The joy of travel is all about new experiences, appreciating the world around us, and making new friends. Taking pictures helps us to focus on the details, capture the views, and relive the experiences when we return home.
However, for the inexperienced, it is difficult to identify the best cameras for travel photography. Here are some tips to guide you.
The Essentials to Consider When Shopping for a Travel Camera
- The size – This is important because airlines have set limits on the amount of baggage you can carry on a flight. A camera is an item that you will have with you at all times, hence a bulky one will be cumbersome to carry around.
- A trip of a lifetime needs to be captured by a camera that produces quality images.
- You want to focus on the experience; therefore you need a camera that is user-friendly without complex settings.
- You want the possibility of obtaining good pictures whatever your situation. A versatile camera will enable you to capture an entire vista or bird in flight with minimum equipment.
- Determine the accessories you want, such as a tripod or memory cards.
- Check out the video capabilities and battery life of the camera.
Also referred to as ‘point-and-shoot’, this is a camera that is small and convenient. The size makes it ideal for a traveler and the bonus is there is no compromise on quality. A compact camera has a fixed lens; some are fitted with a zoom lens and others with a prime lens, and it is a camera that can be relied on for good images.
This is a digital camera that does not have a reflex mirror and it works with multiple lenses. Mirrorless cameras are ideal for travelers as they are lightweight, compact, and also good for video recording. Another advantage is that they are quieter – there is no shutter sound, and they have an electronic viewfinder which offers a preview of the image.
Digital Single Lens Reflex or DSLR cameras are a popular choice for many travelers due to the wide range of lens options you can work with, excellent battery life, and the flawless images they produce. They have an internal mirror and operate with a digital sensor, larger in size than the ones found in compact cameras. The only disadvantage is that they are big and heavy and cannot fit in a pocket or purse.
Share your memorable experiences with family and friends by taking pictures of your travels. Taking pictures will enable you to capture beautiful moments and carry them home with you.