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Modern smartphones have already taken over a significant share of the functionality for photography, so for a significant proportion of consumers there is no need for a digital camera as a separate device. But for those who are used to bringing high-quality photo reports from travel, the issue of a separate camera remains open.

The Expertology editors have prepared for you an overview of the best models of digital cameras, the characteristics of which are optimal for effective shooting on trips of varying degrees of dynamism. Our experts based their conclusions on the 2019 market research, taking into account the recommendations of top travel bloggers.

Rating of the best cameras for travel

Nomination place Name of product price

Best compact cameras for travel

one

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60/TZ80

23 390 ₽

2

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

23 980 ₽

3

Canon Powershot SX740

28 283 ₽

four

Olympus TG-5 waterproof camera

26 500 ₽

The best mirrorless cameras for travel

one

Canon M100

27 490 ₽

2

Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 Kit

38 288 ₽

3

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

40 590 ₽

four

Fujifilm X-A5

27 990 ₽

The best travel DSLRs

one

Nikon D3500

28 490 ₽

2

Canon EOS 200D Kit

34 880 ₽

The review is based on an analysis of the technical characteristics of cameras on the RankQuality.com portal.

Best compact cameras for travel

To begin with, let’s consider a selection of cameras for those travelers who do not claim to be a high professional level of shooting, but the characteristics of even a flagship smartphone are not enough for them for their goals. Compact “soap dishes” in any case, on average, have a more capacious matrix than most smartphones. And perhaps the most important thing is the optical zoom, which, for obvious reasons, in a smartphone cannot even compare closely with a very modest camera.

See also: 14 best cameras for beginner photographers

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60/TZ80

Rating: 4.9

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60

The first number in the selection of compact devices is Panasonic’s very impressive “soap box” of the Lumix line. This is a logical continuation of the successful and popular ZS50 model, which is no longer available. Sales started in March 2016.

Despite the “soapy” form factor, the device is relatively large and massive – 112x64x38mm dimensions and 282g – weight including batteries. However, against the background of any DSLR, such dimensions remain within the category of compact ones.

The device is equipped with a LEICA DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with a 30x optical zoom, focal length 24-720mm, aperture F3.3-F6.4. A total of 12 optical parts in 9 groups, including aspherical lenses. The standard lens contains an optical stabilizer for photography.

The resolution of the 2.3-inch CMOS sensor in this model is 19MP (18.1M effective pixels). Crop factor – 5.62. The ISO sensitivity range is from 80 to 3200.

You can use the electronic viewfinder to aim at the subject or focus on the image displayed on the built-in 3-inch LCD screen. The user has a macro mode, express shooting at up to 10 frames per second, a timer for 2 and 10 seconds, four aspect ratios to choose from. Focusing includes manual hover, contrast autofocus, support for 49 backlit focus points, face autofocus. The shutter speed range is from 60 to 1/16000 second. Aperture and shutter speed can be set manually.

The device can save the received images in lossless RAW format or in JPEG with two levels of compression. Data storage supports SD, SDHC, SDXC, and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. Connecting to a computer – via USB2.0 (charging is supported), to a TV – via HDMI, wireless connection – Wi-Fi.

The camera is powered by a 1025 mAh battery. The manufacturer correlates this capacity with the conditional 320 shots, but this ratio is very approximate. In general, the battery is not the strongest point of this model, also because of its own unique form factor of the battery pack, which, if necessary, cannot be replaced with conventional batteries. But the practice of a unique battery format is practically the norm among manufacturers of photographic equipment, and will be encountered more than once in our review.

Advantages

  • comfortable case;

  • optical stabilizer;

  • powerful optical zoom;

  • fast and accurate autofocus;

  • RAW support;

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • WiFi;

  • mobile application for remote control.

Flaws

  • not too capacious battery of its own format.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

Rating: 4.8

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100

The second number in the review, we suggest paying attention to a compact camera manufactured by Sony, which is largely similar in characteristics to the previous version, and has earned high marks from experts. This is not the newest model, just like the previous one, but it has been tested by time and experience of many travelers, including famous ones.

