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5 Best Cameras for Travel Photography

Traveling, whether for work or pleasure, can offer many once-in-a-lifetime experiences. As a professional photographer, traveling can also give you amazing shots to add to your portfolio or blog. As a professional photographer, you may have your preferred cameras that require a lot of equipment and extra baggage, so you may decide you need a camera that’s more easy-to-use and that fits concisely in your bags while still offering you the same dependability as your favorite camera. While there are many great cameras from which to choose that can fit anyone's budget, the following five appear to be the best when it comes to ease of use, dependability, and convenience.

  1. Canon PowerShot SD1400 IS

    Considered one of the best budget cameras on the market, many people say you can never go wrong when you purchase a Canon camera. With a price tag of less than $200, this camera is considered a bargain. It has all the basics you'll need to take great pictures, including a 14.1 megapixel resolution and a 4x optical zoom lens. As an added bonus, you can also shoot great movies of your trip with the 720p HD movie capability.
  2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS7

    Canon is considered the leading camera brand, but Panasonic is not far behind. Many amateur and professional photographers love to use the Lumix DMC-ZS7 while traveling because of its compact size. The Lumix is easy to keep in your pocket for quick, unexpected shots. With a 12x optical zoom, it takes incredible close-ups and has an optical image stabilization feature to make sure your pictures don't turn out blurry. If you're going to multiple places while traveling, this camera will even keep track of your pictures by location using the built-in GPS feature.
  3. Canon PowerShot S95

    Many travelers, especially inexperienced photographers, love point-and-shoot cameras for their many automatic features that virtually guarantee great pictures. The PowerShot S95 from Canon costs just under $400, but those who use it say it's the best. With a 28mm wide-angle lens, it's able to compensate for any angular and shift camera shake. People also love the 720p HD video that can be captured in stereo sound, adding a great touch to your trip.
  4. Olympus PEN E-PL1

    If you’re a more experienced photographer, Olympus offers the PEN E-PL1. At $500, it's pricey but is equipped for interchangeable lenses, giving you great flexibility when capturing those special images. With its 2.7 inch HyperCrystal LCD with LiveView function and Continuous Autofocus tracking system, taking a bad picture is next to impossible.
  5. Canon EOS Rebel T2i

    If you're wanting a digital SLR camera that’s different than the one you use on a daily basis, this is the one for you. Called by many the best DSLR camera available, it costs around $800. It has 18.0 megapixel, full HD movie recording capability and compatibility with SDXC memory cards. It's a must-have on any trip.

No matter your budget, this list proves there's a camera for any traveling photographer. Whether you're a beginner or an expert in photography, these cameras will make sure you capture pictures and videos that will last a lifetime.

Last Updated: November 05, 2014