The best travel cameras in 2021

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Do you love traveling but also "capturing" everything you encounter while traveling? Many travelers at some point in their journey decide to associate photography with their passion for the world. If you also feel this need and don't know where to start or which camera to choose to improve your skills ... this is the article for you! There are now many models of cameras, divided into three main groups: compact, mirrorless and reflex cameras. But how do you figure out which is the most suitable for your needs? Surely expectations and ambitions count a lot in this difficult choice, so in this article we propose you the best travel cameras in 2021 to help you buy the best one for you!


  1. Best compact digital cameras
  2. Best travel mirrorless
  3. Best travel reflex cameras
  4. Best Instant Print Cameras
  5. User questions and comments

Best compact digital cameras

Compact digital cameras are the best from a practical and commercial point of view as they are so small and light which can also be easily carried in your pocket e the cheapest on the market. Are also very simple to use in fact, with a compact camera you just need to point at the lens and shoot, unfortunately this contrasts with the good quality of a photo because it is not possible to manually adjust some fundamental parameters, especially in conditions of poor visibility or movement. For these reasons a compact camera is ideal for beginners and for those who take pictures but don't have too many pretensions.

1 - Canon Powershot SX720 HS

The Canon Powershot SX720 HS is a very thin and light compact camera, it also guarantees good photo quality thanks to its megapixels and its zoom. The battery lasts about 300 shots, an important requirement for those who travel and do not have the ability to recharge it often. It is equipped with a wi-fi connection with Dynamic NFC, which allows you to connect it to your smartphone. Its flaw may be that it has no internal memory, but just make up for it with a large enough external memory and you won't have any problems!

  • Recommended for: beginners
  • Prices: starting from € 299,99
  • Technical features: 20.3 megapixels, 40X optical zoom, external memory, HD movies, built-in flash, wi-fi with Dynamic NFC
  • Pro: good battery life
  • Cons: no internal memory

2 - Sony DSC-HX60

The Sony DSC-HX60 is a viable alternative to the previous Canon. The features and the price are almost the same, just a few more megapixels and a little less zoom. Also in this camera there is no internal memory, but the possibility of inserting a fairly large external memory. A point in favor is definitely the manual focus in addition to the classic automatic! It is also possible to connect the camera to the smartphone thanks to NFC technology.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 199,00
  • Technical features: 20.4 megapixels, 30X optical zoom, external memory, HD movies, built-in flash, wi-fi, NFC
  • Pro: manual focus
  • Cons: no internal memory

3 - Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300

With the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ300 you go up a little in price but also in features and professionalism. This compact camera, despite having a slightly larger size than the others, has the convenience of having manually adjustable zoom. It is also equipped with a touchscreen and wi-fi to connect to your smartphone and PC. Another strong point is the ability to record 4K video.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 337,00
  • Technical features: 12.1 megapixels, 24X optical zoom, 48X extra zoom, wi-fi, touchscreen, built-in flash, external memory, image stabilizer
  • Pro: extra zoom in addition to optical and digital zoom, resistant to splashes
  • Cons: bulky and heavy for a compact

4 - Nikon Coolpix A900

Excellent compact camera, the Nikon Coolpix A900 lacks almost nothing. 20.3 megapixel resolution, 35X optical zoom and swiveling display so you can take photos from above or below without bending over or standing on the tips. Another strong point concerns the videos, with the possibility of recording in 4K, and in accelerated or slowed down mode. There is also the possibility of connecting the camera to smartphones and PCs thanks to bluetooth and wi-fi connections.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 556,57
  • Technical features: 20.3 megapixels, 35X optical zoom, wi-fi, bluetooth, swivel display, built-in flash, 4K video, external memory, image stabilizer
  • Pro: small size and weight, excellent video quality
  • Cons: higher price than other compact

