When it comes to travel cameras, point and shoot style compact cameras are without a doubt the way to go. Discreet, compact, and portable, they’re the best of all worlds when it comes to photography or videography on the go. Technology has come a long way in the past decade and compact cameras which were once underpowered and amateur-like are now often comparable to full size DSLRs, featuring much of the same shooting settings and occasionally picture quality. We’ve compiled a great list of compact cameras stretching across different price points if you’re looking for a smaller companion to take with you on your next trip abroad, so check these out.
#5: Olympus TG-5 Waterproof
The Olympus TG-5 Waterproof is a great entry in terms of ruggedness and reliability. Although it doesn’t offer the sharpest or cleanest image quality, it offers some of the best flexibility in terms of its construction. Water proof and built like a tank, this camera will follow you pretty much anywhere for those hard to get shots.
#4: Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
The legendary Lumix LX series offers great quality for the price. The Lumix DMC-LX100 is a pretty standard point and shoot in a long running series of well regarded compact cameras. It delivers crisp quality images at a reasonable and affordable tag.
#3: Fujifilm X100F
Our most expensive entry on this list, the Fujifilm X100F is the true cadillac of compact point & shoot cameras. It features a newly developed APS-C crop sensor, expanded phase detection, and a dedicated ISO wheel (which gives it some really great retro aesthetics). It’s a great camera and a good looking one at that.
#2: Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II was a strong contender for our number one spot as it’s pretty similar spec wise to the Sony, but is lacking a few practical settings and features (and consequently has the price to match this fact). It’s a small amazing camera for what it does and has the great popping colour that Canon cameras are known for. It features a great low aperture for some good depth of field and a 3″ tilting screen for tricky angles and hard to get shots.
#1: Sony RX100 IV
Our number one entry, the famed Sony RX100 IV in the RX100 series. Known as one of the best compact cameras available on the market today, everyone knows Sony does not mess around when it comes to point and shoot cameras. Featuring solid specs, a beautiful integrated Zeiss lens with great aperture and great shooting modes (1000fps slo-mo shooting anyone?), this compact does it all. Especially great for its video settings, we highly recommend this camera for your next trip if you can afford it.