Are You Looking for the Best Travel Cameras?
Small, beautiful and yet functional. That’s ideally what the USPs of best travel cameras should be. Yup, you guessed it right. Today, we talk about the best travel cameras out there. I am an ardent traveler and love making images when I travel. Photography isn’t just a perk of traveling but more of an integral part of the whole experience of traveling.
Problems of Travelling with a Lot of Gear
The last thing that you would want is to lug a bag full of expensive equipment every time you leave your hotel. You not only make yourself an easy target for bag snatchers but also expose yourself to other unnecessary risks as well as extra baggage charges when flying. With dwindling baggage limits you will be liable to pay extra baggage if you carry a hard trolley full of camera gear.
And if you do like to travel with all your camera gear, you will likely take no chances and carry your camera bag inside the cabin. And that means everything else will end up being stashed under the belly of the aircraft. That means a longer wait at the baggage counter for your bags to arrive. You need insurance too. A lot of it, because you are carrying everything that you own.
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The bottom line is, you need to exercise discretion and choose only the stuff that you will likely use when traveling. Leave everything else. That means no more “let’s also take the 70-200mm just in case I might need it.” Or “Let’s take the 100mm macro in case I stumble upon some pretty flowers.” Remember, a single good lens such as a 24-70mm can be enough if you know how to use it.
Unless you are a professional photographer on an assignment, and your life depends on getting the images that you are assigned to get, carry just two lenses that allow you to express your full repertoire when traveling. It is easy to establish which your favorite lenses are. Simply, open Lightroom and check the lens details for your images.
The perfect travel camera is not something that takes the best images. Most cameras would take great images in good light. With modern sensor design, most cameras would take decent captures even in low light. With excellent lenses available in the mirrorless and crop sensor formats capturing high-quality images across different formats is not an issue.
So, What Makes a Great Travel Camera?
It is a camera that comes across as a package. Not just one single feature but a genesis of a number of features. A camera that captures great images is able to take advantage of different lenses (interchangeable lens mount), it should also be able to sync with your smartphone and transfer images seamlessly as you shoot them.
Additionally, the camera should have built-in Wi-Fi so that you can connect it with an available wireless network. The camera should also be affordable. Notwithstanding, we have included cameras from all of the price segments – budget, mid-range and best of the lot.
And finally, we are going to stick to those units we think are lightweight, have great image quality and allow you the creative freedom of using different lenses, filters, and other accessories. Thus, point and shoots are out of the purview of our discussion. We would look at interchangeable lens cameras and DSLRs.
Best Travel Cameras 👉 Budget Options
- Sony Alpha A6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
- Canon EOS M50
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro four-thirds
- Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless digital camera
- Fujifilm X-T100
- Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
- Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Best Travel Cameras 👉 Mid-Range Options
Best Travel Cameras 👉 Best in the Business
1. Sony Alpha A6300 Mirrorless Digital Camera
I love the sleek design and the thoughtful construction of the Sony Alpha a6300. It is truly an ideal camera for use when traveling.
Built around a 24.2 megapixel APS-C Exmor CMOS sensor and powered by the excellent BIONZ X image processor the camera produces excellent images in all lighting conditions.
It supports 14-bit RAW support, enough information to tweak when you are finally back home or retire for the day in your hotel room. It has 11 fps continuous shooting speed.
The advantage of the a6300 when compared with other mirrorless systems is that the system does not black out for an extended period of time like other cameras when making captures. The black-out is momentary and immediately after you can see live-view return.
In other camera systems the image review system blocks out live-view and you see jittery motions as if the subject is teleporting.
Being a mirrorless E-mount camera, it is compatible with all E-mount lenses made by Sony as well as other compatible manufacturers. Plus, there are adapters available for mounting A-mount lenses which extend the usability of the camera.
A big plus with the Sony Alpha a6300 is its weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. So long as you are also using a weather sealed lens, this is the sort of camera you would love to keep with you when traveling.
