In this situation, you might want to get a pretty cheap, yet good, camera with waterproof and shockproof durability.
Fujifilm FinePix XP120
Weight: 203 g
ISO sensitivity: Auto, 100-3200 (6400 available at lower resolutions)
Durability: Waterproof, Shockproof, Freezeproof
Category: Best Cameras for Vacation (With Kids)
Price Tag: Under $250 (subject to change)
Fujifilm FinePix XP120 camera is equipped with BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.4 megapixels and a 28-140mm f/3.9-f4.9 lens. These focal lengths should be enough for the vast majority of scenes that will be during your vacation time.
The minimum aperture values and the small size of the sensor don’t allow you to shoot quickly and accurately in the dark, so you’ll have to use flash.
The maximum ISO – 6400 (only for small sizes of the image), but you wouldn’t want to go above 1600 anyway, if you want to avoid image noise.
Battery life is enough for an average of 200 pictures in auto mode.
If this is not enough for you, you can safely buy anotherNP-45S batteryand increase the number of frames. Don’t’t forget that the camera can be charged by USB and you can recharge it in a cafe, car, or in a backpack from the power bank.
What you may like about this camera:
During daylight, the camera handles itself well – the color rendition looks natural, the metering is working correctly and even the backlight does not interfere with making a normal picture.
Such an image will be decent enough to publish in social media, view it on your computer or print on a standard paper.
In other words, the quality of the image is fine for everyday purposes.
Another important thing to mention is that Fujifilm FinePix XP120 is suitable for underwater photography.
What’s nice is that even with flash the camera keeps the natural colors of objects under the water, which means that you will have pretty detailed images.
It’s waterproof to 20m, shockproof to 1.75m and freezeproof to -10C/+14F. The camera as a whole is quite tenacious, unlike mobile phones, whose cameras are now being compared with point-and-shooters.
What you may not like about this camera:
In low-light conditions or indoors, the detail of the image is expected to be worse and getting a clear image becomes more difficult.
In such cases, you can use a standard flash that, when paired with the autofocus light, it will help to take a clear shot.
Alternatively, you can check more of an extreme-cases camera – Olympus Stylus Tough TG-870 under $500.
Check out a full-video review done by Kevin Breeze:
Fujifilm XP120: One of The Best Cheap Cameras for Family Vacations
Fujifilm Finepix XP120 is a pretty reliable camera for vacation in a sense that it’s shockproof and waterproof. That’s why it can be given to children and not be afraid that they accidentally drop it.
The quality of the photo is decent enough for posting in social media account, printing it off and/or compiling tourist reports. Actually, it seems that this camera was made for this particular purpose.
This camera can withstand a drop from a height of up to 1.8 meters and dive to a depth of 10 meters. It’s also capable to handle a cold weather of up to -10 °C, while retaining all its technical capabilities.
Being able to work in difficult conditions is a distinctive feature of the Coolpix W100.
However, even though this camera is waterproof, here is what you need to know.
When you turn on the camera, on the screen you will see “waterproofing precautions” greeting. Basically, it will guide you through that water doesn’t get into the camera when you’re using it underwater or during bad weather.
Battery compartment requires a two-step unlock process so that you don’t accidentally open it underwater, or when anything else that may get inside your battery compartment.
So, make sure to follow the guidelines closely to avoid any issues while shooting under the water!
It is a family camera which implies the ease and convenience of management by any family member, including a child.
Coolpix W100 camera has children’s and adult menu.
The children’s menu allows your kids to take pictures in a game manner, with animated characters on the screen, and they can put colorful stamps on already-taken shots.
There are different colors available of the body of this camera. The most original is with a bright drawing of marine subjects on a white background.
For kid photographers additional accessories are available – designer backpacks and a floating camera strap.
The image quality of the Nikon Coolpix W100 is quite decent for its price category.
It is equipped with a 3x NIKKOR zoom lens with the option of electronic magnification up to 6x, 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.
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 captures 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.
Check out the new video-review created by Chris Nicholls:
Nikon W100 Is A Great Family Vacation Camera (That Has Children’s Menu)
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 camera 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.
I am pleased to mention the great functioning of the autofocus, which quickly fires in the instantaneous shooting mode at any focal length.
