When we travel, we are seeing and doing things we want to remember for the rest of our lives, so of course, we want to take great photos to help solidify those memories. A lot of us budget travelers are also packing small to avoid heavy checked baggage fees and keep weights down. Compact cameras are easy to fit in your carry on, and in general, are easier to lug around with you. I like a smaller camera because it is more inconspicuous and I feel it helps you look less like a target for robbery. So here is a list of three compact cameras I think are the best being offered for the bargain travel lifestyle.
Chaperoning in a new era of superb X series cameras from Fuji, the X-T3 is a first-rate example of what APS-C cameras can achieve. With specs better than many full DSLRs the X-T3 is a leader in its class. While the outside has kept its finish (available in black or silver accents, the silver giving it a vinatage feel) the new and improved sensor with better autofocus, high bit rate 4K video, and a new sports mode with advanced shooting speeds. A great camera that anyone can use, it comes highly recommended. Find it here.
26.1-megapixel, 23.5mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS 4 with primary color filter
Full-mechanical dual core settings, Wi-Fi, electronic viewfinder, cinema 4K video, weather-sealed body, dual SD card slots, Fujifilm film emulations
The X100F is the newest and fourth in a line of the X100 series cameras. The new camera comes with black or brown leather accents and has a very cool vintage look to it. On the tech side, the camera got a makeover on the autofocus system, that makes it easy to get great focus on the go, perfect for shooting out a window on a moving vehicle. The new one also comes with an upgraded sensor, the 24 MP X-Trans CMOS III, used on Fujifilm’s top of the line cameras. The update also brings longer battery life, more control buttons, and a joystick control also from the high-end cameras. Overall it’s just as great as it’s more expensive counterparts but brings cuteness and style to the board at a better price. Find it here.
24.3-megapixel, 23.6mm x 15.6mm (APS-C) X-Trans CMOS III with primary color filter
Fixed lens, Wi-Fi, hybrid optical-electronic range finder viewfinder, hybrid autofocus, built-in optical neutral-density filter, HD video, Fujifilm film emulations
One thing that I worry about is my camera falling into water and being ruined. While I don’t usually do diving or water-based sports, I would use this camera if I did. This tough entry-level underwater camera is the line’s top entry in this category. The new version is designed to work better in low light environments and is great for early morning or late night shoots when more animals are out to be seen. The new sensor is perfectly adequate to pump out great photos for your Instagram or website. It also shoots RAW footage making it easier to import and edit in photoshop or your program of choice. If you like to take pictures in or near water often while traveling, this is the camera for you. Find it here.
12-megapixel, 1/2.3 BSI CMOS
Wi-Fi, advanced GPS, super macro modes (microscope-like), underwater mode, 4K video, interval shooting, waterproof to 50 feet