5 - Sony DSC-HX350B

Finally, the Sony DSC-HX350B, bulky and heavy for a compact, but for its characteristics it is worth carrying this burden. Sensor with a resolution of 20.2 megapixels, 50X optical zoom, swiveling LCD display, built-in flash, Full HD video resolution. It is equipped with an electronic viewfinder, great for framing, focusing and monitoring shooting settings. Small flaw, the lack of wi-fi or bluetooth connectivity, consequently to transfer photos and videos it is necessary to connect the machine to the PC via cable, or remove the memory card and insert it into the PC.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 274,99
  • Technical features: 20.2 megapixels, 50X optical zoom, adjustable display, built-in flash, Full HD video, external memory
  • Pro: high zoom, low price
  • Cons: dimensions and weight, no wi-fi

Best travel mirrorless

Let's now look at the mirrorless cameras, which they stand out from the compact and reflex cameras for being without mirror and optical viewfinder. Mirrorless cameras are halfway between the other two categories of cameras, as compact as compact cameras and with the almost total professionalism of SLRs. Also they are faster in focusing and shooting and offer the possibility to change lens and zoom using various accessories. In short, a good middle ground for those who want to make the leap in quality by abandoning the compact, but also a valid alternative for professionals who want to experiment with other techniques and other tools.

1 - Panasonic LUMIX G DC-GX800

The Panasonic LUMIX G DC-GX800 is a budget mirrorless by comparison to the standard, however its features are not disappointing. The resolution of the sensor is 16.84 megapixels, it is equipped with wi-fi, the possibility of filming in 4K and an adjustable touchscreen LCD display, all in very low dimensions and weight. The only negative things, the battery life (about 150 photos), and the supplied lens are not very bright, consequently it is difficult to have good photos in low light conditions. In short, an excellent compromise to start photographing or to change the type of camera.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 422,99
  • Technical features: 16.84 megapixels, wi-fi, 4K video, swiveling touch display
  • Pro: reduced size and weight
  • Cons: supplied lens dim, battery life

2 - Canon EOS M100

The Canon EOS M100 is a mirrorless that can be defined as economical. It is in fact a little more expensive than the previous one but it still remains in the low price range. Its features are many and it is equipped with different technological systems such as wi-fi, bluetooth, the adjustable touchscreen display and special effects to adapt the shot to various situations such as movement or bad weather.

  • Recommended for: amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 349,00
  • Technical features: 24.2 megapixels, image stabilizer, manual adjustment, multiple shooting modes, bluetooth, wi-fi, touchscreen, full HD movies
  • Pro: light weight and excellent quality / price ratio
  • Cons: the display always stays on, discharging the battery

3 - Olympus E-M10 Mark II

This Olympus mirrorless model, in addition to being a good buy full of interesting features, is also small and light to carry around and has a different design from the others that gives it an extra aesthetic touch. Among its functions there is the possibility of connecting it to smartphones via wi-fi, image stabilization on 5 axes, and also allows you to film in slow motion and timelapse in 4K.

  • Recommended for: amateurs and professionals
  • Prices: starting from € 542,00
  • Technical features: 16.1 megapixels, touchscreen, wi-fi, external memory, 4K movies, manual adjustment, 5-axis image stabilization
  • Pro: small and light
  • Cons: lens supplied not of excellent quality

4 - Sony Alpha 5100

In recent years, Sony has made great strides when it comes to mirrorless cameras. The Sony Alpha 5100 is an example! Excellent for those who are about to buy their first camera, small, light and handy, easy to connect to the smartphone via wi-fi and NFC, integrated flash, 180 ° tiltable display.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 376,38
  • Technical features: 24.3 megapixels, wi-fi, NFC, external memory, fast autofocus, face recognition, built-in flash, 180 ° tiltable display
  • Pro: fast and precise autofocus
  • Cons: no electronic viewfinder

5 - Sony Alpha 7K

The Sony Alpha 7K is a very expensive mirrorless, so it is to be considered especially suitable for those who already have a certain manual skills with photography and for professionals in the sector. Her photos have good quality and is equipped with many effects that can further enhance them. It is also equipped with wi-fi to connect it to smartphones and PCs.
One of its flaws is the battery life.

