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Why These Compact Cameras Are Great For Point & Shoot Travel Photography

I’ve recently started researching and speaking with camera “experts” on the best compact cameras for travel photography. There’s a lot out there. There’s also a lot of technical jargon that goes with it too.

I’m a point-and-shoot kind of girl – that is, I take the camera, point at the subject and shoot. Needless to say, it’s cumbersome looking through hundreds of travel snaps and figuring out the best one. There are a lot of resources online on understanding the different functions of your camera – Walk Fly Pinoy, a columnist on Wild Junket Magazine, gives you a lowdown in layman’s terms and I found it quite useful so go check it out.

So when I say camera “experts”, I mean the people that sell them, use them and have travelled with them. My only suggestion is that when you do speak with these experts, make sure you’ve shopped around for prices so that you know you’re not getting ripped off. Also, have a list of your must-have travel photography requirements like what you intend on photographing and make sure it ticks most of the boxes. My travel photography must haves are:

  • Landscapes
  • Low light or night sky
  • Portraits
  • Macro (eg. close up photos of your food)
  • Sports (eg. adventure travel)

My knowledge ends there and I’m not here to bog you down with a lot of technical jargon that even I don’t half understand. I’m hoping to take a basic photography course this year to better equip myself for my next adventure. I know there are a LOT of others out there who just want a decent camera to take on a trip, but don’t necessarily want to use all of the functions, or don’t have the time to take a course.

In summary: Point and Shoot.

Sony DSC-RX100 III Image: Sony

Sony DSC-RX100 III
Image: Sony

Sony DSC-RX100 III

  • Inbuilt pop-up flash
  • Inbuilt WiFi connectivity
  • Full HD Video so great for vlogging
  • Impressive performance for night photography and for what it is



Fujifilm X-T1 Image: Fujifilm Australia

Fujifilm X-T1
Image: Fujifilm Australia

Fujifilm X-T1

  • Quick autofocus
  • Quick image review
  • Dust and water-resistant and freezeproof to -10°C/+14°F
  • Inbuilt WiFi connectivity so you can post and brag about your photos on social media
  • Feels robust and fits nicely in the hand


Sony A6000 Image: Sony USA Online Store

Sony A6000
Image: Sony USA Online Store

Sony A6000

  • Amazing image quality
  • Ultrafast autofocus and burst shooting
  • More compact than your average DSLR
  • Inbuilt WiFi wireless networking



Sony A7S Image: Sony Australia

Sony A7S
Image: Sony Australia

Sony A7 Series

  • Apparently the Sony A6000 is a hybrid of the Sony A7 and Sony NEX 6
  • Very similar to the Sony A6000 but obviously that’s the more recent model
  • Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses
  • Previously been compared to Canon 6D and Canon 5D Mark III (hmmm, I don’t know about this)
  • Similar to A7R but the A7R has higher resolution
  • A7S is better in low light
  • 4K HD video capability


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 Image: DP Review - Digital Photography Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
Image: DP Review – Digital Photography Review


Panasonic Lumix G DMC-GH4 (4K)

  • Unless you can view 4K videos, you probably won’t need this – it is said to be of “broadcast quality”
  • Great for self-documentaries and vlogging
  • Weather sealed, perfect for environments where splashes of water or dust particles are common


Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7 Image: DP Review - Digital Photography Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7
Image: DP Review – Digital Photography Review

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX7

  • Easy to use manual focus
  • WiFi connectivity option
  • Inbuilt pop-up flash
  • Inbuilt filter editing function
  • Time lapse video function



Olympus OM-D E-M1 Image: Olympus Australia

Olympus OM-D E-M1
Image: Olympus Australia

Olympus OM-D E-M1

  • Solid build and waterproof
  • Advanced WiFi capability and remote control shooting using your smartphone – perfect for those selfies or creating time lapse videos
  • It’s almost bordering pro-level



Also, the one thing to keep in mind is that THERE ARE NO PERFECT CAMERAS OUT THERE. So don’t get disappointed if it’s missing that one feature you want, or if a function button is too small, or if it doesn’t have a flip screen, or if it doesn’t come with an interchangeable lens option.

