With summer almost here, we recommend the best cameras for taking on holiday
The Panasonic TZ100 is the latest, biggest and best travel compact in the manufacturer’s hugely popular TZ series. With a 10x Leica zoom covering an equivalent focal range of 25-250mm and a powerful 1.0-inch sensor, the TZ100 delivers imaging power and versatility in a lightweight body that’s ideal for travel. Add to this some enticing extra features such as 4K video, Post Focus and a Live View Finder, and you have an impressive complete package for the travel photographer.
Sony has done an outstanding job cramming features and functionality into a tiny camera body, making for an ultra-portable compact that still offers amazing imaging potential. The images you capture with its 18MP sensor and 24-720mm lens will benefit from Sony’s 5-axis image stabilisation system, improving results in low light, while composition is made easy with the 3-inch tilting LCD. Built-in Wi-fi and NFC allow for quick sharing of shots, while the GPS can tag them with your location.
An ideal companion for a (roomier) pocket but powerful enough to be used as a primary camera for travel, Canon’s Mark II replacement for its original G7 X improves on that model in a number of key ways. You get a much faster burst mode, better battery life, improved ergonomics and a 3-inch LCD screen that can be tilted and controlled by touch. Built-in Wi-Fi and NFC allow you to send out your images easily and keep everyone back home jealous of your adventures, while the 24-100mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens should provide an appropriate focal range and aperture wherever you find yourself.
Olympus’ OM-D series is renowned for its classically cool styling and awesome imaging potential, and the small OM-D E-M10 Mark II is no exception. With a large 16MP sensor and 5-axis image stabilisation at your disposal you’ll be well-equipped to produce stunning images, while Full HD video and 8.5fps burst shooting round out the package.
If zoom reach is a priority then the incredible Nikon P900 should be your first port of cool. Its 83x optical zoom allows you to capture details beyond your naked eye, and you can push this even further with the digital 166x Dynamic Fine Zoom. Fast autofocus and Dual Detect Optical Vibration Reduction make the camera versatile and responsive, while a snap-back zoom option allows you to instantly switch back to a wide-angle view, in case you lose your subject.
Panasonic has long provided for the travelling photographer with its well-respected TZ line of compacts, and the latest TZ90 partners the same electronic viewfinder of its TZ80 predecessor with an LCD that can flip through a 180° angle to face the front. This latter feature alone makes it perfect for selfies, but there’s plenty of clever selfie-specific tech included alongside to make this easier. Even if you’ve no intention of capturing yourself, the presence of 4K video, a 24-720mm (35mm equivalent) zoom lens and the ability to adjust the point of focus after you’ve captured the image all mean that it’s still very much worth a look.
Another one for the superzoom fans, the Canon PowerShot SX60 HS offers a 60x stabilised optical zoom lens with Zoom Framing Assist to help you handle it at the extreme end. DSLR-style handling makes the SX60 HS comfortable and enjoyable to use, while the one-button movie mode allows you to instantly switch to shooting Full HD video at 60p.
The X-T20 brings much of the excellent functionality of its elder X-T2 sibling to a smaller and lighter body that’s better suited to travel. With its tilting touchscreen you can compose images in awkward positions with ease, while the latest-generation 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor and Film Simulation modes help to deliver the excellent results for which Fujifilm models are prized. On top of all that, 4K video recording lets you capture movies in utmost clarity.
Sony’s superb RX10 series of bridge cameras are known for boasting beautiful telephoto zooms, and the 24-600mm f/2.4-4 optic on the RX10 III is an accordingly superb. The RX10 III also comes sporting a number of handy and interesting features for video, including super slow motion at up to 1000 fps. With Fast Intelligent AF that can acquire focus in 0.09 seconds and an ISO sensitivity range of 64 to 12,800, the RX10 III is sophisticated in every department.
Sony’s Alpha A6000 is an ideal CSC for those whose travel shots are likely to take in action and fast-moving subjects, thanks to its Fast Hybrid AF tracking system and powerful BIONZ X processor. The OLED Tru Finder offers 100% frame coverage, while the 24.3MP sensor produces crisp and vivid images straight out of camera.