The ZoomPlus function enhances the zoom capability by twice as much, without serious loss in image quality.
Also, Canon 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 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.
In the creative auto mode, after pressing the shutter, the camera automatically selects and applies special creative filters to the finished image. Both of these modes will appeal to creative photographers, who like creating extraordinary photos and videos.
The shots that you took can later be viewed on a smartphone or a tablet, which then can be downloaded online or stored in the internal memory of the device using Wi-Fi and NFC.
And if you install the Canon Camera Connect application on your gadget, you can also remotely control the camera.
Below I am attaching a video review from YouTube. Even though at the end the owner of the video decided to shock his viewers by preaching to go vegan, the video review is still pretty good and I hope you will like it nonetheless.
Canon SX610 HS Might Be Your Best Point-and-Shoot Camera for Vacation
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS has a lot of great features to share despite it being under the $200 price tag.
I will say more – this Canon camera is a kind of Swiss knife in the world of cameras for a price not more expensive than a cheap smartphone.
Category: The Best Compact Cameras for Vacation 2018
Price Tag: Under $1,000 (subject to change)
This baby, Sony DSC-RX100 V, weighs less than 300 grams, including batteries and a memory card. But its capabilities are amazing!
The Sony RX100 series is familiar to photographers and has managed to prove itself well. The DSC-RX100 V is the fifth camera in its camera line.
It has an inch sensor with a resolution of 20.1 megapixels. The camera is equipped with a lens with focal lengths of 24-70 mm. The 3x zoom is not a record, but the lens has outstanding aperture values: f1.8-2.8.
This means that you will have an easier time taking images in low-light conditions and have a bit of a blurry background of an object in the pics.
Despite its rather small body, it is comfortable to hold this camera, and have all the necessary settings at hand.
It is convenient to shoot both in auto and manual modes.
Sony DSC-RX100 V has 3-inch tilting LCD.
It will facilitate high-angle and low-angle shots. Given its flip screen and powerful photo and video capabilities, Sony RX100 V is an excellent choice not only for selfie lovers, but also for vloggers.
A video recording in 4K format with a frequency of up to 30 frames per second is available.
There are also high-speed shooting modes, which record at a frequency of up to 1000 frames per second. This allows you to receive a very slow motion video.
Another advantage is the continuous shooting at a speed of 24 frames per second.
Battery can be charged via the micro-USB port (including the power bank). This way you won’t need to take a separate charger for your vacation.
Final Thoughts: Sony RX100 V is Awesome In Every Situation
Sony RX100 V has a high-quality sensor, the most modern focusing system, the highest burst and outstanding video capabilities.
Not bad for a pocket-size camera!
(Probably best NOT to choose this camera if you are on vacation with the little kids though).
The main disadvantage is the high price. But be sure that this camera will NOT disappoint.
Nikon D5500 – This Nikon will be your faithful companion in any journey
Best SLR Cameras for Vacation 2018
There are some advantages to taking a DSLR camera instead of a simple point-and-shoot camera.
What are those?
In a nutshell, 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.
Finally, it is impossible not to mention the quality of color rendition of DSLRs vs those of point-and-shooters.
So let’s have a look at the first option.
Canon PowerShot G3 X
Type: SLR-Like (Bridge) Camera
ISO sensitivity: Auto, 125-12800 (expands to 25600)
Category: Best SLR Cameras for Vacation 2018
Price Tag: Under $900 (subject to change)
Even though this category says SLR cameras, if we are completely honest here, Canon PowerShot G3 X really is a bridge (SLR-like) camera.
Small cameras with a sensor that can provide high quality images are trendy today. The optimal sensor size is 1 inch, which is much more than those of smartphones and simple compacts.
An advanced Canon PowerShot G3 X camera has that kind of sensor.
The resolution is 20.9 megapixels and the images are processed by a modern DIGIC 6 processor. These two together provide an ISO sensitivity in the range of 125-12,800 ISO units.
By its capabilities and convenience of control, the camera can compete with serious bulky SLR cameras.
It has both auto-modes and classic semi-automatic and manual modes, the parameters in which it is easy to adjust due to well-thought-out ergonomics. There is also a convenient wheel of exposure correction, with which you can easily make the frame brighter or darker.