The device is slightly smaller and noticeably lighter than the previous one – 102x58x36mm dimensions and 213g weight. Standard lens – Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar with 7 optical elements in six groups. The optical zoom is only 3.6 times, and in this the device is much inferior to the previous one, but this is not its drawback, but a noticeable advantage of the above model. Focal length – from 28 to 100.8 mm.

The matrix in this model is a little more interesting than the previous version – 20.2 million effective pixels in the area of ​​13.2×8.8mm (1 inch) allows you to shoot with a maximum resolution of 5472×3648. Crop factor – 2.7. The sensitivity of the matrix is ​​​​in the range from 80 to 3200ISO.

The shooting modes and capabilities of this device are almost completely similar to the previous one. There is an express mode with a speed of up to 10 frames per second, a macro mode, a timer for 2 and 10 seconds, support for four different frame formats (proportions), optical stabilizer, manual and automatic white balance. Video shooting is possible in resolutions up to FullHD 1920×1080 with a high frame rate – up to 60fps.

The viewfinder is not provided in this model; when shooting, you should focus on the 3-inch color LCD screen. Shutter speed and aperture can be set manually, or you can use auto mode with either shutter or aperture priority. The minimum distance to the subject is 0.05m.

The configuration of memory and interfaces here is also almost exactly the same as the previous model: saving pictures in JPEG and RAW formats; support for memory cards, including the Memory Stick family; USB 2.0 and HDMI ports are used to connect to a computer or monitor (TV).

To summarize, thanks to the combination of an unusually large, as for a “soap” matrix, a fast lens and high-quality optics, this camera shows impressive results when shooting in low light conditions. The device is minimally “noisy” at high ISO and copes well with contrasting scenes.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • large matrix;

  • image stabilization quality;

  • RAW support;

  • high quality images in low light;

  • optical stabilizer.

Flaws

  • weak optical zoom.

Canon Powershot SX740

Rating: 4.7

Canon Powershot SX740

Another compact travel camera is offered by a manufacturer that needs no introduction – Canon. In terms of aggregate characteristics, this model surpasses the Panasonic travel camera described above at an even more affordable price.

The first thing that pleases in this model is a long optical zoom of 40x. With a 1/2.3-inch sensor with a maximum aperture of f/3.3, there are characteristic and inevitable pitfalls here, such as the “drop” of the same aperture to f/6.9 at maximum zoom. You need to be prepared for this, but a powerful zoom is definitely worth it when traveling.

Camera dimensions – 110x64x40mm, weight – 299g including battery (own form factor). The focal length of the lens is 24-960mm. 13 optical elements in 11 groups, including aspherical and ED lenses. The viewfinder is not provided, visual control of aiming is carried out through a 3-inch color rotary LCD screen.

A 20.3 effective megapixel sensor allows you to take pictures with a resolution of 5184×3888. The sensitivity of the matrix is ​​​​100-3200 ISO. Crop factor – 5.62. In video shooting mode, the camera is capable of producing 4K 3840×2160 quality at a frame rate of 25-30 per second. By lowering the video resolution to at least FullHD 1920×1080, the frame rate can be increased up to 60 per second. The maximum allowed video file size is 4GB.

A number of important points in this model coincide with the previous two: automatic and manual white balance (including from the list of presets); optical stabilizer; macro photography; express mode 10 frames per second; timer for 2 and 10 seconds; support for four aspect ratios.

The potential endurance resource in this model is 15-1/3200s, with the possibility of automatic and manual setting. There are manual and automatic focus modes, including face. The minimum effective shooting distance is 0.01m.

The footage can be saved to standard external memory cards, but only in JPEG format. Connect to a computer via a USB2.0 interface with support for recharging or via Wi-Fi.

