A camera is an essential piece of equipment for travel bloggers. They must showcase the locations they visit with enticing, high quality images. The best cameras for blogging will also be the best cameras for anyone who wants to capture amazing travel photos.
Our camera gear includes DSLR cameras with interchangeable lenses that are pricey, not easy to transport and require time and effort to master. We will always use DSLR cameras because they meet the needs of our travel photography goals. But this type of camera is not for everyone.
We asked travel bloggers from around the world to share their favorite camera, why they like it, and a photograph taken with the camera.
The Fuji X-T10 rates 4.5 stars on Amazon.
Cory Varga from You Could Travel:
I use a mirrorless Fuji X-T10 and I love this camera so much. I tried a couple of other cameras before and now that I discovered Fuji, I can’t imagine using a different brand.
I love it because the photo colors are great, even without editing. I like using it at night. There are no blurs around the edges of my photos, unlike its competitors. With a tripod, you can get some amazing landscape photography. With photos that are sharp, beautiful, colorful, the Fuji X-T10 is a great camera for its price and performance.
For beginners, it’s also a fantastic camera to get you started. Trust me, you will want to learn more about photography because of your new camera companion. I have my Fuji with a 16-55mm lens which I use for most of my travelling photos. I have a 35mm prime lens which is simply epic for street photography and just got a 12mm wide angle lens as well.
The Fuji X-T10 rates 4.5 stars on Amazon.
Helen from Helen On Her Holidays:
Before getting my first Fuji X-series mirrorless camera in 2014, I usually took photos with my phone. It took my partner getting a DSLR for me to understand how much better my holiday snaps would be if I had a camera of my own.
I bought my first Fuji at Manchester Airport on a whim just before getting on a plane to Italy. I was tempted by a deal on the Fuji X-M1 which meant that I got a free 50-220mm lens as well as the 16-50mm kit lens, and I made good use of the longer lens taking pictures of paragliders above Lake Garda.
A couple of years later I decided to upgrade to my current camera, the Fuji X-T10. This camera shares the same 16 megapixel APS-C sensor as my old X-M1, which at 23.6mm x 15.6mm is as big as those used in most consumer-focussed DSLRs, but in a much smaller size. With lots of dials on the top panel and a user interface which moves away from the normal aperture priority/shutter speed priority it can be odd at first if you’re used to Canon or Nikon, but for me it was the perfect camera to learn the basics of camera control and get off full auto mode.
These days I travel with an 18-55mm 2.8-4 lens and a 27mm 2.8 pancake lens which is so small my whole camera fits in a small cross-body bag. The rest of the time I keep my lenses in padded neoprene lens pouches and the body in another stretchy padded pouch. I’ve tried camera bags and inserts but they just don’t work for me. I travel carry on only and don’t want the extra bulk. I do love my slim leather strap which is long enough to wear the camera cross-body and complements the vintage styling of the X-T10.
The X-T10 has been replaced now by the new X-T20 which adds a new 24 megapixel sensor, 4k video and a touch screen. It’s very tempting to upgrade again but for now, I’m sticking with the X-T10.
The Panasonic Lumix FZ80 rates 4.5 stars on Amazon.
Vicki Garside from Make Time To See The World:
I love everything about this camera. It packs the power of a DSLR with the convenience of a point and shoot. With a 16.1 Megapixel sensor, Full HD video recording, 20-1200mm ultra wide angle lens and x60 optical zoom – it is a versatile powerhouse of a camera that makes me happy each and every time I use it.
The camera is so light and compact that I don’t actually need any special bag or carry case to travel around with it and it easily fits in my very unassuming cross body bag – which also has the benefit of not drawing unwanted attention to the camera.
The Fujifilm XP rates 4 stars on Amazon.
Becky Angell from Becky The Traveller:
I had planned to do a lot of snorkelling and diving on my trip to Belize. It was the perfect time to treat myself to a waterproof camera to capture the underwater beauty. The Fujifilm XP is waterproof to 20m/65ft, perfect for the depth I can dive. It’s also shock proof from 1.75m/5.8ft which turned out to be useful after dropping it in the boat, oops! Carrying it around is easy because I don’t need to worry about protecting it in my bag.
It’s a compact camera with a setting for underwater photos. Before jumping in, I changed the setting and was good to go the entire time I was under the water. The zoom is limited but perfect for underwater.
The feature that really impressed me was the video function, I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. But when I came face to face with a shark I was really pleased with the finished video. The detail of the shark’s eye was almost too clear and a bit spooky to look back at. Check out my shark video on my Facebook page.
