The best camera for traveling is critical because you need a device that you are able to use in different situations.

Not only do you have to be proficient with the camera when you are traveling so that you can chronicle everything that you have done, but you also have to use the same equipment for different trips. You need to see which camera for traveling is right for you and what extra accessories you need.

In this article, I go over the different types of Cameras suitable for Travel Photography and what you need to know before you choose one.

Types of Cameras


You might need a DSLR camera because then you only need different lenses to take all the pictures you want. You can take pictures pretty quickly with a DSLR, the quality is still unmatched but it is quite heavy and chunky. Modifiability is key with a DSLR: With 2 or 3 lenses you will be ready for most situations.

Make sure to get a big travel bag with snug cushions to keep the bulky DSLR safe and secure.

System Camera

System cameras are equivalent to SLR (DSLR) cameras, but smaller and lighter. Weight is a decisive factor when traveling. A system camera is, therefore, the better travel camera. More important than the camera itself is the species of lenses you will purchase.

All manufacturers of mirrorless system cameras have incompatible lens systems. So you can only use interchangeable lenses that match your camera.

The crucial point is that lenses are usually more important than the technical characteristics of a modern camera. Also regarding price, lenses are more significant.

Underwater camera: Robust construction, but small zoom

Underwater cameras and outdoor cameras depend on their inner values: For example, with a zoom lens that sits deep inside the camera body – in contrast to many other models.

The advantage of this is that the appearance does not break down in the event of a fall. The disadvantage here is the comparatively low zoom and the often lower image quality. While models of similar size already offer a 30x zoom, the robust cameras are content with a maximum magnification of five times. After all, a wide-angle initial focal length of at least 28 millimeters (according to 35 mm) is now standard equipment.

What do other Bloggers say?

So, I asked several bloggers in a Facebook group which camera types they use for taking the best shots on the go. I got more than a dozen replies and want to share the results. So out of the 14 responses:

  • 6 Blogger stated that they use a system camera for traveling
  • 3 Blogger stated that they use a DSLR for traveling
  • 4 Blogger stated that they use a action camera
  • 1 Blogger stated that he uses just a Smartphone while traveling

Upon further request, 7 of the 13 non Smartphone-only Blogger said that they frequently use their smartphones to take snapshots when in a hurry on their travels. That implies that the smartphone technology is slowly replacing some of the lower end cameras. Especially underwater cameras seem to be vulnerable to the trend to manufacture smartphones fully water-proof.

I invited two Blogger to share which model they prefer most:

Lennart from replied:

I have tried a lot of different cameras during many years of traveling. I found the system camera is the most suitable camera type for traveling. It is light, has great versatility with its quickly changeable lenses and takes pictures with the quality of a good DSLR.

The only downside of most system cameras is the steep price. When you are not a Professional Photographer, more than $1,000 for a camera is no bargain. I use a system camera in the $500 to $800 range and it is a great fit.

I also wrote a comprehensive review on this very topic. You can find my German travel camera guide on my website

Scott from replied:

Both Christy and me love taking pictures of our adventures. We usually carry a system camera to capture special moments in the best quality possible. Apart from that, we like to use a tiny, very light digital camera which is delivers enough quality for most occasions.

You would not expect how far the classic digital camera has come. Modern digital cameras are a lot cheaper than system cameras but provide a significally better result than a smartphone camera. Also, modern digital cameras come with a great bunch of adjustment features to make up for bad weather or light influences.

My guide on cameras for traveling has been quite popular for a while. You can find it here.

Other Equipment


For serious travel photographers, a tripod is essential and ambitious hobby photographers can take their travel photos to a new level. If you have decided that a tripod will accompany you on your travels, you are confronted with the big question: Which one is the best tripod?

Favourable solutions can cover part of the challenges. In this case, grab the flexible tripod. It is light, small and can be used everywhere with a little imagination.

If you need more, for example for panoramas or long exposures, you can use a high-quality tripod. Don’t save! The advantages of high-quality tripods are obvious, and at the latest, with the years the investment will pay off because you can use a good tripod over the years (or decades).

Camera Bag

The first thing to think about is how much photo equipment you want to transport and how big the camera backpack has to be. Also, additional space for catering, handkerchiefs, etc. should also be taken into account.

It is also not a disadvantage if you can store a notebook or a tablet in the photo backpack. With the help of these equipment items, you can better assess the pictures you have taken and start editing them right away.

You should also take a look at the quality of the materials used and the seams. Only if everything is of good quality, the equipment in the camera backpack is safe from wetness, shocks and so on.

When checking the quality of your photo backpack, you should also make sure that it is sufficiently padded inside. A mesh pocket or a small compartment for small items such as rechargeable batteries, memory cards and so on is not wrong either.

When you buy a photo backpack, you should take a look at the carrying straps and handles of the camera backpack. For a backpack, in particular, wearing comfort is a decisive buying criterion and a crucial factor when it comes to deciding whether you prefer to use it or leave it standing in the corner.

The carrying handles and straps should be thickly padded. Moreover, they must not be too narrow. Otherwise, they cut into the meat. Furthermore, the backrest should also be well padded and ergonomically shaped, which effectively prevents back pain and muscle ache.

My Advice

Each camera that you take on should be the one that you picked just for your adventures. The best camera for traveling will meet as many of these needs as possible, and you will feel much better knowing that you have chosen a camera that will work on your level. You can get something that is complex if you want, or you can get something that is will be very easy to use.

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