Advantages

  • powerful zoom;

  • high resolution matrix;

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • WiFi;

  • in general, the optimal ratio of price and features.

Flaws

  • RAW is not supported.

Also Read: 7 Best Interchangeable Lens Cameras

Olympus TG-5 waterproof camera

Rating: 4.6

Olympus TG-5

Rounding out the Expertology selection of the best compact travel cameras is a model that our experts included in the review especially for those who inevitably have intensive contact of the device with water while traveling. Olympus offers a well balanced solution.

This model is not just waterproof in terms of protection from getting wet. Everything is much more serious here – with the Olympus TG-5 you can really shoot underwater with a dive of as much as 15 meters. In addition, the camera is equipped with shock protection – independent studies show that the device is not afraid of falls from a height of up to 2 meters. Unlike many other inexpensive and compact “underwater” solutions, there is a full 4x optical zoom with no external moving parts.

Dimensions of the device – 113x66x32mm, weight – 250g together with the battery of its own form factor. The durable metal case is available in three colors – red, blue, black. The device is equipped with effective dust protection and anti-fog features. The lens contains 9 optical elements in 7 groups, including aspherical lenses. Focal length – 25-100mm. Aperture – F2-F4.9. You can install interchangeable nozzles.

The matrix of this model is weaker than the previous ones, but in the context of potential operation, this is a minor drawback against the background of advantages. Its size is 1/2.33″, 12 million effective pixels, crop factor – 5.7, sensitivity – 100-3200ISO.

Another feature of this travel camera that can be considered outstanding is the shooting speed potential. In accelerated mode, photos can be shot up to 20 frames per second (for RAW format, the maximum burst is 14 shots), which is already twice as high as any of the above models. In terms of video, here the capabilities of the device reach exorbitant values ​​​​of 480 frames per second. But this is only at resolutions below HD. In 4K resolution 3840×2160, the limiting frequency does not exceed 30 frames per second.

Among the useful additional features of this model, it is worth highlighting wireless Wi-Fi, the ability to charge on the fly from almost any compatible source via USB 2.0, and connecting to a monitor via HDMI. A nice bonus for travel is the presence of a GPS navigation module.

Against the background of such bright characteristics, the battery is slightly upsetting. For ordinary shooting, a regular battery is enough. But for high frame rate and top-end resolution, you need a full charge, which will be rapidly “eaten up”. The situation is partly saved by the possibility of recharging “on the fly” from a power bank, and then only not under water.

Advantages

  • effective water, dust, shock protection;

  • GPS module;

  • WiFi;

  • shooting in HDR mode;

  • recharging “on the fly”;

  • outstanding frame rate.

Flaws

  • The battery keeps resource-intensive modes only on a full charge.

The best mirrorless cameras for travel

Between compact “soap dishes” and full-fledged SLR cameras, there is an intermediate link – mirrorless devices. This form factor is found to be optimal for many travelers, especially if it involves a level of shooting with a claim to professionalism. The main advantages of this solution over “soap dishes” are interchangeable lenses, a large matrix, and generally higher image quality. Expertology brings to your attention a selection of models that have received high marks from our experts and the expert community as a whole.

Canon M100

Rating: 4.9

Canon M100

Let’s start with another successful and commercially successful Canon product for quality amateur travel photography – the mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses of the M100 series. The standard lens is included in the package, the mount is Canon EF-M. The model entered the market in October 2017.

This model is equipped with a large APS-C CMOS sensor, similar in format to those found on SLR cameras. Matrix size – 22.3×14.9mm. But, there is still a crop factor – 1.6. The number of effective pixels of the matrix is ​​24.2 million, the resolution is up to 6000×4000. Recognizes shades with a depth of up to 42 bits with a sensitivity of 100-3200ISO. There is a cleaning function of the matrix.

This model surpasses the compact devices described above in size and weight, but not too much: 108x67x35mm dimensions and 302g weight including battery. There is no viewfinder, the image when hovering is broadcast on a 3-inch swivel LCD touch screen.

