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Best Cameras 2019 Reviews and How To Choose for Your Style

Best Cameras For 2019

When you’re ready to shoot seriously, these are the best cameras you can buy. In this complete buyer’s guide, we’ve reviewed and tested the best travel cameras for every budget and share our expert advice on how to choose the best camera for your travel style!

Finding the best camera for travel photography is different from choosing a professional camera for things like wedding photography and portrait photography, or even just everyday use at home. With so many camera options on the market, it can be a little intimidating when you start your new camera search.

Advanced Point-and-Shoot Camera : PANASONIC LUMIX FZ1000


Best Compact The Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the world’s first bridge camera to feature 4K video recording. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000 is a super zoom camera featuring a wide-angle 16x zoom lens equivalent to a focal range of 25-400mm, a 20.1 megapixel 1-inch MOS sensor, a 3-inch 921K-pixel rotating LCD screen, a 2,359k OLED Live View Finder (LVF), 1920×1080 60/50p Full HD video recording, 0.09 second auto focusing speed, wi-fi and NFC connectivity, and 12fps continuous shooting without autofocus and 7fps with autofocus. Other key features include RAW format support, an ISO range of 125-12800, manual shooting modes, Intelligent Resolution technology, a 3.5mm port for an optional stereo microphone, and an accessory shoe for an external flash.

Panasonic has confidently pitched the newly available to buy Lumix DMC-FZ1000 to photographers and video makers alike as an epoch product that it hopes will prove to be a game changer. It’s clearly pretty excited to have the first compact camera to not only feature 4K video capture, but which also allows photographers to extract a still image from a 4K sequence, to end up with the equivalent of an 8 megapixel photo.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Relatively large sensor✖ Quite large
✔ Good image quality✖ Limited zoom ring
✔ Decent handling

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

Image quality is still top notch in the Panasonic Lumix FZ1000, thanks in part to its larger sensor. Though you won’t have as much reach as some of the newer bridge cameras, noise will still be less common with the FZ1000.

The Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 was fast before and is still fast now. Autofocusing is still at a competitive level and we’re eager to see how far it’ll go before becoming obsolete.


Mirrorless Camera : Sony Alpha a7II Mirrorless Digital Camera


Sony has taken their line of full frame cameras to the next level with the Alpha a7 II Mirrorless Digital Camera, which features 5 axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization with 4.5 stops of compensation for pitch, yaw, horizontal shift, vertical shift, and roll.

Operation of the 24.3-megapixel series has been streamlined with a redesigned grip, shutter release button, and customizable controls. The a7 II also features a moisture and dust resistant design with a magnesium alloy body and a more robust lens mount. And, with refined algorithms and better utilization of the BIONZ X image processor, the a7 II has an enhanced Fast Hybrid AF system that is about 30% faster than the previous model along with a 5 fps burst rate with continuous autofocus as well as a 40% faster start time.

The biggest news about the Alpha A7 II is that it’s Sony’s first full frame compact system camera to feature in body stabilisation. This means that the sensor can move to correct for accidental camera movements during the exposure. This 5-axis in camera image stabilization may be unlikely to tempt existing A7 users to upgrade, but it does make the new camera more attractive than the older model to new buyers.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Image stabilization for all lenses✖ Limited and expensive lens options
✔ Improved handling✖ Fairly poor battery stamina
✔ 24 megapixel full frame image sensor✖ Lacks PC sync socket

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

It’s worth noting that the Sony a7 II does not ship with a proper battery charger, instead it comes with a Micro USB cable and the AC-UUD11 AC Battery Charging Adapter (a USB to AC converter). It also ships with an eyepiece cup, shoulder strap and one NP-FW50 Lithium Ion battery.


DSLR Camera : Canon EOS REBEL T7i Body


The T7i’s body remains the same as its predecessor’s, but it finally incorporates Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, a 3 year old technology with on chip phase detection autofocus that’s in almost all Canon’s other interchangeable lens camera lines. But it’s a current sensor and metering system, the same ones that are in the EOS 80D, but with an even newer image processing engine (Digic 7).

Canon still uses an antialiasing filter, which blurs edges slightly, on its sensors; Nikon does not. So Nikon’s shots look tons sharper than Canon’s. And Canon’s automatic white balance isn’t as smart in cloudy conditions (or situations where the light color is similar).

While the T7i doesn’t look as good when you do side by side comparisons, judged on its own most people will be quite happy with the results they get, especially if you’ll just be viewing the photos on a mobile device. The colors pop nicely, skin tones look correct and it has a dynamic range that meets the expectations for its class like most low to midrange cameras the default settings increase contrast, which means you lose some detail in the brightest and darkest areas.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ User friendly interface✖ No 4K video
✔ Excellent touchscreen control✖ Plastic finish
✔ Live View AF performance✖ Dynamic range could be better
✔ Impressive overall image quality

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The camera’s adequately fast for typical kids and vacation photography, but it doesn’t support continuous autofocus and autoexposure on its High setting. The camera doesn’t automatically drop back to low or simply deliver a slower burst like it did with the T6i, so if you have it set to continuous AF and High speed continuous shooting, don’t be surprised when the shots come out inconsistently exposed with only the first few in focus. The safest thing to do is keep it on the slower setting (4.5 frames per second).


Digital SLR Camera : Nikon D850 FX-Format Digital SLR


The big surprise was not just the resolution, but the D850’s continuous shooting capabilities and increased ISO range. Before the D850, it was generally assumed that you had to choose either high resolution or high shooting speed in a professional camera, since the huge amounts of data generated by high resolution sensors took too much processing power for fast burst rates.

