With summer almost here, we recommend the best cameras for taking on holiday
1. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ100 Digital Camera
The Panasonic TZ100 is the latest, biggest and best travel compact in the manufacturer’s hugely popular TZ series. With a 10x Leica zoom covering an equivalent focal range of 25-250mm and a powerful 1.0-inch sensor, the TZ100 delivers imaging power and versatility in a lightweight body that’s ideal for travel. Add to this some enticing extra features such as 4K video, Post Focus and a Live View Finder, and you have an impressive complete package for the travel photographer.
2. Sony Cyber-Shot HX90V Digital Camera with GPS
Sony has done an outstanding job cramming features and functionality into a tiny camera body, making for an ultra-portable compact that still offers amazing imaging potential. The images you capture with its 18MP sensor and 24-720mm lens will benefit from Sony’s 5-axis image stabilisation system, improving results in low light, while composition is made easy with the 3-inch tilting LCD. Built-in Wi-fi and NFC allow for quick sharing of shots, while the GPS can tag them with your location.
3. Panasonic LUMIX DMC-TZ70 Digital Camera
Another popular entry in Panasonic’s TZ series, the TZ70 is an impressive compact with an optical zoom range of 24-720mm, a 12MP sensor, built-in Wi-fi connectivity and a sophisticated and sharp electronic viewfinder. The control ring allows for smooth operational control and manual feature, making the TZ70 intuitive and enjoyable to shoot with. If you need absolute shot precision, try the Manual Focus Peaking.
4. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II Digital Camera with 14-42mm Lens and 40-150mm Lens
Olympus’ OM-D series is renowned for its classically cool styling and awesome imaging potential, and the small OM-D E-M10 Mark II is no exception. With a large 16MP sensor and 5-axis image stabilisation at your disposal you’ll be well-equipped to produce stunning images, while Full HD video and 8.5fps burst shooting round out the package.
5. Nikon Coolpix P900 Digital Camera
If zoom reach is a priority then the incredible Nikon P900 should be your first port of cool. Its 83x optical zoom allows you to capture details beyond your naked eye, and you can push this even further with the digital 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Fast autofocus and Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction make the camera versatile and responsive, while a snap-back zoom option allows you to instantly switch back to a wide-angle view, in case you lose your subject.
6. Canon PowerShot G3 X Digital Camera
The PowerShot G-series is popular for its sophisticated imaging technology, and accordingly the PowerShot G3 X carries a 1-inch 20.2MP sensor and a 24-600mm f/2.8-5.6 lens, a combination that offers rich detail and shooting versatility. The powerful DIGIC 6 image processor delivers outstanding noise reduction, while Wi-fi and NFC connectivity options make image-sharing via a smartphone or tablet quick and easy.
7. Canon PowerShot SX60 HS Digital Camera
Another one for the superzoom fans, the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS offers a 60x stabilised optical zoom lens with Zoom Framing Assist to help you handle it at the extreme end. DSLR-style handling makes the SX60 HS comfortable and enjoyable to use, while the one-button movie mode allows you to instantly switch to shooting Full HD video at 60p.
8. Fuji X-T10 Digital Camera with 18-55mm and 55-200mm XF Lenses
The Fujifilm X-T10 is a member of Fuji’s popular X series, a premium compact system camera with a lightweight build and outstanding imaging potential. The X-Trans CMOS II sensor offers exceptional resolution and image quality, while the 2.36-million-dot EVF, sophisticated AF system and compatibility with Fujinon lenses all make for a superb, versatile camera for your travels. If you want to get creative, it’s also worth checking out Fuji’s film simulation modes.
9. Sony Cyber-Shot RX10 III Digital Camera
Sony’s superb RX10 series of bridge cameras are known for boasting beautiful telephoto zooms, and the 24-600mm f/2.4-4 optic on the RX10 III is an accordingly superb. The RX10 III also comes sporting a number of handy and interesting features for video, including super slow motion at up to 1000 fps. With Fast Intelligent AF that can acquire focus in 0.09 seconds and an ISO sensitivity range of 64 to 12,800, the RX10 III is sophisticated in every department.
10. Sony Alpha A6000 Digital Camera with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens
Sony’s Alpha A6000 is an ideal CSC for those whose travel shots are likely to take in action and fast-moving subjects, thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF tracking system and powerful BIONZ X processor. The OLED Tru Finder offers 100% frame coverage, while the 24.3MP sensor produces crisp and vivid images straight out of camera.