When it comes to digital cameras there are plenty of types for you to choose. We have compact cameras, which are smaller and very easy to carry everywhere, and we have cameras with interchangeable lens which are bigger and requires more than just a pocket to take it in your trip. You will need a bag for your lens, tripod, flashgun, batteries, cleaning tools etc…
In the digital camera world there are so many options, best way to do it is to think first about it’s final scope. Will you use it to simply shooting photos for your memories, for social networks – so everyone can see where you’re traveling, or you want to shoot more professional?
Understanding your goal will lead in having the right tool for the right price.
Standard compact camera
This is usually a small, light and fairly cheap camera, also known as Point and Shoot. It is a basic entry model into the digital photography world. Standard compact cameras are normally fully automatic, in rare cases offer the manual exposure options.
Usually they have small zoom lens which folds into camera, a built-in flash and an LCD screen – no eye viewfinder. HD video recording, image stabilization, and Wi-Fi connectivity may be available with this type of camera. Usually low quality photos, but it is not a rule.
There are some high-end standard cameras which are really expensive, but offering great picture quality. These cameras are only limited by their unchangeable lens and sensor size when it is not a full frame one.
Zoom compact camera
The same like the standard camera with the only difference consisting in their zoom capability, can go to 30 x optical zoom or even more.
Adventure compact camera
Almost the same with the standard camera, in plus they are waterproof, shock proof and even freeze proof. Strong build makes them very good for use in extreme conditions. On the other side the limited zoom and exposure options, and having a small sensor leads to poor photo quality.
Digital single-lens reflex (DSLR)
These are high-end digital camera divided in two main categories – hobby and pro. The hobby models have an entry-level APS-C sensor and the professional ones comes with a full frame sensor. You can detach the lens and replace it with the needed one.
This is a huge advantage, being able to use the right lens for the right task. These cameras are usually used by professionals or hobbyists who know what they are doing. Having a DSLR does not really mean that your pictures will be great, you need knowledge and lot of training to archive best results.
Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (MILC)
Great digital cameras, they are similar with the DSLR ones, with some differences:
- Size and weight – which is very important when traveling, handling for long time
- Mirrorless – As the term says, they don’t use a mirror system, the camera does not have an optical mirror or viewfinder, but an electronic one which displays what the camera sensor sees. The lack of the moving mirror reduces vibration which may result in blurred pictures.
- In newest models they don’t use a mechanical shutter anymore, they are using an electronic one which is quieter.
- Lens are usually not compatible between DSLR and MILC, but they have dedicated ones. Anyway there are adapters in case you really like some specific lens, so you’ll be still able to use them.
Mirrorless cameras are my favorite ones. They suits my needs being a traveler, with very good picture quality and better maneuverability than DSLR. Please do not take it as an advice, this is only a personal opinion and it is only according to my needs.
Keep in mind…
Buying a professional camera will not necessary lead into taking great astonishing shoots. If you have knowledge about photography and you’re looking to get better results, then that’s fine. If you don’t but you are studying photography, again it is fine. But if you don’t and you are not involved in any kind with photography, then just buy a camera model thats suits your needs.
For most people looking to have nice photos from holidays, celebrations or simply outdoor / indoor photos, a compact camera or the smart phone will do the job.
I really hope you found this general presentation being satisfying, that it helps you to make the right choice. Please comment below if you need further advice or if you want to add or ask something.