A camera is probably one of the most important items you can take with you when travelling. Most things are replaceable but capturing all those amazing memories is priceless and something you will want to keep for a lifetime. That’s why when it comes to getting a camera for your trip, it’s important to find the right one that will suit your needs. There are so many different cameras out there it can be a little overwhelming as to what to buy. That’s why I’ve compiled together a travel camera buying guide, that should help make the buying process a little easier.
What’s your budget?
This is going to be a major factor on what type of camera you buy. You can pick up a camera from a hundred bucks up to a few thousand bucks. Sit down and work out what you are willing to spend and what quality of camera you want. That should narrow your options down a little. Shopping online can be great way to save on money to, and you can find good deals on digital cameras at Tesco Direct
Do you want compact or DSLR?
A point and shoot camera is smaller and compact. They are better for your novice photographers who want most things done automatically to take quick easy snapshots of their trips. You can still get some great pictures from these point and shoot cameras as the quality has drastically improved over the last few years. A key benefit is that they are small and you can easily carry them everywhere. However if you would like more manual control and high quality photos then a DSLR is the way to go. The best thing about these cameras is you can change the lenses to suit the style of photo you want to take. However be prepared for their size and weight as quality does come at a cost. You need to be prepared to lug some heavy equipment around.
There are so many camera brands out there it can be rather overwhelming. My two favourites are Nikon and Canon. They have been in the camera business for years and always produce good quality equipment. If you are looking at a particular brand and model then look at reviews online done by photographers. They will give you their honest opinion as to whether they think the camera is good or not.
Do you have other requirements?
There are so many different features and tools you can use for your travel photography. Sit down and think about what you will be using your camera for. If you want to use it in the water then getting a waterproof camera and waterproof case will be key. If you think you will be doing lots of low light shots, or sunsets then invest in a tripod. Establishing what you need from the camera first before buying will ensure you get the right one.