Best Travel Camera? | The Nomad Way on Cameras (updated - October 2013)
This article was originally written in October 2012 and now updated after the launch of some new cameras...
What is perhaps the most important item whilst travelling? A camera. Which camera should you buy? Well...there a number of basic features we think are essential:
- Image quality: As well as decent size sensor. Naturally you want great photos.
- Manual control: Auto is great, but sometimes you need to adjust settings to suit.
- Significant Zoom: At least 5x or 140mm equivalent. Capture that animal up close, building from a lookout or (discreetly sneak) the local guy smoking a pipe.
- Portability: that is not having to carry a large heavy camera with extra lenses.
- Flip Out Screen: To get that awkward angle, to peer over a crowd of people and to frame yourself in a portrait making sure that background is in.
- Sound Clip: Record a sound clip to attach with photo. Remember what the building was, who the person with you was, or maybe the sounds of the city street, or a live band. Sounds can bring a photo to life.
- Quality Video Recording: Allowing zoom and focus whilst recording.
- One Hand Operation: maybe you're riding a bike, you're eating a burger or carrying a bag in one hand.
- Wi-Fi and GPS Location: Relatively new, this is huge, allowing you to map your trip and back up photos.
- Waterproof/Shockproof: This should be standard, yet is only avalable in a select number of entry level cameras. You're travelling, this makes sense!
- 1/1.7 inch sensor: not as large as others but larger than long zoom compacts.
- Full manual control.
- 7.1x or 200mm equivalent, larger than any other in its category.
- Portable, sure not a small camera, but small enough.
- Flipout screen, to easily frame and capture all those awkward angled shots.
- Voice memo function to attach to a photo.
- Quality video recording in Full HD with zoom and focus function.
- One hand operation, well almost. They've fitted a lens cap to the new model which means if it's on, 2 hands are required.
- GPS recording, although only via a separately sold adaptor.