  • Recommended for: professionals
  • Prices: starting from € 788,00
  • Technical features: 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor, external memory, wi-fi, 180 ° tiltable display, Full HD video
  • Pro: 24.3 megapixel full-frame sensor
  • Cons: very high price for a mirrorless

Best travel reflex cameras

Here we are finally arrived at the infamous reflex. Those who begin to photograph aspire to buy, sooner or later, a professional camera. But why are SLRs so coveted? They are fast in shooting, the focus is fast, the viewfinder points well even the moving subjects, they have many manual and other automatic controls. Basically the paradise of those who love to photograph! But there is also something that stops many people from buying a reflex camera and it is neither the price nor the experience, but the weight, the size and the need to have to accompany it with other objectives that will all be taken on a trip if you want to take perfect photos in every situation, thus having to leave with a special case full of equipment.

1 - Canon EOS 2000D

The Canon EOS 2000D is the first SLR that we want to offer you and also the cheapest compared to the standard, which could make you think of a poor product but in reality it is not! Obviously it is not a camera for experts and is more suitable for beginners at the first experience or coming from compact cameras, but its characteristics are not bad at all.

  • Recommended for: beginners
  • Prices: starting from € 339,90
  • Technical features: 24.1 megapixels, built-in flash, full HD movies, Live View guided shooting, wi-fi and NFC
  • Pro: small and light compared to other SLRs
  • Cons: photo quality not excellent

2 - Nikon D3500

The Nikon D3500 is another highly recommended SLR for those who do not have much experience, excellent for learning to make the most of the potential of a SLR, without too many features that could be incomprehensible and confusing for those who are beginners. Its essential features are perfect for getting great photos from anyone who uses it. The camera is equipped with a bluetooth connection, to quickly and easily transfer photos and videos to smartphones. There are also various special effects available to make your photos even more beautiful.

  • Recommended for: beginners
  • Prices: starting from € 504,99
  • Technical features: 24.2 megapixels, full HD video, bluetooth, built-in flash, automatic adjustment
  • Pro: battery life (1500 photos)
  • Cons: absence of wi-fi

3 - Pentax K-S2

As features the Pentax K-S2 is very similar to the previous reflex cameras. The sensor of this camera has a few megapixels less than the other two already seen, but has wi-fi and NFC connection, it also records video in 4K. A model clearly suitable for both those with little experience and those who already have good dexterity.

  • Recommended for: beginners and amateurs
  • Prices: starting from € 549,00
  • Technical features: 20 megapixels, 4K movies, wi-fi, NFC, built-in flash, adjustable display
  • Pro: 4K video and wi-fi and NFC connectivity
  • Cons: there are not as many accessories as for other brands

4 - Canon EOS 250D

We now enter the more professional range with the Canon EOS 250D, we guarantee you that it's worth it! Amateurs and professionals alike will enjoy discovering the features of this model and will be able to obtain perfect photographs thanks to the various options to be adjusted manually. The only thing this camera lacks is splash protection, which is very useful for travelers.

  • Recommended for: amateurs and professionals
  • Prices: starting from € 513,00
  • Technical features: 24.1 megapixels, 4K movies, bluetooth, wi-fi, adjustable screen
  • Pro: excellent photo quality
  • Cons: for price and features it is not suitable for beginners

5 - Nikon D7500

We close with a flourish with a Nikon D7500, much more expensive but also more functional and with better photography quality. This model is especially recommended for professionals who would be able to take advantage of all its features at 100%, but it can also be useful for amateurs with a little experience behind them to practice and improve themselves. The only flaw, for the price, the quality of the videos is not excellent.

