The best cameras for travelling and festivals

Hitting Glastonbury or going travelling? Have no regrets over your summer or the camera you choose to document it with our guide…

With university finished or some well-deserved annual leave from your first job, you want to pack some cool experiences into your summer. Travel will be at the centre of that. Whether trekking the Great Wall of China, lazing on a Phuket beach or moshing at Glasto – you want to remember this as the summer of no regrets. Make sure you do remember it too and have no regrets about your photos with a camera designed to suit your summer.Beach photography

Super-portable for backpack travellers

Choose: High performance compact camera 

You’re travelling with only your backpack – with T-shirts, pants, blow-up pillows and paperwork.

There’s no room for bulky camera kit. But latest technology means you can get excellent picture quality in a pocket sized package. With a high performance compact camera you’ll get seriously superior shots to your smartphone.

Look out for…

  • Built-in Wi-Fi and phone app for sharing your photos to Instagram 
  • Simple point-and-shoot controls for quickly capturing the moment
  • Small and light enough to fit in your jacket pocket
  • 1-inch CMOS sensor for DSLR-quality photos
  • Fast lens for excellent results when shooting in low light
  • Optical zoom for getting up-close to subjects

Why not try… Canon PowerShot G9X Canon Powershot

For capturing festival crowds

Choose: Superzoom camera

Festivals like Glastonbury are pretty strict on their photography policies, so you don’t want to be turning up with professional looking kit. You’re only allowed to take photographs for private/personal use, and not of the performers themselves.

A superzoom camera is an affordable way of capturing shots of you and you pals in your tent and at the main stage. A superzoom is compact point-and-shoot with an optical zoom lens. They’re generally lower priced than high performance compacts.

Look out for…

  • Pocket-friendly size for travelling light in the festival crowds
  • Tough design to take a few knocks when you’re rocking out
  • Between 30x and 40x optical zoom lens for framing scenes in the distance
  • Angled LCD screen for taking silly selfies in the crowd
  • Simple point-and-shoot controls for quickly capturing the moment

Why not try… Sony Cyber-short HX60VBSony cybershop

Serious photographer with a travel bucket list

Choose: Mirrorless camera

You’re a keen photographer and you want to shoot your bucket-list sights in style.

From the Pyramids of Giza and Iceland’s Blue Lagoon to road tripping on Route 66. The best way to document these sights is with a mirrorless camera. These combine DSLR-like image quality in a small portable design. They’re often retro-looking, so you can turn a few heads in your hostel too. With interchangeable lenses you can get the best from every situation.

Look out for…

  • APS-C or Micro Four Thirds sensor for creating richly detailed photos
  • Fast autofocus for capturing your friend running across the beach
  • Small and streamlined with tough casing for life on the road
  • Manual controls to adjust exposure for arty shots
  • Good range of interchangeable lenses for different effects
  • Built-in Wi-Fi for documenting your travels on Instagram
  • Full HD video for shooting travel diaries
  • Angled touchscreen for framing shots from creative angles

Why not try… the Sony A600Sony Mirrorless Camera

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