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Many of you will already have the luck to be on vacation and many others may be preparing the gear to go. And among these, of course, cannot miss the camera, that eternal companion of travel for those of us who love photography. Of course, we do not always know which the best bridge camera to travel is.
That is why we have proposed to offer you a series of tips and a kind of purchase guide for all those that you are thinking of doing (right now or in the near future) with a new camera to take it preferably on a trip (certainly you are sure that Do you need a new one?)
Be that as it may, it is true that it is an interesting topic, which is why we have already spoken on several occasions. In fact, we made an article very similar to this one a couple of years ago. Therefore, what you read now can be considered an update of that reviewing the concepts and reviewing the models that have appeared on the market since then and fit our purpose.
Because, as you know and so that nobody is deceived, normally when we make an article like this we always offer selected proposals among the novelties of the market; that is, between the latest models presented during these two years. That does not mean that others a little older (such as those cited in that article) do not remain perfectly valid. In fact, in many cases, they are a better investment because it is already known that the most modern is usually expensive and the immediately previous one sees its price reduced when it ceases to be a novelty.
When deciding which camera to take on vacation we have to consider a series of questions since, as you can understand, "being an ideal camera to travel" is something subjective. Of course never more true that "the best camera is the one you have", but our idea is to use one that offers more versatility and better image quality than the usual mobile phones that a large majority of tourists use on sites Typical
Of course, years ago, the usual image of the tourist was perhaps that of the Japanese with a large reflex camera around his neck, something that is still seen but increasingly rare. The fault, apart from the popularity of smartphones, is the development of an industry that is committed to new smaller and lighter cameras, such as those without a mirror (which we should applaud the photographers since it gives us more possibilities).
In this way, we can understand that an ideal travel camera is one that offers great possibilities for taking photos in a format as small as possible, so as not to weigh heavily on our backpack. This is the reason why compact cameras (especially those with longer zooms) and Evil cameras (without interchangeable lenses) are particularly successful in this area, which does not mean that more advanced photographers prefer to continue traveling with large and heavy cameras. and all the equipment in tow.
Therefore, when it comes to deciding we must be very clear to what extent the issue of weight and size matters, what kind of photos we usually do, how far our knowledge in photography and, of course, what is our budget. If the first is paramount, our recommendation is the one we have already indicated: An advanced compact or a mirrorless one are the best bets.
The type of photos we do is more relative, but there are certain issues that can guide the type of camera to choose from. For example, if we like to immortalize ourselves in the places we visit, a camera whose screen rotates enough to facilitate selfies will be very convenient. If we like to zoom in to take out details or take stolen photos, it is clear that there are more models than others and if we practice the street photo we are probably interested in a model that goes unnoticed.
As for the knowledge, if you are a novice, the best thing for you will be a simple camera, like the compact ones, although this is not totally exclusive either. Certainly, almost all models offer an automatic mode that ensures good photos in almost all situations, but if you buy an advanced camera having only basic knowledge, be assured that, at least in principle, you will not take advantage of all the possibilities of the camera.
And finally, the issue of money is also subjective, which is why we are going to offer you options with prices of all kinds so that everyone can choose according to their budget (besides recommending this article about affordable cameras). Yes, the best recommendation in this regard is not to get carried away by "siren songs" and be realistic when thinking about the model we really need, without unnecessary expenses with cameras that offer benefits that almost certainly we will never use.
We then talk about concrete models and we are going to do it, as in the related article that we mentioned, talking about proposals within the different types of cameras that the current market offers. That's why we started with compact cameras, the simplest but also the smallest, ideal to carry anywhere without being weighed.
In this case, if the economy allows it, the best recommendation is an advanced or premium compact. A type of camera that usually offers great possibilities in a very small size. Apart from a sensor that can be larger than the more "normal" compacts (usually one inch), these types of models also have variable length lenses with a fairly wide range.
Among the most notable models in this area, we can mention the recently presented Sony RX100 VI, one of the most interesting models in this field at the cost of having a high price. In this order of prices, we also have other bets such as the Canon PowerShot G1X Mark III, a small reflex with an APS-C sensor that costs just over 1400 euros, and the most retro, classic and different option represented by the Fujifilm X-100F..
If we look for a more modest, but capable option (and we do not mind that it does not have a viewer), we find other proposals such as the Canon PowerShot G9 Mark II, which does not reach and boasts style and quality. Even more economical is the Panasonic Lumix TZ90, a model that does have a viewfinder and also a stratospheric zoom: 24-720 mm (equivalent).
Quite similar, but for more comfortable pockets, there is also the Panasonic Lumix TZ200 that compensates to have less zoom with better construction and, above all, the promise of a higher image quality thanks to a one-inch sensor.
We finish this section dedicated to compact with some recommendations for those who are looking for one of those models that can be given to the youngest of the house without fear of being damaged because they are submersible and resistant to shock (we have left the cameras purely of action type GoPro).