The best souvenir you can get whilst travelling is photographs. There’s nothing better than capturing moments which you can look back on ten years later and remember the experiences you had. To do this though you’re going to need a decent camera. Smart phones have come a long way but are still rather limited, and you don’t want to drain your battery whilst taking loads of pictures either.
So investing in a good camera is the number one rule of travelling. But which one should you get?
There’s a lot of options to choose from, my personal favourite and absolute godsend is a Nikon.
That’s not to promote Nikon, as there’s a lot of choices out there, but when researching which camera to buy there’s certain points you want to look out for…
- The size: When travelling bigger is definitely not better. People are often tempted to get a larger size as they assume it’s a higher quality. But in actual fact you can get better quality cameras that are much smaller. Especially when you’re travelling you’re going to want something small and compact that can fit in a bag or purse.
- Whether it has wifi: When you’re on the move a lot it’s unlikely you’re going to have a laptop or computer handy to upload all the pictures to. It’s also inconvenient and take up a lot of time. Having a wifi connection means you can instantly transfer you photos directly to your phone, and upload them wherever you want.
- The lens: Is it interchangeable? You’re going to be seeing and capturing a range of things, from animals close up to sunsets far in the distance. So depending on what you’re doing you’re going to want a range of lenses, and it’s important you have a camera and the appropriate lenses to do so.
- The screen: The advantage that smartphones have over cameras is their ability to take selfies. Especially if you’re a solo traveller. However, cameras are now catching up with the addition of tilting screens. Now this isn’t a necessity but definitely a bonus. As well as tilting upwards to take selfies you can also tilt downwards to capture things above more easily.
- Sports mode: Again this is another luxury, but having an inbuilt sports mode is perfect if you’re an active or thrill seeking traveller. It works by taking multiple shots when you press the button. That way when you’re jumping off a waterfall or horse riding along the beach you’ll be sure to get the best shot possible.
- Waterproof: Realistically finding a fantastic camera which is also waterproof is unlikely. However, having a second camera or GoPro is always a good option so you don’t miss out whilst snorkelling, diving or participating in water sports. It also means you don’t have to stress so much when you’re visiting the beach.
Choosing a camera will ultimately come down to personal preference, but the one that met the above criteria (with the exception of being waterproof) and was the most appealing for me was the Nikon 1 J5. Other options that are just as good are the Panasonic Lumix LX5, Canon EOS M3 and the Sony A6000 amongst various others.
The most important thing to remember is that your camera will become your ultimate travel companion. It’s therefore so important to do your research properly before investing your hard earned cash in one. But when you do, you’ll have the best souvenirs money can buy.