The small frame is a big plus. Not so much an advantage in terms of weight, though. Lenses for mirrorless systems are getting as bulky as DSLRs lenses. You also get 4K (in actuality 3840 x 2160p) video capability with 30, 25 and 24 fps. For just about $1200 you also get built-in flash, a hot-shoe, tripod adapter, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC, a built-in mic and the option to plug in an external mic.
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- Faster Autofocus: Shoot up to 11fps with 425 phase detection auto focus points and 0.05 sec AF speed
- Incredible Photography: Advanced 24.2 MP Exmore CMOS sensor expands sensitivity and minimizes noise
- Electronic Viewfinder: Cameras feature a high resolution XGA OLED Tru-Finder for enhanced viewing
- 4K & HD Recording: Record professional content with multiple movie functions and full pixel readout
- Compact & Durable: Dust and moisture seals protect the magnesium alloy body from harsh conditions
2. Canon EOS M50
Now for a few budget cameras. The ability to shoot 4K videos is no longer a far-stretched requirement, something that looks impressive on the spec sheet. It is a practical requirement as more and more consumers are looking to go 4K.
Add to that the ability to sync with your phone and send images as soon as they are shot, and the practical form that mimics a point & shoot but gives the advantages of an interchangeable lens camera. Therefore, you have in your hand a camera that is perfect for travel photography.
The sensor is a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS paired with a DIGIC 8 image processor. A potent combination that promises both high resolution, low noise capability as well as good continuous speed. The continuous shooting speed is 7.4 fps by the way.
In regards to auto-focusing, the camera has Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing. The DIGIC 8 image processor ensures that the camera is able to handle low light autofocusing better. It also has the new eye detection mechanism that works fairly well in some situations and should be reliable for portrait photography.
The EOS M50 is the first of the Canon cameras that is equipped with the company’s proprietary CR3 RAW format. This new RAW format promises better retention of the RAW data in a compressed format. This is different to what you have seen with the Medium RAW (MRAW) and Small RAW (SRAW) formats which tend to lose some data during compression.
Finally, the 4K video shooting abilities is what makes the camera a great pick for travel. The first Canon camera designed entirely for the amateur segment that captures 4K (UHD) videos. It does so at 24 fps. The only issue with the 4K video shooting abilities is that the camera won’t use the dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing functionality. You will be able to use that in the full HD shooting mode though.
That said, the EOS M50 is no match for some of the other more established 4K shooters that we have listed here. The overall video quality is not as sharp as you would come to expect from a 4K shooter. If 4K-video is your primary requirement to buy a travel camera then you should look at some of the other cameras we have listed here.
LCD screens are usually the preferred option for a lot of users to compose their images with. It makes things a lot easier than trying to compose through the small viewfinder. It is a personal choice. The M50 comes with a 3″ fully articulating LCD screen that comes with touch properties. And just to make sure that it does not disappoint users who prefer the reassurance of a viewfinder the M50 also comes with a 2.36m-dots EVF for accurate composition.
I stressed upon connectivity at the beginning and the EOS M50 does not disappoint in that department. It comes loaded with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC. It also has a USB charging option that ensures that the camera can be charged easily on the go.
Overall a nice all round camera for the price at which it has been offered.
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF for fast, accurate autofocus that helps you get the photo you want right as the moment happens
- 24.1 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor delivers incredible color, clear details, and stunning...
- Vari-angle Touchscreen LCD has a flexible tilt range ideal for high-angle and low-angle shooting, and reviewing your...
- Built-in high-resolution electronic viewfinder features approximately 2,360,000 dots to see high amounts of detail when...
- Automatically transfer your files to your compatible device for easy backup and online uploading with automatic image...
3. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 Mirrorless Micro four-thirds
Compact yet powerful cameras are extremely popular when it comes to travel photography. Despite the fact that we have recommended something like the D500, previously, which is anything but lightweight, compact cameras are what is universally popular. The best solution would be to carry a compact interchangeable lens camera with an accompaniment of no more than two sharp lenses. After all, no one wants to lug a large camera bag filled with all sorts of gear.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX85 is a great camera in that sense. It is compact, lightweight, has an interchangeable lens mount and produces sharp images. The sensor on the GX85 is a 16 megapixels Live MOS micro four-thirds unit. M4/3 systems have a crop factor of 2x, so all compatible lenses have an effective focal length the double of their actual focal lengths.
