Your bags are packed, your itinerary is set and you have a pocket full of the local currency. But, you are missing one thing: a high quality camera to document every moment on your upcoming trip. Perhaps you are hesitant to invest in an expensive one because you are worried that it could get broken or stollen. Maybe you are trying to figure out if you should buy a point-and-shoot or a DSLR. This post will help you decide what type of camera you should buy and provide you with tips on making sure your camera is safe during all of your travels.
DSLR or Point-and-shoot camera?
I have gotten asked this question multiple times and I think it is because many people think in order to have high quality images, they must have a DSLR camera. However, this is simply not true!
DSLR cameras are great options for people with camera experience. If you don’t know what the words aperture, ISO and shutter speed mean, a DSLR probably isn’t the right choice for you. I know many people who buy DSLR cameras and then just use “auto” mode all the time. I get it, I do. DSLRs are hard to manage if you are not knowledgable in camera talk. However, if you are just going to use a DSLR in auto mode and don’t have a strong interest in learning how the camera works, a good point and shoot will provide you with images that you will be happy with at a lower cost.
The bottom line is get a point and shoot if you don’t know how to work a camera and don’t want to bother or you are looking to save some money.
If you do decide on a DSLR and don’t have experience using one, become comfortable with it before you leave for your trip. You don’t want to miss on photographic moments just because your settings are off.
Lastly, if you are looking for something smaller and lightweight, I would recommend a point and shoot.
Can’t I Just Use My IPhone?
Of course! Many phones have awesome quality cameras. If you cannot afford to buy a separate camera or simply don’t want to deal with carrying another thing around with you while you travel, your phone can be a great option.
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The DSLR Cameras I Use
I personally use the Nikon D5500 and the Nikon D3300. I love both and highly recommend them. They are lightweight for DSLR cameras and my D5500 has a built in wifi option meaning I can pair it with my phone for easy image access on the go.
Great Point & Shoot Cameras
There is a huge range when it comes to point & shoot cameras. Here are some options that are worth checking out:
Sony DSCW800/B 20.1 MP Digital Camera (Black)
Nikon Coolpix L340 20.2 MP Digital Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD (Black)
More Expensive Range
Sony Alpha a6000 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
Canon PowerShot SX700 HS Digital Camera – Wi-Fi Enabled (Black)
Keeping Your Camera Safe During Travels
It is important to keep your camera safe from damage, theft & loss while you are traveling. The last thing you want to have happen is invest in a good camera before a trip only to come home without it. Here are some tips that can help:
- Never put your camera in the same compartment of a bag as a water bottle or drink.
- Use the neck strap or wrist strap that comes with your camera so it is not only easily accessible but also less likely to be dropped.
- Invest in a good camera bag if you really want to make sure it is ok. This YouTube video I made shows what I keep in my travel/camera bag.
- Consider purchasing camera insurance. I personally don’t have this but if you want to go the extra step, it is worth looking into.
- Care for your lens(es). Your lens is arguably the most delicate part of the camera. Don’t let dirt, sand or water make its way into or onto the lens!
- Don’t leave your camera on a table where it can be easily grabbed and stolen.
I hope these tips helped you in picking out a camera for your next trip! Let me know in the comments below what type of camera you use when traveling.
Great tips! I need a travel camera and I’ll definitely follow your advice. Thank you!
So glad it could help!! Let me know if you have any other questions 🙂
This is a great post. My husband got me a really nice point and shoot for my birthday last year. It does underwater photography and everything. I’m always nervous something will happen to it, but having those photos is just priceless!
That is incredible!! I would love something that does underwater photography–how fun!
These are some great camera tips! Thanks for sharing … I know I’m definitely learning how to use my camera slowly but surely.
Great post! I think having an amazing camera on the road is so worth it! Helps your memories last forever!
Guilty of putting it on auto. 🙂 I get caught up in the moment and don’t slow down enough to change the settings. I would really love to take better pictures so figuring out how to work my camera is a goal.
Let me know if you ever need any help!
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