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Top 5 Cameras for Travel

Traveling is about bringing back great memories and a good camera is key to capturing the moods and moments of a journey.

Traveling is about bringing back great memories and a good camera is key to capturing the moods and moments of a journey.

The best travel cameras are easy to pack or carry, take great pictures, and are able to stand up to the demands of a number of environments.

With this in mind we have put together a list of the best travel cameras.

Best All Rounder – Nikon Coolpix P500

Nikon Coolpix 500

From a tried and trusted camera brand, the Coolpix P500 is a brilliant all round model, that will easily adapt to your needs, wherever your whim takes you. It has a 36x optical zoom and user-friendly settings, which can be easily selected to capture stunning vistas and cool close ups. Billed as ‘the only piece of kit you’ll ever need’, the Coolpix P500 is an excellent choice for everyone from the entry-level to the keen amateur photographer, offering features including auto image stabilization as well as the opportunity to exert greater control as skills improve with the option to switch to manual setting controls.

Best for Beginners – Canon PowerShot G12

New photographers want a camera that offers the ability to capture memories from their travels with minimal fuss; the Canon PowerShot G12 is perfect for these people. Use auto settings to point and shoot for traditional snaps, or switch to video mode and make movies at an impressive .25fps. The 10-megapixel camera offers a quick response time, helping to ensure that the photographer never has to miss the moment.

Best for Adventurers – Canon D10

Canon D10

Travelers with a taste for adventure will need a camera they can carry along with confidence. The Canon D10 offers great peace of mind to budding explorers, helping ensure they can capture all of their escapades. Designed to be durable, this compact camera is waterproof to 10 meters as well as being shockproof and even crushproof. For fans of snow sports, the model is fully responsive in temperatures as low as -10°C without ever compromising on picture quality.

Best for the Beach – Panasonic Lumix DMC-FT3 Waterproof

Travelers who intend to spend long, lazy days lounging in the sand and dipping in the sea will need a camera that records their relaxation. The Lumix DMC-FT3 Waterproof compact model really fits the bill. This attractive model offers 12.1 megapixel capabilities and is waterproof to a depth of 12 meters. The camera is also designed to be dustproof, which gives peace of mind when those beachside breezes blow. The built in barometer will let users know if it’s time to pack up their towels and head for the beach bar, while geotagging options will help travelers find their way back to that perfect seaside sunset.

Best for ‘Being Back There’ – FinePix Real 3D W1

The whole point of taking pictures of places is so that the traveler can return there in their mind once back home, and the FinePix Real 3D W1 takes this experience to a whole new level. The compact camera uses layered lenses to shoot three-dimensional shots, allowing the weary traveler to really immerse themselves in their memories on their return.


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  • Ryan theWTD January 24, 2012, 8:41 pm


    Just found your site – I love it! Thanks for the Copan cheapie map – I’m gonna go score some beers now if that place is still there

    Wanted to pop in and recommend a camera I wish I’d bought and seen several folks traveling with.

    The Canon S100/S95/S90. It has a 50% bigger sensor than most compact cameras, fits easily in your pocket, has awesome control features.

    Best of all, it takes the best photos of any camera that isn’t a big huge dSLR.

    Hands down, this is the best non-dSLR camera ever made, and because it’s so small, it’s the best travel camera, ever.

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  • Rich Poulter January 26, 2012, 10:31 pm

    Great post! Very informative thanks!

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