The main parameters and shooting features of the M100 are as follows. Photo fixation speed is up to 6.1 frames per second. With continuous shooting, the number of images in a burst is up to 89 for JPEG format and 21 for lossless RAW format. There is a timer for 2 and 10 seconds of delay. The exposure resource in the standard configuration is 30-1 / 4000s. Aperture and shutter speed can be manually adjusted separately. There are functions of auto exposure processing, exposure metering and exposure compensation. Autofocus – phase with 49 focus points, including face or manual.

The device is also capable of shooting video in MP4 format with FullHD 1920×1080 quality at a frame rate of up to 50-60 per second. The maximum video file size is 4GB. All footage is stored on memory cards of popular formats – SD, SDHC, SDXC. You can also transfer data wirelessly via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, or directly to a computer via USB 2.0. A useful bonus is the presence of an NFC short-range wireless communication module.

Useful additional features of this model: orientation sensor, control from a computer or remote control, shooting mode in HDR.

Advantages

  • compact and lightweight;

  • large APS-C format matrix;

  • high quality shooting;

  • shooting video in FullHD 60 fps;

  • many well-thought-out shooting modes;

  • touch screen.

Flaws

  • not the most convenient branded software.

Also Read: Top 9 Sony Cameras

Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 Kit

Rating: 4.8

Sony Alpha ILCE-6000 Kit.webp

Continuing our Expertology magazine review of the best mirrorless travel cameras, already somewhat of a veteran of the super-dynamic camera market. This model entered the market in 2014, but it turned out to be so successful and received such a powerful positive feedback from users that it still remains in high demand among travelers and just photography lovers.

Immediately it is worth emphasizing one feature of this model, which may be decisive for many users. The scope of delivery includes a kit lens on the Sony E mount. But due to the small working distance, the device allows you to install almost any third-party lenses through adapters.

Dimensions of the device – 120x67x45mm without lens, weight without battery – 285g. The case can be of three color options – black, white, silver. In addition to the 3-inch rotatable LCD screen, the electronic viewfinder with 100% field of view can be used for aiming.

Like the previous device, it uses a 23.5×15.6mm APS-C format matrix with 24.3 million effective pixels. Exactly the same maximum resolution – 6000×4000 and a similar crop factor – 1.5. Sensitivity – 100-3200ISO. There is a cleaning function.

Possibilities in terms of exposition in this model are quite expectedly wider than in any of the above-described “soap dishes”. Shutter speed and aperture can be adjusted automatically or manually. There is auto exposure processing with different priorities (shutter or aperture), three metering options, exposure compensation and bracketing. Autofocus hybrid, with backlight, face tracking and manual adjustment.

The possibilities in terms of shooting high-quality video in this model are slightly wider than in the previous one. The device can record the stream as FullHD 60fps and even shoot in 3D. The shooting speed is up to 11 frames per second.

You can save material in JPEG, RAW – photo or AVCHD, MP4 – video. The machine supports various formats of memory cards, including the high-performance Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo. Data transfer alternatives – HDMI connection, USB2.0, Wi-Fi.

The battery capacity of its own form factor here is 1080mAh, which roughly corresponds to 360 shots, according to the manufacturer, which is generally true.

Advantages

  • reliability and reliability;

  • quite compact;

  • shooting video in FullHD 60fps;

  • shooting 3D;

  • WiFi;

  • high compatibility with different lenses (via adapters).

Flaws

  • individual claims of a highly specialized nature from users.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Rating: 4.7

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Our review continues with a vivid example of the achievements of Olympus in the field of photo equipment production. This is a bright representative of the Mark series, which, although noticeably more expensive than the above-described Sony camera, but in terms of functionality, it fully fulfills the price difference. The model entered the market in September 2017.

