Best Camera For Travel
There are many camps when it comes to cameras for travel. Many die-hard travel photographers swear by their DSLRs while the casual traveler opts for a point and shoot or even their cell phone. So what is a good in-between camera that will take awesome photos, won’t break the bank, and won’t require you to carry a camera bag with extra lenses?
In our opinion, the best camera for travel is the Sony RX100 for the casual traveler. Sony has been producing the RX100 line for years now and each generation surpasses the previous in terms of innovation and overall quality.
We own the RX100 Mark 1 (first generation) and take it on every trip even though we have upgraded to a mirror-less camera. Now, we aren’t professional photographers by any means so this post is merely our opinion but we do value taking great photos. Here’s why we think that you should bring this camera with you on your travels too.
- 20.2 MP, Exmor CMOS Sensor, 28-100mm equivalent F/1.8-4.9 lens, ISO 125-6400 Expandable ISO 80, 100, and 25,600, 3-Inch LCD screen with 1.2M dots
- 1080p video, Steady-Shot image stabilization,Rear control dial and customizable front control ring
- Burst Mode (shots)-Approx.10 fps,(VGA) Moving Image Size -640×480 30fps Approx.3Mbps
- Bright F1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T lens with 3.6x zoom, Full HD 1080/60p video with manual control and dual record, ,Ultra-slim, sophisticated aluminum body
- Dimension: 101.6 mm x 58.1 mm x 35.9 mm, Weight: 213g (7.5 oz)
The Sony RX100 is considered a compact point and shoot camera. This means that the RX100 is relatively small. In fact, the RX100 is half or even 1/3 the size of a DSLR. Don’t let the size fool you though. While bigger usually means better in the camera world, the little RX100 puts up a good fight in photo quality in comparison to the DSLR cameras. Our RX100 is a first generation so it’s missing a flippable screen for selfies but we can live without it.
We love the RX100 because it is so much easier to carry while we are out hitting the town. The camera can literally fit into your pants pockets though you might struggle if you’re wearing skinny jeans. With this camera, you’re not sacrificing photo quality for the size. It’s great when you can go out to a fancy dinner on a trip while still being able to carry a really good camera on you. We can’t imagine lugging a DSLR-sized camera to a nice restaurant, unless we wanted to look like super tourists.
The RX100 takes spectacular photos for being a compact camera. Sony managed to squeeze in 20.2 megapixels and a 1″ sensor, which means the RX100 can take really good photos at night since the sensor allows in more light compared to a regular point and shoot cameras. The aperture also goes down to f1.8 which means you can get the cool bokeh effect (blurry background). We won’t talk about the nitty gritty technical aspects of the image quality since there are a ton of reviews about the camera. We will, though, show you some of the pics that we are able to get on this camera on our travels. These are unedited JPEG photos straight from the camera.
Sony’s compact camera line has really stolen the show when it comes to portability and quality. Every generation of the RX100 has improved on the previous and the current version, the RX100 Mark 5, is an excellent camera.. While we love our first generation RX100, we would highly recommend the RX100 Mark 3 (3rd generation) as it has a flip screen and is currently selling at a great price compared to the newest model. There are some other competitors out there, like the Canon G7X and the Panasonic LX10, but the Sony RX100 is still the top dog.
Ultimately though, the best camera is the one you have on you and for most of us travelers, that’s usually the cell phone camera in our pockets. But to up your travel photo game, we highly recommend that you pick up the Sony RX100.
The current retail price of a new Sony RX100 Mark 1 is currently $448 on Amazon, though most times you can find deals for lower.
Bryan is a travel blogger and one half of Travelling Daze. Bryan loves to blog about trip planning, reward point redemptions, photography, and videography.