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A Guide on Choosing the Perfect Wanderlust Camera

28 August 2017 | Jonathan So

We love taking photos because while we travel because they serve as lifelong mementoes of your adventures. Even if our memory fails us one day, these photos are physical reminders of our travels that will not fade away. Nowadays, cameras have become a device that is part of our travel essentials. No matter how good your smartphone camera is, it probably just won’t cut it because it does not have the necessary zoom range.

Picking the best travel camera is more about finding a unit that enables you to shoot the photographs you want effortlessly. However, purchasing the camera best suited for travel photography is different from choosing cameras for other functions such as wedding photography, portrait photography, or even everyday use. These cameras are usually barely larger than a regular point-and-shoot camera but come with lenses that have 20x to 30x zoom. With so many cameras in the market, choosing one for your travels is not as easy as it seems.

...purchasing the camera best suited for travel photography is different from choosing cameras for other functions such as wedding photography, portrait photography, or even everyday use.

Types of Travel Camera

There are several types of travel cameras available today – point-and-shoots, advanced compacts, DSLRs, mirrorless cameras, polaroids, et cetera – each with their respective benefits. Point-and-shoots are the smallest and least expensive option but they have some limitations in terms of image quality. Mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras have big sensors yet are smaller than DSLRs. On the other hand, DSLRs are the heaviest and bulkiest of the lot but they deliver professional-grade photographs and offer the widest variety of lenses for different needs.

Since there are so many options to choose from, below are other criteria that you should consider when choosing a travel camera:

Image Quality

It goes without saying that the most important aspect when it comes to selecting a camera for your travels is the image quality that the unit can provide. Being able to deliver clear photos on the go is important so that you not miss out on the precious moments in your vacation.


It is true that you need to fork out a decent amount of money for a travel camera but it should not be too expensive either. Having a camera that is too expensive not only takes a toll on you financially but it might cause you to become a target for pickpockets and thieves.

Size / Weight

You want to feel comfortable while travelling. The best travel cameras are usually lightweight and can be slipped into a pocket or worn on a shoulder – not one that requires a bag. Think of it this way, as soon as a camera needs to be removed from a bag, you are wasting time and might miss a shot that you have been looking for.


Travel cameras should have fast and accurate autofocus. This allows you to snap a photo and move on, enabling you to take more photos in a shorter time with precision and clarity. Having a fast autofocus allows you to enjoy your holiday without worrying if your photos were in focus.

Recommended Travel Cameras

Now that we have briefly discussed several aspects that you should consider about when choosing a travel camera, here are some recommended travel cameras for you:

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II

One word that can represent this camera – quick. The focus and shutter speed of this camera is fast and most importantly, it shoots sequential pictures at a fantastic 8.5 frames per second. Olympus is traditionally renowned for its legendary autofocus that offers sharp, fast, and accurate focusing on targets of all types and speeds. Whether you are snapping photos of airplanes soaring across the skies at an air show or photographing dancers at a dimly-lit romantic restaurant, the Olympus E-M10 Mark II takes sharp and detailed photos regardless of the situation. This compact camera is the ideal unit for casual, beginner, and intermediate photographers looking for an affordable mirrorless camera for their travels.

Fujifilm X-T2

This high-end mirrorless camera is a favourite among travel photographers thanks to its lightweight design and capability to capture exceptional images. The X-T2 comes with a well-balanced 24.3MP sensor with 8 frames per second continuous shooting, making in an all-rounded travel companion.

Sony DXC-RX100

This point-and-shoot camera excels in ultra low-light photography, offering fast focusing speeds and the ability to shoot in RAW format. The camera’s Auto mode automatically recognises the correct scene mode, leading to a hassle-free and effortless shooting that is perfect for on-the-go photography. The Sony RX100 is a great travel camera that guarantees commendable photo quality in all conditions.

Besides the cameras mentioned above, DSLR cameras are also popular choices, especially amongst professional travel photographers. With advanced specs combined with multiple features to enhance flexibility and photo quality, these cameras are must-haves if professional-grade travel photos are what you are looking for.

Canon EOS 77D
From HK$ 6,599.00 The Canon EOS 77D gives you a blend of performance and control that puts creativity at your fingertips. Features include a next-generation 24.2-megapixel sensor for detailed images, 45-point autofocus, 6 fps shooting, Dual Pixel CMOS AF for super-fast Live View AF performance. Super-fast AF Have the confidence to explore new subjects and new ways of shooting. State-of-the-art 45-point autofocus delivers images that are packed with detail, and the EOS 77D can capture 24.2-megapixel images at a rate of 6 frames per second, helping you catch the briefest moments. 24.2-megapixel sensor A next-generation 24.2-megapixel sensor produces images that are packed with rich details - ready for editing, cropping or display. Sophisticated exposure metering technology delivers great-looking images straight from the camera, even in complex lighting conditions. The world's fastest Live View AF performance focuses in as little as 0.03 sec, for pin-sharp results. Creative movies With the EOS 77D you can be every bit as creative with movies as you can with still photos. Its acclaimed Dual Pixel CMOS AF tracks moving objects without hesitation or distraction, and can smoothly refocus with a single tap of the touch screen, for professional pull-focus like effects. Ergonomic design When you pick up the EOS 77D you'll notice how its controls fall naturally under your fingers, letting you change settings without taking the camera away from your eye. A Vari-angle touch screen provides smartphone-like navigation, as well as alternative shooting angles. Wireless Connectivity A combination of Wi-Fi, Bluetooth(r) and NFC technologies lets you form wireless connections with compatible iOS and Android smart devices more easily than ever, for remote camera control. Using the Canon Camera Connect app, your device can upload images to the cloud for sharing on social networking sites. At a glance: 24.2 megapixels DIGIC 7 processor 45 AF points Dual Pixel CMOS AF Full HD video 5-axis IS Wi-Fi and NFC Bluetooth(r)

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