After testing a lot of products, we have selected the 8 best digital cameras for travel for 2018 which are mentioned below. In our experiments, we have found these products most consistent in performance and true value for the money.
Canon PowerShot SX720 HS
The PowerShot SX720 HS is a compact camera with a whopping 40X zoom lens, which is equivalent to 24-960mm. It has a 20.3MP BSI CMOS sensor and DIGIC 6 image processor, which allows for 1080/60p video and 5.9 fps continuous shooting. Other features include a 3″ LCD with 922k dots, a Zoom Framing Assist feature which keeps subjects in the scene as they approach or retreat from the camera and Wi-Fi with NFC.
As with many of these basic point and shoot cameras… with fixed lenses, the image quality — especially in low light — isn’t as good as what you’ll find with a DSLR camera or mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The SX720’s 1/2.3-inch image sensor is the smallest you’ll find in a digital camera, meaning you shouldn’t expect to make large prints from the photos you shoot with this camera. And with a price tag of just under $400, this isn’t going to fit in the budget of many beginner photographers.
But if you’re looking for a complement or a replacement to your smartphone camera, the Canon SX720’s image quality is going to be good enough to outperform most smartphone cameras. And of course, no smartphone camera can offer even a 4X optical zoom lens, let alone match the impressive 40X zoom of this Canon model.
PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200
It’s not the first time we’ve seen a 1.0-inch sensor in a travel zoom compact – that accolade goes to the Lumix ZS100 / TZ100, but whereas that camera sported a pretty modest (for a travel zoom camera) 10x zoom range, the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 sees Panasonic squeeze a 15x zoom into a similar sized body. The 24-360mm range makes the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 incredibly versatile, suited to capturing everything from sweeping vistas to tightly cropped details.
There’s a large 3.0-inch touchscreen… on the rear of the camera (although it sits flush with the body and can’t be angled outwards), while the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 follows on from the Lumix ZS100 / TZ100 and sports a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF); this gets a small bump up in resolution over its predecessor, but it still feels pretty small and claustrophobic to look through, so while it’s handy for composing shots in bright sunlight, the rest of the time you’ll find yourself using the excellent rear display.
For hassle-free photography there’s a range of auto modes and features, but the Lumix ZS200 / TZ200 also features more advanced controls too, including aperture priority and shutter priority modes, as well as full manual control. There’s also raw capture to help achieve the best quality results from your images, while the handy control wheel round the lens offers quick adjustment for a range of settings.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 180 20MP 8x Zoom
Canon ELPH 180 has a 20.0MP 1/2.3 (6.17 x 4.55 mm ) sized CCD sensor and features DIGIC 4+ processor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 5152 x 3864 pixels with aspect ratios of and 4:3. ELPH 180 has a native ISO range of 100 – 1600 but unfortunately, Canon ELPH 180 doesn’t have RAW file support. If you need a Compact camera with a RAW support, consider or in the same price range.
Canon ELPH 180 weighs… 126 g (0.28 lb / 4.44 oz) and has external dimensions of 95 x 54 x 22 mm (3.74 x 2.13 x 0.87″). Considering that the average weight of Compact type cameras is 187g, Canon ELPH 180 is a remarkably light camera for its class. Even better, with a thickness of only 22mm, it is also quite small, 6mm thinner than the average of its class.
With Canon ELPH 180, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1280 x 720 at 25p fps and save in MPEG-4 and H.264 formats. 1280 x 720 is a low video resolution by todays standards. If video quality is important for you, we recommend you to look at cameras with Full HD, even better 4K / Ultra-HD resolution. Canon ELPH 180 doesn’t have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Compact camera with external microphone connectivity, consider or in a similar price range.
Fujifilm X100F 24.3 MP APS-C Digital Camera
Featuring an evolution in its core feature-set, the silver X100F Digital Camera from Fujifilm incorporates a series of advanced imaging capabilities while still retaining its trademark design and intuitive handling assets. Most notably, the X100F features a 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor to realize rich, high-resolution stills and fluent performance with expandable sensitivity to ISO 51200.
A built-in Fujinon 23mm f/2 lens provides… a general wide-angle 35mm equivalent focal length, and its optical design utilizes aspherical glass to produce sharp imagery while a Super EBC coating resists flare and ghosting. Benefitting working in a variety of shooting situations, a heightened hybrid autofocus system now utilizes 91 total points, including 49 phase-detection points, for quick, accurate focusing.
