10 Best Cameras for Travel in 2017

If you love to see new places and discover new things, what better way to do them than grab a camera, capture the moment, and treasure it for a lifetime, right? To be able to share great pictures after your travels, you must be well equipped with the best travel camera that will allow you to make your photos catch the best moments in the very same way you witnessed them yourself.

The camera must also be small enough for you to carry along and sturdy enough to not break while you’re traveling. So what cameras fit into this mold?

You don’t need to fall into an analysis paralysis doing tons of research and reading numerous reviews. We have made it easier for you.  Check out our list of the 10 best cameras to buy for travel.

The table below summarizes the cameras. If you are on mobile, you can scroll left and right.

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 CameraStock Lens/ZoomWifiWeightDetachable Lens
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ7020-1200mmNo606 grams/1.34 lbsNo
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100025-400mmYes831 grams/1.83 lbsNo
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50S30 - 900mmNo244 grams/0.54 lbsNo
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS24-960mmYes459 grams/1 lbNo
Canon PowerShot SX71025-750mmYes267 grams/0.59 lbsNo
Nikon COOLPIX B50022.5-900mmYes539 grams/1.19 lbsNo
Fujifilm X100T Digital CameraFixed focal lens (35mm)Yes450 grams/0.97 lbsNo
Sony Alpha a6000 16-50mmYes469 grams/1 lbYes
Sony Alpha a5000 16-50mmYes267 grams/0.59 lbsYes
Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II14-150mmYes469 grams/1 lbs (body only)Yes

1) Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70 16.1 MP Digital Camera

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 60X optical zoom (20mm-1200mm)
  • Full 1080/60i HD Panasonic video recording with auto focus
  • Zoom focused Dolby quality sound recording 
  • Autofocus Points: 23
  • Battery Life: 400 Photos per full charge
  • Dimensions: 3.82 x 4.65 x 5.12 inches
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs

With blazing  fast speeds of up to 5 fps (frames per second), this jewel from Panasonic takes your passion for photography to the next level. It helps you lock your fast fleeting, once-in-a-lifetime, worth-capturing moments with its even 3-frame burst at 9 fps. Its cutting-edge 60x optical zoom will bring the action in really close. Another one of its magnificent features is its zoom-focused Dolby-quality sound recording that seals out ambient noise for superb audio quality.

PROS:

  • Impressive zoom range– 60X, making it the longest of any camera available at the moment.
  • Quick start up time
  • Easy to operate; incredible amount of built-in features
  • Ability to extend the zoom range by selecting image resolutions less than the full 16.1MP
  • Automatic backlit scene sensing and exposure system
  • Lens filter for dirt and grime protection

CONS:

  • Has no jack for a shutter release cable and no infrared input
  • Camera requires you to manually set the delay timer in each and every take.
  • Video has no progressive setting.
  • Impossible to use longer shutter speed in broad daylight– minimum aperture is only eight throughout the focal length

VERDICT:

This Lumix gem accomplishes at a scant fraction of the cost what standard SLR cameras can do. If you are looking for a great camera that is highly versatile, this camera won’t disappoint. This works far better than you expect– just point and shoot for exquisite-quality pictures. Its 60x optical zoom is great for shooting far distances.

2) Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 Camera

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 4K QFHD 30p video with hybrid 8MP still image post capture
  • Large 1″ 20.1MP MOS sensor 
  • Cutting-edge LUMIX DFD focusing technology
  • FREE Panasonic Triple Your Warranty (Extends your one year warranty to three years)
  • Bright Leica DC Lens 25-400mm F2.8-4.0
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 12 fps
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Dimensions: 6.5 x 14.8 x 27.1 inches
  • Weight: 5.7 lbs

The beauty of the DMC-FZ1000 lies in its ability to capture the beautiful world around us with a naturally gentle touch. Its newly-developed LEICA DC VARIO ELMARIT lens have five aspherical glass lenses, designed using Panasonic’s unique aspherical lens mold technology. Its 4k video recording feature is the world’s first.

PROS:

  • The startup time is under a second so you can be ready to shoot much sooner.
  • The burst setting (8 fps at full resolution) with constant focusing produces exceptional flexibility especially for action shots.
  • At lower resolutions, you can have burst speeds up to 50 fps
  • Decent, useful filter, which are great for beginners.
  • Its 1″ sensor (20.1-MP-MOS) allows for amazing defocus control

CONS:

  • Constant humming noise in the video, which the camera naturally makes at all times. With an editing software it can be removed, but that would add another thing to your to-do list.

 VERDICT:

Whether you are an amateur photographer or a traveler simply looking for a handy, highly versatile camera that can give you professional-quality shots, this product is an awesome pick. The DMC-FZ1000 has the ability to do many things that a full-sized DSLR can do– and far more conveniently. It’s truly well worth the money.

3) Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50S

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Built-in EVF eliminates outdoor glare 
  • 30x optical zoom
  • Enhanced low light sensitivity
  • Autofocus Points: 23
  • Average Battery Life: 300 Photos
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  • Color: Silver
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 10 fps
  • Digital Zoom: 2x
  • Dimensions:  2.56 x 1.34 x 4.37 inches
  • Weight: 0.54 lbs

Are you on the hunt for a decent quality, cheap, point-and-shoot camera that you can easily slip into you pocket, and that has a good viewfinder and a huge zoom? Turns out the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50S is among the very few choices that meet all these criteria. It is a small, well-built package that boasts dynamic features: EVF, improved low light capability, excellent images and video, among many others.

PROS:

  • Excellent image quality especially in the auto mode under most conditions
  • Viewfinder works well in bright light conditions
  • Long zoom and focusing are remarkably quick and quiet
  • Enhanced low light capability
  • Images appear all well balanced in highlights, shadows, color, and sharpness
  • Steady shot feature works perfectly, especially in shooting video
  • Several different focusing and exposure methods
  • Amazing flexibility in non-auto modes
  • Ability to save images in JPEG and RAW formats
  • Has a good and secure grip

CONS:

  • Viewfinder is off-center when holding the camera, so you can’t grip it as securely.
  • Lots of MODES in the menu system for settings, which can be confusing.
  • Setting up WiFi is a pain. It doesn’t allow you to enter user names and passwords that have spaces in them.
  • Wifi will not transfer pics in RAW format, so you have to use cable or take out memory card
  • Cannot charge battery outside of camera and must use Panasonic’s cable.

VERDICT:

Considering its image quality alone that is, safe to say, equal to those of many much larger and more expensive zoom cameras, this is truly a good buy. When searching for your ideal camera, you may come across plenty of excellent choices, but the Zs50S, hands down, stands as the handiest, most capable, decently-priced camera that you can take with you when you travel. It truly lives up to its reputation.

4) Canon PowerShot SX720 HS (Black)

 

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 20.3MP 1/2.3″ CMOS Sensor, DIGIC 6 Image Processor
  • 40x Zoom Lens, 24-960mm (35mm Equiv.)
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • 3.0″ 922k-Dot LCD Monitor
  • Zoom Framing Assist
  • Optical Zoom: 3x
  • Viewfinder Type: Optical
  • Powerful 40x Optical Zoom 
  • Built-in WiFi and NFC 
  • Large 3.0-inch LCD (approx. 922,000 dots) 
  • Dimensions:  4.32 x 1.41 x 2.51 inches
  • Weight: 8.64 lbs

Family getaways, weddings, and many other special moments – the PowerShot SX720 HS camera is ready for them all. Its highly versatile 40x Optical Zoom (24–960mm) allows you to capture close-up portraits of your family, landmarks in the distance, and virtually everything wonderful in between. Even when you’re away, you surely can keep your loved ones at home updated on your escapades by sharing your photos with the camera’s built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity.

PROS:

  • Intelligent IS applies a suitable shake correction method for the shooting situation.
  • Its amazing 40x Optical Zoom lens packs high zoom power into a slim design to get you down on the field, high atop a skyscraper, deep into a landscape and much more.
  • Built-in WiFi technology allows for on-the-go convenience when you want to share your photos and videos with friends and family.

CONS:

  • Full zoom requires more stabilization.
  • Bulkier and heavier compared to other compact digital cameras

VERDICT:

With its 40x Optical Zoom lens, you’ll be excited to take pictures of the moon with all of its crags and crannies while standing on your porch. With its compact design, you’ll barely notice it in your bag. A perfect travel camera, it is highly recommended for those who enjoy super zooming.

5) Canon PowerShot SX710

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 30x Optical Zoom (25–750mm)
  • 20.3 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor 
  • Built-in WiFi 
  • 3.0-inch LCD with a screen resolution of 922,000 dots 
  • Autofocus Points: 9
  • Battery Average Life: 230 Photos
  • Battery Type: Lithium Ion
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 6 fps
  • Digital Zoom: 4x
  • Dimensions: 2.6 x 1.38 x 4.45 inches 
  • Weight: 2.64 lbs

For capturing everything, from picture-perfect sceneries to worth-cherishing family videos, you’d love to do it with this high-zoom, compact-body camera by Canon. Because it is powerfully advanced yet easy to use, you’ll be confident to take this camera with you on every on a variety of situations. Its amazing 30x Optical Zoom ensures versatility, when you wish to take your breathtaking 1080p Full HD videos and your still photos to the next level. Its Intelligent IS and Zoom Framing Assist ensure your highest zoom shots are crystal clear and steady.

