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Whether you are going to the sea with your fam­i­ly or on a long solo trip through South­east Asia, if you are fond of pho­tog­ra­phy, one smart­phone will not be enough for you. You’ll like­ly need a larg­er cam­era, a ver­sa­tile lens, and a wire­less con­nec­tion to quick­ly trans­fer pho­tos to your mobile device.

Our list includes a vari­ety of cam­eras, includ­ing pock­et com­pacts, larg­er bridge cam­eras, and mir­ror­less cam­eras with built-in fixed lens­es. For our main rec­om­men­da­tions, we have cho­sen com­pact mod­els with the best image qual­i­ty.

Our pick: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VII (large zoom coverage and fast autofocus)


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Key Fea­tures:

20-megapix­el 1‑inch ver­bose CMOS sen­sor.

24–200mm equiv. f/2.8–4.5 lens.

Hybrid aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem.

Pros:

  • Class-lead­ing aut­o­fo­cus.
  • Excel­lent image qual­i­ty.
  • 4K video with over­sam­pling.

Minus­es:

  • Con­fus­ing inter­face.
  • Not a very fast lens.
  • Slip­pery grip.
  • Price.

The RX100 VII is a pow­er­ful zoom pock­et cam­era that does just about every­thing except the price. Its 24–200mm equiv. the lens is suit­able for a vari­ety of shoot­ing sit­u­a­tions, the max­i­mum aper­ture of f2.8–4.5 is also quite flex­i­ble.

The RX100 VII is equipped with a rather lim­it­ed num­ber of phys­i­cal con­trols (which is not sur­pris­ing for such a com­pact body), but offers exten­sive cus­tomiza­tion options to get the most out of them. The touch­screen lets you select an aut­o­fo­cus point or trig­ger AF track­ing in video. Of the pleas­ant fea­tures of ergonom­ics is a pop-up viewfind­er (only one touch is required to acti­vate it).

The cam­era has the best aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem ever seen in a com­pact cam­era: the com­pact Sony will be able to quick­ly focus and track any sub­ject you encounter on your trav­els. The mod­el also received an easy-to-use Wi-Fi sys­tem for quick­ly trans­fer­ring images to a smart­phone. The bat­tery capac­i­ty is quite accept­able, which is also impor­tant when trav­el­ing.


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Excel­lent image qual­i­ty is one of the main strengths of the cam­era. JPEGs come out with great col­ors, while Raw files pro­vide plen­ty of flex­i­bil­i­ty in post-pro­cess­ing. The lens is sharp over the entire range of focal lengths, how­ev­er, not too high aper­ture some­what lim­its the poten­tial of using the cam­era in low light con­di­tions. The lack of an ND fil­ter also means you’ll have to use shut­ter speeds slight­ly faster than opti­mal for bright light­ing con­di­tions, poten­tial­ly mak­ing your shots look a lit­tle less pro­fes­sion­al.

The qual­i­ty of video shoot­ing is also at the high­est lev­el — the cam­era allows you to shoot 4K from the entire width of the matrix, while rolling shut­ter is min­i­mal. All in all, the RX100 VII is by far the most advanced trav­el cam­era on the mar­ket: no oth­er com­peti­tor can boast such a com­bi­na­tion of size, speed and pic­ture qual­i­ty.

Alternative: Canon PowerShot G5 X Mark II (faster lens compact)


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Key Fea­tures:

20-megapix­el 1‑inch mul­ti-lay­er CMOS sen­sor.

24–120mm equiv. f/1.8–2.8 lens.

4K/30p video.

Pros:

  • Fast lens with good zoom range.
  • 4K/30p video.
  • Fast burst shoot­ing.

Minus­es:

  • Not a very strong bat­tery.
  • There is no micro­phone jack.

If you like the RX100 VII but want a faster lens that han­dles low light con­di­tions bet­ter and offers a shal­low­er depth of field, then you should look into the Canon Pow­er­Shot G5 X Mark II.

This pock­et cam­era fea­tures nice ergonom­ics, high-qual­i­ty build and user-friend­ly inter­face. The flip-out dis­play flips to the self­ie posi­tion, and the pop-up viewfind­er comes in handy when shoot­ing out­doors. The bat­tery capac­i­ty of the cam­era is below aver­age, in addi­tion, it is not com­pat­i­ble with all USB charg­ers, so dur­ing long jour­neys with­out access to out­lets, you should be care­ful.


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Image qual­i­ty is very high with pleas­ing col­ors and a wide dynam­ic range. The mod­el’s aut­o­fo­cus is rea­son­ably fast and respon­sive, but the cam­era can’t track the sub­ject dur­ing con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing.

The G5 X II allows you to shoot in RAW at 30 fps, tak­ing sev­er­al shots before you ful­ly press the shut­ter but­ton.

