Heavy dSLRs can be a pain to lug around, making smaller compact cameras alternatives very attractive for the traveling shutterbug. A good travel camera should feature a slim, lightweight chassis and versatile long-zoom optics (preferably more than 5x).
Some long-zoom compacts sport unique features, too. The Fujifilm FinePix F600EXR, for instance, has an inbuilt GPS module for geotagging images, while the Olympus SZ-30MR is capable of capturing both 1080p full-HD videos and full-resolution stills at the same time.
Of course, choosing a travel camera also depends on where you’re traveling to. If you need a camera that’s tough enough to brave the hard knocks and extreme weather conditions, check out our Top 5 rugged cameras article and take your pick. Also, do take a few minutes to read our guide on some useful travel tips and tricks before heading off to your next holiday destination.
We’ve compiled a list of long-zoom shooters that should make any traveler a happy camper.
1. Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX20V
Sony’s latest long-zoom compact sports a 25mm wide-end, with a 20x optical zoom range in a chassis that looks quite stylish. This 18-megapixel snapper is capable of capturing full-HD movies in 1080p/ 50 and geotag images using its onboard GPS module. Apart from its 3-inch, 921k-dot resolution LCD, this Cyber-shot is also capable of capturing a speedy 10fps in burst-mode shooting. Other interesting features include a built-in high dynamic range (HDR) mode and autofocus tracking function that helps you capture fast-moving action.