PROS:

  • Zoom Framing Assist function offers a variety of support for capturing fantastic long telephoto shots.
  • Creative Shot mode helps you turn your images into impressive artistic photos.
  • Speed is very good.
  • Power up and focus are quick.
  • Image quality can match or exceed the quality of larger, recent models.
  • Phone pairing features are very useful.

CONS:

  • Inserting or removing the camera to/from the case requires some care to avoid turning it on with one of the multitude of buttons that turns the camera on.
  • The power, shutter, and movie buttons are close enough together to cause wrong-button-pushing problems.
  •  At the long end of the zoom range, distortion from noise reduction is quite noticeable even at low ISO settings.

VERDICT:

This is unquestionably inferior to the SX20 and S3, which could be an important consideration to some users. However, this camera is still a standout as far as functionality, ease of use, and output quality are concerned. Truly another home run for Canon in the point and shoot camera arena.

6) Nikon COOLPIX B500 Digital Camera

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 40x optical zoom with NIKKOR f/3.0-6.5mm ED Lens and 80x digital zoom
  • 16MP 1/2.3″ BSI CMOS Sensor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • Bluetooth (BLE), WiFi, NFC Connectivity
  • Remote Control via tablet or smartphone
  • 3-inch 921k-Dot Tilting LCD
  • Dimensions: 8 x 5 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 1.7 lbs

Whether you are zooming in with its dynamic telephoto NIKKOR glass lens or recording 1080p Full HD video using its flip-up LCD, the COOLPIX B500 is simply a thing to behold. This showpiece can be easily and seamlessly connected to a compatible smartphone through its Bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology, so you can instantly share your photos with a remote camera control.

PROS:

  • Generous zoom range
  • Generally effective autofocus and exposure capabilities
  • Highly adjustable display screen
  • Image stabilization capability with long zooms is impeccable.
  • The built in bluetooth and snapbridge is amazing allow you to remotely control your camera from your phone.

CONS:

  • Aperture and shutter speed cannot be set nor prioritized on this camera.
  • Notwithstanding a few modes of autofocus, any actual manual focus control is nonexistent.
  • It comes with a quick start guide, which will get you started but doesn’t explain all of the different features. If you are a beginner or need a refresher like me you might find all the different shooting options confusing.

VERDICT:

The B500 is a nice camera that shares the constraints of its class. Its street price is reasonable given the splendid quality of its images. If you are on a budget yet looking to add a good zoom to point and shoot basics, this is worth your consideration.

7) Fujifilm X100T Digital Camera, 16MP

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Newly developed EVF for precise manual focus (ERF)
  • EXR Processor II-equipped APS-C 16.3MP X-Trans CMOS II Sensor
  • New Classic Chrome Mode
  • Ultra high speed Electronic Shutter 1/32000 sec.
  • Full HD Movies – 24fps, 25fps, 30fps, 50fps, 60fps with exposure adjustment
  • Dimensions: 2.91 x 2.13 x 5 inches
  • Weight: 0.98 lbs

Backed with advanced technology, the FUJIFIM X100T is one camera created to leave all the control in the hands of the photographer. It is packed with new features, such as the world’s first electronic rangefinder, which is a high-quality fusion of optics and electronics. It also takes pride in its Classic Chrome mode, which offers the simulation of a classic film style. You can now combine your passion for shooting with the thrill of being able to control your camera with the FUJIFILM x100T.

PROS:

  • Comes with an improved EVF, electronic shutter option
  • Auto focus, accuracy, and speed are all present.
  • Excellent image quality
  • Customizable function buttons
  • Optical design puts emphasis on performance
  • Famous among photographers for its Classic Chrome film stimulation
  • Unobtrusive and quiet
  • Offers classic controls with a very sharp f/2 lens.
  • Solid build quality

CONS:

  • Clunky interface
  • Confusing overload of menus
  • Slow and error-prone autofocus, especially in video mode. 
  • Manual focus isn’t bad, but there’s not a lot of room for turning the focus ring.
  • If you have big hands, you’ll find this tricky.
  • Exposure metering system is not nearly as good as Nikon’s
  • Short battery life. You’ll definitely need an extra battery if you’re shooting all day long.

VERDICT:

The tactile feedback of the aperture, and short battery life leave much to be desired. The annoying dial on its back that you can easily press by accident will make this camera a lot more desirable when removed. Notwithstanding, you will be doing yourself a big favor if you get this camera. It is highly capable and fun to use.

