Determining which travel camera will meet your needs, by trip type, requires quite a lot of thinking ahead of time. Sure, you want to capture memories to revisit once you’re safely back home but often times different cameras suit different trip. For example, for action-packed trips you may want a Go Pro camera that can shoot video or photo bursts that capture up to 30 photos per second. If you’re backpacking, you don’t want to break your back with heavy camera gear. Birders and other critter-lovers may want a good zoom to capture wildlife in its natural habitat, without getting so close you scare it away. Or maybe you want to share your adventures in real time with those back home for real time travel envy, and need a good travel camera bundle for social media.
Layover Guide breaks down all the best travel cameras:
Best Camera For The Adventurer:
Durable, waterproof GoPro cameras range from the relatively low-cost basic HERO to the GoPro HERO4 Black 4K Action Camera. Bundles are available to address the user’s needs, whether making movies, producing movie videos, recording extreme sports adventures stunts, or more. For instance, the surfer bundle includes a mount to for your surfboard, an FCS plug mount, camera tether, quick release buckles and a three-way pivot arm. Other wonderful accessories are available for the GoPro, including the GoPro Smart Remote, which allows you to control the camera from as far away as 600 feet. The device can be worn on the wrist like a watch with the included wrist strap or attached via the included key ring. Or strap it to your head or chin to capture your adventures from your own viewpoint. The GoPro selfie stick puts you in the picture, but without that tell-tale closeness of a regular selfie.
Best Camera For Backpackers:
You’re backpacking to shed the weight of the world and your everyday concerns. Why shoulder new weights? Of course, you’re still going to need something strong to withstand any accidental dropping, and a powerful macro lens to capture the beautiful vista in front of you and a great zoom lens to capture the nitty-gritty details from afar.
The Olympus TG-4 offers a rugged, waterproof exterior to depths of 50 feet, is freeze-proof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, shockproof up to a seven-foot drop, can withstand 220 pounds, while capturing 1080P HD video, and offering 4X wide-angle optical zoom with a high-speed lens. The camera can work under water, and has WiFi, GPS and e.Compass features. All this weighs in at a slender 0.54 pounds.
Best Camera For The Long-Distance Lover:
Record your love for wildlife and all things skittish without disturbing them. A great zoom can prevent you from trespassing on their turf and ending up recording just their startled reaction to your presence – if you’re fast enough to capture them at all.
The Panasonic Lumix DMC series offers a selection of mega-zoom options at a variety of price points. The Panasonic DMC-FZ70 can take you 60 times closer to your subject. Dolby quality sound recording zooms in, too, to lock out ambient noise for improved sound quality. Video recording at 1080/60i focuses automatically.
Best Camera For The Social Butterfly:
Built-in WiFi and social media apps allow you to keep in touch with the folk at home through your travel camera. For instance, the Beach Camera E4CNPSG16 Cannon PowerShot G16 ultimate bundle offers wireless WiFi so that you can share still photos or video on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or Flickr, as well as via email; transfer to tablets, PCs and smartphones; or print wireless. The camera takes crisp 12.1 megapixel photos, zoomed up to 5x actual size, and 1080 p/60p full HD video. With the mini table-top tripod, you can host your own travel show. Additional features are a gadget bag, spare battery, 32 GB SDHC memory card with wallet, a six-foot high-speed mini HDMI to HDMI A/V cable, high-speed SD USB 2.0 card reader, screen protectors, lens-cleaning kit, and DIGIC 6 Image Processor.
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