It’s difficult to walk the narrow line between overpacking and forgetting to bring stuff on vacation, as anybody who has had to sit on their bag to seal it knows. You should always make sure you have the necessities, but no one wants to be forced to throw items away at the airport gate because their luggage is too heavy.

One thing you do need to switch up your clothing, even if it means buying another pair of shoes? A camera to keep track of your travel memories (and OOTDs). However, unless you’re a professional Youtuber or National Geographic photographer, you’re unlikely to want to carry a heavy-duty model or a body that requires five different lenses for each topic. A fragile camera that demands cautious packing and gentle handling isn’t worth the bother if you’re not part of a filmmaking crew traveling for work.

What matters most is that you enjoy your trip; a camera that interferes with this defeats its purpose. However, you don’t want to buy five disposable cameras and take pictures of all the wonderful moments, just to return home and develop five rolls of hazy, underexposed film. So, what should you think about while selecting a camera for your trip?

Should you even bring a camera?

You probably intend to if you clicked on this article. Consider your phone camera for a moment – if you have a smartphone, it most likely has a camera with impressive photography capabilities of its own. The newer the model, the more likely it is that consumers desire to capture daily experiences in high definition. Is there any purpose to carry an extra camera if you have the latest iPhone, Samsung Galaxy, or Xiaomi model?

It all depends. Are you planning a trip to the beach and want to shoot some cool underwater shots without risking water damage? Is this a ski vacation or an active activity that necessitates additional image stabilization? Or would you want to keep your phone safe in your purse at all times so that you don’t drop it while shooting photos?

If you want to bring a camera on vacation for whatever purpose (even if it’s only to take better photos for Instagram), you should consider the following factors:

Technical Requirements:


It’s pointless to spend money on a professional model that won’t fit in your luggage. Make sure your selection isn’t too heavy for you to carry around with you.

Image Resolution:

This is the first thought that comes to mind, and it is most likely the driving force behind your desire to travel with a camera. Anyone can find a dark, fuzzy photo of the Eiffel Tower on the internet, but you want a crystal-clear portrait mode snap of yourself in front of it.

Zoom Levels:

Despite huge developments in smartphone photography technology, your devices will still fall short in this area when compared to more powerful cameras with zoom lenses. Make sure your camera has a good optical zoom — the digital zoom is something you can adjust later.


Do you like to see your photos at the conclusion of each day rather than waiting until the end of your vacation to have them developed? Then you’ll need a digital camera, as well as a compatible device to view your photos on and a connecting cord.

Modes of Photography:

One of the major advantages of carrying a camera is its versatility: from drones for aerial photos to camcorders for video quality, different gadgets provide different advantages above your normal phone camera.


Above all, don’t spend more than you can afford. Budgeting for vacation entails planning for the items you’ll need to prepare for your trip – look at your cash and decide how much of it you want to put toward a new camera.

OLYMPUS Tough TG-6 Waterproof Camera


  • Type: Ultracompact
  • Zoom: Up to 8x or 44x in Microscope Control Mode
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 20fps
  • Image File Format: JPEG, Raw
  • Max Video Resolution: 4k
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: 1/2.3″
  • Lens: 25-100mm (equiv.) f/2.0-4.9
  • Weight: 0.56 lbs

This camera is dust-proof, waterproof, shock-proof, crush-proof, freeze-proof, and fog-proof, and it may just outlast you. Because the Olympus Tough TG-6 will live through many adventures, pass it on to your children or something. It’s not just tough as nails, but it also has a variable macro system for high-definition close-up images. Its ability to catch the tiniest details on a flower petal has been praised by users.

One potential negative is the battery life – in principle, it should last 340 shots before needing to be recharged, but GPS and wifi capabilities reduce that number, and some users have discovered that they need to bring a power bank on excursions (luckily, it’s easy to recharge via USB cable). The maximum video recording period is also only 20 seconds, therefore this is primarily a snapshot camera.

