Finding the best travel camera to suit your needs can seem nearly impossible with the many options that are available. Well in this article, we break down the best travel cameras on the market this year based on price versus performance and what type of photography they are used for. We’ll be taking a look at products in every budget range. So, regardless of whether you’ve got a few bucks to spare and want the best value or are looking for the best of the best, we’ll have an option for you.
Are you preparing for the next family trip and want a good camera to capture those precious moments? These 11 Best Travel Cameras 2021 can definitely help you with that.
11 Best Travel Cameras 2021
1. Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera
The Sony RX100 VII is a high-end compact camera that is ideal for travel, action, video, and vlogging. It is the successor of the RX100 VI and shares the same 24-200mm f2.8-4.5 zoom as well as virtually the same body with a touch-screen that can be angled up to face you and a small but detailed viewfinder that opens up and pushes back down in a single move. The RX100 VII now has a faster sensor, allowing it to shoot long bursts of up to 20fps without blackout, as well as Sony’s latest autofocus and eye detection tracking for both humans and animals, so while it’s technically a little slower than the Mark VI’s 24fps top speed, it’s more usable and ideal for capturing sports as well as active kids and pets. If you require more speed, a new single burst mode fires seven frames at up to 90fps, but because there is no pre-buffering, your timing must be exact. The finest quality video modes remain in 4k at 24, 25, or 30p, but are now supplemented by eye-detection, more effective stabilisation, and the inclusion of a 3.5mm microphone input – a rarity in this type of camera, but you’ll ideally need a bracket or a lav mic without an accessory shoe. As previously stated, it faces stiff competition from Canon’s G5X II and G7X III, both of which include 4k video, brighter lenses with ND filters, and flip displays while also being less expensive; the G5X II also has a viewfinder, while the G7X III has a mic input. However, the Sony zooms significantly further and has more confident phase-detect AF whether shooting stills or video, not to mention far faster bursts and higher frame rates for super slow motion. However, if you don’t need the mic input, improved 4k stabilisation, or the latest AF modes, much of what makes the Mark VII appealing is available in the older RX100 VI, so keep an eye on prices, while dedicated vloggers may still prefer the earlier RX100 VA, which has a shorter but brighter lens with an ND filter but no mic input. However, if you’re looking for a do-it-all pocket travel camera that’s also terrific for video and action, the RX100 VII is hard to beat. It’s not cheap, but nothing else gives all of this while being affordable.
2. Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot G5X Mark II is a capable compact camera that features a 20 Megapixel 1″ sensor, 5x / 24-120mm zoom, popup viewfinder, tilting touchscreen, rapid bursts, and 4k video. Canon has performed a design U-turn, ditching the chunkier DSLR-style of its predecessor in favour of something more pocketable and akin to Sony’s RX100 series. So the fixed viewfinder hump and side-hinged screen are gone in favour of a popup viewfinder and vertically-tilting display. The grip has shrunk and the front dial has been removed, but there is still more to grab onto than on the RX100, and the adjustments have made the G5X much more pocketable than before. This brings it closer to the G7X III, with Canon effectively asking you to pick between the G5X’s popup viewfinder and somewhat longer 5x zoom versus the G7X III’s mic input and Live Streaming. Couldn’t we just put it all in one body, or make similar variants with and without viewfinders to satisfy different pricing points? Sony’s RX100 VA likewise provides a pop-up viewfinder, tilting screen, 4k video, and quick bursts, but with the advantage of more rapid phase-detect focusing for photographs and video, though the G5X II zooms almost twice as long and has a touchscreen and better grip. Overall, the G5X II loses much of what distinguished its predecessor in the 1in market, directing those looking for a tiny DSLR-styled compact to the G1X Mark III instead. However, by matching it more closely with its best-selling competitor, the G5X II becomes more appealing to a wider audience. Consider how much more popular it may have been if it had been combined with the connection of the G7X III.
3. Canon EOS M50 Mirrorless Camera
The Canon EOS M50 is a top entry-level mirrorless camera with a 24 Megapixel APSC sensor, confident autofocus (for stills and 1080p video), a small but crisp OLED viewfinder, excellent wireless, and the company’s first mirrorless with 4k video, a fully-articulated touch-screen, eye detection, and silent shooting options. Unfortunately, the 4k is only of limited value, as it employs a harsh cut and only works with less confident contrast-based focusing. I’m also disappointed that there is no USB charging, especially given the battery’s low capacity. However, with a compact yet comfortable chassis, effective touchscreen, industry-leading wifi, solid focusing for 1080p video, and stunning colours out of the camera, the EOS M50 remains an extremely tempting device. The M50 is marketed as a higher-end entry-level model, yet I believe it is Canon’s most compelling mirrorless to date. With a hotshoe and microphone input, the M50 will appeal to vloggers as well as those wishing to graduate from smartphone photography. Highly recommended.
