Last updated on August 8th, 2018 at 03:06 pm
I have two big passions: travel and photography. This website combines both. Guess what? I spend most of my life travelling. When I don’t travel, and I am at home in Melbourne, I can’t stop myself anyway photographing this beautiful city.
How many times I got asked what is the best travel camera. As you may suspect there is no easy answer. And now that we are through 2018 I can’t wait for some of the newly announced models to come in the market.
In this post you will learn which camera will work better for you, based on your type of travel and your budget too. Moreover, you can also read, in a very simple way (no technical words or acronyms), what are the most important features to check.
So, I am said, “Come on, what is the best camera for travel this year?”
I usually answer with another question “What kind of trip are you planning?”. This gives me at least an idea of the travel, and the weather condition, the person will experience. No much point buying a DSLR if you are planning to spend the most of your time scuba diving 😀
Or do you want to go trekking with a big DSLR and 2 lenses?
There is a final point. Sometimes, when the budget is limited, it may be worth checking the second-hand market where you can find a 1 or 2 years old camera, working perfectly, at a great price. Also, refurbished cameras can be a real bargain, especially when coming from the manufacturer itself.
This is a second-hand buy guide I have been updating with lots of tips, suggestions and what I have lately found on the internet.
If you are after travel photography tips, compositions, tutorials and much more then why not reading and downloading for FREE (no need to pass your email, no worries) this ultimate guide for travel photography. Over 70 pages that may change your way to make (not just take) photos when travelling.
This guide goes through the important features you need to keep in mind when you are looking for a camera to take on your next trip. It’s always hard to say what is the best, it really depends on your type of photography and the kind of trips you usually do.
If however you have just a spare minute and you want an answer based on my experience and my type of photography then this quick list may help
There is also another camera I would like to mention here, the Panasonic G9. I used this camera for almost a month for both photography and video. I wish I had not just bought the Sony A7R otherwise it would have been my new camera.
Because for travelling, making photos and taking videos, it just works great. The body itself is surprisingly quite big for an MFT camera, even probably bigger than my Sony A7R, but lenses are so tiny once compared with any full sensor camera.
Of course, for any kind of photography, you cannot compare an MFT camera with a full sensor camera. Especially if you shoot events, weddings etc. But for travelling, posting on digital or social media, the G9 works perfectly!
And there is another great bonus: the video side, which is just outstanding, especially if compared with my Sony A7R or any other Nikon and Canon. I may just mention that it shoots at 120 frames per second which give that amazing smooth slow-motion that is nowadays a must in any YouTube or Facebook video
I am sorry to say there is not a single best travel camera. There are actually many of them, it all depends on what you want to focus your attention on.
Are you buying the camera for a serious travel photography career or just for few shots to post on Facebook or Instagram? Or maybe you just want to print a photo book when you are back at home.
I change cameras on a frequent basis. Plus I get some units to review as well, which is great because it allows me to see pros/cons of some models. I also have different kind of trips that may require different kind of equipment (cycling or trekking with a big DSLR may not be a great idea after all 😀 )
I heard so many times that “the smaller, the better” when travelling. Do I agree with that? Not necessarily.
Let me explain
First of all, I like to think there are 5 categories of cameras in relation to size and weight
This above is actually a simplification. The Sony Alpha a7R III is, for example, a mirrorless with full sensor. It is also one of the best professional camera around, comparable to a pro DSLR. I really wander if in the next few 2-3 years we will have a merge of the last 3 categories.
To make it simple, you can see the sensor as the eye retina of your camera. It is a grid of millions of light-sensitive cells. When you make a photo, and your shutter is activated, you have light going through the lens to these cells. A signal is created and digitalised and you have the photo.
I tried to simplify the process as much as I could.
The more light the sensor receives the better chance you will have to take a greater photo. If the sensor in your camera is twice as big than you will be more likely to have a better quality image
I like to give the example of myself in the bedroom and during the day I can see perfectly everything around me. The more I close the shutters the fewer details I can see. When the shutters are 100% closed I may see just the shapes around me and that’s it.
