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Travel photography: The best cameras in 2021

My equipment tips for your travel report


A travel camera should first of all be light, compact, flexible in use and as robust as possible.

Above all, you should be able to take great pictures with her and capture the special moments of your trip.

The requirements are high, you will want to take portraits, landscape shots are included, street photography and low light shots to be able to photograph inside buildings and to be able to capture beautiful moods in the evening.

My advice:

Decide: interchangeable lens or camera with fixed lens. 

Either get a compact camera like the Sony RX-100 or the Fuji X-100 if you're looking for a camera that you really want to have with you at all times, they fit in any handbag or jacket pocket. The Sony has a small zoom, the Fuji X-100 has a fixed focal length. Neither are classic portrait cameras, but you can still take excellent portraits with them.

With a system camera, you can use the right lenses for your trip, but you can also combine them with other lenses, for example with long telephoto zooms or macro lenses.

In addition to the compact cameras, I only recommend system cameras with an APS-C or FourThirds sensor. They are smaller than 35mm full frame sensors and allow for much lighter, more compact and also cheaper lenses. You will not notice any differences in the later picture. You can take pictures with little light as well as shots with beautiful bokehs with the small system cameras. 


decision support

All the cameras I present here are well suited for travel photography. And although that's quite a lot, there's still a lot more. And you have to choose your favorite yourself.

A few questions will definitely help you:

  • How much can the camera cost? The cameras presented here with a kit lens range from EUR 480 to around EUR 1300
  • Cameras are often also a decision for a system. Which one do you prefer in terms of handling? More of the retro-style cameras from Fujifilm and Olympus, or more of the plain functionality of Sony?
    For example, do you like to work with an aperture ring on the lens or is it sufficient if you set the aperture with a dial on the camera?
  • They all take photos and videos. But do you want to connect an external microphone, for example? Do you need image stabilization, for example to shoot smoother videos?
  • Which lenses do you want to buy now and are they available for your system? Which lenses should possibly come later? 
  • How important is a clamshell display? And how to be flexible. Sony's a6400 has a folding display that can also be turned all the way up for selfies, the Fujifilm X-E3 has no display at all.
  • The image quality and the autofocus are already at a very high level with all cameras and even beat the professional cameras from a few years ago. But what about viewfinder and display quality, for example? There are still big differences here, which are also reflected in the price.
  • How many megapixels do you like? The cameras here are all close together at 20-26 megapixels. do you need more For real? Then it would have to be a camera like the Nikon Z7 or Sony A7R IV with 45 or 60 megapixels.
    The price for this: Much more weight and less space in your travel bag and a significantly empty wallet. 

Sony α6000, α6100, α6300, α6400, α6500 and α6600

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Sony a6400
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Sony a6400

Yes, you read that right, there are currently 6 different cameras in the Sony 6000 series. The Sony a6000 is currently the cheapest in the kit with lens at EUR 480, the a6600 is the most expensive of the series at EUR 1400 without lens. 

They are all suitable for a holiday report, in terms of image quality they hardly differ, more in terms of autofocus, the quality of the viewfinder and display and their options for video recordings.

My current favorite is the a6400 for 800 EUR with the already very good kit lens, which in the kit with camera only costs 30 EUR more than the camera alone.

Not exactly cheap, but a great reportage lens is the Sony SEL 24F18Z Zeiss lens. 


Fujifilm X-T30 or X-E30

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Fujifilm X-E3
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Fujifilm X-T30

My personal favorite is the X-E3. A beautiful little camera that is easy to use and takes great pictures. Because Fujifilm not only builds great cameras with film looks like the b/w Acros and the colored Velvia, which are reminiscent of Fujifilm's analogue films, but above all great lenses. 

But the X-E3 doesn't have a folding display, which is the only thing I miss about the camera. and the viewfinder is also rather small for the price called. But the pictures that come out of it are just great.

The X-T30 is not as compact as the X-E3 but has more extensive equipment. It is the little sister of the X-T3 and has almost all the functions of the X-T3. The X-T3 and soon the X-T4 are also Fujifilm's flagships with a significantly higher price tag.

I myself take photos with two X-T3s and an X-E3, I take the X-T3s with me on photo jobs and the X-E3 when travelling.

There are several kit lenses from Fuji, I think the XF-18-55 f/2.8-4 is a great compromise between size and image quality. We recommend!

Also great and almost always there: The 16mm f/2.8 and the 23mm f/1.4


Olympus Pen F or OM-D E-M10

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Olympus Pen F
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Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III

Olympus calls the Pen F “This Beauty is a Beast” and that's right: it's a beautiful camera and a perfect travel companion. I find the folding display very practical, which can be used to take photos from all perspectives, and the “Creative Dial” on the front, with which great b/w and color profiles can be set and called up. a great thing, especially if you don't want to edit RAW files after the trip. As with the Fuji, the JPEG images are ready right away and, above all, on the memory card the way you like it.

The Olympus OMD E-M10 is significantly cheaper than the Pen F, but also very compact and easy to use, but it does not have the best viewfinder with a folding display with touch function. If that's important: The OM-D EM5 costs almost twice as much, but has a great OLED viewfinder. 


Nikon and Canon

I thought for a long time whether I should present the system cameras from Nikon and Canon and decided against it.

Because I can't recommend them in good conscience. The cameras themselves can definitely keep up with the cameras presented here. But the lenses are more important than the cameras. And compared to Sony, Olympus and Fujifilm, Nikon and Canon still look pretty thin. Also with regard to third-party lenses, for example from Sigma and Tamron, some of which are excellent! 

Nobody can say whether that will change in the foreseeable future and I personally wouldn't invest in a system if I didn't know if and when my favorite lens would be available for this system.


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