  • Recommended for: amateurs and professionals
  • Prices: starting from € 1099,00
  • Technical features: 20.9 megapixels, wi-fi, Bluetooth, 4K movies, built-in flash
  • Pro: excellent photo quality
  • Cons: quite bulky and heavy, video quality

Best Instant Print Cameras

One type of camera widely used by travelers is the instant print camera, ideal for capturing the best moments of the trip. Just point and shoot, and after a few moments the photo will be printed by the camera itself. Surely it is recommended to bring an instant print camera with you only to be combined with any other type of camera, since instant printing of each single photo is not the best solution during a trip.

1 - Polaroid Snap

The Polaroid Snap is the first instant print camera that we want to offer you, the basic model of the historic manufacturer of instant print cameras. A 10 megapixel digital camera that uses ZINK Zero ink printing technology. This model also allows you to take photos in black and white mode or in vintage photo mode, for greater customization. Self-timer mode is also available. Also you can use a micro SD card up to 32GB to save the photos you take.

  • Prices: starting from € 79,99
  • Technical features: 10 megapixels, ZINK Zero ink printing technology, built-in flash, possibility to use micro SD cards up to 32GB
  • Pro: small and light, economical
  • Cons: print quality not excellent, automatic flash cannot be deactivated and not very powerful

2 - Fujifilm Instax Mini 9

The Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 is a good alternative to the previous one, it is not a digital camera, so the printing is immediate after shooting and it is not possible to save the photos. The small size and weight allow you to easily carry it around, and the small mirror next to the lens allows you to easily take selfies. This camera allows you to choose between 5 shooting modes according to the lighting conditions, so you can always take perfect photos in any light condition. If we consider the use on the go, a negative aspect is the power supply, as it is not equipped with a rechargeable battery but works using 2 AA alkaline batteries

  • Prices: starting from € 59,99
  • Technical features: macro lens, built-in flash, powered by two AA alkaline batteries
  • Pro: small and light, economical, easy to use
  • Cons: it is not possible to choose which photos to print and which not, but all the photos taken will be printed, powered by two AA alkaline batteries

3 - Polaroid 9010 OneStep + i-Type

For vintage fans here is the 9010 OneStep + i-Type, which aesthetically incorporates the classic Polaroid models, but equipped with current technologies. Very easy to use, just point and shoot, and in a few moments the photo will be printed. For those who are not satisfied, it is also possible to connect the camera via Bluetooth to your Android or iOs device, and through the Polaroid Originals app you can use various features such as remote control shooting, or the various shooting modes available.

  • Prices: starting from € 99,99
  • Technical features: ability to connect the machine via Bluetooth to your Android or iOs device, built-in flash, recharge via USB
  • Pro: powerful flash, possibility to use many functions through the dedicated app
  • Cons: bulky to take on the go

4 - Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6

The Fujifilm Instax Square SQ6 is a compact and compact analog camera with a simple and modern design. This camera gives the possibility to shoot in Selfie mode, Double Exposure Mode, Macro Mode and Landscape Mode, in order to always take perfect photos in different situations. In addition, for the more creative there are three filters that change the color of the flash, to give free rein to their creativity.

  • Prices: starting from € 119,00
  • Technical features: Various shooting modes available, built-in flash, three color filters for the flash, powered by two CR2 type batteries
  • Pro: small size, different shooting modes available, color filters for the flash
  • Cons: power supply with two CR2 type batteries

5 - Polaroid POP 2.0

We conclude with the Polaroid POP 2.0, with a higher price than the previous views, but justified by the fact that even the features are better. 20 megapixel digital camera, 3,97 "touchscreen display, image stabilization, digital zoom, automatic flash and photo customization through the application of filters, captions, and much more, ability to record videos in HD. of the photos is done through Zero Ink technology. It is also possible to connect via wi-fi to print photos directly from your iOS or Android device, or share the photos you have just taken on your social profiles.

  • Prices: starting from € 186,79
  • Technical features: 20 megapixels, touchscreen display, built-in flash, HD movies, digital zoom, photo customization, wi-fi connectivity
  • Pro: personalization of photos, wi-fi connectivity, touchscreen display
  • Cons: bulky to take on the go

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