Going to a trip without the right camera gear is a serious bummer. Not only will you not properly capture the wonder of the moment, but you also won’t be able to relive the fun you had. Or you might already have a “camera”, but are you sure that your phone is enough?
With so many options out there and literally hundreds of articles to read, making a decision can be overwhelming. I’ve been there, experienced all the stress and made a couple of bad choices and missed a lot of opportunities – hopefully, you don’t have to. Here’s a quick guide to make the right choice to fit your needs.
- Camera Type. Choosing the type of camera comes first. There are four types of cameras to choose from. It can get easily confusing which one to choose, so let’s go through each one in brief.
DSLR. This is the heaviest and bulkiest of the four types. DSLR has long been used as standard for professional photography, but that already changed as it becomes more affordable for the public, add that to the improvements of mirrorless technology and you have people from amateurs to hobbyist lugging DSLR’s to take a quick snap of a leaf in the yard.
Point-and-Shoot. Exactly does what it implies. These small, relatively cheap cameras are easy to learn. A good choice for snap shots and can fit quite well in most pockets.
Action. Lean, mean, shooting machine. Actions or sometimes called sports camera are waterproof, small, and durable. Great for any hardcore hobby and sports for mounted action shots.
Mirrorless. This is a hybrid between DSLR and point-and-shoot cameras. They are generally compact but offer outstanding quality due to the fact that they have interchangeable lens and large sensors.
- Photo Quality. We obviously go beyond the basic camera for the quality of shot we’ll get when shooting a particularly great view or event. Don’t get hung up on megapixels as it doesn’t define what “good” is. Choose based on the sensor size and build, meaning the amount of light a camera can capture and lesser grain. Look at getting either DSLR or mirrorless.
- Sometimes portability is the name of the game. It is also the main factor for travelers. The more portable the camera is, the more likely you will use it. Outdoor activities such as hiking is cumbersome enough with all the lugging. For this reason, a sports camera is your best bet.
- If price isn’t a concern, you’ll probably ditch this article after the first tip and just buy all four types of camera in a heartbeat. Not everyone can afford to buy all types, so aim for the best value for your budget. It will help to look at travel camera reviews to know user reviews and the best cameras in your price range.
All in all, most professionals will recommend mirrorless cameras for travel, DSLRs for event photography and point-and-shoot for casual shooting. However, it still boils down to your preferences. As long as a camera serves the purpose you want, then it’s good enough.