We’re zooming in on the best cameras to take with you on your travels. From sweeping landscapes to highlighting the finer details, capturing the hawk eye view or just taking a great selfie, it’s important to have the right gear to record the memories of your journey.
Whether you’re new to photography or looking to level up your game, finding the ideal (affordable) kit to take with you on your trip can feel like a minefield. That’s why we’ve done all the leg work for you, covering the whole spectrum of cameras – so that you can focus on your itinerary instead.
The DSLR – CANON EOS 250D
The Canon EOS 250D (also known as the Rebel in the US) is a terrific camera for beginner photographers but has the potential to take on much more advanced projects as you develop. Whether you just want to capture the moment in auto mode or faff around with the technicalities, the 24 megapixel APS-C sensor and Dual Pixel CMOS AF system deliver fantastic results. The fully articulating rear screen and 4K video features allow you to take photographs and videos at all angles, making it perfect for bloggers or solo travellers.
CANON EOS 250D
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The Mirrorless – OLYMPUS OM-D E-M10 Mark III
The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a small but powerful mirrorless. Due to its huge range of features, it’s great for both amateurs and novices, allowing for your skills to develop with the camera. The body is compatible with a wide range of Olympus and Panasonic lenses so it is extremely versatile. It has an excellent 5-axis stabilisation system, shoots 4K video and the pocket-sized frame makes it a fantastic travel companion.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
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The Drone – DJI Mavic Air 2
There’s nothing quite like a drone to capture the whole atmosphere of the destination and create those really memorable shots. If you’re heading on a remote journey of a lifetime, on safari, celebrating a special moment, sailing or trekking in gorgeous mountains, you’ll regret not taking one. The Mavic Air 2 is our favourite all-round drone on the market, boasting 48 megapixel stills, 8K HyperLapse and 4K/60fps video at 120 mbps; perfect for creative aerial photography. Although we rate this as the best drone at this price level for the more enthusiastic travel photographer, if you’re looking for something a bit simpler you should check out the DJI Mavic Mini below instead.
DJI Mavic Air 2
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The Compact Drone – DJI Mavic Mini
The Mavic Mini is a great value drone that is ideal to use day to day. The Mini weighs in at just shy of 250 grams and fits in the palm of your hand. It has 4 km HD video transmission, 3-axis gimbal, 2.7K camera and 12 megapixel stills. Operation of the drone using the app is surprisingly simple and the downward sensor helps to avoid heavy landings!
DJI Mavic Mini
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The Instant – INSTAX Liplay Digital Instant Camera
In this digital era, it’s rare that we actually ever get around to getting our travel photos physically printed, making the instant camera an essential for those important family gatherings and celebrations with friends. The INSTAX Liplay is perfect for candid shots to treasure in their physical form and ideal for slipping in between the pages of your journal.
Unlike most instant cameras, with the Liplay you can view the photos on the screen and choose which ones you want to print, avoiding pesky film wastage on bad shots. It’s also easy to transfer them to your mobile to post on social media – the best of both worlds.
INSTAX LiPlay Digital Instant Camera
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The Lightweight – Osmo POCKET
Although it may be small, the Osmo Pocket is an extremely flexible camera with impressive stability for getting those crisp actions shots and videos. It is basically designed to make you look like a much better camera user than you actually are, capturing incredibly smooth 4K video at 60 fps. For a small device with few buttons it’s simple to operate so you can pull it from your pocket and capture the moment in seconds.
DJI Osmo POCKET
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The Action Cam – Osmo ACTION
The DJI Osmo Action has dual screens so you can check that you’re getting that flawless shot. It uses an impressive electronic image stabilisation system delivering shake-free footage no matter how rough the action gets and is waterproof to a depth of 11m. An extremely adaptable action cam that is compatible with GoPro mounts and can be attached to pretty much anything.
DJI Osmo ACTION
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The Heavy Duty – Nikon Coolpix W300
If you’re looking for a camera to keep up with your adrenaline addiction, the Nikon Coolpix W300 is for you. The camera is waterproof, shockproof and, if necessary, childproof. Perfect for adventure trips from scuba diving to white water rafting, it’s rated to depths of 30m and provides you with useful data like depth and altitude. It shoots 4K video and uses Bluetooth and Nikon’s Snapbridge software for easy image transfer.
Nikon Coolpix W300 Tough Compact Camera
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