4K / 30p video is of decent qual­i­ty and is shot with­out crop. Unfor­tu­nate­ly, video capa­bil­i­ties are some­what lim­it­ed by the lack of a 24p shoot­ing option, as well as a micro­phone port. The built-in ND fil­ter allows you to shoot at faster shut­ter speeds.

Over­all, the Canon G5 X II is pleas­ant and easy to use, and the pho­to and video qual­i­ty is also excel­lent. Con­sid­er­ing its com­pact size, ver­sa­tile lens and fair­ly rea­son­able price, Canon’s mod­el can also be safe­ly rec­om­mend­ed to trav­el pho­tog­ra­phers.

Other options:

APS‑C Fixed Mirrorless: Fujifilm X100F


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Key Fea­tures:

24MP APS‑C X‑Trans CMOS sen­sor.

35mm equiv. f/2 lens.

hybrid viewfind­er.

Pros:

  • Excel­lent viewfind­er.
  • Com­fort­able ergonom­ics and design.
  • Qual­i­ty image.
  • Large matrix and fast lens.

Minus­es:

  • Only 1080p video.
  • Aut­o­fo­cus is weak­er than com­peti­tors.
  • It’s easy to acci­den­tal­ly hit the focus ring.

The X100F is Fuji­film’s fourth gen­er­a­tion APS‑C cam­era with built-in prime lens. The device received a 35-mm equiv­a­lent lens with f / 2 aper­ture and a 24-megapix­el crop X‑Trans matrix.

The cam­era will appeal to advanced pho­tog­ra­phers as it comes with a host of phys­i­cal con­trols, includ­ing set­ting dials, an aut­o­fo­cus joy­stick, and cus­tomiz­able but­tons. The mod­el is equipped with a hybrid optical/electronic viewfind­er, which pro­vides a very spe­cial shoot­ing expe­ri­ence.


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The X100F also boasts excel­lent image qual­i­ty in both JPEG and RAW.

Video, on the con­trary, is the weak side of the cam­era: these are the lim­i­ta­tions imposed by 35 mm equiv. lens, and a max­i­mum res­o­lu­tion of 1080p with a min­i­mum lev­el of aut­o­fo­cus con­trol.

The cam­era can be rec­om­mend­ed to trav­el­ers who pre­fer to take pho­tos using the direct con­trols on the cam­era body, as well as to all lovers of cam­eras in retro design. Those who also plan to shoot a lot of videos should pay atten­tion to oth­er mod­els.

Advanced bridge camera: Panasonic Lumix DC-FZ1000 II


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Key Fea­tures:

20-megapix­el 1‑inch BSI-CMOS sen­sor.

25–400mm equiv. f/2.8–4 lens.

4K/30p video.

Pros:

  • Pow­er­ful zoom lens with rel­a­tive­ly good aper­ture.
  • Ful­ly mov­able touch screen.
  • Fast aut­o­fo­cus.

Minus­es:

  • “Jit­ter” of the pic­ture dur­ing focus­ing.
  • Big crop in 4K.
  • “Plas­tic” feel from the case.

The Pana­son­ic DC-FZ1000 II is the sec­ond gen­er­a­tion of the pop­u­lar bridge cam­era. The mod­el is equipped with a 1‑inch sen­sor and a sta­bi­lized 25–400 mm equiv. lens, as well as, unlike the first gen­er­a­tion, a touch screen, addi­tion­al con­trols and Blue­tooth con­nec­tiv­i­ty.

The FZ1000 II received a com­fort­able grip, two con­trol dials, but the all-plas­tic body does not quite match the price of the device. The elec­tron­ic viewfind­er is of very good qual­i­ty, and the touch­screen dis­play makes it much eas­i­er to con­trol the cam­era.

High-lev­el in-cam­era aut­o­fo­cus with fast face and eye detec­tion. At the same time, dur­ing con­tin­u­ous aut­o­fo­cus, there is jit­ter in the viewfind­er, which can be dis­tract­ing, but, in gen­er­al, the accu­ra­cy of the Depth from Defo­cus sys­tem is impres­sive.

The image is also at a fair­ly high lev­el. The lens is a lit­tle soft, although the cam­era does quite a good job of sharp­en­ing soft­ware (how­ev­er, this enhances the exter­nal effect of noise reduc­tion in JPEGs).


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The FZ1000 II shoots 4K UHD at 30p and 24p, but with a strong crop (at 1080 the cam­era shoots with­out crop). In gen­er­al, the video qual­i­ty is good, and the cam­era also pro­vides an advanced set of video con­trols.

With a ver­sa­tile zoom lens, fast aut­o­fo­cus, large viewfind­er and 4K video, the FZ1000 II is one of the best bridge cam­eras on the mar­ket. The ver­sa­til­i­ty of a bridge cam­era is great for trav­el­ers, mak­ing it a high­ly rec­om­mend­ed mod­el for trav­el pho­tog­ra­phers.

* when prepar­ing the arti­cle, mate­ri­als from the resources dpreview.com, onfoto.ru, market.yandex.ru were used.

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