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Best Travel Cameras in 2021

Okay, the best travel cameras aren't racking the air miles like they used to at the moment. Still, whether you're looking for a camera to take on a socially distanced weekend trip, or you're planning a post-pandemic holiday and want the best kit ready to roll, you'll be needing kit that takes great shots without being huge or heavy – and that does a better job than your phone!


1) Image quality: Don't get us wrong, we love a good camera phone. However, they're just not going to do your once-in-a-lifetime trip justice like a mirrorless camera, DSLR or premium compact camera could.

2) Zoom range: Don't limit yourself with a purely wide angle lens. Pick kit that will enable you to shoot a variety of situations, such as a long-zoom compact or a mirrorless camera and a couple of lenses.

3) Size and weight: If you don't want to drag a bag around, you might want a pocket-sized compact camera. However, if you're going to be using a shoulder bag or backpack anyway, a bigger DSLR or mirrorless camera will tend give you better results.

4) Simplicity: Not everyone wants to worry about messing around with camera settings when they're on holiday. All of the cameras on this list have simple full auto modes that anyone can use.

5) Price: The cameras in our list have a range of prices, but if this is your main criterion, check out our guides to the best cheap cameras or the best camera deals.

This is where cameras with crop sensors, such as APS-C or Micro Four Thirds formats, come into their own compared to full-frame systems with bigger bodies and lenses.

The Canon EOS M6 Mark II, for example, is a tiny yet powerful camera with a clip-on viewfinder and a front-facing 180° screen – particularly useful for vlogging and taking selfies. On that note, the Fujifilm X-T200 has the biggest vari-angle touchscreen we've seen, measuring 3.5 inches. It's so compact, stylish and travel-friendly that it's sold out in many places right now!

Arguably the ultimate bag- and pocket-friendly format, though, is Micro Four Thirds. The Olympus PEN E-PL 10 doesn't just feature a slim body, but its lenses are svelte and stylish as well – making it perfect for travel, street, vlogging and blogging.

Of course, if carrying around a body and several lenses while traveling sounds like a nightmare, then you might want to have a look at one of the best compact cameras instead. These sport a fixed lens that will retract into the camera when it's not being used, which makes it perfect for carrying around in a pocket. If you like capturing details in the distance, there are some fantastic long-zoom compacts that you might want to take a look at. Adventure seekers might also want to consider one of the best action cameras to take on their travels.

Some of the best cameras for beginners also make the best travel cameras, especially if you're a newbie who wants to take some nice images on the move. And if you're taking your youngsters with you, they can document their trip as well with the best cameras for kids. And whatever camera you pick, you'll need something safe and secure to transport them in – so check out the best camera bags and cases for some ideas here.

1. Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

2. Panasonic Lumix GX80 / GX85

3. Canon EOS Rebel SL3 / 250D

4. Nikon D3500

5. Fujifilm X-T200

6. Panasonic Lumix TZ200 / ZS200

7. Panasonic Lumix LX100 II

8. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX99

9. Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark II

10. Olympus Tough TG-6

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