But the D850 dispelled this theory overnight, offering an impressive 7fps continuous shooting speed as standard, boosted to a scarcely credible 9fps with Nikon’s optional MB-D18 battery grip. It offers a pretty good buffer capacity too, though for long burst raw file capture you’re still better off with a high speed specialist like the Nikon D5.

This combination of resolution and high speed shooting has since been repeated by the Sony A7R III and Nikon Z7, but the D850’s performance remains eye opening even now.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ 45.7-megapixel sensor captures exceptionally fine detail✖ No phase detection AF in Live View
✔ Fast viewfinder autofocus with silent shooting option in Live View✖ Touchscreen operation doesn’t include key exposure settings
✔ Rear thumb operated sub selector for fast AF point positioning✖ Wireless SnapBridge connectivity needs improvement
✔ Extremely good 1840 shot battery life

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The Nikon D850 offers a staggering blend of resolution, speed, performance and image quality. It’s a truly stunning camera, especially for those who prefer DSLRs (and their battery lives) to mirrorless cameras.


Action Camera : GoPro HERO7 Black


The GoPro HERO7 Black is designed to capture super smooth footage of your latest, greatest, not so serene adventures. The HERO7 Black’s HyperSmooth stabilization produces a gimbal like flow without the added bulk of a gimbal. Camera updates include direct streaming to Facebook Live, an intelligent still photo mode, and stabilized time lapse video. A vertical portrait mode enables you to add social media style video and stills to your Instagram and other accounts.

The GoPro HERO7 Black supports up to UHD 4K60/50 video resolutions, and captures 2.7K120/100 slow motion and super slow motion video at rates up to 1080p240/200. Still images can be captured in up to 12MP resolution in bursts of up to 30 images per second. Like its predecessor, the HERO6 Black, the HERO7 Black is waterproof to 33′, suiting it for surfing, snorkeling, and swimming activities. A housing is available separately for even deeper underwater activities.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Gre at 4K video and image quality✖ Can struggle with voice commands
✔ HyperSmooth is very effective✖ Screen unresponsive at times
✔ TimeWarp is great fun✖ Slow mo footage only output
✔ Useful UI improvements

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The HERO7 Black enables you to manually access and adjust color, ISO limit, sharpness, and other advanced settings via the Protune feature. Protune unlocks the camera’s full potential, delivering minimally compressed video optimized for professional productions.


360 Camera : Insta360 One X


The Insta360 One X is ostensibly a compact action camera, but lacks the waterproof, ruggedised build you’d expect from a GoPro rival.

What it does have is a built in and almost idiot proof 360 degree setup thanks to a pair of 180 degree wide angle lenses and some very clever and easy to use mobile software. With it, you can capture time lapse and hyperlapse videos, still photos and a variety of 360 degree video types at various resolutions and frame rates. With the mobile companion app, available for Android and iOS devices, you can edit these videos and photos on the move.

Like the latest GoPro Hero 7 Black camera, it also comes with software driven image stabilisation technology designed to make all your videos smooth and steady, no matter how shaky your hands or the terrain you’re traversing.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Very High Quality 360 Video✖ Lower Resolution Photos
✔ Smooth Stabilization✖ Doesn’t Work Well in Low Light
✔ Slow Motion Options✖ Slow mo footage only output
✔ Very Easy to Use App

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

The Insta360 One X is trying to be a tradition action camera as well as 360 VR camera, and to be honest it does a pretty good job at both. Even if you are not interested in shooting 360 video at all you should still take a look at the One X, because its new way of capturing ultra stabilized video surpasses anything a GoPro Hero can do.


Film Camera : Pentax K1000


The K1000 was designed for mercury batteries, but features a bridge circuit, allowing the use of 1.55 volt silver oxide batteries.

The K1000 is compatible with Pentax K mount bayonet lenses, of which there are literally hundreds. Pentax also made an adapter for using the earlier m42 lenses, though it required the use manual stop down metering.

The cloth focal plane shutter operates at speeds from 1 second down to 1/1000 second, and Bulb. The film advance automatically cocks the shutter, and there’s a shutter ready indicator next to the shutter release button  a tiny orange marker appears in the window when the shutter is ready. The shutter button is threaded for a release cable.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Very affordable camera✖ There’s a chance the lightmeter may be poorly calibrated
✔ Earlier models are very rugged✖ Later models aren’t as robust as earlier ones
✔ Simple fully mechanical and manual setup is awesome to learn on
✔ Easy to replace or find spare parts for

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

A fine starting point for someone looking to dip their toes into 35mm film photography and learn the fundamentals without breaking their bank.


Compact Camera : Canon PowerShot SX720 HS


The Canon PowerShot SX720 HS has a slim design, which is pretty remarkable when you consider that it features a 40x optical zoom housed within a relatively small body. You can slip the SX720 into your pocket, so long as you don’t have very tight jeans on.

Canon has gone for a brushed metal look which makes the SX720 look stylish, while the rounded corners of the camera body also add to an overall sleek appearance.

On the front of the Canon PowerShot SX720 HS is a rubberised grip section which your middle finger rests along. It helps the camera to fit snugly in your grip and gives you confidence that you’re not going to drop it. On the back of the camera there’s also a small textured area just next to the mode dial where your thumb rests naturally.

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PROS:CONS:
✔ Great optical zoom lens measurement at 40X✖ Burst modes are somewhat limited by a small camera buffer
✔ Very thin camera that’s easy to fit in a pocket✖ Camera buttons are too small to be used comfortably
✔ 20MP image quality is adequate when shooting in good lighting conditions

Review Discussion of Verified Purchases:

Start up takes a couple of seconds, possibly because of the physical limitations of extending such a long lens at speed. Shot to shot time is pretty speedy though, while general operational speeds are also good.

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