The 5 Best Travel Cameras in 2024

11 December 2023

If you are planning a trip soon, it’s time to think about whether your camera could do with an upgrade! Chances are it’s going to be a holiday to remember, so taking a top-notch travel camera with you will ensure you can capture amazing photos of your trip.

Whether you are looking for something portable and pocketable when not in use, or you need something more versatile with interchangeable lenses, you don't have to look too far to find a great travel camera at Ted's. 

Here is our pick of the five cameras you should consider as your travel partner.

1. Panasonic Lumix TZ220

  • Compact Digital Camera
  • 20MP Image Sensor
  • 15x Optical Zoom
  • 4K Video Capture

Our number one pick goes to the overachieving Panasonic Lumix TZ220. If your experience with photography has been from behind a smartphone, get ready to be blown away with one of the best compact cameras for travel.

Born from a range of popular compact digital cameras custom-built by Panasonic for travel photography, the TZ220 is small enough to comfortably fit in most pockets, even with its 15x optical zoom lens and high-sensitivity 1-inch sensor. Combined with a 20MP image sensor, the Lumix TZ220 captures wide-scoping landscapes and epic close-ups with immense detail. Plus, with Ultra-HD 4K video capture built right in, it’s a remarkably versatile piece of kit.

If you’ve got shaky hands or enjoy being amongst the action, the Panasonic TZ220 features Optical Image Stabilisation to actively prevent camera shake and capture sharp, blur-free images in a range of conditions, even without a travel tripod. Throw in a touch-sensitive and tilting LCD screen, which can be easily angled for POV shots, and eye-level framing, thanks to its EVF (electronic viewfinder), and you’ve got one hell of a travel camera that is more than worthy of the number one spot.

2. Canon Powershot G7X III

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  • Compact Digital Camera
  • 20MP 1-inch Stacked Image Sensor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom
  • UHD 4K30p Video

Calling all photography enthusiasts and tech fanatics alike. The Canon Powershot G7X III is the best compact camera for travel. If you’ve been considering downsizing or don’t have room for your full-frame DSLR camera on your next travel adventure, perhaps it’s time to consider the Canon Powershot G7X III, arguably one of the best compact point and shoot cameras for travel.

Boasting brand new photographic technology in the form of a 20MP 1-inch stacked image sensor, which essentially doubles the detail captured in a single shot. This stacked sensor also benefits the UHD 4K video on offer. And with a highly versatile 4.2x zoom and a wide-open low-light friendly f1.8-2.8 aperture range, the Canon G7X III truly is a Powershooter.

Oh, and for those who love to travel vlog, you’ll be happy to know that the Canon Powershot G7X III comes standard with many content creation-friendly features. These include built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to your smartphone, a clean HDMI output for displaying raw video on the TV, vertical video recording for the perfect Instagram Reel or TikTok, an external mic input for crisp audio, and direct streaming to popular online platforms, such as YouTube. What more could you ask for?

3. Canon EOS R50

  • Mirrorless Camera
  • 24MP APS-C Sensor
  • EVF & Tilting, Touch-Sensitive LCD Screen
  • 4K Video

Mirrorless Cameras are here to stay, and to rule, the world of photography. And we can’t talk about the best mirrorless cameras for travel without mentioning the Canon EOS R50.

Perfect for both beginner photographers and enthusiasts, the Canon EOS R50 is an accessible entry into the Canon mirrorless cameras. Weighing only 375 grams, the EOS R50 boasts a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, Digic X processor, and a rapid-fire pace of 15 frames per second to ensure you never miss the perfect shot. 

Beyond photography, the Canon EOS R50 shines in video recording, delivering 4K30p results with built-in stereo microphones. For those seeking superior audio quality, the camera supports external devices, enhancing your travel content creation and storytelling. Selfie photographers and travel vloggers will adore both the UHD 4K video capture and the tilting touch-screen, allowing users to quickly compose landscapes, sceneries and more with greater precision than the electronic viewfinder. Add in a 5-Axis image stabilisation, and the EOS M50 II demolishes image blur and camera shake to allow handheld shooting, even in the trickiest lighting conditions.

4. Nikon Z30

  • Mirrorless Camera
  • 20.9MP DX-format sensor
  • EVF & Tilting, Touch-Sensitive LCD Screen
  • 4K Video Capture

A fabulous choice of camera for travel photographers and vloggers alike, the amazing Nikon Z30 is another incredible addition to the world of mirrorless cameras.

Taking many of the epic features from the larger Z6 and Z7, Nikon has extended the Z-mount to the ultra-portable Z30. With a smaller image sensor, the Z30 is a travel-friendly camera but still provides amazing image quality. It boasts a 20.9MP DX-format image sensor, a hybrid AF system and 11 frames per second continuous shooting, plus 4K Video capture at 30fps. 

Thanks to its rugged, weather-sealed construction, the Z50 is more than able to stand up to unpredictable weather conditions. And combined with its Bluetooth, WiFi connectivity, and Nikon's SnapBridge app, users can quickly and easily share their favourite travel snaps with friends and followers back home.

5. Sony A7C II

  • Mirrorless Camera
  • 33MP Full-Frame Sensor
  • 2.36-million Dot EVF & Vari-Angle LCD
  • 4K Video Capture

Don’t think we forgot about the incredible Sony A7 lineup of mirrorless cameras. A genuine trailblazing product, the Sony A7C II takes a similarly portable approach while still maintaining its outstanding image quality pedigree. For the best camera for travel photography, the Sony A7C II clearly comes out on top.

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Hosting a 33MP full-frame sensor inside a travel-friendly form factor, the Sony A7C II is the most capable camera on this list. Its built-in 5-axis image stabilisation, advanced focus system and 10 FPS continuous shooting allow users to capture professional-level image quality that is both sharp and free of distortion and blur.

The Sony A7C II will also satisfy travel photographers looking to record outstanding travel videos, with its 4K video recording capability, aforementioned image stabilisation and tilting LCD screen to record breathtaking travel vlogs with ease.

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