The Best Compact Digital Camera for Travel
Looking for a great little compact digital camera to travel with? Outlined below are some of the best compact cameras to carry with you. You’ll recognise popular brand names, but always try to compare digital camera images, not just the technical specifications when you are shopping for a new camera.
Some of the cameras are more point-and-shoot and easy to use, while at the advanced end of the compact camera spectrum are some interesting cameras that are just a breath away from an SLR in what they offer.
With 16 megapixels, a 12x optical zoom, HD video and at around $230, this is a practical, affordable compact camera to carry with you on holidays. It also offers a number of creative filters, accurate auto-focusing and 20 scene settings.
Very very hard to beat, this great little compact digital camera has 12 megapixels, 20x optical zoom with image stabilisation, high resolution video recording and GPS. It also offers some manual controls for more knowledgeable photographers, and advanced light sensors. At around $300, it’s a great value, high performing mirrorless compact camera.
A great little compact camera, the Olympus SH-25MR has 16 megapixels and a 12x optical zoom, shoots HD video and image stabilisation. It also has a 24mm wide angle lens that can come in very handy when travelling, and its clever light sensors mean it performs pretty well in lower light. This camera retails for about $260.
This is a great little 14 megapixel camera with 20x optical zoom, high definition video and touchscreen controls. It also offers travellers the benefits of GPS, automated shooting modes and some additional control for advanced photographers. Definitely one to put on your shortlist, it retails at about $330.
With 20 megapixels and a 3.6x optical zoom, this advanced compact digital camera has one of the largest sensors available in the compact class. It’s fast, delivers excellent image quality, has HD video with stereo microphone, and has a petite design to easily fit into the hand, making it ideal for travelling. It also features a Carl Zeiss lens and a manual focussing ring around the lens, which more experienced photographers will enjoy. Its’ maximum width is 28mm, not the 24mm you might expect and does not offer a hotshoe. This is a pricier compact camera, with a retail price around the $800 mark.
This is an advanced compact camera to get excited about. A 10 megapixel, 4x optical zoom camera with HD video, it delivers beautiful image quality and has plenty of filters to play with. It has a nice wide lens and a 3-inch OLED screen. It also features a hotshoe for an external flash or electronic viewfinder, and has a digital out plug and micro-HDMI connector. It takes both SD and SDHC cards as well as SDXC cards. Its’ Lithium battery is rechargeable. At around $700 it’s a mighty piece of compact camera technology in a tidy little package.
An advanced compact camera looking to bridge the gap between digital SLR and compact digital cameras, the Canon PowerShot offers greater manual control than and ordinary compact camera. It has 14 megapixels and a 4x optical zoom, and the biggest high-sensitivity image sensor in its class. It’s not a small camera, and there are certainly lighter compacts to take travelling with you but it does deliver great quality images. It has a hotshoe, scene modes and filters and an EOS-like dial for making adjustments. It’s also compatible with a number of EOS accessories. It costs around $850.