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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.

Browse All Top Digital Cameras For Vacations of 2016 »

Canon IXUS 275 HS

Canon IXUS 275 HS


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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

  • Canon has been producing sleek and stylish IXUS cameras for some time now, and the IXUS 275 HS is no different.
    If you’re looking for something to slip into your trouser pocket or bag, perhaps while you’re on holiday or during a party or night out, then the IXUS 275 HS is a fuss-free camera which delivers some nice results.
    While there’s nothing hugely exciting about this model, it’s got a good range of features - although some of those, we’re starting to expect from every modern camera (such as inbuilt Wi-Fi).


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is an attractive compact camera with an 18x zoom lens, but image quality takes a step back from last year's edition.


  • The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is a well-designed camera that’s easy to use thanks to its chunky, ergonomic build, and an intuitive menu design. You can also be sure it’ll snap accurately focussed and well exposed shots.
    Performance and image quality are also good, though not outstanding. The switch to a 20.2-megaixel sensor sounds great on paper, but in reality the camera can only resolve marginally more detail than the 16MP SX600 HS.

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    The Canon PowerShot SX610 HS is the latest basic point-n-shoot model from Canon, but there just isn't much in this camera that will make you take notice of it. The SX610 offers 20.2-megapixels of resolution, but its image quality simply isn't where it should be for a camera with that much resolution and an MSRP of $249. Even under nearly perfect lighting conditions, the PowerShot SX610's image quality isn't good enough to make mid-to-large-sized prints. This model has no manual control features.


  • The Nikon Coolpix S7000 is a simple camera but it offers quite a few useful features which make it appealing, and with a 20x optical zoom, perhaps particularly to those who want a camera to take with them on holiday.
    Although it doesn’t offer full manual control, at least you can change a few key settings (such as sensitivity), and handily, the autofocus point.
    It’s also quite a fun camera to use, with a nice range of digital effects, the ability to create panoramas and other nifty features such as the ability to create a video comprised of short clips with an added soundtrack.


  • A basic but well-specced camera that's worth considering if you're looking for a long zoom compact that will let you capture pleasing images on your next trip with the minimum of fuss.
    Offering a neat little package for your money, the S7000 performs well and boasts some useful features that will appeal to those looking for a simple family or holiday camera.
    The Nikon S7000 offers versatility and value for money.


  • Conventional wisdom suggests that the smaller the camera, the lower its image quality. Whilst that’s still mainly true, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 does pack a hefty punch for such a slimline snapper. You’ll be very hard-pressed to tell its photos apart from the bigger, pricier DSC-WX350 thanks to the well-resolved detail, punchy colour reproduction and unobtrusive noise levels.


  • Reasonably priced, with good performance, a decent zoom range and fine in-camera processing abilities, the WX220 is a good choice for an all-round compact.


  • The Panasonic Lumix DMC-SZ10 is a very simple camera which is aimed at those who probably intend to use it as their holiday or family camera. If you have a smartphone with a half decent camera, then you might find that you already have something which is just as capable as the SZ10 - but of course you have to rely on battery life lasting you throughout the day.
    Otherwise, image quality is decent in good light.