Complementing the imaging specs is a range of physical attributes that are the hallmark of the X100-series. The Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder, which meshes both optical and electronic viewing means in a switchable manner, has been updated with adjustable magnification for the electronic rangefinder function for more precise manual focus control. Additionally, the body also sports a physical ISO dial, which is incorporated within the shutter speed dial.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Mirrorless Digital Camera
JPEGs are generally good up through ISO 800 and still usable up through about ISO 1600; by ISO 3200 they look smeary and soft, though depending upon the photos and your needs you could get away with them through the top of its sensitivity range, ISO 25600. Processing the raws delivers more detail starting at about ISO 1600, as well, though they’re grainier because you’re not gaining any tonal range out of it.
The colors are neutral and accurate… — it nailed some difficult reds and pear green/browns that most cameras don’t get right, though red peppers in the JPEGs were slightly cool (and correct in the raw). But they’re still pleasantly saturated.
The new sensor in the camera yields far less crunchy-looking images than from the original E-M10, though the in-focus areas have that slightly oversharpened look that I see a lot from the four-thirds sensors. And (unsurprisingly) you do get significantly sharper results — which extends the usable ISO sensitivity range — by using a better lens than the kit’s.
Fujifilm X-T20 Mirrorless Digital Camera
The Fujifilm X-T20 is a midrange SLR-styled mirrorless camera that sits above the X-E2S and below the X-T2. The X-T20 replaces the X-T10 and offers a host of new features, including Fujifilm’s latest 24MP CMOS sensor and image processor, faster burst shooting, any improved autofocus system, 4K video capture and more. In many ways, it’s a smaller, less expensive ‘little brother’ to the X-T2, a camera that earned a Gold Award when we reviewed it last year.
The X-T20 finds itself in a competitive… field of both ‘mirrored’ (DSLR) and mirrorless cameras. Buyers are likely to find themselves deciding between midrange DSLRs like the Nikon D5600 and Canon EOS 77D, as well as mirrorless models such as the Sony a6300, Panasonic GX850 and the Olympus E-M5 II.
The X-T20 is more about the overall package than one or two specs that standout. That said, the 24MP sensor has proven its worth on the X-Pro2 and X-T2, and the AF system has also been refined in a good way. The EVF is a pleasure to use, though the touch functions on the tilting LCD are limited. The burst rate hasn’t changed since the X-T10, but the buffer size has been dramatically increased. 4K video has also been added, helping to keep the X-T20 at an even level with the best of its peers.
Canon PowerShot SX730 Digital Camera
While it looks rather underwhelming going on the spec sheet, generally sound performance makes the Canon PowerShot SX730 HS worth considering if all you’re after is a no-frills pocket superzoom.
Smartphones may well have… replaced entry-level compact cameras for most day-to-day shooting, but one market they’ve yet to successfully crash is that of the long-zoom camera. If you really need to home in on far-away details, the only practical solution is either an interchangeable lens camera with a telephoto optic or a compact camera with similar ambitions.
The Canon PowerShot SX730 HS belongs in the latter camp, and with a lens equivalent to 24-960mm in 35mm terms it reaches further than the average DSLR/superzoom lens combination can manage. Of course, DSLRs and compact system cameras with larger sensors offer a variety of advantages, but if you’re looking for a pocket-friendly, all-purpose option, the SX730 HS is likely to appeal.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP
Comprising the essentials needed to begin shooting, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera with Free Accessory Kit from B&H bundles the advanced compact camera with a 64GB SDXC memory card and a protective carrying case. Taking an amazing pocket-sized series and further improving it, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V Digital Camera from Sony takes the compact RX100 line up a notch by adding a Fast Hybrid AF system with 315 focal-plane phase-detection points.
Incorporating a proven and reliable 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor,… the RX100 V is able to create highly detailed images at sensitivities up to ISO 12800 with ease. Also, combining this sensor’s speed and power with the BIONZ X processor and a newly developed front-end LSI, users can enjoy even faster performance, including continuous shooting of up to 24 fps with a buffer up to 148 JPEG frames.
Improved High Frame Rate recording times, and fast continuous AF with stills and while recording UHD 4K video. The hallmark features are the advanced AF system which can now lock on in just 0.05 seconds and operate during the camera’s maximum continuous shooting speed of 24 fps. The High Frame Rate mode, which can reach an incredible 960 fps can now record for twice as long.