With a good light, you may experience the same quality of photography even with the smaller sensor. Things become tricky when the light is not perfect, and when travelling things can become quite challenging, especially in certain areas of the world where the weather can be quite dark, rainy, foggy etc
As a general rule of thumb, the bigger the sensor, the more likely you will be to have greater quality in your photos. Of course, it’s not only about the size of the sensor in a camera, there is much more than that.
If you like to dig deeper into this subject I suggest a read to this sensor performance analysis by Roger Clark, a great resource of information
The typical point and shoot have a sensor size of 1/1.7″ (7.60 x 5.70mm2 = 43.32sq.mm) or 1/2.3″ (6.17m x 4.55m = 28.07sq.mm). In the mobile world, the iPhone X camera has a sensor size of 1/3″ and the one in the new Samsung S9, although bigger, it is still 1/2.6″. The full frame sensor is 24mm x 36mm or 864mm2 which is 20-30 times bigger than the one in a compact camera.
There are two drawbacks in the big sensor however
As an indication, the smaller sensor produces more digital noise at the same level of ISO than the bigger sensor. To simplify, in the dark environment your photo will have more “noise” (it was called “grain” in the film era) if your sensor is smaller
The second concept here is the resolution. We have nowadays cameras with 12MP, 24MP, 36MP or even 42MP. My priority is always on the sensor size than the resolution.
The fantastic thing about a 42MP is that you can crop your photos in post-production (sometimes it is not possible to get closer). In saying that you need bigger memory cards and a better computer to manage 42M files (I had to upgrade mine, sigh).
If you cannot get closer to your subject use the zoom, as simple as that. A great zoom range is a must if you go for a trip like a safari, less essential if you visit a city on a weekend trip.
Having a camera with interchangeable lenses has this exact benefit, you take with you only the lenses you need for the trip you have planned.
I have a 200mm zoom lens, however, I almost never use it for my travel photography (I bought it for some cycling photography I nowadays rarely do)
I have a 12-24mm wide lens and I take it with me only if I think to visit interiors (cathedrals, etc)
I have a 24-105mm which covers 95% of my need during my trips
I have also a prime lens (fixed focal length), a 35mm, which has a fantastic quality and costs much less. Obviously, there is no zoom capability. I use it in the markets or for street photography
Keep in mind that usually, lenses do not perform fantastically at the extreme range values. For example, my lens at 24mm or 105mm has some distortion
If the lens is built-in with the camera I would love to have the 25-150 range. Anything more is a benefit.
If I use interchangeable lenses then I usually go for two lenses, a prime 50mm and a zoom lens to cover part of the 20-120mm focal length (24-70, 24-105 are also great).
When possible, it is better to buy the lenses on a separate deal and not together with the camera package. The main reason it is that usually, the lenses that come in a package do not perform as great. They are very good deals but the quality is the compromise.
My quick tip, for a mirrorless or DSLR, is to spend as much on the camera as for your main lens (in the range 20-120mm). Having an amazing camera but an average lens will defeat the purpose. Have a look to my Guide to the best lenses for travel photography for much more information and tips on what works best for any camera brand.
Why lenses with the same focal length have different cost?
There are many reasons. The number of elements and their quality drive the difference in price. This is the short answer. If you like to better understand, I suggest starting from this Wikipedia page that gives a very detailed description of how lenses are made.
If I want to instantly share the photos in my social environments the WiFi is a must, otherwise a plus. At the moment I would not use GPS to mark the location in my photos for the only reason that it drains my battery.
Speaking of battery, I do not see it as a feature that could drive my selection. I always travel with at least a spare battery anyway. It may be a valid point if you travel somewhere where you can’t charge your batteries for a few days though.
The battery is an important feature for other kinds of photography I think, commercial outdoor is an example. Sport photography is another one.
Is it important to have the camera waterproof and/or dustproof? It all depends on the trip you are planning.
It is obviously a must for any action camera, however, I see it as more of a bonus on most of the other cameras.
