Unforgettable, authentic experiences are the main goal of any trip to the USA. And taking beautiful pictures to remember these experiences by comes a close second! Whether you are a keen amateur photographer or simply want to cement your holiday in memory with a few simple snaps, a camera well-suited to travel is a must.
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These days, there are plenty of compact models that bridge the gap between portability and the image quality and function of a DSLR, which makes it easier than ever to get the kind of pictures you want while on the move.
Of course, there's more to consider than picture quality and portability alone. Durability, filming capabilities and ease of use are all important points to consider before making your final choice.
Here are five of the best travel cameras available today.
1. Nikon D5600
Great for: Anyone who wants to travel with a DSLR.
If you're a keen photographer and have your heart set on taking a DSLR with you, the Nikon D5600 is one of the lightest and most portable around. While not nearly as small as compact cameras, it is still a much more travel-friendly option that a traditional DSLR.
What's also great about this camera is that it is very easy to use, making it an excellent entry-level DSLR - and, of course, very well-suited for travel. After all, you don't want to be fiddling with complex controls when you have just a few moments to capture the shot of a lifetime. For those who are more experienced, the manual capabilities allow for a good range of technical shooting.
2. Panasonic TZ70
Great for: Being the affordable choice for all-round travel functionality.
This great little camera has a sound balance of features designed specifically with travellers in mind. In fact, Panasonic has been somewhat of a pioneer in the field of travel cameras, with the TZ series having been among the first to offer impressive zoom capabilities within a small model.
The TZ70 in the latest in that series, having 30x zoom, the ability to shoot RAW files, and auto and manual controls - a combination that makes it ideal for virtually any travel photographer, including more serious photographers keen to have the versatility offered by raw files and manual controls.
Despite its compact size, this camera also has an electronic viewfinder that's really handy for taking pictures in bright, sunny conditions.
3. Olympus TG5
Great for: Withstanding a few knocks and splashes!
The Olympus TG5 is ideal if you are going on a particularly active tour and want a camera that can withstand a few knocks and splashes! This model is waterproof to 15m depth, shockproof from 2.1m and can even handle sub-freezing conditions.
This 12MP camera has multiple shooting modes and 4x optical zoom. Incredibly lightweight, this camera is near pocket size and, when it comes to durability, versatility, flexibility and portability, few travel cameras can beat it.
4. Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II
Great for: Crisp, clear shots in challenging conditions, such as low light; the portability of a point and click with DSLR capabilities.
A little larger than a typical compact, the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II camera offers DSLR-level image quality, making it a brilliant choice for budding photographers.
It also performs really well in low-light conditions - perfect if you'll be exploring canyons or likely to take evening shots. In fact, thanks to the f/1.8-2.8 lens, a lot of light reaches the sensor, making it easy to get sharp detail, even when the conditions are challenging. The Intelligent Image Stabiliser, meanwhile, helps to keep pictures crisp even while you're on the move.
5. GoPro HERO5 Black
Great for: Capturing impressive footage of all kinds of adventures, from wildlife spotting to sea kayaking.
Definitely one for active travellers who don't want to compromise on versatility, durability or compactness, a GoPro camera is perfect for capturing adventurous footage. The GoPro HERO5 offers a 12MP and full 4K60 movie capability, and is slightly cheaper than the latest model, the HERO6. As is characteristic of the GoPro range, the HERO5 is waterproof, highly durable and has the functionality to take shots at set intervals automatically - ideal for creating time-lapse videos.
This model is also brilliant for capturing quality video, and is simple to use, so if you think you'll be doing a lot of filming, it's worth investing in.