Which cameras are best for travellers?
In the modern day world everybody want’s to capture their special moments on camera, especially whilst travelling, so it’s important to know which cameras will do the job and be able to pick one to suit your ability and budget!
Here I’m going to give you a selection of my favourite cameras for beginners, intermediate and pro photographers and give you a little insight into why each one is a great option to chose!
It’s important to remember that you don’t need to spend a crazy amount of money on equipment unless you either really can afford it or have work depending on it. In that case you probably know which one to chose anyway!
Now this blog post is dedicated to my favourite cameras for general travel purpose, so thats a mixture of wildlife, landscapes and portraits! (Remember you can always comment and ask for more specific recommendations or shoot me a message!)
So, here we go…
Beginner/Entry Level/Budget Traveller:
First up it’s got to be the first camera I ever took on a serious adventure, a little throwback to when I camped around Kenya and Tanzania on safari. This is the Canon Powershot and what a fantastic little beast this is. My first Canon, my first play with a decent camera, and my oh my was I impressed with this thing! So affordable, so cool, so capable!
This camera was a simply magnificent first all round camera. The zoom was insane, the quality was absolutely fine for things like Instagram and small pictures and was small and robust enough to be tucked away in a jacket pocket or hand-luggage without even knowing it was there. If you are a beginner or on a strict budget then this is the camera for you!
If you can afford a little bit more money and want to move away from bridge cameras into the beginner DSLR world then the camera I have actually been using the most for the last year or two is the CANON 750D! I honestly cannot recommend this camera enough. It is more than capable of being a beginner camera – its features actually way surpass that of a beginner camera but with a low price tag – winning!
Being a DSLR it means you will either need to buy this with a lens (mine came with the standard 18-55mm lens) or you can buy it body only and buy lenses separately. This camera is simply incredible, especially at the price. Canon has done so well here to include so many amazing features into a low-cost DSLR. Good megapixels, wifi (so you can get your photos safely straight onto your phone or laptop even without signal) and a tilting viewfinder so you can take great shots in all angles. I bought a couple of lenses to go with this that were not very expensive at all. For portrait and people watching the Canon EF 50 mm 1.8 STM Lens is simply amazing
The first photo I took with my https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00XKSBMQA/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1634&creative=6738&creativeASIN=B00XKSBMQA&linkCode=as2&tag=edmor-21&linkId=ce199049742978a527be7be7eb25c518 (admittedly my fiancé is very easy to photograph!)
I also opted for the Canon EF 70 – 300 mm f/4-5.6 IS II USM Lens – Black (albeit a second hand one at first) so that I had a fairly good zoom incase there were people or wildlife a little further away and I didn’t want to be to intrusive on my travels. This was an excellent lens to use last year when I spent 2 weeks in Peru and the Amazon Jungle!
My current absolute go-to zoom that will fit on most DSLR cameras and full-frame pro cameras has got to be the Sigma 150 – 600 mm F5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon Mount Lens This is the Canon mount version, but just so you know, you can get it to fit other brands of cameras as well! It comes in two versions, the contemporary and the sport. The difference being the sport is weather-sealed (and slightly heavier). If you want to check them out then click on the picture below, it is simply an incredible piece of kit that is a fraction of the price of any major brand zoom lens of that ability!
This Sigma lens has come to many amazing places with me, most recently Sri Lanka where I was fortunate enough to photographic some incredible wildlife. You can see more of my wildlife (and all my best photography) at my photography website www.ed-morris.co.uk
Intermediate/Real Enthusiast Photographers.
For those of you wishing to take your photography to the next level then there are a couple of mid-range cameras that I can definitely recommend. These cameras are more expensive but with that you will get exceptional results and the ability to print first class photography either to sell or to keep on your wall at home!
I’m going to split this section up into 3 different cameras. One that is mainly used for portrait and landscape work, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera (Body Only) and you may often see this one at weddings or by people on holiday who are quite keen with their photography
For more of a wildlife approach, the mid-range Canon EOS 7D Mark II is a blisteringly fast body that will allow you to capture moving objects like lions, birds and people without missing a shot! (You can also combine this with the Sigma 150 – 600 mm F5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon Mount Lens that I mentioned earlier for amazing results.
I took this recently using the Sigma 150 – 600 mm F5 – 6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Canon Mount Lens
Finally the camera that I’m going to recommend is by Sony. You may notice this camera because of the world famous photographer Chris Burkard using it – Yes you guessed it, the Sony Alpha 7R II ( 43.6 MP,3 -inch LCD ) This incredibly small, lightweight and unbelievable powerful camera (over 40 megapixels!) is quite simply an outstanding landscape machine. I’d definitely recommend heading over to the Chris Burkard website to check out his work! Technically this camera is probably at the higher end of a lot of people’s budgets, and although half the price of the top wildlife/sports cameras, it is used by one of the best professional landscape photographers in the world so we could say it’s more high-end. That doesn’t mean for one second you would not be able to use it, in fact quite the opposite, and I’m sure you’d produce stunning images as well.
To add in two more cameras and to finish with the High end/Professional Photographers section of this article I’m going to show you another from Sony and another from Canon. The Canon EOS-1D X 18.1MP Full Frame CMOS Digital SLR Camera (they have a mark 2 version now which is amazing). This is the go-to camera for the majority of wildlife and sports photographers so would make an awesome companion to capture all those fast moving travelling moments! The other camera that has just been released and looks simply unbelievable is the Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor This camera has the highest fps (frames per second) of any camera available and therefore you should never ever miss a shot! It also has silent shooting which is amazing for not disturbing your subjects and is again a Sony mirrorless camera meaning it is lightweight to carry.
To finish off I think I should add in two lenses that would be an incredible addition to most, if not all of these DSLR/full frame/mirrorless cameras in the article. Firstly the Canon EF 70-200 mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens has got to be one of the sharpest zoom lenses on the planet. This is fantastic for portraits, people and things that need a little zooming in on. It’s more pricey than the sigma counterparts by this is from Canon’s best series of lenses and I’m sure if you are after sublime results you’ll have already heard about it. Secondly and lastly, a good wide angle lens is a must for your travel bag. This will ensure you can capture the beautiful landscapes and fill the picture with all their beauty.
I’m hearing great things about the SAMYANG 14 mm f / 2.8 IF ED UMC Wide-angle Lens – for Canon This will fit Canon & Nikon cameras just make sure you pick the right one. This wide angle lens has had many amazing reviews and I think for my next trip I’m going to have to make sure I use it a lot to share pictures with you guys soon.
Well that’s all for this camera & travel related article, if you’d like to see more of my photography work simply head over to my Instagram account @_edmorris where I upload all of my pictures!
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Thanks for reading!