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Best and Cheap Compact Cameras for Travelers

by John Smith 213 0

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

With the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III, Olympus has introduced a new generation of impressive, powerful and ultimate camera, in the shape of its latest 16 megapixels Four Thirds CMOS sensor with a serious Electronic viewfinder. The camera is the best choice if you want to shoot sharp forests, cities and superb traveling photos. Photography Magazine named it as a great SLR-style mirrorless that's an excellent choice for a lot of users and experience levels. Olympus for sure made a huge step for itself in the mirrorless camera category, and the ultimate Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III won't be interrupting that winning streak. Regarding design, the Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III shares the same stylish retro rangefinder aesthetic of its predecessor, with milled aluminum dials on the top-plate and dual control wheels providing a pleasingly tactile user experience.

First presented on 2017-08-31, the OM-D E-M10 Mark III is still up-to-date and full of improvements and favorite among travel bloggers and photographers. 16 megapixels sensor also offers significantly more resolution, which benefits both image cropping and printing. It’s just another good reason to opt for a larger sensor, interchangeable lens camera if you still have an older compact. The ultimate camera has a marvelous upgraded 2,360k dots OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage. I found the RAW buffer depth sufficient in the field, and the buffer clearing time wasn't bad. Overall, the powerful Olympus mirrorless OM-D E-M10 Mark III is a surprising pick in its price range for daytime traveling, landscapes and travel photographers.

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm certainly made a massive step for itself in the mirrorless camera photography, and the remarkable Fujifilm X-T20 won't be interrupting that winning streak. The is a top-grade choice if you want to shoot sharp nature, forests and amazing traveling photos. The camera takes detailed pictures and top-tier videos and includes all features you need. Besides, the fact that there’s no mechanical mirror means mirrorless cameras are generally capable of much higher continuous shooting speeds. Like many of Fujifilm's latest shooters, you'll also find a WiFi on the Fujifilm X-T20, which lets you download media wirelessly.

With the X-T20, Fujifilm has wholly revised the internals, adding the stacked-CMOS X-TRANS III 24 megapixels sensor and. It’s just another good reason to opt for a larger sensor, interchangeable lens camera if you still have an older compact. 100% viewfinder coverage is allowing you to see more of your image in the outstanding Electronic viewfinder. I found the RAW buffer depth sufficient in the field, and the buffer clearing time wasn't bad. All SLR-style mirrorless cameras come with at least one SD memory card slot, although an increasing number of high-end models sport two. In addition, the Fujifilm X-T20 is also capable of recording 4K video whereas the previous models maxed out at 1080p Full HD capture this means that your videos will look sharp and very smooth.

Regarding AF performance, the Fujifilm X-T20 features the same pro-level 325-point AF system complete with Unknown cross-type sensors and enhanced performance in low light conditions. It works excellent and results in consistently sharp, in-focus photos. The camera is embedded with short flange focal distance, choices of adapting glasses from other manufacturers mounts are almost unlimited, and this can save your money. Concerning design, the Fujifilm X-T20 shares the same stylish retro rangefinder aesthetic of its predecessor, with milled aluminum dials on the top-plate and dual control wheels providing a pleasingly tactile user experience. For this price, you’d expect Fujifilm to deliver a pure, ultimate, ergonomically sound and stunning camera, and with the Fujifilm X-T20 that’s precisely what you get.

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III by Canon is one of the best Large sensor compact cameras money can buy. 24 megapixels sensor also offers significantly more resolution, which benefits both image cropping and printing. And it works as expected. In the month I've spent shooting with the modified Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, I discovered quick and fast autofocus on subjects, moving or still, ultra sharpness and remarkable features. The ultimate camera has an impressive new 2,360k dots OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage. The camera includes a touchscreen, which provides touch AF, focus point dragging and focus racking features. Multi-angle 3″ LCD screen with a worthy screen resolution of 1,040k dots and tilt option of 180 Degree up and 45 Degree down. The new display is a bit dimmer than its predecessor's, so it can be tricky to use in sunlight, even at maximum brightness.

An Intelligent Image Stabilization system aims to fight blur both through mechanical means and by raising ISO sensitivity when subject motion is detected. One of the most significant upgrades and features to switch to the Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III from previous-generation models is the improved autofocus system with a whopping 49 detection points. The body measures 115 x 78 x 51mm and weighs 399g, and a weather-sealed body is pure and simple to use. The smooth controls are well laid-out, with the buttons being of a decent size and easy to find by touch when you’re holding the grip. Images looked consistently detailed, sharp, lifelike and colorful. Overall, we consider this an excellent camera for both newcomers and Large sensor compact camera enthusiasts alike. The camera is an excellent choice if you want to shoot stunning nature, landscapes and stunning forests photos.