But on the flip side, the sensor does not use an anti-aliasing filter (something that the top end GX8 does). Resultantly, you should expect a considerable amount of detail. For anyone shooting product and landscape, this should augur well. But for someone shooting fine patterns, moiré is a definite possibility.
Paired with the sensor is Panasonic’s highly acclaimed Venus processing engine. This processing engine is the secret behind the fast continuous shooting speed and the low light prowess of the camera.
Auto-focusing performance on the GX85 is dependable. It is accurate most of the times. It uses a technology that Panasonic states as Depth from Defocus. This technology is reliable but only when you are using proprietary lenses. Thanks to this technology an essentially contrast detect auto-focusing system is capable of spitting out 6 frames per second.
EVF / Screen
For shooters who prefer to use the convenience and accuracy that comes with using a viewfinder, the GX85 has an EVF (and not an optical viewfinder). A small 2.76m-dot 0.7x EVF. And of course, for those who prefer using the large LCD screen of a camera, the GX85 has a 3″ 1.04m-dot tilting touchscreen LCD at the back of the camera.
The GX85 is a capable still and video shooter. Its continuous shooting speed in stills mode with AF-S is 10 fps. That should give you an abundant number of shots to choose your keepers. When using continuous auto-focusing burst speed drops down to about 6 fps.
Add to that the ability of the camera to shoot 4K / UHD video footages and you have in your hand a very capable travel camera. The GX85 shoots 4K / UHD at a frame rate of 30 / 24 fps. Speaking of video recording the GX85 is equipped with a dual image stabilization system which works during video shooting. During still shooting you can use the 5-axis image stabilization system. If you are familiar with the specs of Panasonic’s flagship compact camera the GX8, it uses a four-axis system. The GX85 betters the GX8 in that regard.
As far as connectivity goes the GX85 has built-in Wi-Fi. Hence, you can connect the camera to an available network and transfer images and videos wirelessly. Comes in handy when traveling.
Where the GX85 loses out to the GX8 is in its ability to use an external mic input for better quality sound recording and proper weather sealing. You have to be careful when using the GX85 in inclement weather.
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4. Canon EOS M100 Mirrorless Digital Camera
Another mirrorless and another Canon camera. This is the Canon EOS M100 mirrorless digital camera. A compact form housing a powerful 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and an interchangeable lens mechanism that gives you the power to capture a wide range of photography using several different EOS M lenses.
Paired with the 24.2-megapixel APS-C sensor is a DIGIC 7 image processor. Together, the camera is powerful enough to capture a high amount of detail in good light as well as bad light. Incidentally, the EOS M100 uses the same sensor as the more highly regarded M5 and the M6.
The EOS M100 has a range of connectivity options. This includes built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity. Consequently, you can control the camera using your smartphone including operating the basic camera functions. NFC connectivity ensures that the camera can be paired with a compatible smartphone much easily. You also get a USB port for transferring files. But, then this USB port is not a standard micro USB port.
Now for the still shooting abilities of the camera. Low light or sufficient amount of light, it does not matter what light you are shooting in, the EOS M100 does a great job almost every time. That is when compared to a smartphone camera. After all that is what Canon had in mind for this particular camera, smartphone shooters who are looking for a better camera than what they wield currently.
Low light photography performance of the M100, to be honest, isn’t the same as some of the other cameras that we have discussed on this list. But you have to keep in mind that this is a budget camera and the USP is the powerful sensor (compared to smartphones) and the compact form (when compared to DSLRs).
Another feature on the EOS M100 is its ability to process RAW images in-camera. This allows you to bypass the built-in RAW processor and use your own preferences but still process the images in camera.
