Just because there are cheap options, no one wants to have bad image quality.
I understand that.
And I will say this:
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix W100 is quite decent for its price category.
It is equipped with:
3x Optical Zoom/6x Dynamic Fine Zoom,
and a CMOS sensor with a resolution of 13.2 million pixels.
In other words, this is quite enough to adequately capture the vacation or any other important event in your life.
I think Chris’ video-review will help you understand the camera better:
Other features include:
Shooting in Full HD format with stereo sound is a definite plus of this camera!
Also, this camera has an HDMI output, which means you can view your images and videos on the big screen.
However, Nikon’s SnapBridge App provides a better opportunity.
With this application, available for Android and iOS devices, your camera automatically syncs with various mobile devices. Wi-Fi connection allows you to view pictures and manage the camera in real time.
Nikon W100 Is A Great Family Vacation Camera
As I mentioned earlier, this camera costs less than $200 and obviously you shouldn’t expect the level of quality as if you were to take photos with a DSLR.
Instead, this camera is used in situations where other cameras give up.
Moreover it’s best to use as a family camera on vacation with your children.
Your kids will definitely enjoy the children’s menu available on Nikon W100 and you will never have to worry to get it broken.
For those of you who often go on vacation as a family and prefer adrenaline-filled trips, this camera is gorgeous.
You have an excellent opportunity to diversify your blog or social media page with beautiful pictures taken during your vacation time.
This Canon baby is a good everyday companion.
Being a pocket size with a weight of less than 200 grams, it definitely will not weigh you down.
Despite its small size and weight, the camera has everything you need for everyday shooting:
18x zoom with stabilization, and
a focal length range of 25-450mm,
…is suitable for both landscape and subject photography.
Surprisingly, it has a decent autofocus at any focal length.
The ZoomPlus function enhances the zoom capability by twice as much, without serious loss in image quality.
It gets better:
PowerShot SX610 HS has an optical image stabilizer, which promises less blurry images made in low-light conditions.
(This is important for a lens with a large zoom level.)
This camera both fully auto and program mode of operation. In addition to automatic and program modes, the camera menu has a hybrid auto mode and a creative shot mode.
Hybrid Auto Mode:
In the hybrid mode, photography produces small video clips, which are then automatically pasted into one large video clip. And at the end of the day, in addition to photos, you can see an interesting video digest of your adventures.
Creative Shot Mode:
In the creative auto mode, after pressing the shutter, the camera automatically selects and applies special creative filters to the finished image.
Since the release of the Canon EOS Rebel T2i (EOS 550D) and up to EOS Rebel T5i (700D), there weren’t any serious innovations in this camera line. The DSLRs kept inheriting the same sensor and the same AF sensor.
But finally, Canon fans saw an upgrade with the entry level SLR camera EOS Rebel T6i (or EOS 750D outside of the US).
The updated CMOS sensor has a 24 MP resolution. Together with the new sensor works DIGIC 6 processor.
A word on processor:
Even though DIGIC 6 may be well-familiar to photographers from the professional camera models, it was installed in the entry-level DSLR camera for the very first time.
This processor provides good picture clarity and minimizes noise even at high ISO values.
Images at 6400 ISO are of very good quality. Not over-saturated with noise, eating up the detail.
(I don’t advise to go above ISO 6400 unless there is absolutely no other way and pictures will be stored only in your personal album).
Category: Best budget mirrorless camera for vacation pics
Price Tag: Often under $500 with deals (subject to change*)
After a long “dialogue” with the camera, you’ll realize that Sony A6000 is a mirrorless camera that is absolutely not inferior in functionality to most DSLRs on the market.
Being the representative of the family of cameras with 4D-focus (the standard of quality of autofocus at Sony), this model provides really fast and accurate focusing, including in tracking mode at a shooting speed of up to 11 frames per second.
Working with autofocus (in particular, with the choice of the focus area) is very different from other cameras: it implies a greater confidence in auto mode shooting.
However, give it some time.
After spending a few days mastering the camera, you’ll start to feel free and comfortable: the auto mode forgives you your many mistakes, and allows you to shoot quickly without thinking too much.
The quality of the images is high both at low and high ISO. You will have no problem shooting at ISO 3200 inclusive.
As for shooting static scenes, multi-frame noise reduction (NR) works great.
Like many other Sony Alpha cameras, the A6000 supports apps.
The apps significantly expand the functionality of the camera, for example, enable you to create photos and videos with interesting effects without using computer and complex processing.
Also, extremely convenient is the remote shooting using a smartphone. The application actually allows you to remotely change all the basic shooting parameters.
Here is a yet another awesome video-review done by Chris Nicholls:
Here are a few drawbacks of this model:
lack of a touch interface,
a pretty small screen,
and the absence of a separate charger in the kit.
(The battery can be charged only in the camera via USB or buy a charger).
Alternatively, you can consider newer version: the a6500.
Budget Mirrorless Cameras for Vacation in 2019
Just like with Nikon D5500, Sony A6000 is an excellent camera for an enthusiast photographer.
The functionality of this model, despite its extreme compactness, many times exceeds the capabilities of most cameras in this price range.
It’s hard to imagine what the Sony A6000 could not do.
If you like to travel light and enjoy taking selfies, then this option is definitely for you.
And it will only cost you around 10 bucks!
In this section, I decided to mention something that you already have to take pictures on vacation.
But there is a game changer now – popSockets.
Usually, the problem with your phones is that when you are taking images, it’s kind of shaky and feels like will fall out of your hands.
When you using a PopSockets, you will have a better grip using your one hand.
Another benefit of using a PopSockets is that it folds down, so whenever you put your phone in the pocket, people wouldn’t even notice it.
Smartphones these days have image stabilization built-in and with the PopSockets, you can also walk around and create pretty awesome videos which can later be published on your Instagram or even YouTube channel.
It’s just that the SLR cameras have a better sensor, a faster processor for processing frames after the shooting, and has a better burst rate, which is important, for example, when shooting high waves from the beach.
With the SLR camera you can take decent pictures indoors without a flash and this quality will be quite enough for you to publish on your travel blog or Instagram.
It’ll probably be hard to believe, but it’s possible to charge your battery only once during your entire week or two of vacation. Well, depending on how often you shoot of course.
On the other hand, the screen is not used during shooting, the picture is caught through the viewfinder, and this is a tremendous saving of energy.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention the quality of color rendition of DSLRs vs those of point-and-shooters.