Whether you're planning a short city break in Bruges, gearing up for a family holiday to Barbados, packing for a 'staycation' in Bognor Regis, or training for a trek through Bangladesh, you'll be able to capture amazing photos and travel light with our top picks of the best compact cameras for travel.
One of the most important features to look for in cameras and accessories for travel photography is the weight, which is why we've narrowed our selection down to compact digital cameras. These will be extremely light, highly portable and feature-packed to ensure you come home with some truly memorable travel images. Our guide has everything you need to choose the best point-and-shoot camera and accessories, so you can create amazing photos of your adventures, wherever they take you.
A compact camera will come in handy, no matter where you’re heading to. Whether you’re wandering the streets and exploring shops in a vibrant city or going on a summer holiday with the kids – these are some of the best compact cameras to consider for your travels.
With a large APS-C format sensor, bright 23mm lens and timeless design, the Fujifilm X100V in silver is one of the most desirable compact cameras on the market. It also makes a strong case as the best compact camera for travel, thanks to its array of useful features, such as a fast 11fps burst rate and 4K video recording.
The X100V also features a clever hybrid viewfinder, extremely fast autofocus and long battery life in order for you to be able to shoot all-day long with this compact digital camera.
Fujifilm cameras are well-known for capturing unique colours with film simulations, ensuring you come home with beautiful holiday photos to cherish forever.
When considering what is the best compact camera to buy for anything from a beach holiday to skiing and snowboarding, there’s no better choice than the Olympus Tough TG-6 Action Camera. This pocket-sized waterproof camera can handle anything you throw at it, as it is waterproof to 15m, shockproof to 2.1m, crushproof up to 100kg and freeze-proof to -10°C – perfect for action-packed holidays!
Rest assured it really does work underwater and includes features to capture amazing macro images and high definition 4K videos - even when fully submerged. You’ll also be able to shoot beautiful 12-megapixel photos once you’re back on dry land, which means the only tough decision you’ll have to make is whether to get the red or the black.
The Leica Q2 Compact Digital Camera is usually recommended when photographers ask ‘what is the best compact camera to buy for travel and everyday use?’
A combination of a high-resolution 47.3 megapixel full-frame sensor and a fixed 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens help photographers of all levels to capture iconic images with this pocketable Leica compact camera.
The Q2 is also rugged enough to take anywhere, with extensive weather sealing and premium materials used throughout the sleek body design. If you have the budget and want a camera which will see you through adventure after adventure, this is quite possibly the best camera for travelling ever made.
Joining our shortlist as one of the best cameras for travel is the highly portable and extremely popular RICOH GR IIIx Compact Camera. It’s well liked for good reason, as it packs in numerous features so creators can capture high-quality photos during their travels, including:
If you choose the RICOH GR IIIx, you’re sure to come home with cracking holiday photos and HD videos to help you to remember your trip.
The award-winning Sony ZV-1 VLOG Camera is a brilliant choice for anyone who enjoys travel vlogging as much as they do taking photos on holiday. It’s one of the most popular vlogging cameras as it offers a host of built-in features, so you won’t need to bring lots of accessories on your trip. These include:
Topping off an extensive feature list is Sony’s real-time eye autofocus and tracking, which are simply brilliant for keeping your subjects sharp.
The pocket-sized Panasonic Lumix DC-TZ95 Camera in Silver is one of several Panasonic compact cameras designed to be the best cameras for travel. Despite packing a versatile 30x optical zoom lens, this little point-and-shoot is as compact as it is powerful.
The DC-TZ95 offers a tiltable rear monitor for selfies and a high-resolution viewfinder, making it easier to capture beautiful photos even in bright sunlight. The brilliant Leica zoom lens lets you capture everything from a gorgeous beach sunset to distant buildings in the city you’re exploring. With its combination of easy-to-use features and advanced capabilities this compact digital camera ensures your holiday snaps will be the envy of your friends.
The third generation Canon PowerShot G7 X III is one of Canon’s best compact cameras for travel. It captures superb, high-quality images and allows you to tell your story with 4K movies, using a tilting LCD screen and microphone connection, which are perfect for travel vlogs.
The 20.1-megapixel sensor ensures great results for everything, from portraits, to epic panoramas - and even the food you discover on holiday. Canon has also included Bluetooth and Wi-Fi so you can share holiday highlights straight from the camera while you’re away.
The last camera on our list is quite possibly Sony’s best all-round compact camera for travel. The Sony DSC RX100 VII has been refined over generations to make it easy for anyone to capture gorgeous photos and high-quality 4K videos.
The RX100 VII is also extremely quick, from near-instant start-up times, to unbeatable 90fps burst shooting, which helps you capture every decisive moment as it happens.
When you want to track your subject around the frame, Sony’s accomplished real-time tracking and eye AF never miss a beat, while an articulated touchscreen makes it easier to capture difficult angles and close-up shots.
A lightweight, pocket-sized compact camera makes a great choice as a travel camera and can also be used to make great content on home ground. All of the models we’ve selected include easy-to-use features, which help you capture more memorable photos and videos to cherish forever.
Prepare for your next holiday by choosing from our huge range of compact cameras to find the prefect one to capture your best ever travel photos.
By Park Cameras on 06/09/2022
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