These days, you don’t need a massive, complicated camera to get a great shot. We take a look at some of the best travel cameras that are perfect for documenting your adventures for your friends and family to see. No matter if you’re looking for a waterproof pocket camera, a high-end full frame work of art, or a vintage-styled wonder, we have you covered.
Canon PowerShot D30
If you’re looking for a camera that you can throw in your pocket and never worry about, even if you find yourself occasionally underwater or in freezing conditions, it would be hard to fault the Canon PowerShot D30. It’s equipped with a GPS, so you’ll know exactly where you took each shot, and the 12.1 megapixel sensor gives you plenty of resolution to work with if you want to share your memories down the track.
Nikon 1 AW1
So you need something waterproof and rugged, but you also want to be able to swap lenses? The only player in this game is the new Nikon 1 AW1, the world’s first waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof interchangeable lens camera. It has a built-in compass, and it’ll even tell you your altitude. The 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor has an ISO range of 160 to 6400 for oustanding low light capability.
Panasonic Lumix LFI
The Panasonic Lumix LFI packs a big sensor and fantastic optics into a sleek, compact design. In addition to a three-inch LCD display, it’s equipped with an electronic viewfinder that’ll allow you to perfectly frame your shot. There’s also the fast, Leica-designed F2.0 lens, which means beautiful blurred backgrounds when you want it, and big camera performance in a tiny package.
Throwback design and functionality meets modern technology. Fujifilm has been taking the photography world by storm by giving photographers what they want – an awesome shooting experience. The X30 is equipped with a real-time viewfinder, a large sensor, a fast lens and big battery life, making it a solid go-to travel camera for everything from four-wheel drive adventures to international travel.
Sony A7 Mark II
If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level, and you’re not quite ready to step up to a massive DSLR, Sony is leading the way with their brand-new A7 Mark II. Packing a full frame, professional-grade sensor into a small body with ridiculous ISO capability and five full stops of image stabilisation, this is the best camera on the market for low light photography. For what it is, it’s also great value and relatively lightweight.
A Leica is more than a camera – it’s a work of art. Handmade in Germany, the Leica M isn’t your usual camera; it’s a rangefinder, which means you look through a separate viewfinder that doesn’t reflect what the lens is seeing. That gives you a bright, wide open view of the entire scene, but it also means auto focus isn’t an option. Be prepared to shell out the cash for a Leica, as the prices listed are for the body only, and lenses are extremely expensive. The best is never cheap.