Compact cameras for travellers

By Ashwin Nair | Published on 17 May 2020
Compact cameras for travellers

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One cannot deny the fact that travelling and photography go hand in hand. Thus, one of the most important necessities while travelling is undoubtedly a camera. However, carrying a heavy camera gear is not feasible all the time and this is where efficient compact cameras come into play. Whether you’re using a digital camera or a mirrorless camera, such compact cameras allow you to carry them around with ease, even in your pockets. If you are looking for such a camera, here are four such cameras that you can find on Amazon that are ideal for travellers.

OM-D E-M5 Mark III

The OM-D E-M5 Mark III is a portable digital camera with an airtight weather-sealed design, making it ideal for use even during bad weather. Thanks to the compact design of the camera, you can easily carry it around, even in your pocket. It clicks pictures in 20.1MP quality, which should enable it to give you sharp print-worthy images. You get shutter speeds as long as 60-seconds and as short as 1/8000th of a second, letting you capture both long exposure shots as well as images of fast-moving objects. For the latter feature, the 121-point all-cross type on-chip phase-detection AF feature helps as it lets you capture sharp images of moving objects. However, you would require a tripod to click such pictures without any optical aberrations. You can capture both 4K and 2K videos with this digital camera. Furthermore, the classic design of the camera gives you a sense of the yesteryears, making it ideal for those who love retro designs.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100M3

Here is a digital camera from Sony that clicks in 20.1MP image quality and comes in a pocket-friendly compact design, making it an ideal travel partner. The Cybershot DSC-RX100M3 uses one of the best ZEISS lenses in the market and an advanced BIONZ X engine, allowing you to click pictures with superb detail and noise reduction. It comes with a ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70 mm lens with F1.8-2.8 aperture, letting you click stunning pictures with amazing bokeh effects. It lets you capture images at a speed of 10fps, which is pretty decent for a digital camera of this segment. Thanks to this, you can now capture fast-moving objects and get a good image. You can either preview the same through the 180-degree tiltable LCD display or through a retractable OLED viewfinder. With both Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity features, you can share the images and upload them on various social media handles on the go.

Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II

The Canon Power Shot G7X Mark II comes with one of the most compact designs, making it ideal for all your travels. With the powerful DIGIC 7 imaging sensor and a 20.1MP 1.0-inch CMOS sensor, you get pictures with clear details. The 24-100mm lens offers you 4.2x optical zoom with aperture values ranging from f/1.8 to f/2.8. You can capture multiple shots at a speed of 8fps, making the camera ideal for continuous shooting, which comes in handy while clicking fast-moving objects. The 3.0-inch LCD monitor has a touchscreen display, allowing you to access the controls with ease. Furthermore, the monitor can be moved 180 degrees upwards and 45 degrees downwards. Thanks to the Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity features, you can easily pair your smartphone to share images with your friends.

Sony Alpha ILCE 6100 24.2 MP Mirrorless Digital SLR Camera

If you are looking for a compact DSLR camera that lets you capture fast-moving objects or animals in particular, then the Sony Alpha ILCE 6100 is an ideal option as it comes with a real-time eye-tracking feature. This enables you to indulge in wildlife photography with good results, especially when you consider the fact that you’re using a compact digital camera. The company claims that the camera has the world’s fastest 0.02 sec AF speed with 425 phase detection and contrast points to capture sharp images. The 24.2MP EXMOR CMOS sensor comes with decent light sensitivity to let you capture pictures with bright and vivid colours. With a high ISO sensitivity value of 102400, it is ideal for low-light photography too. With such advanced features, it is a good option for vlogging as well, making it the perfect travel companion.

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