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With today’s digital camera technology, it is almost impossible to take a bad picture. Whether you are going to the beaches of Hawaii, the mountains of Colorado or anything in between, taking snapshots will help you remember your trips for years to come. If you’re planning a trip and are in the market for a new camera, here are a few things to consider before making the purchase.

All-In-One Cameras

Size is often a major factor when deciding which camera to buy. Compared to a traditional digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, an all-in-one camera can do everything a DSLR can do while being housed in a body a fraction of the size. Sony’s line of cameras come loaded with many features in a small camera body that’s easy to travel with.

If you have a little more room in your bag for something larger than a point and shoot, the RX10 Mk III is one of the best travel cameras available. Its 24-600mm equivalent lens can capture everything from stunning landscapes to far off wildlife — all without having to change a lens. By comparison, a DSLR would require a separate suitcase to carry the lenses needed to capture such a range.

Interchangeable Lens Cameras

If you want to get the highest image quality possible, consider purchasing a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. This option provides distinct advantages over a DSLR, the main advantage being the size and weight. The mirrorless interchangeable camera offers the same image quality while being smaller and lighter, as it does not have a mirror to fit into the body.

The Sony Alpha line covers the whole gamut of photography needs. Here you have two options, an APS-C or full-frame sensor, both of which have advantages and disadvantages. APS-C cameras have a smaller sensor than a full-frame, but this can be an advantage in that they don’t have as much data to process, meaning it can shoot faster than any consumer-level DSLR on the market. The smaller sensor also means that the 425 autofocus points are spread across nearly the entire frame, so you won’t have to reframe just to get focus.


A good tripod is any photographer’s friend. Many companies have travel versions of their popular tripod options that are designed to be light in weight and fold up far smaller than a normal tripod, like the BeFree series by Manfrotto. When fully closed, this tripod is just under 16 inches in length and weighs a little over 3 pounds, but when unfolded, it expands to almost 5 feet tall. It comes with a ball head, which allows you to quickly and easily switch from portrait to landscape mode or level quickly on uneven ground.

The GorillaPod tripod is another great travel option. What sets it apart from more traditional table top tripods is its articulating legs. These legs can easily be adjusted to fit uneven terrain or to wrap around an object to give a unique perspective, such as shooting down from a tree branch or around a light pole for some extra height.

Don’t leave for your next adventure without having the right camera in your bag. Whether you’re a beginner photographer or a seasoned pro, capturing pictures of your trips is essential for reliving those special moments down the road.