See more of Becky’s images on Instagram.
The Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera is an Amazon Choice and rates 4.5 stars.
Kris from Nomad by Trade:
I use the Sony A6000 mirrorless camera. I absolutely adore it because it’s the perfect combination of quality and portability. I don’t want to have to lug around a DSLR when I’m out exploring, and the mirrorless produces high-quality images without the bulk or weight.
I have a small carry case that fits the camera, two lenses, spare batteries, and memory cards. I can easily tuck the camera into my purse if I want to be even more streamlined, but I can’t carry the zoom lens that way.
The Canon Powershot G7x Mark II is an Amazon Choice and rates 4.5 stars.
Emily Hines from Em’s on the Road:
I use a Canon Powershot G7 X Mark II. I love it because it takes high quality images and video and is small enough to fit in my purse for travelling. It is wifi enabled so I can edit photos and videos on the go which is awesome.
You can shoot in RAW or Jpeg format which is great if I need incredibly high resolution images for print. It also shoots video in 1080p HD and give you the flexibility of shooting in selfie mode.
It is so compact, about 10 oz, so I usually just tuck it into my purse or one of the padded compartments in my backpack.
Take a look at Emily’s photos on Instagram.
The Canon EOS M rates 4.5 stars on Amazon.
Rebecca Brianne Nelson from Bexpeditions:
At the moment my most trusted travel camera has been my Canon EOS M. I already had a Canon DSLR that I had been using daily, but wanted something a bit smaller. I absolutely love it for the smaller size, yet I can switch out my lenses and have many of the same features and flexibility I have with my DSLR.
I enjoy that it’s much lighter on my neck and in my bag! This makes a huge difference if we’re hiking throughout the day or out and about in a large city and want to keep things light. It fits in my purse and that’s how I transport it! This way I always have it on me.
Claire Martin from Claire’s Footsteps:
When my five year old DSLR gave up last year, I decided not to purchase another DSLR. I purchased the Fujifilm X-A3 instead. It’s got a sleek design and takes awesome photos. Although it’s still quite heavy, it’s nowhere near as bulky as a DSLR which makes travelling with it more enjoyable.
It takes beautiful, high-quality photos and has all of the functions (shutter speed, aperture) of a DSLR, plus some fun features, like a swivel screen so I can take photos from a variety of angles and even flip it around for a selfie cam!
The Fujifilm x-a3 is ideal for landscape shots – some of my best photos taken with it are from when I was driving across the Nullarbor plain in Australia. I haven’t quite mastered night photos with this camera yet. I’m trying to learn how to capture the ultimate starscape photo with it!
Yashy Murphy from Baby & Life:
I love the camera on the Google Pixel phone because it takes stunning pictures without me having to do much. There are manual settings in addition to the usual auto point and shoot. Of course I love it because my kids and husband got it for me as a present for Christmas!
My phone is pretty much glued to my hands so it’s always with me. I take about 40 photos DAILY so the Pixel really helps me capture life on the go.
Claudia Bartsch from On Claudi9:
I am a budding blogger and also new on YouTube. I didn’t want to pay a fortune for a good camera, but I needed to use it for both pictures and videos. I have been trying a lot of cameras of friends, but none of them was producing the quality that I wanted for my photos and videos.
I also love how easy it is to transport and use.
See more of Claudia’s photos on Instagram.
The Blackberry Priv Phone is an Amazon Choice and rates 4 stars.
Helene from Flight to Somewhere:
The camera specs on the phone are 18MP, Schneider-Kreuznach lens and f2.2. I’ve accumulated quite a collection of cameras from compacts to DSLRs, but Priv is the one I use the most for a number of reasons.
Size: It can fit in my smallest bag and even in my pocket, so it doesn’t matter if I’m going on a tour, a hike or just to a cafe down the road, chances are I will have Priv with me as it’s so easy to carry it around.
Quality: This is even more important than size and Priv delivers the best quality I have managed to find in a compact camera so far, with crisp colours and sharp photos in most cases with little to no tuning required. Believe me, I am super picky when it comes to photo quality! With its great auto HDR setting, in difficult lighting conditions Priv managed to produce better photos than my DSLR.
Apps and connectivity: The Instagram and Facebook apps are right there on the phone, so uploading photos to my social media channels doesn’t require any transfers between devices.
The most important instrument is the person behind the camera who creates the images. The type of camera you have does not determine the photographic outcome.
Be confident in your abilities. Get out there and capture what you love whether you use your cell phone, point-and-shoot, DSLR or video camera.
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