If I am planning a trip to Thailand, mostly at the beach, and I want just to have some good photos without worrying about the water than a waterproof compact camera can be the answer
I am updating this post on a regular basis and in the last projects I could see how beneficial was to have a splash proof camera/lens.
I was taking photos on a rainy day in Australia and I did not have to worry about the drops of water. Definitely, something I would love to have in any new camera or lens.
Although I have done a few videos for this website and for some trips, I still have my focus on steel photography.
I like to have the video capability on my camera and the only great difference I can see on most of the new cameras coming out is the 4K video capability.
You may argue that there are not that many 4K TV around and this is probably true. However, they will become more and more popular. Besides that, I like to have the capability to crop a 4K video into an HD video. It’s actually quite useful during the interviews as you may go from half-body to close up using the same video track.
The 4K is not something useful just for video. Have a look at this DPReview 4K : What you need to Know page to see how it is impacting the photography world too.
The other feature you may be interested in is the number of frames. The 120fps gives that fantastic smooth video for the B-roll. I love it
I always have with me my mobile phone and, as I said, I use it a fair bit in my travelling.
If I am cycling during my trip (it often happens) I have a compact camera in my pocket. There are 3 main reasons. I can take it out very easily for a point and shoot, better quality than a mobile, sturdy and some of them weather sealed
If I keep moving every 2-3 days during my trip (but no cycling or similar activities) I take a small mirrorless with me with a zoom lens and a small quick prime lens. I had a Panasonic GX85 in one of my last trips and it worked great!
If I am based in mostly 1 or 2 location I take my Sony A7Rii. The lenses are heavy however the camera does really outperform anything else on the market, except the A7Riii LOL.
I take two, maybe 3, lenses with me:
Till now we talked about important features to know when selecting your best travel camera. Let’s see what is a great choice in the present market
I definitely use my mobile camera during my travel photography. It is the camera I have always with me and the quickest I can grab from my pocket for a quick photo. No wonder I love it.
The great thing about the mobile market is that there is a huge competition between the different manufacturer and every year we see better and better cameras in our mobiles.
If you are after documenting your trip and sharing it on your social environments, the mobile will work better than anything else.
If you are planning to post your photos on your travel blog, again the mobile does a great job. You will not be able to have any good narrow depth of field (I mean the background blurry on your picture) however you may be able to simulate that with some editing apps (I am not a fan of it I must say) or with the latest mobile (with 2 lenses on the back or via software)
If you are thinking to print in a very small format it should be fine as well. Anything else may be an issue.
When I use my mobile I think more about the composition and the moment than anything else. There is no real depth of field control and the shutter speed, although changeable, has some big limits. Usually, the sensor is small and the lens is another limit to the camera.
We need to remember that the manufacturers have to include everything in a very limited space with a limited budget, they can’t, therefore, afford to add fabulous lenses or super big sensors
For this review, I am picking only 2 but I am sure this list will be updated on a more regular basis than the others below. The mobile world changes so quickly!
Why is the iPhone X into this list? Because the iPhone has a great camera combined with probably the best app market.
Based on the DxOMark, an industry standard for camera quality, the iPhone X come in the top positions in the mobile world. And, honestly, I think the difference between the top camera phone (in position #1) and the Iphone X is probably not noticeable to most of the human eyes
There are a couple of things to say here. Someone may argue that other ratings have the iPhone in a higher position, which is fair enough. Ratings are there to be discussed however DxOMark is one of the most authoritative websites in the market.
The iPhone X was released in October 2017. New mobile cameras have been released with new technology and quality improvement, as most of the time happens. It’s a no-winner market if you are after the Best of the best.
The iPhone X has two lenses with different focal length (bye bye digital zoom). The size may be an issue for someone, quite on the big side.
Pros of the iPhone X
Cons of the iPhone X
More on the iPhone X
Improvements compared to iPhone 7 Plus
If you need more numbers, the iPhone 7 Plus has a DxOMark Mobile Score of 85, meanwhile, the new iPhone X has reached 97, quite a big jump!
Is it a phone? Is it a camera? This is probably the best smartphone camera on the market at the moment.
What I was impressed the most is the video capability of this camera, especially when compared to other mobiles (stabilisation is the best in the market).
