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Best Cameras for Travel

Best Cameras for Travel

I love my camera. I don’t mean I really, really like it, no, I adore it. I have a Nikon D3100 that takes great pictures – and it gets used often. I take it everywhere with me, on the trail, when I am riding, even when I do laundry. You never know when you will encounter that next great shot.

If you are looking for the perfect camera to capture your next great shot, I have a few recommendations for you. These are the best of the best for when you are hiking or sitting around the campfire, or when you are wherever that great shot is. Take a peek and see what you think.

Nikon D500
This is a great DSLR for catching action shots. Yes, I am a little partial to Nikon, but you will get some great shots. The auto focus allows you to catch animals and people in motion. The shutter is fast – there’s no lag (my personal pet peeve with so many digital cameras). It shoots 10 frames a second in case you’re wondering. For all its great features, it is a little pricey though. It will set you back about $2,000 for a basic body kit with one lens. I would pick up a zoom and macro, but the 16-80 mm works great as it is.

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GoPro Hero 5 Black
This is GoPro’s top of the line camera and it doesn’t disappoint. Bottom line, 12 megapixels and can shoot 30 frames a second. Plus, it has all the technical bells and whistles making it a great little camera for every day. On the trail though it totally rocks. Waterproof, good for action, and capabilities to make it hands free make this a great camera for hiking. The one downside is the short battery life – about three hours if you’re shooting video. The upside is you can trim your footage right there on the camera. You’ll pay about $400 for just the camera, but it’s a nice investment, especially when you consider that the accessories like a head strap or chest harness camera mount are actually pretty inexpensive.
Sony RX100 V
Point and shoots are great for the trail because they are light and don’t take up a lot of space. However, they tend to have some image quality issues. This little camera changes all that though. It certainly rivals the higher quality DSLRs in terms of image quality and capabilities, but the size and handling of the smaller P & S. It’s the best of both worlds. It is a little pricey, even for a top-quality P & S, but at $1,000 it still comes in under its fancier DSLR cousins. Plus, when you see that once in a lifetime shot on the trail you’re going to wish you had it.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
Yes, this is another DSLR, but if you want great images you need a great camera and Canon puts out some really good gear. This little camera is the whole package. It even allows you to make adjustments to the focus after you take the picture! Whether you are shooting in low light or bright sunlight, this camera can take it. The images are sharp and clear but it does falter a little in the video department. It is the most expensive camera on this list, setting you back a cool $4,000 if you get it with the 24-70 mm lens. Worth every penny though – well, if you want great pictures that is.
What’s your favorite camera for the trail? What do you like best about it?

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Stephanie A. Mayberry escaped the hustle and bustle of city life in Washington, D.C. where she worked as an analyst, FOIA officer, and technical writer for the U.S. federal government to pursue her first love, freelance writing, full time. She has been a writer, author, public speaker, and photographer for more than 25 years; now she, her husband, and little dog Gizmo enjoy the laid back lifestyle as RV full-timers going wherever the wind takes them. Learn more about Stephanie at

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