Itís no secret that we go on holidays for the photos as much as the experience of travelling itself. Our need to immortalise our travel experiences and share them over social media has meant that visiting any famous landmark or picturesque location will result in a hundred pictures of the same thing taken at different angles. From professional DSLRs to compact cameras to the trusty phone selfie, the options for cameras are just about endless.
1. Entry level DSLR
If youíre one of those people who end up coming home from holidays with more photos of landscapes and landmarks than selfies and group shots, then an entry level DSLR is a perfect travel companion. Whether you fiddle around with manual settings for greater control of light exposure and colour saturation, or simply adjust the camera to one of the pre-set options, a DSLRís high quality camera will give you stunning, professional quality shots of some of the best landscapes without much effort.
2. Compact camera
Also known as point and shoot cameras, compact cameras are great for those who want to take quick holiday snaps without having to carry around a heavier DSLR. With a huge range of prices to suit all budgets, choosing one with high pixels, zoom and wide angle means that youíll be able to take shots from far away, up close as well as tall landmarks without having to compromise on quality.
Widely popular among the sports industry, GoPro Hero cameras are lightweight, waterproof and shockproof which make them perfect for travellers trekking up mountains or swimming in the ocean. With plenty of GoPro accessories, theyíre also able to be attached to cars, surfboards and helmets for hands-free photo taking so you can explore to your heartís content. Although they donít offer the same quality pictures as a DSLR or a point and shoot, their versatile and underwater taking capabilities make them ideal for travellers exploring beachy destinations and those who want to capture the experience rather than the place itself.
With the rise of smartphones, phone cameras have come a long way from the 3.2 mp of the flip phone generation. Now featuring filters, front facing camera, high megapixels and built in panoramas, many travellers are ditching their cameras and relying solely on their phones instead. Photos can be instantly edited, uploaded and shared to social media channel, for a convenient digital record of your trips and adventures, while accessories such as selfie sticks, macro and fisheye lens attachments provide even more opportunity to take fun snaps.
5. Disposable camera/Polaroid
In the market of high resolution cameras, disposable cameras and polaroids still remain surprisingly popular among travellers and photographers. Their grainy image quality and sepia tones create interesting and unintentional artistic shots of landscapes and people, perfect for pinning to walls or sticking in scrapbooks.