Canon PowerShot Digital Camera G7 X Mark III
10 used from $580.00
- 20.1 Megapixel 1.0” stacked CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor.
- 4.2x optical zoom Lens (24-100mm f/1.8-2.8) with optical image Stabilizer.
- 4K 30P/ FHD 120P video.
- Turn your Canon camera into a high-quality webcam--Learn more: canon.us/livestream
- Use the EOS Utility Webcam Beta Software (Mac and Windows) to turn your Canon camera into a high-quality webcam, or do the same using a clean HDMI output.
Fujifilm X-E3 Mirrorless Digital Camera
2 used from $559.98
- 24.3MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS III sensor and high-performance x processor Pro high-speed image processing engine to deliver outstanding color Reproduction and gradation of Tones in both stills and video.
- New touch function controls let you swipe up/down/left/right to choose function setup which you can use even while
- Operating temperature: 0°C to + 40°C (+32°F to +104°F)
- Video Capture Resolution: 4K Uhd 2160P
- Viewfinder Type: Electronic Viewfinder
Fujifilm X100F 24.3 MP APS-C Digital Camera-Silver
$899.99 in stock
5 used from $899.99
- 24.3MP X Trans CMOS III APS C sensor with no low pass filter and X Processor Pro
- 8 way focus lever plus the number of focusing points has been expanded from 49 in previous models to 91 (up to 325 points)
- Built in ISO dial, incorporated into the shutter speed dial and operating temperature is 0 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius (+32 degree Fahrenheit to +104 degree Fahrenheit); Operating Humidity: 10 to 80 percent (no condensation)
- AF mode(single / Zone / wide tracking). Hot shoe: Dedicated TTL Flash compatible. Exposure control: TTL 256 zone metering, Multi / Spot / Average / Center Weighted
- New np w126s lithium battery; Focus distance Approx. 10 centimeter Infinity / 3.9 Inches Infinity
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III camera Kit
- In body 5 axis image stabilization for blur free stills and smooth 4K video
- 16 megapixel live MOS sensor and TruePic VIII image processor
- 4K 30P video plus HD 120 frames per second high speed video
- Timeless, easy to use body design; Compact & lightweight with 2 dials, arrow pad and shortcut button
- 3.0 inch tilting LCD monitor with intuitive touch screen operation and touch AF 1 step shutter release
PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000 II 20.1MP Digital Camera
$749.99 in stock
- Large sensor 1 inch 20. 1MP MOS sensor provides excellent low light and color depth performance, making it perfect for wildlife, sports, new or candid shots
- Leica DC VARIO ELMARIT 16x optical zoom Leica DC VARIO ELMARIT F2. 8 F4. 0 lenses (35mm camera equivalent: 25 400mm). Minimum aperture F11, yielding F2. 8 F11 at wide end and F4. 0 F11 at telephoto end
- 5 Axis Hybrid O. I. S. Optical image Stabilizer. I. S.) plus active mode effectively compensate for hand shake to minimize Blur during zoom shooting with your Lumix camera
- 4K video & 4K PHOTO QFHD 4K video in 3840x2160 30P or 24P in MP4. 4K PHOTO 30 fps in 8MP
- Camera body viewfinder and display high speed (2, 360k dot) OLED live view Finder, Plus 3. 0 Inch (1, 240k dot) touch control Display rotates 180 degrees to the side and tilts 270 degrees up and down
PANASONIC LUMIX ZS200 15X Leica DC Lens
- [Larger 1 Inch Sensor] 20.1 Megapixels large sensor for brighter and more colorful photos (12800 Max ISO).
- [LEICA DC 15x Lens] Leading class optical zoom performance with a bright F3.3 ? 6.4 aperture for soft defocus background effects. (24-360mm, 5 Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+)
- [Creative Control] Scene modes, filter modes, adds creativity while traditional aperture and shutter priority modes allow for background defocus or eliminate sports motion blur.
- [4K Features] 4K Video 30p, 4K PHOTO, and 4K Live Crop turn 4K frame capture into photography. Focusing Area - Normal: Wide 50 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity. Focusing Area - AF Macro / MF / Intelligent Auto / Motion Picture: Wide 3 cm - infinity / Tele 100 cm - infinity
- [Electronic Viewfinder] plus a touch-enabled LCD for greater control and easier image viewing.
Sony DSC-RX10 III Cyber-Shot Digital Still Camera
Sony RX100 VI 20.1 MP Premium Compact Digital Camera
$1,098.00 in stock
12 used from $759.00
- 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
- World's fastest (0.03 sec) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
- Battery life:Up to 330 shots / 165 minutes
- In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adapter
- viewfinder type: electronic viewfinder