We have a photographer on staff, and if you ask him, he will answer that anything else then a full frame DSLR will not do. Honestly, travelling with a DSLR is not practical, and the kit may set you back far more than the holiday and break your back too.
To help you chose which camera to pack, we listed the types of cameras you could use with pros and cons, as well as our recommendations.
Mobile phones and tablets
Nearly everyone has one, and it may be enough, except it does not have an optical zoom, those that do are not great at it. If you do not intend to photograph wildlife, it probably will be sufficient.
Often the most affordable camera on today’s market, they generally do not have the zoom capabilities and versatilities of bridge cameras. Some are specialised, to go underwater or rugged for example and others give near SLR quality images, these are commonly called range finders and are expensive.
These cameras are often, affordable, light and offer a compact yet versatile solution for travelling. It is an ideal choice to take scenery and catch far away wildlife in a single package.
A recent addition to camera technologies, it provides a lighter, more compact version of the DSLR and is often as good. Mirrorless cameras offer interchangeable lenses and high-quality sensors and images.
Like the Mirrorless cameras, it offers incredible flexibility. With a mature technology derived from the 35mm film-based SLR, it provides reliability and excellent image reproduction. It is bulkier and more substantial than the others; it can be very cumbersome to travel with particularly when you need to take various lenses with you.
We like the bridge cameras to travel with; they are convenient, do a good enough job for most and will not break the bank or your back. If we have a choice without the financial constraints, we would opt for a midrange mirrorless and about 3 lenses to cover from 10mm to at least 200mm at f/4 or lower, depending on the system giving us between effective 15mm to 300mm on APC (Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Sony) and 20-400mm on MFT (Olympus, Panasonic).
When all is said, the best camera is without a doubt the one you have with you.
*All lens lengths are in 35mm full frame film equivalent.
** All cameras makes notes in alphabetical order to avoid favouritism and have a cheap and an expensive model for your reference.