Still on the subject of still shooting the EOS M100 can shoot a maximum of 4 fps with AF switched on. If auto-focusing is locked before the first frame you would be able to stretch it to 6.1 fps. For a budget camera that is quite good.
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The EOS M100 incorporates Canon’s dual pixel CMOS auto-focusing. Thanks to this the camera is a powerful still and video shooter. Plus, the fact that the screen at the back of the camera is a tilting one (3″ 1.04m-dots, 100% coverage, and touchscreen properties) you have everything that you need to be as discreet as possible when shooting at the streets and even when among friends. This is perhaps one of the best travel cameras you could buy.
But what is missing on the camera and something that a lot of travel photographers (and travelers) would miss is the 4K capability. The EOS 100M shoots only in full HD mode @ 60 fps.
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection.
- 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) Sensor.
- Built-in Wi-Fi*, NFC** and Bluetooth***.
- Intuitive Touchscreen, 3.0-inch Tilt-type LCD.
- AF Points:Up to 49 points (Maximum)
5. Fujifilm X-T100
There are many reasons why the X-T100 is one of the best travel cameras you can currently buy. The small compact form belies the powerful 24.2 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor that powers it. Paired with the sensor is a high-speed image processing engine. This is not the same image processor that is on the X-T20. However, this one too is a more than capable processor.
Thanks to the capabilities of the image processor the X-T100 is a capable shooter with a continuous shooting speed of 6 fps.
In terms of auto-focusing, the X-T100 uses a 91-point phase detection auto-focusing mechanism combined with the standard contrast detection AF mechanism to produce a hybrid system. This system is able to lock focus accurately and reliably. Incidentally, this is the same auto-focusing technology that is used by some of the higher end X series cameras manufactured by Fuji.
In terms of video shooting the X-T100 is capable of shooting UHD / 4K at 15 fps and full HD videos at a maximum frame rate of 60 fps.
EVF / Screen
The back of the camera is dominated by a 3″ tilting touchscreen that has a resolution of 1.04m-dots. This allows the camera to be used from waist high as well as from high above the head and capture those perspectives which are beyond the human eye POV. Works well as a street photography camera. For those, however, who prefer to use the eye-level perspective, there is a 2.36m-dots 0.62x OLED EVF as well.
In the connectivity department, the X-T100 has a number of connectivity options. This includes built-in Wi-Fi and low energy Bluetooth. You can pair this camera with a smartphone and transfer images as you shoot seamlessly.
- 24.2 Megapixel APS-C size sensor with Color Reproduction technology refined over 80 years. Artistic expression are made...
- Featuring super-fast autofocus and a variety of automatic functions, including an evolved SR+ auto mode which is capable...
- Compatible with existing XF/xc Lens lineup of 26 Fujinon high quality lenses which cover focal lengths from 15mm to...
- Features three-way tilting LCD monitor with a high resolution and high magnification (0.62x) electronic viewfinder,...
- Bluetooth low energy technology allows for quick and seamless image transfer
6. Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
There are a number of reasons why the Lumix DMC-GH4 is considered on this list of the best travel cameras. First, it is a decent still shooter, second, it has native 4K / UHD capabilities and third it is one of those rare weather sealed cameras in the sub-$1000 segment.
The Lumix DMC-GH4 is powered by a 16.05 megapixel digital live MOS sensor (micro four-thirds). It is paired with a 4-CPU Venus Engine (Image Processing Engine).
The DMC-GH4 can shoot high-quality videos. It shoots DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) @24p and UHD (3840 x 2160) @ 30p as well as @ 24p frame rates. Additionally, it shoots full HD at a frame rate of 60p. And even then that is not all. The DMC-GH4 comes with a couple of professional video shooting features as well. One of them is the ability to use focus peaking. Focus peaking comes in handy when using manual focusing as it is an excellent guide to nail focus by hand and yet remove any chances of human error in the process.
