There’s no doubt about it, if you’re looking for the very best camera that money can buy, then a DSLR should be your first choice. Offering complete flexibility over your shots and maximum picture quality, there really is nothing that can compete with these. However, if you are travelling, they are not always the best choice. DSLRs are very expensive, and you may not want to walk around unfamiliar places with equipment that can cost more than a thousand pounds. However, the main reason is that when you’re on holiday, you don’t want to be fiddling with exposures and various other settings. You want to point and click without compromising shooting performance, enabling you to grab those fantastic moments of your holiday. Below we take a look at the top 5 cameras that you should consider taking on your next holiday….
The Canon Powershot D30
Do you prefer a holiday that is a little bit more active than just lazing by the pool and sipping cocktails? If you like to get adventurous then a tough camera is essential, and the Canon Powershot D30 is the perfect choice. With a fantastic 12.1MP, the camera offers excellent photo quality whilst also being shockproof, which means it can withhold a good deal of rough and tumble. It’s also waterproof too, and can survive depths of up to 25m, which means you can take some fantastic underwater shots.
The Canon Powershot SX610 HS
The Canon Powershot SX610 HS is a fabulous little camera to take away on holiday. One of the smallest cameras in our review, it still packs a punch and boasts a 20MP sensor and 18x optical zoom. It also boasts built-in WiFi which means you can take a shot, send it to your smartphone and have your images up on Facebook within a flash. But the best thing about this funky little camera? The price. At just £139, it represents fantastic value for money.
The Panasonic Lumix SZ10
More and more of us are using our phones as our main cameras but one of the downsides of this is however good your phone’s camera is, it will never live up to a dedicated digital camera. One of the main reasons people tend to use their phone cameras is the fact that you can take selfies on them, whereas this isn’t really possible with a normal digital camera. Well it is now, with the Panasonic Lumix SZ10. Featuring a purpose designed selfie mode, the LCD screen can tilt 180 degrees enabling you to take selfie after selfie. As well as Wifi, 720p HD video recording and a 12x optical zoom, the Panasonic Lumix SZ10 is a great price too at just £149.00.
The Nikon Coolpix L340
Do you prefer a camera with a bit more substance to it? Something that gives you a greater degree of control over your pictures than a compact camera does but don’t want to pay the high prices of a digital SLR? Then you need to consider the The Nikon Coolpix L340. It’s what is known as a bridge camera and features some of the specifications and options you’ll find on a digital SLR but in a simple and easy to use manner. As well as this, it has one big advantage too. The price. At just £129, they represent excellent value for money although if you are considering one, then remember that they are not quite as portable as a digital compact camera.
Leica have a long history of producing some of the finest cameras ever built and their first foray into the digital compact market is no exception. Priced at £1350, it’s not going to be affordable for everyone but if your budget can stretch this far, it’s a brilliant buy. Minimalist, mirrorless and absolutely stunning to look at, you’ll get admiring glances whenever you use this camera on holiday.