12 Great Digital Cameras for Travel Photography

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Planning a vacation or a road trip? Make sure to capture all of the breathtaking sights and scenes from your adventures with the perfect travel camera.

There’s a new generation of cameras for travel photographers (or perhaps casual photography enthusiasts who travel a lot) that possess all the key features and conveniences needed in a good travel camera. They now come in smaller and lighter packages for ultimate portability, but without sacrificing image quality.

Innovations in camera design have resulted in dramatic changes and intense competition among manufacturers to create a camera that is flexible (read: choice of lenses and/or long-range, built-in zooms) and can deliver clean and sharp image quality, even when light is low. Shake reduction is also a standard feature, eliminating the need for tripods in some situations (although there are times when a tripod is still necessary to get the best quality shot).

We’ve compiled a list of some of the best cameras for travel or vacation photography, which is geared towards snapshooters, hobbyists, and casual photographers—not pros, who often need to bring along a back-breaking load of big, heavy cameras, several lenses and flashes, and a sturdy tripod. Instead, this list is designed for everyone else: people who need to travel light, but want to bring back high-quality images that they can turn into sharp enlargements to hang on a wall or share with friends.

In compiling this list of the best travel cameras on the market, which includes everything from DSLRs to compact cameras, we looked for the following features:

Size and weight: Since a travel camera needs to be convenient and portable, it should be small and lightweight.

Image quality: You should be able to make, at the very least, a nice, sharp 11×14-inch print when the camera is set at its lowest ISO.

Low-light performance: Shake reduction, fast lenses, big sensors, and good performance at high ISO are all possible ways to combat low-light situations. we looked for at least one of the above.

Ease of use: It should be relatively easy and intuitive to use. After all, you don’t want to miss out on any photographic opportunities while you’re fidgeting around with your camera’s settings, right?

Flexibility: Is the camera part of a system? Does it have a varied choice of lenses or a really good built-in one?

What are the Best Travel Cameras?

Here are a dozen of the best travel cameras, including some suggested lenses

Canon PowerShot G7X

Why: It’s self-contained, and just a bit larger than a typical portable camera, but has a larger 1-inch sensor. According to our review, it delivers outstanding, DSLR-level image quality. Its f/1.8 aperture lens makes it especially well suited for low-light photography.

Key Features:

  • 1-inch, 20MP CMOS sensor
  • 4x lens (35mm equivalent: 24-100mm) f/1.8-2.8
  • Shutter speeds 1-1/4000 sec
  • RAW+JPEG
  • 1080p full HD video and 1080/60p HD video capture
  • 6-way image stabilization
  • 3-inch flip-up touchscreen LCD monitor
  • 6.5fps burst rate
  • HDR mode
  • Built-in NFC with Android compatibility
  • Control ring, exposure and mode dials

Portability: It won’t quite fit in your pocket, but it is remarkably small and light considering the large sensor size and superior image quality.

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