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Which Camera Should You Take On Vacation?

Want to take some photos to remember your next vacation? Of course you do! There are a lot of options to choose from in today’s market, so we want to help you find the camera that’s just right for you. Here are some or the different kinds of cameras you might be interested in taking on vacation, that may help you take better photos.

Point of View Cameras

Travel Action CamsThese are the cameras that are used by outdoorsmen and women all over the world. They are small, and designed to capture action from the perspective of the user- essentially a modern helmet cam. They can be a good time, but you kind of need to know what you’re doing with one first. Most don’t have screens, so a laptop is the only way you’re going to see the photos or video while on vacation. If you think this might be the cam for you, check out the GoPro Hero 2 which will set you back $300, or the HD Hero, which is a steal for only $200.
Ideal For: POV Video, Sports, Outdoor, Underwater, Motorsports
Usability for the Average Traveler: Low
Pros: Can be mounted nearly anywhere, wide angles make fun videos to watch, most are durable and waterproof.
Cons: No view screen, no zoom, no manual controls.

Smart Phone Cameras

Cell Phone CamerasAs you probably know, pretty much any cell phone you buy, or have bought in the past 5 year’s has a built in camera. Some are great while others, well, not so much. The benefit of having a camera phone is having two devices in one, which may be good for some situations. The odds are that if you’re in Europe, you are going to want to remember the trip. Is your smart phone up for it? In most cases, the answer is no. A camera designed to be a camera has many advantages to a smart phone’s camera, including different modes for different lighting, better flash, and the ability to store more photos. However, a regular camera usually can’t connect to the internet and instantly upload all the photos you take to a cloud.
Ideal For: Minimalist packers, casual photo takers.
Usability for the Average Traveler: Medium
Pros: 2 devices in one, you’re probably already bringing one and familiar with it.
Cons: Photos may not be great, battery life is questionable depending on your phone, your phone might be gigantic.

Tablet Cameras

Nope. Just don’t go there. Seriously, this is not an option.
Usability for the Average Traveler: Less than Low
Pros: None, Zero, Nada, Zilch
Cons: Have you ever seen anyone take a photo with a tablet? Don’t be that guy.

Point and Shoot Cameras

Point and Shoot CamerasThe old standby! Nearly everyone under the age of 40 has owned at least one point and shoot camera in their life- and rightfully so. There is a reason they are always seen at bars, parties, graduations, beaches and theme parks. They offer a combination of versatility, portability, and ease of use. Most have a view screen, a decent flash, a sometimes decent zoom, and a plethora of preset modes, as well as a manual mode. Add to that the ability to take HD video and baby, you got yourself a stew going! Also, you can get waterproof point and shoots now, that won’t set you back more than $100. Great for kids and beach vacations.
Usability for the Average Traveler: High
Pros: Ease of use, decent quality photos, multi functional, can take anywhere, not too expensive.
Cons: None that are obvious. May run into quality or customization issues depending on what your needs are.

Hybrid Cameras

Hybrid Travel CamerasThese are the younger brother’s of DSLRs and the older brother of point and shoots. Generally they are small enough for portability, but have a large image sensor which will allow the versatile lens to take beautiful shots. These can be a notable step up in quality from a regular point and shoot, but if you’re already using a DSLR, it may be a downgrade that’s hard to make. They will usually contain presets that make taking beautiful photos easy, as well as manual modes. You’re getting a lot more, but you’re also going to be paying more. For the cost of a decent Hybrid, you could almost buy an entry level DSLR, so what you’re really paying for is portability.
Usability for the Average Traveler: High
Pros: Great looking photos, good zooms, decent lenses, portability
Cons: Cost

DSLR Cameras

DSLR Cameras for TravelThe granddaddy of them all! DSLR cams feature the thing that matters most to photographers: the ability to change lenses. Photo quality is usually amazing if you know what you’re doing, but most people won’t take their DSLR on a major trip. There are a couple of reasons for this. First of all, they are expensive, and traveling with one can be a risk. You have lenses to think about as well, so you may need an extra bag or case for it. However the pay off is incredible. You can take photos with your DSLR that will blow your friends away. There are plenty of tutorials online to teach you, and if you spend a little time learning how to use a basic photo editing program, you might find that you love your new hobby. Of course if you’re already using one, you probably don’t need to hear about how addicting of a hobby it can be. It can also be expensive. Sure, you can pick up a couple of decent lenses for around $100, but you can easily spend over $1000 on a lens. Many photographers will tell you, it’s not necessarily the body of the camera taking the good photos, but the glass.
Usability for the Average Traveler: Medium
Pros: Highest quality you will most likely ever need. They (can) produce amazingly beautiful photos.
Cons: Learning curve can be steep, more expensive, lenses are costly, bulky.

There you have it! What’s your go to camera of choice for your vacations? We want to know!

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0 Responses to Which Camera Should You Take On Vacation?

  1. Jamie says:

    “Add to that the ability to take HD video and baby, you got yourself a stew going!”

    Arrested Development reference!

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