When you travel, which camera do you prefer to take with you? I`ve traveled a fair bit and I think my favorite is still my DSLR, but every camera has their own advantages. Here`s a list of the camera`s I`ve used in the past year.
For me, this is an easy camera to work with. I choose this one because of my budget and because I like to invest in the lenses and not so much in the body. It`s a great camera if you want to own a DSLR and different camera lenses or if you`re new to DSLR, it`s a good starter`s model. It`s not a heavy camera, so perfect for traveling (or even to have as a family camera, if you want to upgrade from a point and shoot camera).
This is a photo I recently took on a trip to Mexico:
Summary of benefits: budget friendly, light and easy to work with. Price starts from $480. I bought a Nikon D3100 as a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens. I always have this camera with me on my travels, however I`ve had the privilege to also test Nikon D7000, thanks to Nikon*.
This camera together with an 18-200mm lens went with me on an adventure in Jordan. Working with this camera shows you what a camera can do, but obviously there`s a price tag attached to that. The Nikon D7000 is a good choice for more experienced shooters.
The price for this camera starts from $895 for the body only.
Point and shoot
Nikon 1 J1 with 10-30mmf/3.5-5.6
I had this camera with me on a city trip to Toronto, courtesy of Nikon*. Even though I`m used to working with my DSLR, this camera was very compact and still had a lot of potential. I like that you can change the lens, makes this camera a bit more than just a point and shoot actually.
The biggest benefit would be the weight and size of the camera, it even fits in your purse. To read more about this camera, check this review. You can buy this camera starting from $395, that`s with the 10-30mm lens.
Nikon Coolpix AW100 Waterproof Camera
I`d never used an underwater camera before, so this was my first experience with one (courtesy to Nikon*). As a beach lover, it`s definitely nice to have a camera with you that`s designed to survive in the outdoors with waterproof features and shock resistant at the same time. You can use the camera for underwater photography, video or land photography. Which in my case was convenient when visiting Tulum, it was humid and I didn`t want to take my DSLR with me. So I opted for only one camera, being the waterproof one.
The benefit here: a compact and light-weight camera, you can use everywhere when on an adventurous trip. It can handle when it`s dropped (shockproof), you can take it snorkeling or just on a day out. I have to admit, for underwater photography it took me a bit of time to get used to it. Not the camera itself (which you can shake to change settings, very convenient) but having a camera underwater takes some practice, at least it did for me. Read on for a full review. This camera starts at a price of $245.
When I`m out and about, I always have my iPhone with me. So even if I don`t have a camera with me when I`m not traveling I can still take photos, as I`ve noticed there`s always a photo opportunity around. And the iPhone 4 does a good job (not as good as the 4S, as I`ve seen the difference, it`s a big difference!). Here`s one of my photos while in Australia. I had my DSLR with me too, but this one came out nicely I think.
In the end it depends what you`re looking for: do you want to have automatic settings, so you just have to “point and shoot” or do you want to learn more about photography and experiment with settings? How compact or heavy can it be? Does it need to be shock/waterproof? How big is your budget?
What`s your number one priority when buying a camera for your travels?
*Thanks to Nikon for providing me with some of the cameras to test them. As always opinions are my own, so are the photos, expect the image of the Nikon D7000, that`s courtesy of Nikon USA.