The Best Camera to Travel With

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The debate around which camera is the best camera is a fierce one, and also one that most people don't actually need to entertain. A camera is simply a tool that removes the restrictions keeping you from capturing the image you want. The part that so many people fail to realize is that it is up to them to find that image, and that is more than half of the battle. If you are a professional photographer, or aspiring to be one, actively seeking the ideal shots, there are a plethora of resources out there for you to consume until your head spins to try to discover the setup that fits you best. And you'll need a plethora of your own resources in order to acquire them. All of that is good and worth pursuing if you are passionate about it, but that doesn't answer the question for the majority of us: what is the best camera to travel with?

The perspective in which you approach this question makes all of the difference in how you answer it. Do you want the camera that takes the best photos, the camera that is the easiest to use, or the camera that won't break your back carrying it around all day? What is the subject you will be photographing, and what lighting will you have? We haven't even begun to discuss aperture, ISO, or bokeh. Is your head spinning yet? 

Of course, simply put, we want the best of everything, but there's a reason the photography industry has so many accessories and good photographers are hard to come by: they specialize. In our opinion, the best camera to travel with is the one that isn't in the way when you're traveling, but when you do need to capture that special moment or gorgeous sunset it performs exceptionally well in more than the majority of circumstances. For us, that camera has been the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100.

The Sony RX100 squeezes the latest technology into a form that fits in your pocket, meaning you don't need to lug a large camera around your neck along with a separate bag full of lenses, batteries, memory cards, and a tripod. It also has nearly every feature the amateur photographer needs, and even those they don't know about yet. With 20MP, ability to shoot Raw, and available full manual controls, it has been the camera that I have with me all of the time, because it’s too easy not to, and has even made me think twice about whether to take a larger DSLR along. It also isn't cheap, but Sony has produced multiple annual versions of this camera, each with incremental features but similar sensors and lenses so you can expect similar image quality even with the first generation compared to the latest and greatest (and priciest). You'll hear photographer's tell you that it doesn't compare to DSLR or mirrorless cameras, and they're right, but it also is the camera that I won't be caught without.