You add also a very fast autofocus and here it is the incredible Google Pixel 2. Surely my reference mobile camera at the moment.
Pros of the Pixel 2
Cons of the Pixel 2
and no other relevant ones at the moment (few bugs corrected with the new Android release)
More on the Google Pixel 2
This is a over 2 years old mobile phone but still one of my favourite. It’s actually more of a high quality compact camera than a real phone. I had the possibility to review the Panasonic CM1 and I was really surprised by the results
As a start, it implements a huge 1″ sensor with a 20MP resolution and a Leica lens on board. It uses a bear minimum version of Android with just the essential apps and the Panasonic ones dedicated to photography. Quick and clean
Pros of the Panasonic CM1
Cons of the Panasonic CM1
More on the Panasonic CM1
Check the price of the Panasonic CM1
If I would have to buy a new mobile phone with the idea to use it as a camera during my travelling I would probably go for the Pixel XL. If you have already a Samsung S8 or the latest Iphone, LG, HTC or Sony I would probably stay with that unless you are anyway thinking to upgrade.
Being the CM1 an older mobile you may find it in some sales. In that case, I would not hesitate to buy one. Really it’s more like having a good compact camera with a prime lens that you can use it for few calls as well
Remember, before you take your trip, download on your camera, I mean your mobile, the best travel photography apps 😉
If you are reading this section it probably means that you are happy with your mobile phone shooting, however, you would like to take more control of your camera and setting and you wonder if a compact will do the job.
Many of my friends still tell me that they can take great shots with the mobile and they do not see the need to spend more in cameras. My answer is usually YES, they are right. If you want to take photos about your travel moments, probably the mobile is just what you need and it’s always with you
However, the mobile does not offer a great deal of creativity, or almost no creativity at all if you use the standard camera app in automatic mode. You cannot control the depth of field, as a start, and you will miss out that blurry background (few mobiles now offer that through double lenses and software). Even the shutter speed is not that easy to control (good luck with it).
As a result you will be limited in your photo creativity. To me, unless I am planning to travel in the same place multiple times, it is worth to have a nice camera that allows to take better photos of a site that most probably I will not visit again, just my 2 cents here.
Before you keep reading, if you are after a small camera I have just posted an article that focuses uniquely on the compact cameras for travelling.
It includes more tips and facts about this segment with the top 7 point and shoot cameras.
Now, what are the three best compact cameras for travel?
This is a very small camera, probably one of the best choice if you prefer to go lighter when you are travelling.
I had it with me for 3 weeks and I absolutely loved the fact I could “forget” it in my jacket. You can read the full review here.
I was impressed by the great details preserved in my photos as well as the Dof and bokeh.
Pros of the Panasonic Lumix LX10
Cons of the Panasonic Lumix LX10
More on the Panasonic Lumix LX10
The competition for this camera are the Canon G7X and the Sony RX100 V (I will talk more about it later). Although the Canon has a wider focal range at 100mm and the Sony has an EVF I am still biased towards the LX10, with the touchscreen (missing on the RX100) and 4K video (missing on the G7X)
Two years ago I was lucky to have the Panasonic TZ110 for a review that lasted 2 weeks and I had a blast. Than the TZ220 came out. What a great camera, once again, well done Panasonic.
I was impressed by the overall performances. I personally prefer to use my legs instead of the lens zoom, however, in a few occasions this is not possible. The Lumix TZ-210 comes with a massive 24-360mm lens, that is a remarkable 15x zoom which is great even when travelling in a small safari trip or for some close-up of buildings in the city
The core of this camera is similar to the LX10. It has, however, a much wider zoom capability. This comes at a higher price.
Pros of the Panasonic TZ210
Cons of the Panasonic TZ210
More on the Panasonic TZ210
I personally tested this camera and I was really pleasantly surprised by the great quality of the produced photos. True, the price is above that $500 mark that many people have in in mind to spend however the jump in quality is quite steep.
It’s a great small camera that you can keep in your pocket, with a wide zoom as well. The TZ220 is called ZS200 in USA.
