What is a Travel Camera?
Loosely translated to mean lightweight cameras, small enough to fit into pockets and or tiny bag compartments, compact digital cameras are novel travel accessories that continue to influence the lives of millions (both professionals and beginners) positively. Made of the best grade components in the niche, for instance, most models are powerful and have versatile systems that do not require interchangeable lenses to shoot stunning photographs or videos. Pricing is also decent while their availability in several designs (simple point and shoot to advanced DSLR-style bridge ones) make the ideal accessories for individuals who like to be a part of the action during safaris and or when covering social events such as parties. To help you get the best in this niche, this article has sifted through simple point and shooters, DSLR bridge cameras, and high-end compacts in the market and lined up the 10 of the best cameras in 2016 based on their performance, features, and most importantly, their portability.
Top 10 Best Travel Cameras
10. Olympus SP-720UZ his
Recommended for both professionals and beginners, Olympus SP-720UZ his is a terrific full-frame compact that shoots panoramic and landscape photographs well. Even with its lightweight and trimmed down size, you do not sacrifice lens and sensor size, as is always the case using most traditional digital cameras. Its wide angled lens has an impressive 26x optical zoom technology that brings action closer. The 14 megapixel (MP) image stabilized (IS) sensor offered eliminates shakes and photo flaws while its compact and ergonomic plastic body is not only durable but also fits comfortably in the hand. Buyers also appreciate its adjustable HDR backlighting that boosts quality and its dedicated full HD movie button.
9. Sony DSC-H300/BM
Featuring a convenient point and shoot technology, excellent photo and video quality, and a set of novel features that make photography fun, Sony DSC-H300/BM is a class leader in the compact digital camera niche. Manufactured using high-density plastic, it is durable, fits comfortably in the hand, and is, therefore, perfect for outdoor exploration. The high-performance lens (wide angle with 35x optical zoom) and sensor (IS 20.1MP CMOS) work in synergy to improve both video and photo quality. Whether you cover indoor or outdoor events on a regular basis, Sony DSC-H300/BM is worth every penny. Setup and use are straightforward. The 3.0-inch LCD screen it comes with is bright and perfect for photo editing.
8. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50S
Offering users the value that people know and like the Panasonic brand for, LUMIX DMC-ZS50S is portable and has a striking and compact silver body that does not fade over time. This, however, does not mean that you compromise performance for size. The travel optical zoom (30x) lens that it comes with, for instance, is durable and has an enhanced low light sensitivity technology that shoots stunning photographs and videos in low light environments without depending on its flash. Like most high-end compacts, Panasonic LUMIX DMC-ZS50S also has an eye viewfinder that minimizes glare when shooting outdoors, a large 12MP sensor, and an ergonomic body with well-spaced buttons.
7. Nikon COOLPIX S33
Often overlooked by photographers because of its bland white outlook, this waterproof (up 33 feet) Nikon COOLPIX S33 digital camera is an invaluable accessory that combines the power of its large (13.2MP) IS CMOS sensor and the versatility of its wide-angled extra-zoom (3X) NIKKOR glass lens to offer you professional-grade results every time. Pictures are clear. Videos (Full HD 1080p with stereo sound) are even clearer while its compact body and freeze (up to 14 degrees F) and shock (up to 5 feet) resistant design makes it ideal for outdoor exploration. You also get simple menus and smooth beveled and oversized buttons that ease operation and a point and shoot technology that eliminates need for manual tune-ups.
6. Nikon COOLPIX L840
Designed for individuals who want quality without trading off size and ease of use, COOLPIX L840 from Nikon far outmatches its competition in several ways. Light, compact, and with a durable plastic base that withstands everyday abuse well, it is an ideal travel companion for individuals that shoot outdoors fun or as a profession. The high-grade lens (wide angle Nikkor with 38x optical zoom) that it comes with has a vibrations reduction feature that helps armatures to shoot as professionals while its built-in Wi-Fi adapter supports one-click sharing of photographs and videos directly to the cloud via its Near Field Communication technology. With an original, you also get a low-light CMOS sensor (16 MP) that works well in low-light environments, a non-glare 3.0-inch screen for easier setup and review of photography and videography jobs, and an advanced autofocus technology that tracks images and optimizes contrast levels automatically for the best experience.
5. Nikon COOLPIX S9900
Forget about the amateurish and poorly built compact cameras that individuals have relied on for years. With this COOLPIX S9900 from Nikon, you get a light and worthwhile travel camera, built with the everyday user in mind. Maintenance, for instance, is simple using the standard fluff-free cleaning cloths in the market. Its fully automated design, on the other hand, eliminates the need for manual tune up while its telephoto wide angle lens not only brings action closer to users (courtesy of its 30x optical zoom and 60x dynamic zoom system) but also has a vibrations reducing feature that eliminates shakes, streaks, and pixelation on pictures. Its sensor is also large and professional-grade while its vari-angle 3.0-inch screen swivels to offer a wider viewing angle. Nikon COOLPIX S9900 is Wi-Fi enabled and comes ready to use.
4. Sony W800/S
A nice option for both armature and professional photographers looking for compact yet high-performance digital cameras, Sony W800/S has earned a spot among the top 10 best travel cameras because of the functional and aesthetic value that it offers. It is durable, silver-themed, and has image stabilization for better quality. Its advanced Super HAD CCD sensor, on the other, hand creates beautifully detailed images while its SteadyShot 5x optical zoom lens minimizes blur and the plethora of photo defects that most individuals grapple with when using low-quality lenses. You also get a compact and portable design that fits snug in pockets and travel bags, a dedicated 720p HD movie mode for shooting stunning videos, and a simplified menu with an Easy Mode that delegates focusing and shooting to its on board computer.
3. Nikon Coolpix L340
A decent camera overall, Nikon Coolpix L340 combines speed, a powerful CMOS sensor (20.2MP), and a wide-angle zoom lens (28x optical and 56x dynamic fine zooms) to offer users value is a simple and pocket-sized package. The black plastic used to make it is durable, scratch-resistant, and designed to withstand everyday abuse while keeping its components safe. Its wide frame design (approximately 99% horizontal and vertical) improves picture balance while its dedicated 720p HD video mode allows you to shoot stunning travel vlogs with stereo sound. Pricing is decent and the plethora of third-party accessories that buyers get (USB UC-E16 cable, LC-CP25 lens cap, camera strap, and four AA batteries) invaluable.
2. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ70
Ranked among the best compact cameras in its class, LUMIX DMC-FZ70 is a budget travel camera with a sturdy body and a category class 60x optical zoom lens with an image stabilization feature that benefits beginners. Light and portable, this camera is perfect for everyday travel. The large 3.0-inch LCD screen and 16.1MP CMOS sensor that buyers get boost its value significantly while its support for 60i HD full 1080p videos and zoom-focused Dolby sound recording are impressive.
1. Nikon COOLPIX L820
Enjoy an outstanding photography experience with an original version of this Nikon COOLPIX L820 digital camera. Trumping all available options to come tops, as per our review, it is durable and offers superior image processing courtesy of its powerful 16MP EXPEED C2 sensor. Its NIKKOR glass lens, on the other hand, has both wide-angle and super telephoto capabilities for shooting panoramic photos and detailed close-ups while its ergonomic and easy to handle design, its non-glare 3.0-inch screen, and a full 1080p HD recording (with stereo sound) capability has earned it global acclaim.