Photography is an integral part of travel. It not only helps document where we’ve been, but it captures a moment in time from our adventures that might otherwise have been lost. It is for those reasons that so many avid travelers and outdoors enthusiasts are also aspiring photographers too. But choosing the right camera to take with us on our adventures can be a real challenge. You want some that fast and responsive, with great image quality and color reproduction as well. It doesn’t hurt if it is rugged enough to survive in the outdoors either, and if it can also be small and lightweight, it would pretty much be the perfect option. But does such a camera actually exist?
National Geographic has compiled a list of the top ten compact cameras built for travelers, and if you’re in the market for a new model – or simply want to see what’s new – the article is definitely worth a look. You’ll find everything from durable point and shoot models to full-fledged DSLRs, with pretty much everything in between, including the mirrorless options that are so popular today. What’s more, most of the major brands are represented on the list, so no matter if you’re a fan of Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sony, or something else, chances are you’ll find something to your liking while still being able to maintain your brand loyalty.
So which cameras earned a spot on the Nat Geo list? The Fujifilm X-T2 was a particular favorite, as was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8. The Olympus TG-4 took top honors for ruggedized point and shoots, while Sony’s A6500 earned praise for being for its all around performance as well. Each of the cameras on the list is accompanied with an explanation of what makes it especially good for travel, as well as technical information on its sensor size and other features. There are also handy “Pro Tips” to help users get the most out of that particular model as well.
Over the years, I’ve been able to pair down my travel gear in some impressive ways, cutting a lot of weight and learning to leave nonessential items at home. But, a good camera remains a must and by the time you add a body and a lens or two, the weight adds up fast. I’d love to find a camera that helps me shed some weight, without compromising performance and image quality along the way. These new options are a step in the right direction, with 4K video, full-frame sensors, and fast performance. One of these days it’s going to be time to get serious and invest in a new unit, and this article will certainly be helpful when that time comes.
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