Here is another tip. Have a look at the TZ110 if your budget limited. It has a small zoom range (up to 240mm) but that may be enough for your needs
This is one of the earliest and greatest successes in the Sony camera world. We are now at the 6th incarnation of this beautiful camera with Zeiss lens, however, I find the IV a better value for travel photography.
The VI has a greater burst shooting, up to 24fps from 16fps (IV), a quicker autofocus, a higher zoom capability (24-200 instead of 24-70) and 120fps when making video in HD. If you are on a budget, the difference in price (almost AU$700) may be, however, a concern.
Pros of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
Cons of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
More on the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
If you are after the RX100 VI because of the better features have a look here for the price
Having a compact camera in your pocket is always a big plus. Mobile phones have the own limits and having a nice compact always with you does allow to spread your horizon of photography possibilities.
Which one would I buy?
This post is about the best travel camera and if I want to document my trip with a street style approach than the RX100 IV is the camera of my choice, on a reasonable budget too. Otherwise, the Sony RX100 VI will do the work great and will give me the extra zoom that it may be needed in a few occasions.
If I am looking for an overall camera I would go for the Panasonic Lumix TZ220. At the moment it is a real winner with a 15x zoom, Leica lenses and great price too. It is my favourite.
Can we consider the mirrorless as small cameras? I believe so. There are a few in the market that have a weight, including a prime lens, just above the compact camera.
I do have a huge interest in this camera category.
These are the main reasons for a portability perspective.
It has to be said that having a small camera does not mean that you need to compromise on the photo quality. It would be hard for 95% of the people, if not more, to understand the difference in quality between a full sensor DSLR or a mirrorless print, up to A4.
If you think that most of your photos will stay in digital then there is no difference at all.
Can I say that the Sony Alpha 7 is the camera that most of the people, including myself, dreamed and dream of? I started my photography life with Canon. I eventually switched to Nikon. Few months ago I sold all I had and moved to Sony (A7R II 😉 ).
When travelling, the weight and dimension of a camera is an important factor to evaluate, especially when you keep travelling almost on a daily basis with a rucksack or, even worst, with your bike. The less you have the better.
This is a mirrorless camera that you can use for any kind of photography, besides travelling. It opens up a few horizons, especially if you start taking photography as a profession.
Starting with the right step is always a plus. I reviewed for a month the a7R II and I was blown away. I tested shortly the a7 III and I was blown away.
Pros of the Sony Alpha 7 III
Cons of the Sony Alpha 7 III
More on the Sony Alpha 7 III
True, this camera is not cheap. It is, however, a great value for money. You can use this camera for travelling, for wedding photography and any photography business you can think of.
This is a real professional camera, you just need to allocate the budget 😀
If you still question yourself if you are doing a good investment I suggest you to read my full review on the 7R II. That will give you a great idea.
I had the possibility to have it for 4 weeks. I took it with me on a 2 weeks trip in the south coast of Australia, I used it to teach in my workshops and I “abused” it over all. What was my impression? In true honesty I was surprised. Amazing photo but …..read more on the review….and, by the way, eventually, I bought it.
The GX-8 was one of the first cameras I reviewed, that was in late 2015, a great camera which I still love so much. There are some great deals on the net. The overall feeling was great. I had it again for a safari in March 2016 with the 100-400mm lens and I was impressed even more.
Then few months Panasonic announced the GX9 and it was love at first sight.
What I like of the new Panasonic cameras is that they include a fair bit of firmware on it to make photography easier, like the handy Post Focus and the 4K photo mode that allows to select a frame from a 4K video, perfect for some action photography.
Pros of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX9
Cons of the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX9
More on the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX9
I had a great time with this camera and I can only suggest it.
It is an impressive tool also if you like to do also some street photography, so small and unpretentious.
What do I love the most of this camera? the 60s-70s design, just great. Fujifilm has set a great stylish standard with all the cameras made in the last few years. It’s a bit of a trademark.
