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Today’s market is filled with hundreds of digital cameras for different purposes. That can be both good and bad. You can find some top-quality products if you know how and where to look. But that is the catch; you need to know how to do it. The market is very saturated, and it is easy to get overwhelmed. TechVise is here to help.
In this article, we are going to explain how to choose a quality camera for travel and casual use. You will learn the basics, and you will be ready to research on your own. But, to make things easier, we will also recommend some models that we think meet all the requirements of a good travel/casual camera needs to have. Let’s roll!
How To Buy A Good Travel/Casual Camera?
It’s easy, you just enter your credit card information when checking out from Amazon, and you buy it… 🙂
If you are still reading this article, that means you have zero self-respect, or you have no sense of humor and find my stupid jokes funny. Both are good because they mean you won’t mind my lousy writing and zero technical knowledge either!
Now back to the cameras.
Besides the credit card mentioned above, here is a short list of criteria a good camera for casual use and travel needs to meet:
- Size – you are buying it for travel, it needs to be reasonably small and light. Of course, you still want good quality photos and videos, but it has to fit in your bag. Great travel cameras are small but have powerful zoom lenses that go as much as 30x.
- Flexibility – if you want more versatility, look for a camera with interchangeable lenses. That will put more power in your hands, something you will treasure if you are a photo-fanatic. Of course, you will have to carry those extra lenses, which require more space, so consider the size of your bag or backpack too.
- Price – now back to those credit cards. Your budget will tell what you can, and what you can’t afford. Still, you are not buying a camera every day, so it is a good idea to save up more, or stretch your budget, to get a better model. Our article will cover cameras at different price ranges, and you are going to find something that fits your pocket even if it has a few holes in it. 🙂
1 Panasonic Lumix ZS100
Panasonic has a reputation for building some of the finest zoom travel cameras, and Lumix ZS100 is a great example of that.
This camera has 20.1 MP, 1-inch sensor. Combined with a 10x optical zoom lens. The sensor is what makes it stand out, as it is the one you will find in higher-end Panasonic models. It significantly improves image quality over previous models. The 10x “premium superzoom” is also one of the biggest strengths of Lumix ZS100, as most other smaller cameras from other manufacturers can’t zoom that much. Furthermore, this camera is capable of shooting 4K, and it has WiFi. The build is solid, and the camera weighs little above 300 grams. For a camera that can fit into your pocket with this much zoom, Panasonic Lumix ZS100 is a terrific choice.
2 Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 IV
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV has a focal range of 24-600mm (25x zoom). That makes it an all-in-one solution, as you are not going to need to change the lens. Carrying only one lens makes it an automatic choice for travelling. It also has a popular one inch lens, that packs quite a punch, and is something you will not often find in this price range. This camera is a terrific choice for landscaping photography, something you will do quite often on your travel. RX10 IV is fast too, with 24 FPS, and autofocus speed of 0.03 seconds, which is significantly better than the previous model from this series. Sony did an excellent job with the RX10 IV, creating an all-purpose camera that will do any job well. It is not the smallest camera, but the fact that you don’t have to carry additional lenses saves you room. If you can afford it, RX10 IV is an automatic choice.
3 Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is a 20.3 MP camera that has a great 40x optical zoom, which is unique and market-leading. Yet, this is a very thin camera, and you can even fit it into your pocket, making it a great travel companion. The 1/2.3 inch sensor does the job reasonably well. Canon PowerShot SX720 HS also has a fast autofocus speed, making it beginner-friendly. Still, photo fanatics will love full manual controls. WiFi is also present, making transferring photos much more convenient, and also enabling remote control. Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is an excellent camera that gives you a lot at a very decent price, making it one of the best value for money models available.
4 Fujifilm X-T20
If you want a compact camera that delivers a terrific performance, Fujifilm X-T20 is your best bet. In this price class, you will hardly find a camera that has a better viewfinder, ergonomics, build and image quality. Magnesium alloy frame feels very rugged and it does look like X-T20 can survive a drop without harm, making it a good solution for travelling. The camera is quite thin, and you can store it in your pocket or a small bag with the lens detached. Fujifilm has the best mirrorless ecosystem out there, and this camera is a perfect example of that. The camera has manual controls too, which will allow you to fine-tune everything and take that perfect photo. When you look at all of those positives and combine them with a decent price, you would be right to think that Fujifilm X-T20 is a sound choice, and it exactly is.
5 Nikon D3400
Nikon D3400 is known as the best “entry level” DSLR camera. But, it has a very compact design, which makes it a good option for travelling. Also, DSLR cameras have a longer battery life, which is also an advantage for travel. It is also very light and has a simple design. D3400 is comfortable to handle and is built with quality. For an entry-level DSLR model, it has a decent set of manual features. Beginners will love the “Guide” mode that will teach you how to make better photos. Nikon D3400 has an optical viewfinder, and a 24.2 MP APS-C CMOS sensor. As your photography skills get better, you can get a better lens, which will further improve the image quality that is more than decent even with the stock lens. Nikon D3400 is an excellent choice for those of you looking to get into the DSLR world. When you consider all it offers, and look at the affordable price, you will understand why we had to place it on this list. Great camera.