DJI Mavic Mini 2


  • Type: Drone
  • Zoom: 4K: 2x; 2.7K: 3x; FHD: 4x
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 4K: 30fps; 2.7K: 60fps; FHD: 60fps
  • Image File Format: JPEG/DNG, MP4
  • Max Video Resolution: 4K
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: 1/2.3″
  • Lens: 35 mm (equiv.) f/2.8
  • Weight: <249g

Bringing a drone along on a trip elevates travel footage like nothing else – whether you’re visiting a huge city or a natural refuge, there’s always a magnificent overhead perspective to be captured. You’ll understand what we’re talking about if you’ve ever seen those epic tracking shots of a solitary car rushing down a desert road, or a panoramic overview of a cityscape at night, or a zoom-out film of the waves breaking on a beach. Drone photographs are unlike any other, allowing you to enjoy the scope of the new destination you’re seeing while also allowing you to show it off to your friends later.

And when it comes to drones, DJI has virtually no competition. The industry leader makes drones for both consumer and industrial use, so they know what they’re doing. While all of their consumer models have superb cameras, the Mini 2 stands out because of its portability. It’s made to be under 250 grams, which is the minimum weight required for FAA registration (a pain at the best of times). This means that, depending on your destination, you may not require a license to fly your drone. Most nations, including the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom, adhere to the 250g restriction, but verify your destination’s regulations beforehand. Drone flights are not permitted in some places, such as US national parks, without prior authorisation.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II


  • Type: DSLR
  • Zoom: Depends on lens
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 6.5fps
  • Image File Format : JPEG, Raw
  • Max Video Resolution: 1080p
  • Megapixels: 26.2MP
  • Sensor: Full-frame CMOS
  • Lens: Interchangeable (comes with EF 24-105mm IS STM Lens)
  • Weight: 1.69 lbs

The Canon EOS 6D was already a fantastic camera that beginners learned to use and professionals carried with them on assignments. Its Mark II improvement includes an articulating screen, which may appear insignificant but can make all the difference. If you want a shot from a higher vantage point, you can tilt the screen down to see what you’re shooting rather than raising your arm, hitting the shutter blind, and praying for the best. It’s also terrific for selfies, which is a lifesaver if you’re traveling alone or with just one other person — no need for one person to stand in the frame while the other sets the self-timer and sprints. (The screen is also a touchscreen, which helps with focusing.)

The autofocus system has also been improved: although the original 6D had just 11 focus points and only one cross-type (perpendicular sensors allowing for two-dimensional sensing) point, the Mark II has 45 points, all of which are cross-type. That means the 6D Mark II’s autofocus will lock on to anything lightning quick and with pinpoint accuracy.

The sensor is *chef’s kiss*, as befits a full-frame Canon DSLR. It’s image quality that you’d take to your sister’s wedding, even professional levels, so she can save money on a wedding photographer. She might still want one, though, because the 6D Mark II can detect even the tiniest pores. Although it is costly, you get what you pay for.

iPhone 13 Pro


  • Type: Phone
  • Zoom: 6x
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: 10fps
  • Image File Format : HEIC
  • Max Video Resolution : 4K
  • Megapixels: 12MP
  • Sensor: 1/1.9″
  • Lens: Ultra Wide: 13mm f/1.8; Telephoto: 77 mm f/2.8; Wide: 26 mm f/1.5
  • Weight: 204g

It can be difficult to determine whether or not to upgrade given how frequently Apple releases new products; the same can be said with other devices if you haven’t sold your soul to the Apple ecosystem. And, honestly, if your old phone is still working, you can probably skip a generation or three of new iPhones. However, if you’re in the market for a new camera for travel, it’s worth considering the iPhone 13 Pro, which includes all of the aforementioned features as well as an updated camera.

The iPhone 13 Pro will be released in 2021, and it is Apple’s best phone yet in almost every way (only the smaller size of the iPhone 13 Pro Max, which boasts the same make in a 6.7″ package). Aside from the usual CPU and battery life improvements, the camera improvements and add-ons were a strong selling point for the 13 Pro.

The phone’s Ultra Wide camera allows for macro photography (with macro videos in slow-motion and time-lapse as well). The Telephoto camera produces breathtaking photos that you can personalize with bokeh and lighting adjustments. All three cameras have better low-light capabilities, including low-light portrait mode and improved autofocus, as well as Night Mode. Apple’s neural image processing network, Deep Fusion, analyzes pixels to produce the best final image. And Cinematic mode adds transitions and focus automatically, which you can tweak after the fact – giving you unmatched (in smartphones) depth of field flexibility after the fact.

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