I had recently the X-T2 for a few weeks travel review. I gave it to few of the people that attended my workshop and I had a great feedback. Two words to summarise: beautiful and easy
Pros of the Fujifilm X-T2
Cons of the Fujifilm X-T2
More on the Fujifilm X-T2
Ultimately you will love or hate the Fujifilm design and that will drive your choice. And true, the X-T2 was announced in 2016, not really yesterday, but because of that, Fujifilm is giving amazing discounts
The mirrorless is the present and future of travel photography with interchangeable lenses.
They have two of the most important characteristics that, as traveller, I always look at: light and small.
The Sony Alpha 7 III is probably the choice for anybody with some spare cash that has the idea to take photography as a career. Sony is a great brand and, in my opinion, it is also the most promising camera maker among all the manufacturers.
If you are more into design then Fujifilm has to be. If you are more of a practical person than the Panasonic GX9 is a great choice, less expensive and with great available features.
I know, it’s always hard to decide.
The quality of some DSLR is just outstanding. I had a Nikon D610 and I had a blast with it. There is unfortunately one big drawback. They are heavy and bulky, especially if you decide to buy a full sensor camera.
The mirrorless cameras are smaller and you will tend to take them with you more often than you would with a DSLR.
Yes, it’s true, when similarly equipped, the DSLR are less expensive than the mirrorless. In this respect the DSLR are a better budget option.
I personally can suggest 2 full sensor models and 2 APS-C based cameras which are certainly raising the quality game
If you are thinking to take photography at a professional level then I would probably suggest either the Canon 6D or the Nikon D610, still the lightest of the full frame DSLRs
The Canon EOS 77D is a camera dedicated to the enthusiast photographer and I may add to the mobile amateur. It has a reasonable size and weight to be considered for any trip or just some city photography.
Put it next to the Canon EOS 70D or 80D and you will see the difference. Certainly it has not the same size as the mirrorless and this may actually a plus for someone, especially if you have big hands.
You can use the touch screen to autofocus as well, a nice feature that are quite common on mirrorless and now become available on DSLR too.
Pros of the Canon 77D
Cons of the Canon 77D
More on the Canon 77D
I see the D5600 as a great candidate when you want to step up from the mobile world and start taking more control of your camera allowing more creativity options. It is not the best performing DSLR however it really comes at a bargain price, well below $1,000
I love the fully articulated back monitor however I am bit disappointed that 4K video is still not implemented on this model.
Pros of the Nikon D5600
Cons of the Nikon D5600
More on the Nikon D5600
Canon 77D or Nikon D5600? Which one would I choose? Probably the Nikon because of the smaller size/weight.
The small brother of the Canon 5D. It’s a great camera that will give you fantastic photos, no question about. The video production is on the poor side as you don’t have an audio port and only monaural microphone (no stereo recording). No flash either, although with the high ISO you will be able to cover most of the situations.
The small brother of the Nikon D810. Again a great camera. This is basically what I use on a regular basis and I can only suggest it (mine is actually a D600 with the D610 shutter mechanism, one of the really few differences between the two cameras). This is a camera you can easily use for video too, with both audio and microphone ports and the possibility to record the video in raw format too.
Both the Canon 6D and Nikon D610 cameras weight around 800g with a dimension in the range of 145 x 115 x 75 mm. This means you will have to carry almost twice the weight, if not more, than the previous cameras. Also the size is at least 1.5 times.
They are both “small” to be full sensor DSLR however, by experience, carry a camera like this is not something you look forward too.
If you decide to go under $500 you probably need to compromise on quality. This usually comes with smaller sensor and/or bulky build and overall not that great quality of photography you will experience with other cameras we just covered above.
At the end of the day there is a budget for everything and if $500 is dedicated to photography than let’s see what the possible choices are:
This camera is one of the tiniest in the market but still one that can produce amazing photos, almost on pair with any other MFT mirrorless.
At the moment is advertised at just under US$4 and in my opinion it is a great bargain in this price range.
I had it for a review of 2 weeks and I just loved it.
Because it is super small, ultra light and I could take it with me everywhere without a camera bag. I had it in my pocket and I just forgot about it, till I needed it.