Advanced Video Features
The other feature is the zebra highlights option. There are two zebra highlight options on the camera. These will basically, indicate when the highlights are blown out. This is again very useful when shooting videos and especially in manual exposure mode. Together, you have a lot more option in your hand when using manual focusing and manual exposure.
There are more video shooting features such as the ability to write 4:2:2 8-bit and 10-bit videos to an external recorder as well as the ability to view them to an external monitor. You will need to use an external micro HDMI cable for that purpose.
And just to make the deal sweeter if you always planned to shoot stunning time-lapses on your exotic foreign vacations, the GH4 has the capability to record them in camera. Consequently, you don’t need an external computer to post-process and compile them.
At the back of the camera is a 3″ 1036k-dots OLED touchscreen monitor. The DMC-GH4 also has a 2359k-dots OLED live-view finder for those who prefer the accuracy and convenience that comes with it.
We read about the GH4’s weather sealing abilities. This is a big plus for someone who loves to shoot when traveling. Many times you are unprepared when traveling, not carrying an umbrella or not even a rain jacket. But that should not deter you from making images. A normal point & shoot camera would not survive even a light drizzle. This is where the GH4 is so much more as a camera. Additionally, the magnesium alloy chassis is sturdy enough to withstand the rigors of your travels, the occasional bumps, and knocks.
There are multiple connectivity options as well. You get built-in Wi-Fi as well as Bluetooth technology. These ensure that you can not only pair the camera with a compatible smartphone/tablet but also transfer images and videos seamlessly.
Hence, in a nutshell, one of the best travel cameras in the business is the mid-range segment.
- Professional photo performance with exceptional moiré suppression
- Operating temperature:0℃ to 40℃ (32°F to 104°F).4K 24p cinematic video (4096x2160), plus 4K 3840x2160 30p/24p
- High speed 49 area auto focusing in photo or video, perfect for hybrid photography
- Durable magnesium alloy body and exceptional shutter life meets the demands of professional use
7. Sony Alpha a5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Sony Alpha a5100 is a mirrorless digital camera. It comes with an APS-C EXMOR HD CMOS sensor and paired with a BIONZ X image processing engine. Sony’s BIONZ X image processors are one of the most admired in the industry because of their ability to handle low light conditions. They are also capable of handling a high shooting speed of 6 fps.
The Alpha a5100 incorporates a gapless chip design that ensures that an additional amount of light is captured when compared to other sensors which don’t have the similar architecture. The sensor offers a resolution of 24.3 megapixels and therefore should be able to capture a lot of detail.
The back of the camera is dominated by a 3″ tilting touchscreen that offers a resolution of 921.6k dots. Please note that this is a tilting design and not a fully articulated design as some of the other cameras that we have read here. Though it might appear limiting to some, it is perfect for those who prefer a smartphone like reassurance which comes from composing with a large screen. It is pertinent to mention here that there is one significant omission. Those who prefer an EVF (or OVF) there is none.
The Alpha a5100 has a hybrid auto-focusing mechanism that includes a 179-point phase detection mechanism and a 25-point contrast detection system. Speaking of focusing, the camera incorporates manual focus peaking which allows for better focus lock when manually focusing (video recording). Plus, the camera includes the ability to use a zebra highlights system which shows whether the camera is blowing away highlights during a shoot.
The reason that the Alpha a5100 is a great camera for travels is that it not only shoots great stills but it also shoots great videos. No 4K though. The Alpha a5100 shoots only full HD in a variety of frame rates. You get 60 fps, 30 fps, and 24 fps.
Plus, you have an array of connectivity options. You have built-in Wi-Fi that allows fast and easy sharing of images and videos across compatible devices. You also have NFC connectivity which makes the pairing that much easier. Plus, once paired you can also make images straight via your smartphone, review the images as well as transfer them to a compatible device. It makes the whole process of shooting and backing up very easy.
The combined features forming the whole package is the selling USP of the camera. It does not shoot 4K but shoots decent full HD. Additionally, the form factor of the camera makes this very useful for someone who has shot with a smartphone and wants to upgrade to a proper camera. Add to that the fact that you get an interchangeable lens format.