One of the main differences between this camera and the two previous mirrorless cameras is the presence of an optical stabilization system in the “carcass” itself, and this system, according to professionals, is of high quality. The dimensions of the device are 122x84x50mm, excluding the standard lens. Weight – 410g, taking into account its own battery. Two colors are offered – black or silver body. Bayonet Micro 4/3. There is a digital viewfinder and an LCD touch screen.

In this model, a Live MOS type matrix is ​​​​installed in a different format than the previous two. This is the MFT standard (Micro 4:3 17.3×13.0mm), which provides for slightly smaller dimensions than APS-C, but this does not affect image quality much. Crop factor – 2. The number of effective pixels – 16.1 million. The maximum shooting resolution is 4608×3456. Hue recognition with a depth of 36 bits. Sensitivity – 100-3200ISO. There is a cleaning function.

The shooting speed in the photo mode of this device reaches 8.6 frames per second. A burst can hold up to 22 consecutive RAW shots. There is a time-lapse mode. Timer for 2 and 12 seconds. Exposure options vary within 60-1 / 16000 s, there is the possibility of automatic and manual settings, auto exposure processing, exposure compensation and bracketing. Contrast autofocus with 121 focus points, face and manual.

The potential of the camera for shooting video while traveling deserves special praise. So, you can record video in MOV format with a resolution of 4K 3840×2160. At 1920×1080, a frame rate of 60fps is possible, and at 1280×720, twice as much. HDR mode supported.

The camera supports memory cards of the most popular formats – SD, SDHC, SDXC. There are also other available methods of connection and data transfer – USB 2.0, HDMI, Wi-Fi. Estimated resource of a regular battery – 330 shots. This would not be a problem if the camera could be charged via USB, at least from a power bank, but this possibility, unfortunately, is not implemented in this model.

Advantages

  • optical stabilizer in the “carcass”;

  • clear and fast autofocus;

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • WiFi;

  • a large number of shooting programs;

  • compatible with many lenses.

Flaws

  • cannot be charged via USB.

Fujifilm X-A5

Rating: 4.6

Fujifilm X-A5

Rounding out Expertology’s best mirrorless travel cameras list is Fujifilm’s X-A5 amateur camera series, new for 2018. With all the amateur status, the device has a number of important features at the level of professional models. It goes on sale both in a complete set with a standard lens (Kit), and in the form of the “carcass” itself at a lower price.

The size of the device is 117x68x40mm without lens, weight is 361g with battery (own form factor) and 311g without. Fujifilm X Mount. The case is made in a classic, almost vintage style and is available in four basic colors. The viewfinder is not provided, the image is displayed on a 3-inch LCD touch screen.

The standard lens received individual high marks from our experts, not least due to high-quality optical stabilization. The body of the camera does not have a stabilizer.

The 23.5×15.7mm APS-C CMOS sensor contains 24.2 million pixels, all effective. Crop factor – 1.5. The maximum resolution is 6000×4000. Sensitivity – 100-3200ISO. There is a cleaning function.

The shooting speed in photo mode reaches 6 frames per second. There is a Time-lapse mode and burst shooting up to 10 photos in JPEG. Timer for 2 and 10 seconds. Exposure is set within 30-1 / 32000 seconds in automatic and manual modes. There is exposure compensation, exposure metering and bracketing. Hybrid autofocus with 91 focus points is one of the weak points of this model, some users note its slow and sometimes unpredictable work.

The video shooting capabilities of this model are almost the same as the previous one – resolution up to 4K 3840×2160, in 1920×1080 resolution mode, frame rate – up to 60fps.

The device has all the necessary set of wired and wireless interfaces: USB 2.0 with charging support, HDMI, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. You can control the device from the remote control. Estimated battery life corresponds to about 450 shots, according to the manufacturer.

Advantages

  • quality matrix;

  • shooting video in 4K;

  • charging via USB 2.0;

  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth;

  • vintage design.

Flaws

  • slow autofocus.