As I wrote in the review, you may want to spare some $ for another powerful lens which would complete your travel camera needs.
this is quite a stylish camera, probably my favourite in this category. You may want to buy the 14-42mm lens kit and you are ready to go, you will cover most of the travel needs, with a compromise in final quality. Still the Micro Four Thirds image sensor (18 mm × 13.5 mm) is quite big for this money, therefore compromise up to a point
slightly more expensive than the Olympus it has a bigger sensor (APS-C at 23.2 x 15.4 mm). With the 16-50mm kit it comes close to the $500 border. It has everything you need for your travel. It’s also quite small and light, at 283g. Definitely to keep in mind
As we said there is no best camera travel in the market. I wish there was. The budget is obviously something to take in consideration.
From there I would move my attention to weight and size, that $100-$200 you save at the shop can cost you a backache along your trip. The size is important too, the more you are invisible to the eyes of the people around you, the more relaxed you will feel when taking at the markets, in the street and local events. Also, you will be less visible to the thief 😉
Then I would check the sensor size and the quality/availability of lenses, Leica and Zeiss can only reassure
I may also pay that $100 more if the camera design is cool. I love that retro style and it’s a great subject of conversation with people
Weatherproof, WiFi and GPS are not a concern to me
I do not shoot much video. If you do, you may want to re-elaborate your priorities
In the table below I classified the budget with a $ sign ($<500, $$<1000, $$$<1500, $$$$<2000 and $$$$$ above $2000). You may have to budget lenses as well, when not included in the kit or built-in.
Some of the cameras in this list are weatherproof (WP), it may be an important feature to have, based on how you want to use the camera. I added also a column for the design of the camera. They may just look at, well, cameras or mobile phones, or they can have a well thought design behind it.
The price column links to the best offer in Australia (AU) or the other countries (World)
|Olympus PEN E-PL6||Mirrorless||$||325||111x64x38||224.9||Interch.||Retro||No||Best $|
|Sony Alpha a5100||Mirrorless||$||283||110x63x36||368.25||Interch.||Camera||Yes||World AU|
|Panasonic LX10||Compact||$$||310||105x60x42||116.16||14-72||Camera||No||Best $|
|Panasonic TZ220||Compact||$$||312||111x65x44||116.16||25-250||Camera||No||World AU|
|Nikon D5600||DSLR||$$||465||124x97x70||368.25||Interch.||Bulky||No||World AU|
|Sony DSC-RX100 IV||Compact||$$||298||102x58x41||116.16||24-70||Camera||No||World AU|
|Canon EOS 77D||DSLR||$$$||540||131x100x76||368.25||Interch.||Bulky||No||World AU|
|Panasonic GX9||Mirrorless||$$$||407||124x72x47||224.9||Interch.||Retro||Yes||World AU|
|Fujifilm X-T2||Mirrorless||$$$$||495||141x83x56||368.16||Interch.||Vintage||Yes||World AU|
|Sony Alpha 7 III||Mirrorless||$$$$||625||127x96x60||864||Interch.||Camera||Yes||World AU|
I guess everybody has the own view, the own requirements, the own budget, the own feeling.
Here below my personal suggestions
If you are a beginner and/or with a limited budget, with a bit of exposure into mobile photography I would probably suggest going for the Sony a5100. It’s a great small light camera with a nice design at an incredible low conservative price.
If you want to step up from your mobile experience but without having to deal with lenses I would go for the Panasonic Lumix TZ220. The powerful zoom will open up a broad range of photography possibilities beside having a great image quality and some cool in-camera firmware features as Post Focus and 4K Photo
If you have already experience with an entry-level DSLR but you feel you want to upgrade, going smaller and lighter with a touch of nostalgia than the Fujifilm X-T2 is probably the answer to your question. If you are more of a practical person than the Panasonic DMC-GX9 will do for you (also cheaper)
If you want to have the best with the idea to move into a photography career and you have a good available budget I would not hesitate to buy straight away the Sony Alpha 7 III
Whatever decision you will take, always remember that the best travel camera is always the one with you
Enjoy your travel photography!!