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9

The Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 is Panasonic's range-topping, ordinary and remarkable Four Thirds Rangefinder-style mirrorless. And then, of course, there’s the price – $997.99 is undoubtedly a lot of money for a Rangefinder-style mirrorless, however good it might be. We also liked the excellent image quality that the 20 megapixels Four Thirds CMOS sensor provide. The impressive camera has a fantastic modified 2,760k dots OLED electronic viewfinder with 100% coverage. The camera includes a touchscreen, which includes touch AF, focus point dragging and focus racking features. When AEB is selected, the camera automatically takes three or more shots, each at a different exposure. What is interesting for people still doing olde-style HDR on their computers. The camera has ultra-fast autofocus, which can lock onto an object in less than one-tenth of a second.

Video enthusiasts will be pleased to note that 4K video capture is also supported, alongside a range of 1080p Full HD options. Not only that, but it's chock-full of features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Full HD video recording. I get about 260 shots per charge, many with the built-in flash, which is excellent. A camera takes lifelike photos and top-tier videos. Panasonic cameras have numerousness lenses and amazing accessories and plenty of grips available for them. The simple to use a body has a pleasing heft and a size that's great for nature, wildlife or sports shooting and even better for video. Additionally, this camera provides superb photo quality in a remarkable body, thanks to its Four Thirds, 20 megapixels CMOS sensor and a high-quality lens. Overall, the remarkable Panasonic Lumix DC-GX9 handles very nicely for such a and powerful camera. The camera is a top-grade choice if you want to shoot lifelike traveling, nature and stellar landscapes photos.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

The long-awaited Sony mirrorless Alpha a6000 finally made its debut on 2014-04-23, bringing with it a many modified set of advanced features compared with its predecessor. The advantage of a mirrorless camera is that you can review your image as soon as you take it, and make adjustments to your metering mode or exposure as needed to alter the image to better match your artistic vision. A marvel of superiority, it manage stellar image quality, advanced light gathering efficiency, faster data transfer and fascinating colors. The is a high-grade choice if you want to shoot stunning nature, cities and amazing traveling photos. The favorite camera has 82 DxO score, which is a very high and valuable rating. All thanks to good ISO range, superior handling, very fast burst mode and best 24 megapixels sensor and ISO 25,600. The sensor is packed with 24 megapixels and come with versatile features, double-quick burst mode, and improved depth-of-field control. The camera comes with a fascinating selection of lenses, which will allow you to make the most of its capabilities. 100% viewfinder coverage allowing you to see more of your image in the superb Electronic viewfinder. All the information you can see on 3″ display with intuitive user interface. I found the RAW buffer depth sufficient in the field, and the buffer clearing time wasn't bad.

The param_2 use advanced metering system and includes multi, spot, average and center-weighted metering modes. Both exposure and white balance metering proved to be quite good. In terms of AF performance, the Sony Alpha a6000 features the same pro-level 179-point AF system complete with Unknown cross-type sensors and enhanced performance in low light conditions. With 179 focus points, Unknown cross-type sensors and a dedicated AF processor, the Sony Alpha a6000 delivers all of its 24 megapixels performance with Sony lenses. Despite the great sensor quality, the Sony Alpha a6000 nowadays isn't the high-grade camera for shooting video. Video-wise, you can record MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S videos at 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p). As for WiFi control and photos transfers, the modified camera comes with WiFi, making it relatively simple to use to sync your cell phone. The camera works with NP-FW50 batteries, which has enough for 360 shots. I get about 360 shots per charge, many with the built-in flash, which is excellent. The device utilizes favorite SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo memory cards. Small, easy to use and you can buy in large capacities.

For demanding professionals, the upgraded Sony Alpha a6000 responds very fast and precisely have great focus and stunning picture quality. This camera has extraordinary image quality in a stylish, polished, compact package well-suited to travel. Fairly, the new camera itself feels like a top-shelf imaging device, with a modern, beautiful and innovative design and intuitive dials. Create a striking image revealing an extensive dynamic range, but with less noise and pure color gradation than ever before. Thanks to its short flange focal distance, choices of adapting glasses from other manufacturers mounts are almost limitless. While the Sony Alpha a6000’s image quality isn’t obviously changed from the original, it’s still the very fine indeed, and overall the best you can get for the price. Besides, I can naturally write that it is one of the innovative and incredible cameras what you can buy. Finally, we get out and shoot with every camera in real-world conditions, just as you will, to find out how they perform in day-to-day use.

Key Features

  • Announced2017-08-31
  • Body TypeSLR-style mirrorless
  • Sensor Resolution16 megapixels
  • Sensor SizeFour Thirds
  • Max Native ISO25,600
  • Lens MountMicro Four Thirds
  • Live Viewtrue
  • Continuous Shooting8.6 fps
  • DxO Overall Scorenot tested
  • Number of Focus Points121
  • Max Video Resolution3840 x 2160
  • Battery Life330 shots