The best travel DSLRs

The third mini-selection of cameras includes already full-fledged “DSLRs”. For travel, this is the most difficult option in every sense, but for shooting that claims to be professional, you don’t really have to choose. Our experts decided in the framework of this review to pay attention to only two manufacturers – the kings of the market Nikon and Canon. According to a cumulative analysis of the experience of famous photographers and travel bloggers, the models presented below received the highest ratings in an affordable price category.

Nikon D3500

Rating: 4.9

Nikon D3500

One of the most remarkable combinations of price, quality and features is demonstrated by the Nikon D3500 series camera. For the price, the device is even cheaper than many mirrorless cameras, and the price includes a standard lens.

Dimensions of the device – 124x97x70mm without lens, weight – 365g without battery. The case is classic, only in black coloring. Bayonet – Nikon F. Optical SLR viewfinder, plus 3-inch LCD screen 921000 dots.

The device is equipped with an APS-C CMOS-matrix (23.5×15.6mm) with 24.2 million effective pixels. Sensitivity – 100-3200ISO, crop factor – 1.5. Hue recognition with a depth of 36 bits. The resolution limit is 6000×4000. The shutter speed range is 30-1/4000 s, there are four exposure metering modes, bracketing. Phase detection autofocus with 11 focus points; there is a manual focusing mode, focusing on the face, an electronic rangefinder.

The speed of photographing in this model reaches 5 frames per second. The timer has 4 modes – 2, 5, 10 and 20 seconds. Video is recorded in MOV format at resolutions up to 1920×1080 at up to 60 frames per second. Photo formats for saving – JPEG and RAW.

The camera is connected via USB 2.0, HDMI, and wireless Bluetooth. Supports SD, SDHC, SDXC memory cards. The capacious battery of its own form factor corresponds to approximately 1550 captured photos.

A separate note should be made here to warn our readers against misleading. On many resources, including authoritative ones, the descriptions of this model indicate that the camera contains a “screwdriver” (autofocus drive). In fact, there is no “screwdriver” in the body of the device, which means that only those lenses that contain their own drive can approach it, and in the mass they are noticeably more expensive.

Advantages

  • brand;

  • image quality;

  • ease of use;

  • capacious battery;

  • ergonomics;

  • relatively affordable price.

Flaws

  • does not shoot video in 4K.

Canon EOS 200D Kit

Rating: 4.8

Canon EOS 200D Kit

At the end of our review, let’s consider a device that is almost similar to the previous one in terms of key characteristics, with a number of advantages that determined its higher cost. By and large, the most important difference between them is the brand, in the context of the eternal dispute “which is better – Canon or Nikon?” The model entered the market in July 2017.

Camera dimensions without lens – 122x93x70mm, weight including battery – 456g. Mount – Canon EF / EF-S. The case is classic, the quality of parts and assembly is beyond doubt, although some are confused by plastic. An optical reflex viewfinder with a 95% field of view is complemented by a 3-inch swivel touch screen. A fairly powerful built-in flash “finishes” almost 10 meters of effective lighting for photos.

The characteristics of the matrix here are almost one-to-one repeat the previous model with minimal differences. So, in this case, the size is slightly different – 22.3 x 14.9mm, but the resolution and capacity are exactly the same – 24.2 million pixels and 6000×4000 maximum resolution. The depth of hue recognition is noticeably better – 42 bits. Crop Fator – 1.6.

In photo mode, the speed reaches 5 frames per second. In video mode, you can record videos in 1920×1080 resolution at up to 60fps in MOV format with MPEG4 codec.

The set of interfaces includes USB 2.0, HDMI video output, audio inputs/outputs, remote control connector, wireless modules Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC. In terms of autonomy, this model is not as remarkable as the previous one, but 660 conditional evaluation shots on a single charge is also a very worthy result.

Advantages

  • high quality shooting;

  • ergonomics;

  • combination of price and features;

  • ease of use;

  • wi-fi, Bluetooth and NFC;

  • capacious battery.

Flaws

  • does not shoot video in 4K.