To give you an idea, I currently use a Sony NEX 5Canon EOS 500D (my first ever DSLR) and my HTC One M8 smartphone. I’m saving up to purchase the Sony RX100 III as an everyday camera with close-to-DSLR quality photos. It’s compact and I’ve seen what it can produce in terms of landscape shots. Highly raved about in 2014, along with the Fujifilm X-T1.

What is your go-to travel camera?


Featured Image: Moe at Plaza Mayor Lima, Peru circa 2012

DISCLAIMER: These are the information provided to me by camera retailers I spoke with. This is an unpaid review. The aim is to give you a list of cameras as a starting point for your own in-depth research. All images linked to official manufacturer’s website or review sites.



  1. I bought an Olympus OM-D before I left Australia and it has changed my life! I highly recommend it. Just need a wide angle lens and I will be satisfied.

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    • Oh good stuff! You can give me some pointers! Are you able to share in the comments below how you found it with landscape shots? I’m sure other readers would love to hear about your first hand experience with it =) Thanks for your comments.


      • So far it has been great with landscape shots and I’ve just been using the crappy kit 14-42mm EZ lens. All of the photos on my blog are shot with the OM-D (except for some GoPro and iPhone 5 images). I just bought a M.Zuiko 25mm 1.8f lens which is equivalent to a DLSR 50mm so I will need to test that out 🙂 I love the compact size and functions that pretty much rival a DSLR. The only thing it struggles with is being on safari and getting good shots of animals in the distance – but a good lens may change that!

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      • Just went through some of your blog posts & you’re right – the photos are amazing!!!!! I was recommended the OM-D but it does come with a hefty price tag. Hmmm maybe it might be cheaper in the Phils hehe You know how it is here in Sydney =)

        Also, I didn’t realise you’re from Sydney also until I re-read your bio! G’day!

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      • I bought my OM-D EM10 in Australia from a website called They had a really good deal! Then I just had the GST refunded when I left Sydney to come live in the Phils 🙂 it made it much cheaper!


  2. Chaméléon says

    I recently bought a Canon SL1. It’s an entry-level DSLR, but can boast being one of the smallest. It actually feels quite good in the hand and doesn’t sacrifice much in terms of image quality. I was informed by the “experts” that the portrait lens (40mm) is very nice for both portraits and landscapes. I’m thrilled at this because my concern with taking the DSLR with me while touring Europe is it’s size. Of course, it is huge with the giant lenses, but the portrait lens is very compact, so I think it is suitable for traveling still.

    I’ll let you know how it actually does in the field!

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    • This is awesome information. Thanks for sharing. And yes, please do let me know how you go with it. Perhaps you could tag me when you upload some of the photos! Happy travels!

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  3. I would like to invest in one of those, because for the moment, I’m only shooting with my DSLR, but sometimes I miss opportunities. I’m still in the process of reviewing the camera and finding the best one suitable for my needs

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      • I agree =) It was one of those lost-in-translation moments in the store! It’s what inspired me to write a “layman’s” version for others like myself who know absolutely next to nothing about cameras but love to take photos hehehe I’m counting on the pros to give myself and my readers some pointers hehe

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  4. that traveling nurse says

    Have I told you already that I love your tagline? I remember quoting that same line in one of my earlier posts. Anyways, I love documenting my travels just like you. Before I could afford a DSLR, i had various point and shoots. Now, I carry around my Canon Rebel T2, very basic, not too huge, with its kit lens most of the time. I have a 55-250 lens too, for telephoto zoom moments. With the advent of better mobile phone cameras, it made it so much easier to document our trips. I also just recently purchased a nikon cool pix for underwater/cold weather trips. I do not claim to be an expert photographer. I took a basic DSLR class and the rest was self study. If the outcome of the image makes me happy, then all is well. Happy shooting!


    • Thanks so much! You just made my day =)

      I just had a look at the Canon Rebel T2 specs & it does have really good reviews.You’ve just given me another option to research/consider heheh

      Nikon Cool Pix are great too. Ugh! So many options *headspin* haha

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      • that traveling nurse says

        I know right? That’s why I try to limit the stuff that I’m carrying around. But having a good size camera bag helps too, that way you can put everything inside including a quick change of clothes, just in case….:)


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  6. Great information Ailene! I am a Nikon and Olympus users and honestly I’d prefer these brands since I am already familiar with their qualities and systems. I am sure Sony and Canon have amazing quality too 🙂


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