Traveling is the perfect occasion to bring out the photographer in us, and if you’re on the market for the best camera to help you capture every moment of your trip for posterity, there’s a lot to choose from. At one end of the spectrum are the inexpensive and pocketable point-and-shoots, but whose image quality leaves much to be desired. At the other end are the bulky, somehow complicated to use, and expensive DSLRs that capture professional-grade photos. And then you’ve got the Goldilocks, the not-so-small and not-so-big mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras capable of producing DSLR-quality images but come in a compact body. Best for travel, this class of digital camera is lightweight, versatile, easy to operate, and is definitely not as expensive as DSLRs. Here are some of the best examples that you can seriously consider for your next trip.
Price: $1,199 (with 18-55mm lens)
While admittedly, this camera is not weather sealed, it more than makes up with its top-of-the-line features such as a 24.3-megapixel sensor and image processor that give excellent color rendition and image quality. It’s also light at just over 13 ounces and compact enough that you can practically take it anywhere without a fuss. Plus, you’ve got Fujifilm’s collection of X-Mount lenses to choose from and make the X-T20 as versatile as you want it to be.
SONY ALPHA a6500
Actually, the price gets to more than $2,000 when you purchase a more decent lens or two, but it’s so feature-packed that you shouldn’t mind the extra expense. For one, it has a highly advanced autofocus system and a weather-resistant body, in-body image stabilization and a touchscreen rear LCD. It is also capable of shooting 4K videos.
OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 MARK II
For a mirrorless camera priced this low, there’s nothing that can really beat this Olympus offering, especially as it can produce great image quality in a compact body. Weighing in at a mere 13.8 ounce, the camera is nevertheless loaded with features such as an electronic viewfinder, an LCD screen that can be tilted, and 5-axis image stabilization.
PANASONIC LUMIX G85
Its resolution might “only” be 16MP, but the G85 boasts of a perfect electronic viewfinder and touchscreen. Additionally, its autofocus performs well whether you’re shooting still pictures or 4K videos, with fast processing speeds and a very effective stabilization system.