There are a few reasons why I would mention this camera as one of the best ones for vacation.
Canon PowerShot G3 X weighs 733 grams.
With a fully charged battery, you can make about 415 photos.
The camera is protected from dust and moisture, which increases its reliability when shooting on a trip.
Generally speaking, the only limitation with compact cameras is the lack of its ability to change lenses.
However, you shouldn’t worry about that with Canon PowerShot G3 X.
It is initially equipped with excellent optics. With a lens with focal lengths of approximately 24-600 mm, you can shoot landscapes with a wide viewing angle.
Since it has 25x zoom, this mean you can also take images of very distant objects. For mirrorless and SLR cameras it’s a dream! In the case of Canon G3 X, this dream camera is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand.
Since we mentioned zoom here, it’s also important to mention that this camera’s does have an image stabilization built-in.
In case you don’t know, stabilizer will insure the photographer from blurry pictures, which is especially useful when shooting at a large zoom and in low light conditions.
As you can see from the image above, Canon G3X has a tilting touch screen.
Based on my experience, selfie lovers and vloggers will appreciate the opportunity to turn the screen of the camera on themselves.
Besides that thanks to the Multitouch function, you can zoom in and flip through images, like on a smartphone.
Just like with many modern cameras, G3X is equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC modules, thanks to which you can transfer photos to yoursmartphoneand immediately post them on Instagram.
Final Thoughts: Canon G3X is an AWESOME camera for vacation!
ISO sensitivity: Auto, 100-12800 (expandable to 25600)
Category: Best SLR Cameras for Vacation 2018
Price Tag: Under $700 (subject to change)
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 cameras 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 at its disposal as much as 24 megapixels.
Together with the new sensor works DIGIC 6 processor. Even though, DIGIC 6 may be well-familiar to us 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. For examples, pictures 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).
However, as I said earlier, I believe Nikon D5500 with Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is more impressive.
As how it’s supposed to be with SLR cameras, the model is equipped with a large APS-C sensor with a resolution of 24 megapixels.
The design of the sensor allowed to abandon the low-pass filter, which means that the frames are clearer and even more detailed.
You can assemble your kit yourself, choosing the appropriate lenses and saving (buying a camera and lenses separately will be more expensive).
In my opinion, the most versatile lens is the Nikon AF-S 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX Nikkor. It has almost 8x zoom, which allows it to be used for landscape photography with a wide viewing angle, taking images of images at a distance, as well as for portrait photography.
The lens has a built-in image stabilization system, which will allow you capture sharp still images.
Cameras tilting touch-screen will definitely your life easier, whether it is to shoot the video, navigating the menus and viewing shots taken.
What I like about Nikon D550 is that it has all the necessary auto modes and scene programs.
The camera is easy to use, but at the same time it pushes the photographer to be creative and improve his/her photography skills.
Manual settings are easy to set up too thanks to smart ergonomics.
Another huge advantage is camera’s long battery life. One fully charged battery will allow you to capture about 820 pictures!
Final Thoughts: Nikon D5500 is A Sweet Camera for Vacation
Sony A6000 – It’s hard to imagine what the Sony A6000 could not do. Seriously.
Best Mirrorless Camera for Travel 2018
Type: Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera
Weight: 344 g
ISO sensitivity: Auto, 100-25600 (51200 with Multi-Frame NR)
Category: Best Mirrorless Camera for Vacation
Price Tag: Often under $500 with deals (subject to change*)
After a long “dialogue” with the camera, you will realize that Sony A6000 is a mirrorless camera that is absolutely not inferior in functionality to most SLR cameras, including those in the semi-professional camera segment.
So, what’s so great about this camera.
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.
Here is the thing though.
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 many mistakes, and allows you to shoot quickly without thinking too much.
The quality of the pictures is high both at low and high ISO. You will have no problem shooting at ISO 3200 units 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.
Out of the minor disadvantages of this model I would attribute the lack of a touch interface (there is one in Sony A5100), 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).
Here is a yet another awesome video-review done by Chris Nicholls:
Sony a6000 is One of My Top-Rated Cameras for Vacation in 2018
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.
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