8)Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 24 MP APS-C CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25600 (expandable to 51200)
  • Up to 11 FPS continious shooting
  • 3-inch tilting LCD with 921,000 dots
  • OLED EVF with 1.4 million dots and 100% coverage
  • Built-in WiFi and NFC
  • SD/SDHC/SDXC/Pro-HG Duo memory/Memory Stick Pro Duo
  • Smartphone remote control & sharing via NFC & WiFi
  • Compatible with Sony E Mount lenses
  • Dimensions: 2.64 x 1.77 x 4.72 inches
  • Weight: 0.76 lbs

Stretch your creativity the farthest it could go with the world’s fastest focusing camera–Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera. Every artistic shot you take – from fast-action to candids – benefits from 24.3MP detail and BIONZ X processor. For capturing crucial moments that go by in a blink, the α6000 can shoot 11 photos in one second. It’s easy to use, with its two quick-access dials and custom buttons that let you change settings on the fly. 

PROS:

  • Best-in-class sensor
  • It has a small body and generally well-placed controls.
  • It guarantees fast continuous shooting with class-leading auto focus.
  • Excellent level of control over video (including manual exposure)
  • High quality, responsive viewfinder

CONS:

  • No touchscreen
  • It is, to say the least, not intuitive, and slows down the act of taking a shot.
  • RAW+JPG Shooting issues.

VERDICT:

This camera is not perfect, and if we were to rate it, it would be a 4/5. But it’s probably the best camera anyone can buy at the current MSRP (body only). It’s got a good size to it, plenty of controls, and easy-to-navigate menus. As for what could be improved, a bigger battery to build upon the mediocre battery life would be helpful. All in all, it makes a good purchase.

9) Sony Alpha a5000 Mirrorless Digital Camera

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 20.1 MP Exmor HD APS sensor
  • Auto Object Framing fills the frame with your subject
  • Convenient Power zoom lens w/ motor zoom lever and body control
  • Compact, easy-to-carry PZ 16-50mm kit lens
  • Compatible with Sony’s E-Mount Lens System
  • Picture Effect modes
  • Photo Creativity feature
  • Superior auto mode
  • Anti-Motion Blur mode
  • Hand-held Twilight Mode
  • Speed Priority Continuous mode
  • Up to 420 shots of battery life
  • Dimensions: 2.48 x 1.42 x 4.33 inches
  • Weight: 0.59 lbs

Make the most of every amazing detail you capture with the versatile 20.1MP Mirrorless camera– no wonder it is a hit among casual photo enthusiasts and professionals alike. With its self-portrait-friendly zoom lever and 180°-tilting screen that allows you to view the shots as you take them, this camera makes quality photography look easy.

PROS:

  • Extremely light, versatile, and useful in many photography applications.
  • It is especially needed for manual focus shots.
  • Useful WiFI and one-touch NFC connectivity for faster photo sharing.

CONS:

  • No touch Screen
  • NFC could not connect to my Samsung Galaxy S5 or tablet
  • WiFi has the tendency to not connect to or identify network
  • Focus wheel, non existent and could not find Macro that worked.
  • Menu settings sometimes come too busy and not ergonomically friendly

VERDICT:

Bottom line– this camera may not have all the bells and whistles a more expensive camera has, but nothing can conceal the fact that it works just as efficiently as it claims to. It would seem a crime to not have it because of what it is capable of doing.

10) Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II (Silver)

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Motor image stabilization system to greatly minimize blurs
  • Powerful 5-axis voice coil
  • 16MP Live MOS sensor with 40MP High-Resolution Shot Mode
  • 10 fps–supersonic sequential shooting
  • Full HD 1080: 24p, 25p, 30p, 60p video capabilities 
  • Sizable 2.35-million-dot EVF
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Dimensions: 3.35 x 1.77 x 4.88 inches
  • Weight: 1.03 lbs

Olympus has set the benchmark on image stabilization for many years. With the 5-axis, ultra smooth voice coil motor system found in its E-M5 Mark II model, it has raised the bar once again. It allows you to shoot superb-quality images even in low light and take silky-smooth videos even without a tripod with its industry-leading five EV steps of compensation. And since the IS system is in its body, you’re sure to get blur-free results regardless of which lens you put on.

PROS:

  • Splash, dust, and freeze proof
  • Physical control points and custom options can help you deliver superb results.
  • Incredibly versatile
  • Ample customizable buttons
  • Its 5-axis image stabilization is especially helpful during handheld video capture.

CONS:

  • Buttons and switches may overwhelm new users.
  • Video isn’t as clean or detailed as you would expect.
  • Stuck at 16MP: Whereas most of its competitors offer up to 24MP, the E-M5 II still uses a 16MP sensor.

VERDICT:

You will be impressed by the pictures that come out of this camera. Its weight and size will tell you this should never be what limits a photographer from going great lengths to get the shot. It punches above its weight in terms of features and compares well against a lot of APS-C format competitors. This product is in a class of its own. 

Marv Perez

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