Travelling and photography go hand in hand. Everyone wants a record of the stunning sights and unusual scenes on their travels. Capturing the beauty of new places has never been easier due to the proliferation of digital cameras and phones! But sometimes you want something better than a picture on your phone. We’ve found the best five cameras for travel, combining affordability, portability, and utility. You won’t see every top-of-the-line DSLR (which enthusiasts and experts will bring on their vacations, but you don’t always want ten pounds of photography equipment on your hip!) instead we’ve found the top five cameras that provide useful features for travelers.
5. Olympus PEN E-PL2
The Olympus PEN E-PL2 is an affordable digital camera for novices looking to take something a lot better than a cell phone on their travels. The small camera is ergonomic and intuitive with a light plastic case and eschews an optical viewfinder for a familiar 3-inch LCD. Olympus uses a mirrorless digital lens, allowing you to capture beautiful images quickly. While it’s not as sophisticated as a more expensive model, you can still purchase more impressive lenses for your adventures, increasing the chance of finding the perfect shot with a zoom or wide-angle lens. At the same time, the camera is still simple to use and designed with beginners in mind, coming with built-in art and creative filters for instant memories and a one-touch record button for 720p videos. The PEN makes the list with its combination of affordability and beginner-friendly features without sacrificing decent image quality.
2. Sony Alpha a6000
At first glance, the Sony Alpha a6000 is a relatively standard mirrorless digital camera with interchangeable lenses, featuring a 3-inch LCD touchscreen, OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF), and a combination of manual and digital controls. While not as expensive as top-of-the-line cameras, the a6000 isn’t cheap either. But the camera truly shines in taking high-speed action photography, justifying the price tag with impressive autofocus and framerate. The “Fast Hybrid AF” takes only 0.06 seconds to lock on to a moving target, in some cases even faster than the leading DSLRs. The autofocus system has over 179 points of detection covering 92% of the lens and in burst mode, the camera operates at 11fps, allowing you to snap a quick photo of almost anything you see—birds, children, moving vehicles, sports, and more. Light and small with fine image quality, including indoor and dim light, the a6000 can also take 1080 HD video and has built-in WiFi and NFC capability. If you need fast adventure shots, then the a6000 is your best bet.
3. Panasonic Lumix TS6
For extreme adventurers who want evidence of their success, look no further than the Panasonic Lumix TS6. This camera can endure almost any environment: the camera can take a burst photo at 10fps for on-the-move targets; it can operate underwater up to depths of 43 feet with an anti-fog coating on the lens; survive in the cold as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit; and the case can withstand 220 pounds of force. And if you drop your camera during a midair jump, it’s shockproof up to 6.6 feet, and you have an onboard GPS, barometer, and altimeter. Thankfully, the TS6 also takes decent images with a 16.1 megapixel MOS sensor. The 3-inch LCD screen lets you keep track of your shots, and you can transfer them to your computer or phone using WiFi or NFC. The images are clean and decent, although you trade top quality for raw durability