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The best cameras for travel need to satisfy two constraints. Firstly, they need to be lightweight and compact so that they are convenient to carry around. Secondly, they need to be able to take good pictures of distant objects - which implies at least 10x optical zoom and great image stabilization. Also, the best small travel cameras come very handy to support portability.

For the adventurous kind, a weatherproof, shockproof model would fit the bill. The best digital cameras for vacations come with decent optical zooms to capture those stunning landscapes. Travel megazooms come with more wide angle range which helps to capture panaroma shots. Many compact cameras provide Panaroma modes where a series of shots can be joined to create a wide angle scene. The other must-have feature in the best travel cameras available today is built-in GPS.

A point and shoot camera is typically the perfect fit for taking on vacations as they are easy to carry around, typically use easily available AA batteries and are user-friendly, so can be used by the whole family while on vacation.

If you are a travel freak and keen on capturing the essence of a city with it's historical monuments, museums etc then of course an entry-level dSLR or even the more compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera or micro four-thirds camera is ideal.

Our selection of the best cameras for taking on vacations for 2016 includes the lighter options which support atleast a 10x optical zoom.

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Canon IXUS 275 HS
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
Canon IXUS 275 HS
Canon PowerShot SX610 HS
Nikon Coolpix S7000
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220
Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10
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Release Date
Sep 2015
Apr 2015
Apr 2015
Aug 2014
Apr 2015
Optical Zoom
12.0 x
18.0 x
20.0 x
10.0 x
12.0 x
Weight
0.32 lb.
0.42 lb.
0.36 lb.
0.27 lb.
0.39 lb.
Camera Type
Ultracompact
Compact
Ultracompact
Ultracompact
Compact
Resolution
20.0 Megapixel
20.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
18.0 Megapixel
16.0 Megapixel
Image Sensor Type
BSI-CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CMOS
BSI-CMOS
CCD
LCD Screen Size
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
3.0 in.
Image Sensor Size
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.5 mm
2.53 mm
Average Rating
 4.0 stars
 3.7 stars
 4.0 stars
 4.3 stars
 3.0 stars
Image Quality
100% Positive
42% Positive
58% Negative
100% Positive
Focus
100% Positive
85% Positive
15% Negative
100% Positive
Look and Feel
100% Positive
100% Positive
Performance
100% Positive
66% Positive
34% Negative
Exposure
100% Positive
50% Positive
50% Negative
100% Positive