Choosing the best camera when you are not a professional is always tricky. What works best for professionals won’t necessarily be the best fit for the amateurs of this world. So I asked my photography enthusiast friend to help me out on choosing the right camera.
Here is what you need to pay attention to when buying your equipment :
- How will you travel ? Very important for the size, the weight and the resistance of your camera
- What will you use your camera for? Instagram, Facebook or things like portrait or close-up photography
- For landscapes photo? Choose a 24mm equivalent low end zoom (wide angle)
- Would you have access to WiFi ? For uploading pictures to cloud storage via WiFi hotspot
- Will you take selfies and above head held shots? So look at Tilt/Swivel Screen
- Will you travel to sunny places ? Viewfinder is important for very bright days which makes reading the screen difficult. A high (fast) ISO above 6400 for low light shot (but beware of the noise)
There are several types of travel cameras on the market (Point and Shoot, Advanced Compact Cameras, DSLR, Mirrorless) but too many brands. So I have listed the best and affordable cameras on the market today for those who like me want to travel light but still have a good performance . The items are linked to Amazon or Jessops and Currys (UK) so you can check out the prices and specifications.
- SONY Cyber-Shot HX90V Digital Camera with GPS
- CANON PowerShot SX730 HS Digital Camera
- OLYMPUS TG-5 Tough Camera – Black
- CANON PowerShot SX720 HS
- CANON PowerShot SX620 HS
- PANASONIC LUMIX DC-TZ90EB-K
- NIKON COOLPIX A900 Superzoom Compact Camera
- PANASONIX Lumix DMC TX80eb Superzoom Compact Camera
Personally I have a Canon EOS 600D Digital SLR with a Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro Lens.Great equipment but too heavy for a backpacking trip. So for our trip around the world I will take my Apple iphone SE for good enough pictures and the Go Pro6 with a stabilizer for creating movies.