Below, I’ve chosen four cameras that I believe are pretty solid for the wandering nomad, like myself – each camera is known for being one of the best of its own price and quality level.
Cell Phone – There are a few new phones out there on the market that offer cameras with just INSANE megapixels, however I’ve never tried them – but I do know that it’s quite often that little gadgets like that splurge on a certain aspect of the product, however skimp on the rest, so it may shoot at a very large megapixel rate, but the overall quality and depth, and sharpness may have taken a hit. I have over five years of experience using an Apple iPhone, and while the 3G and 3GS models were a little shaky in the quality department, the new models (like that of the iPhone 5S) are pretty damn sexy, if you don’t mind some honesty. I actually use my iPhone quite often throughout my travels, typically for quick snaps that I want to snag.
Quick Shoot (A.K.A. Point & Shoot) – Like having a cell phone, a point and shoot camera is best for those individuals who are most interested in taking quick snapshots, quickly, without all the hassle and the cost of a larger, more advanced system. These cameras typically will fit in your pocket and are ready to photograph within seconds. I like the Panasonic Lumix DMX-ZS30 for its decently high 18.1 megapixel sensor and its 20X Leica Optical Zoom – most quick shoot cameras only offer a limited optical zoom, while trying to boast a high digital zoom, but if you understand how pixels work, digitally zooming in on an image is one of the worst thing you can do.
Mirrorless – Mirrorless cameras are sort of the new age standard at the moment, as they ditch the mirror completely. Mirrorless cameras offer (typically) higher quality yields, sharper images, on a smaller camera body. These cameras are reasonably priced and often offer better photos! I currently have a professional DSLR, however I’m about to switch over to the Sony a7R 36.4MP Mirrorless camera. It’s a bit on the pricier end of small-body mirrorless digital cameras, however the quality is unreal, and so are the multitude of tech options that it offers.
DSLR – The professional standard for photographers in the digital age has always been the DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex) cameras – because they offer very high quality stills, while giving the user plenty of lens options. When I owned a professional portrait photography studio in Columbus, Ohio, I used a Canon 30-40D and a 7D to get the job done. Since then, DSLR’s have advanced tremendously, offering superior quality at a very affordable price. Most even offer full-HD video – you can’t beat that! If you have the budget for a higher end DSLR, then I suggest one of the upper ended Canon, Sony, or Nikon cameras – I particularly like the infamous Canon 5D-Mark III.
(Photo by auggie tolosa via Flickr)