The Best Cameras for Traveling

Finding the perfect travel equipment can truly be a life-safer to your creative getaways.

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Exploring the world with a suitable travel camera can help you bring back vacation photographs that will make your memories last a lifetime. They’ll also make it easy for you to go on new adventures without carrying too much weight. For years to come, you will be able to save epic travel memories and experiences to share with family and friends.

Here is a guide with our current go-to travel cameras for photography and videos for the different creators who have various needs and budgets. Our objective with this review and camera shopping guide is to help you cull through the clutter and choose the best camera for travel so you're ready for your next adventure.

At a Glance:

Fujifilm X100V — Best Compact Travel Camera

The Sony A6400 - Best Budget Camera for Vlogging

Sony A7C — Best Mirrorless Travel Camera Kit

Sony ZV-1 — Best Budget Travel Camera

GoPro Hero 9 — Best Action Travel Camera

As we have three Sony Cameras on the list, save this article (our favorite Sony Lenses) for your next read.

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To Know

The X100V features a 26.1MP APS-C-format X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor that is capable of high-resolution recording, DCI/UHD 4K video support, ISO 160-12800 sensitivity, and mechanical shutter continuous shooting up to 11 frames per second. The sensor's BSI design reduces noise and improves overall clarity, and it's paired with the X-Processor 4 for fast performance and responsiveness. While being flexible, compact, stylish, and very versatile, the Fujifilm X100V blends impressive imaging skills all while fulfilling specs for any street photographer.

What We Love:

BEST JPEGS OUT THERE

Fuji is no stranger to incredible JPEGs straight from the sensor’s source, making it easy for edits on the fly.

FIXED LENS

Its 23mm F/2.0 fixed lens works swimmingly for shooting lifestyle imagery, since it actually turns into a 35mm equivalent on a full-frame sensor (important to note that the 100V is a cropped mirrorless sensor!).

BIG UPGRADE FROM PREVIOUS GENERATIONS

Designed for higher resolution, lower distortion and improved close focus performance, this lens is a significant upgrade from the design used on previous X100 cameras

The Details:

Brand: Fujifilm

Price: $1,399.95

Camera Type: Mirrorless

Best For: Street scenes, wide angle portraits, lifestyle images, Instagram sponsored posts, short GIF’s made with its video capabilities, and on-the-go captures.

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Fujifilm

X100V APS-C Digital Rangefinder Camera

Looking for that perfect street photography camera? The Fujifilm X100V is the perfect compact camera for you with its 23mm lens and great autofocus

Buy for $1,399.00

What We Rate

Skill Level

Just getting started Understands manual settings Shoots regularly Professional

Photo Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Video Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Auto Focus

Always hunting It Works It Works Quickly Quick and Locked In

Low Light

Very noisy. Average Clean Crisp And Clean

Battery Life

Sucks Not bad Good Really Good

Rugged Ability

Leave it in the studio Daily Carry Traveler Mountain Goat

Build Quality

Cheap What You’d Expect Solid Top Of The Line
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To Know

The Sony a6400 is a small 24MP mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C sensor that will appeal to a wide range of photographers, from documentarians to professional travel photographers looking for a portable mirrorless gear body. The big news is that it has a new processor based on Sony's sports-shooting flagship a9 that allows for 'Real-Time Tracking' autofocus, which is one of the most effective autofocus implementations we've seen yet. Once you've set it up, it's also one of the easiest to use.

What We Love

Object Tracking

With Real-time AF and object tracking, this camera has the world's fastest autofocus at 0.02 seconds.

Great for Vlogs and Video Creation

4K movie w/ 2.4x oversampling, full pixel readout, no pixel binning.

Wide Sensor

425-phase/425-contrast-detection AF points over 84% of sensor.

The Details:

Brand: Sony

Price: $1,399.95

Product Type: Mirrorless

Best For: Street scenes, wide angle portraits, lifestyle images, Instagram sponsored posts, short GIF’s made with its video capabilities, and on-the-go captures.

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Sony

Alpha a6400 APS-C Mirrorless Camera Body

One of the most beloved mirrorless digital cameras out there! The Sony Alpha a6400 has the World’s fastest autofocus, advanced APS-C, 24.2 MP CMOS sensor

Buy for $898.00

What We Rate

Skill Level

Just getting started Understands manual settings Shoots regularly Professional

Photo Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Video Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Auto Focus

Always hunting It Works It Works Quickly Quick and Locked In

Low Light

Very noisy. Average Clean Crisp And Clean

Battery Life

Sucks Not bad Good Really Good

Rugged Ability

Leave it in the studio Daily Carry Traveler Mountain Goat

Build Quality

Cheap What You’d Expect Solid Top Of The Line
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To Know:

The new Alpha 7C is a must for creators who demand full-frame quality and performance, but also want a compact lightweight camera they can take anywhere and use for all types of still and video creation.

