level DSLR like the Nikon D3300? Or something smack bang in the middle like the Sony a6000?
There is a camera out there suited to every traveller, but I must say these are my favourite 5 for early 2017 based on affordability, pocketability and, of course, image quality.
What’re your thoughts? Have I missed off your favourite travel worthy camera?
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