The Canon EOS 80D travel camera is an upgrade of their 70D and includes a 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor with dual pixel autofocus. The 45 point autofocus system is slightly less than that of the 7D Mark II and considerably more than the 70D.
The 80D travel camera is a noticeable upgrade from the 70D that will provide outstanding image quality under most conditions. It won’t do 4K video but how many people need a 4K video of the Spanish Stairs or their night out in Hong Kong? All in all the 80D travel camera will produce the high resolution photos and sharp compelling videos you’re after for a price you can afford.
Best Bang for your Buck
The final 2 travel cameras on our list represent what our experts feel to be the optimal value for your money. These cameras have it going on from a quality standpoint and won’t drain your bank account. They provide the Best Bang for your Buck.
Canon EOS 700D EF S Digital Travel Camera
- 18MP hybrid CMOS APS-C sensor.
- Full 1080p HD video at 30, 25 and 24p.
- 3” 1.04 million dot Clearview II vari-angle LCD touchscreen.
- Continuous AF and subject tracking while shooting video.
- ISO expandable to 25600.
- The latest DIGIC 5 14-bit processor delivers solid performance.
- Comes with f/3.5 – 5.6, 18-55mm STM lens.
Whether you’re a hobbyist wanting to elevate your game or a pro in need of a reliable backup the Canon EOS 700D EF-S DSLR is here to answer the call.
While the spare number of AF points doesn’t have us dancing in the street the rest of the 700D travel camera is ready made for the road. It’s svelte at just a pound and half, it generates beautiful HD video thanks to its subject tracking and continuous AF, the photos have the typical aura of Canon quality about them and it’s as affordable as all get out. A Best Bang for your Buck travel camera if ever there was one.
Sony a6500 4K Mirrorless Digital Travel Camera Kit
- 24MP CMOS APS-C hybrid sensor has 425 detection points.
- 3 inch vari-angle touchscreen with 921,000 dots.
- Tilting Electronic View Screen with 2.36 million dots for real world clarity.
- 5 axis image stabilization.
- Continuous shooting of up to 300 jpegs or 100 raw images at up to 11 fps.
- True 4K video capture capability.
The Sony a6500 mirrorless travel camera provides 24MPs of image clarity, enhanced image stabilization and an easy to use and reliable touchscreen. It’s among the most sophisticated of the company’s MILC cameras and one that will turn your ordinary travel pictures into high quality, crystal clear memories you can relive over and over.
If you have a slightly larger budget than most to work with it would behoove you to pick up the Sony 6500 travel camera. It’s a no lose value proposition that will generate astonishing imagery will very little fuss and, although it’s not cheap, it’s still significantly less than some other cameras that are not nearly as nifty.
People typically have questions when it comes to any kind of digital camera and here are 4 of the most common.
What’s the top travel camera?
If you have the money we’d highly recommend the Sony a7R II Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens travel camera. It’s just a smidge larger than a point and shoot but the similarities stop there. The a7 RII will provide all the features of the best high-end DSLR cameras but in a compact form that’s also capable of true 4K video. If you are on more of a budget we’d suggest the Canon EOS 700D EF-S: an outstanding consumer grade travel camera at an outstanding price.
What travel camera is small but takes good quality photos?
Take a look at any of the Point and Shoots on our list. In particular the Sony DSC-RX100/B. With its 20.2 megapixel sensor, steady shot stabilization, 10 fps in burst mode and tough aluminum body this is a camera that will win you over with its ease of use, incredible images and outstanding build quality.
How do you use a DSLR camera?
Assuming you have unboxed your travel camera, installed a fully charged battery and an appropriate SD memory card and wish to select your own aperture settings the process of capturing an image with a DSLR (or MILC) typically goes like this:
- Look for the power switch and turn the travel camera
- DSLRs as well as MILCs typically have a rotary knob on the top. This knob contains symbols indicating the different shooting modes. Turn this knob to the Av or A setting.
- Look into the viewfinder and decide whether you’re happy with the composition. (If all you see is black you may have forgotten to remove the lens cap. Do that now.)
- Make any adjustments to the composition you wish to make (zooming in, shuffling people or objects etc).
- You will see a partially exposed gear-type wheel either near the shutter button on the top of the camera or on the upper part of the back of the travel camera. This adjusts the size of your aperture which determines how much light you’re allowing in. Rotate this wheel until the image in the viewfinder looks the way you want it.
- Tell everyone to say “cheese”.
- Snap your picture.
What’s the difference between DSLR and Point and shoot?
A DSLRtravel camera provides a wide array of control options you simply won’t get on a point and shoot. Everything from being able to adjust the f-stop, to being able to manually focus, to setting the ISO, shutter speed and more to your liking and being able to switch between AF and MF and taking a sequence of shots by holding down the button. We could go on. But it’s simple. With a DSLRtravel camera you get complete control over the picture. With a P&S you don’t.
Things to Consider When Buying a Travel Camera
Buying a travel camera is more complicated than buying a pair of flip flops but it doesn’t have to be the equivalent of a trip to the dentist. Keep a few basic things in mind when shopping around for the right travel camera and it will make your search a lot easier. Here are some of the most important things to consider when searching for your new travel camera.
Portability – People don’t want to be burdened when they travel but most everyone wants high quality photos. Some are willing to carry a large DSLRtravel camera around with them all day to get those photos while others aren’t. Which one are you? The question of portability, or ease of carrying, will play a large role in determining which type of camera is right for you.
Image Quality – Although there are exceptions to every rule it’s generally true that the higher the megapixel count the better the image quality. The 42 megapixel sensor of the Nikon D810 travel camera is going to capture a more information than the 18 megapixel sensor of the Canon 700D. In addition sensor size matters as well. A full frame sensor is the equivalent of 35mm and will therefore generate an image that is more true to life than a cropped sensor.
WiFi Connectivity – Many a travel camera today features WiFi connectivity which allows you to share your photos instantly, upload them to the cloud for storage and later retrieval or even control your camera remotely. If these are things that interest you you’ll want to be sure your new travel camera is WiFi enabled.
Ease of Use – For people who have been taking photos for years acquainting themselves with a new high end DSLR or MILC travel camera is no big deal. For the rest of us it can entail a steep learning curve. If a learning curve doesn’t interest you you’ll be better off picking up one of the outstanding Point and Shoot cameras on our list. The image won’t necessarily be professional grade and you won’t have as many features but they’ll still produce excellent pictures and video and do so with almost no effort.
Price – How much you’re willing to pay will depend on your budget but also on how important image quality is to you. If you’re here reading this we have to assume it’s at least marginally important to you. The old adage that you get what you pay for certainly applies to travel cameras but there’s also this: once you get above a couple of thousand dollars the differences in image quality will often be so subtle that only an experienced professional will know the difference. It’s called the law of diminishing returns. Keep it in mind.
The travel camera has come a long way in the past few decades. The image quality available in today’s simplest P&S cameras is light years ahead of anything available even 10 years ago. We hope this information has helped shed some light on the issue of the travel camera for you. And be sure to check back to gearhungry.com on a regular basis for more review guides and product info.