What We Love

A Flip-Out Screen

An excellent camera that has a flip-out screen for easy recording and vlogging sequences.

Incredible Picture

Bright and vivid colors

Faster New Eye Auto-focus

Compactness — perfect for travel creators and a plus for gimbal users.

The Details:

Brand: Sony

Price: 1,799.00

Product Type: Mirrorless Camera

Best For: Creators who are looking for gear with potential to shoot high-resolution images and videos while traveling.

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Sony

Alpha 7C Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Eyeing a high-performance, quality, lightweight full-frame mirrorless camera? The Alpha 7C is a great choice especially with the FE 28-60mm f/4-5.6 Lens kit

Buy for $1,798.00

What We Rate

Skill Level

Just getting started Understands manual settings Shoots regularly Professional

Photo Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Video Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Auto Focus

Always hunting It Works It Works Quickly Quick and Locked In

Low Light

Very noisy. Average Clean Crisp And Clean

Battery Life

Sucks Not bad Good Really Good

Rugged Ability

Leave it in the studio Daily Carry Traveler Mountain Goat

Build Quality

Cheap What You’d Expect Solid Top Of The Line
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To Know

The Sony ZV-1 is a small and light camera that you can carry with you for weeks straight. A flip-around screen, a high-quality built-in microphone, stabilization, and Sony's incredible autofocus retain your face and eyes sharp at all times! The Sony ZV-1 is a purpose-built compact camera that perfectly blends the RX100-series line's proven image capabilities with an updated body for even more efficient YouTube video power.

What We Love

Powerful and Fast ​Autofocus

Focus will switch quickly between your face and anything in the foreground even while shooting in selfie mode and a new product showcase.

Fully Rotating Flip-out Screen

Excellent for vlogging at an arm’s length away.

Compact awesome size

It takes the pressure of a big camera away, making it fun to shoot because of its condensed size.

The Details:

Brand: Sony

Price: $799.99

Product Type: Point-and-shoot

Best For: Solo Content Creators and Youtube Travel Lifestyle Vloggers.

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Sony

ZV-1 Digital Camera

In search of a pocket-sized camera full of unique features? The Sony ZV-1 is perfect for on the go content creators, vloggers to easily create and share

Buy for $748.00

What We Rate

Skill Level

Just getting started Understands manual settings Shoots regularly Professional

Photo Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Video Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Auto Focus

Always hunting It Works It Works Quickly Quick and Locked In

Low Light

Very noisy. Average Clean Crisp And Clean

Battery Life

Sucks Not bad Good Really Good

Rugged Ability

Leave it in the studio Daily Carry Traveler Mountain Goat

Build Quality

Cheap What You’d Expect Solid Top Of The Line
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To Know

5K Images for under $500! Covering nearly every way, the GoPro Hero 9 managed to get even better: more durable, a larger battery, a larger body, and higher video and photo resolutions. Plus, it comes in a reusable case with no plastic packaging for the first time, which is great for the Earth, dirt, and air that GoPro inspires travel adventurers to explore.

What We Love

5K Video

Capture up to 5K30 resolution video and maintain high detail even when zooming in.

Time Warp Feature 3.0

Record time-lapse scenes as you move on the road, on foot, or anywhere else.

SuperPhoto

Shoot crisp, pro-quality photos with 20MP clarity. Apply SuperPhoto to automatically pick all the best image processing to easily get the right shot.

The Details:

Brand: GoPro

Price: $399.99

Product Type: Action Cameras

Best For: Underwater Photography, Hiking, and for those who want the sexiest first-person view ever.

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GoPro

HERO9 Black Action Camera

Want the best action camera out there? Get more power, clarity, stability, with GoPro HERO9 Black and its 23.6MP sensor for ridiculous 5K video and 20MP photos!

Buy for $399.99

What We Rate

Skill Level

Just getting started Understands manual settings Shoots regularly Professional

Photo Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Video Quality

Passable Pretty Good Really good Best Out There

Auto Focus

Always hunting It Works It Works Quickly Quick and Locked In

Low Light

Very noisy. Average Clean Crisp And Clean

Battery Life

Sucks Not bad Good Really Good

Rugged Ability

Leave it in the studio Daily Carry Traveler Mountain Goat

Build Quality

Cheap What You’d Expect Solid Top Of The Line

How We Tested

Our crew is made up of cinematic travel content creators who obsess over which cameras to use, have the best travel shots, and make the most entertaining vlogs on the way. I am a branded content creator myself, always looking for the best high quality gear to take on my adventures, but comfortable enough for all day shoots. Our team of creatives is committed to providing only honest and comprehensive reviews and best of round-ups for other like-minded people looking to make their next purchase. Thanks for tuning in!

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