The Best Cameras for Travel
It seems as if everyone that travels has a packing list that includes at least one digital camera, and sometimes even a video camera as well. Some travelers prefer to travel with P&S (point-and-shoot) cameras with built in video, and some tend to go for the newer model DSLR’s with built in video recording.
The one thing I’ve noticed is that everyone across the board seems to have their own personal preference to which camera they couldn’t live without on the road.
Below you’ll find a list of the different types of cameras that people travel with these days. Which type of camera do you prefer to carry with you?
Point & Shoot cameras like the Canon Powershot SD960IS are probably the most commonly spotted types of cameras on the road. The best part about point and shoot cameras these days is that if you invest your money in a decent Canon or Nikon, you’re likely to be able to produce very high quality photos from it. This all depends on your “eye” for photography of course. I, personally prefer to shoot with a Digital SLR but on my last trip I took along two Canon PowerShot SD960IS cameras and I was extremely pleased with the results to say the least. All of the photos that you’ve seen on Pause The Moment from our latest trip were taken with the SD960IS believe it or not.
Having the ability to film your vacation in pure high definition video makes traveling even more enjoyable. Most point and shoot cameras these days have built in HD video (usually 720p), and sometimes even 1080p on newer models.
Shooting and editing HD videos used to be a complete nightmare! Now a days it’s slowly becoming easier and easier to work with due to higher spec computers, and professional video editing software like Sony Vegas Movie Studio HD Platinum 10. (Recommended for PC users). More often than not though beginners choose to go the cheap, and more amateur route by utilizing the latest version of Windows Live Movie Maker which is incredibly user friendly and caters to the beginners who just want to plop their video into the software, add some music and throw in some text. Before you know it, you’ve got yourself an HD travel video that you can upload to YouTube and show to the world.
Traveling with a point and shoot camera has many benefits but one of the biggest benefits is that you’re able to easily conceal your camera quickly when you enter some of those sketchy areas by simply dropping your compact camera in your pocket and picking up the pace if needed. Another benefit to traveling with P&S cameras is that you can usually find great deals on waterproof cases which will protect your camera from water damage when snorkeling, diving, and even from dirt and dust when traveling to the desert and other overly dirty areas. I picked up a Canon WP-DC32 Waterproof Case for my SD960 and it worked flawlessly when I took it underwater with me while snorkeling in Dahab, Egypt.
I can’t say enough about Digital SLR cameras especially the newer models. I’ve traveled with the Canon Digital Rebel XSi in the past but I recently picked up the Canon EOS Rebel T2i. The T2i packs an 18-megapixel sensor, a 3.0″ LCD, and the ability to shoot 1920×1080 FULL HD. Yikes!
My friends Nathan & Sofia from AsWeTravel.com are currently traveling the world while filming their travel video series with a T2i and they can’t get enough of it. Just watching their videos makes me want to pack up my new T2i and hit the road!
In saying that, traveling with a DSLR can prove to be difficult for a few reasons. Firstly they’re big and clunky. Secondly, you usually need to carry around at least two different lenses if not more. Let’s say you purchase a new DSLR with a kit lens (18-55mm for example). Well, if you want to zoom in a little bit for a photo of that colorfully dressed Peruvian women selling watermelons across the road you’re going to have a pretty tough time doing so with a kit lens. That is unless you want to approach her and ask her if you can take her photo. If you don’t have the courage to do so then this is where having additional lenses comes in handy. A lens like the 55-250mm will work perfectly for this type of situation. The problem is that once you start getting into purchasing multiple lenses not only does the weight of your camera gear go up but your wallet starts to shrink pretty quickly as well.
A couple years ago you’d never see a DSLR that was capable of recording HD video. Now a days it’s becoming more and more common. This is a great thing because once again like a P&S, you can now document your next trip with photos and video!
Some travelers choose to keep their Photography and Videography separate. It seems that travelers tend to go with a DSLR plus a stand alone video camera, or a P&S and a stand alone video camera. Jason and Aracely from TwoBackpackers.com decided to shoot their latest trip with a Canon Vixia Video Camera and I think that directly relates to why their videos are so crisp and clean. Of course it’s not just about what type of camera you use, it’s how you use it. As with any camera, it’s about the person behind it and in TwoBackpackers.com’s case it’s about who is editing the video as well. If you have yet to see some of their videos, head on over to their site now.
How about the GoProHD video and still camera? This video camera is well known to the extreme sports world and for a good reason. The GoPro® HD Cameras line allow you to take your camera to places you could never imagine going. Underwater, through the desert and even through the snow. This thing takes a lickin’ and keep on tickin’ according to it’s top-notch reviews and backing by some of the biggest extreme sports athletes on earth. The only traveler I know at the moment who travels with a GoPro is internet entrepreneur Darren Alff. From what I’ve seen he seems to love his GoPro. It not only allows him to take his video camera to rough and dusty places but he can also shoot some really cool wide angle photos with the GoPro’s built in wide angle lens.
Here’s where YOU come in… I want to know your thoughts and opinions on the following:
- What type of camera do you travel with?
- Are you more into documenting your trip via photography or do like to focus more on video when you travel?
- Do you find yourself a walking target when traveling with a DSLR?
- Do you or someone you know travel with a GoPro video camera? If so, feel free to tell us more about it! I’m really interested in learning more about these cameras from actual travelers who are on the road now and using one.
Feel free to fill us in on your travel camera preferences by leaving a comment below…