Right after a credit card and a passport, a camera is perhaps the most important thing a traveler must remember to take along on a trip. Well, there are many other important things to pack, but especially people who travel frequently or for work, use a camera in so many ways that it really is an important tool on the road. Here are suggestions for cameras that have been tested to perform well in various travel situations.
Digital Photography Review has tested hundreds of cameras during 2017, and ranked them in categories that position products according to tasks they perform well. Cameras ranked in all categories can be viewed in the DPReview Buying Guide 2017.
The best travel camera with interchangeable lenses: the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 III. If photography is not the first priority when traveling, the camera may feel a bit bulky but it is a versatile camera for practically all situations that arise on the road.
The best compact camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (TZ100). A small body with a relatively long zoom and fine images speak for the Panasonic’s compact model.
But that’s not all. My favorite travel camera categories – small four-thirds interchangeable lens cameras and smartphones – were not featured as the best for travel, but DPReview has also announced the annual Awards for the best cameras of 2017.
The DPReview Award for the best smartphone camera in 2017 goes to the Google Pixel 2. The shortlisted smartphones were the Apple iPhone X, LG V30,and Huawei Mate 10.
The best entry-level interchangeable lens camera (ILC): Olympus OM-D E-M10 III. It uses Micro Four-Thirds lenses that are available from a number of manufacturers. Other candidates were the Canon EOS M100, Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (EOS 200D), and Canon EOS Rebel T7i (EOS 800D).
Best consumer stills/video camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5. In the shortlist were also the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV, Sony Alpha a9, Sony Alpha a7R III. These cameras were assessed for their video image quality and features as well as still photography.