- Ultra-fast auto focus with 179 AF points and 6Fps
- Capture life in high resolution with 24MP APS-C sensor.Lens compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
- Instant sharing via smartphone with Wi-Fi and NFC1
- Record Full HD 1080/24/60P video3 up to 50MB/s
- Contains- Rechargeable Battery (NP-FW50) AC Charger (AC-UB10) Lens cap Shoulder strap Micro USB cable. BIONZ X engine...
8. Fujifilm X-Pro2
There are many features in the Fujifilm X-Pro2 to like about. It’s a complete camera, an ideal choice for shooting photos when traveling. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 looks like a rangefinder and encompasses many of the features of a DSLR, but comes with the unbeatable advantages of being a mirrorless camera.
It is built around a 24.3-megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and an X-Processor Pro Image processing engine. The Fujifilm X-Pro2 has a total of 273 auto-focus points 169 of them are phase detection. This hybrid AF system is a great advantage when shooting in low light conditions. The other striking feature of the camera is the 2.36 million dot OLED hybrid viewfinder. Looking through the viewfinder you have the option to engage the dual picture mode for accurate focusing.
A travel camera does not always shoot stills. Shooting videos and that too high resolution with high frame rate are mandatory requirements these days. Thus, the best travel cameras in the business cannot just hope to be good with stills.
Thankfully the Fujifilm X-Pro2 comes with full HD video capability with the ability to shoot at 60 frames per second. It also has a built-in stereo mic and comes with the option to use an external microphone to record better quality sound.
The Fujifilm X-Pro2’s other features include a very convenient to use a joystick, built-in Wi-Fi and a fast 8 fps continuous still shooting speed. Weather sealing is a must have for travel cameras, not because you plan on shooting in bad weather but because you don’t plan in destroying your thousand dollar investment because it did not have weather sealing.
- Newly-developed 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III APS-C sensor reduces moiré and false colors to dramatically improve image...
- Advanced Hybrid Multi Viewfinder featuring a Multi-Magnification function that automatically switches view-finder...
- Electronic shutter maximum speed of 1/32000 sec and a focal plane shutter with a top speed of 1/8000 sec. with flash...
- Intelligent Hybrid Phase detection AF with 273 selectable AF points, Dual SD Slots. Operating temperature is minus 10...
- 16 Film simulation modes including the new ACROS monochrome mode and Grainy effect
9. Nikon D500
The Nikon D500 is the latest flagship DX format camera. It takes the position from the extremely well made D7200 and is a direct successor of the D300S. But why is the D500 on this list? It is neither small nor frail and certainly does not do justice to the term discreet.
So why it is on this list? Because the D500 is a fantastic camera and at a much smaller frame than a full-frame DSLR, it is one of the best options you have got in the DSLR segment. It has a 20.9-megapixel DX-format sensor and is powered by EXPEED 5 image processing engine.
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The Nikon D500 is leaps and bounds ahead of anything that Nikon has produced with a DX sensor embedded inside it. The continuous shooting speed (10 fps) alone should be a reason for envy for a lot of full-frame camera owners.
It also makes ultra HD resolution (3840 x 2160p) videos at 30, 25 and 24 fps and has built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity.
Another stand out feature of the D500 is its auto-focusing. There are a total of 153-phase-detection-AF points out of which 99 are cross-type.
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- 20.9MP DX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor, Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor with 153/99 AF points
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10. Sony Alpha a7S II
The Sony Alpha a7S II is a mirrorless full-frame interchangeable lens camera that has a 12.2-megapixel EXMOR CMOS sensor and the highly rated BIONZ X image processor. This is an incredible camera for low light shooting, something travelers would love to have on them. Many times when traveling on a tight schedule you arrive at a destination past the prime time for photographing the place.
Low Light Capability
The dearth of light shouldn’t dampen your spirits when you wield something like the Sony Alpha a7S II. The full-frame sensor combined with the 12.2-megapixel resolution ideally suggests it can absorb a lot more light than others sensors of the same size. Why? Because the individual pixel size is larger than other full-frame sensors with greater resolution. However, on the flip side, this also means the overall image files are smaller in size. As a matter of fact, they are just 4240 x 2832 pixels.
- Full-frame camera with 5-axis image stabilization
- Fast and effective, enhanced Fast Hybrid AF
- 12.2 megapixels 10 35mm full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor Lens Compatibility - Sony E-mount lenses
- BIONZ X image processing engine ; Clear Image Zoom :Still/Movie: Approx. 2x
- In the box: Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50; Cable Protector; AC Adaptor AC-UUD11; Battery Charger BC-VW1; Shoulder strap;...
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11. Sony Alpha a7R II
This is one camera that you would actually love using because of the large sensor size and the excellent low-light imaging capabilities.
The Sony Alpha a7R II has a large full-frame sensor. But unlike the A7S II has a resolution of 42 megapixels.
To counter the packed sensor surface and the resultant loss in light gathering the Sony has implemented the BSI (back-side illumination) technology. This technology puts the wiring etc. towards the back of the camera. This prevents loss of light and the resulting noise.
But that is not all. The Sony Alpha a7R II is a great camera for shooting videos as well. It has internal 4K (UHD) capabilities, has S-Log2 Gamma, a hybrid auto-focusing system that has 399 phase detection and 25 contrast detection points.
The other features include a 5-axis image stabilization system, an improved high ISO performance, and a magnesium alloy made weather sealed body that just loves to be taken outdoors. You can see some sample photos and more information about this great travel camera here.
- World's first Full-frame 5-axis in-body image stabilization optimized for 42.4MP full-frame, 4K movie recording with...
- 2.4-million dot XGA OLED Tru-Finder w/ZEISS T* coating, connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi and NFC w/camera apps,...
- Shutter vibration suppression, curtain shutter, silent shutter, Resolution meets sensitivity 42.4MP up to ISO 102,400/4K...
- Fast Hybrid AF with 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points and sensor is 35 mm full-frame (35.9 x 24.0 mm), Exmor R...
- Inside box: Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50; Cable Protector; AC Adaptor AC-UUD11; Battery Charger BC-VW1; Shoulder strap;...
12. Hasselblad X1D-50c
The Hasselblad X1D-50c is a synergy of two favorite designs. It encompasses a digital medium format sensor sized 43.8mm x 32.9mm into a mirrorless body.
This revolutionary new design has completely shaken up the mirrorless as well as interchangeable lens segments and quite possibly has set off a race to produce more such designs in the near future.
A medium format sensor is several times larger than a 35mm sensor. As such the light gathering abilities are mind-boggling. The ability to produce cleaner noise-free images is beyond anything that you have experienced before; i.e. if you have never shot with a full-frame camera.
Photographers who always admired the medium format system but dreaded the weight and corresponding painful forearms stayed away from it. The launch of the Hasselblad X1D-50c has changed all that and opened the gates to a new system which holds a lot of promise for travel photographers.
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This camera is, however, not the best when it comes to fast action. The continuous burst rate is only 2.3 fps, absolutely nothing to write home about. What this camera has, however, is 16-bit of color information, 14-stops of dynamic range and the Hasselblad Natural Color Solution that creates the fantastic color reproduction. We have talked about ISO invariance elsewhere on this website. The Hasselblad X1D-50c has, though not in the same league as the D810, has some degree of ISO invariance.
- 43.8 × 32.9mm, 50 megapixels CMOS sensor(8272 × 6200 pixels, 5.3 × 5.3 μm)
- 3.0 inch TFT type, 24 bit color, 920K pixel Touchscreen Display
- 1.7-2.3 frames per second capture rate
- Body Only - no Lens included
We hope you could find the ideal camera for your next trip amongst these 6 best travel cameras. If not, you may want to have a look at the best mirrorless cameras for travle under $500, because they, too, are great for taking on your next voyage.