Perfect Travel Companions: Premium Compact Cameras

Perfect Travel Companions: Premium Compact Cameras

Joel Pirela
Oct 7, 2011

When traveling light, nothing beats a super compact camera. We know that you will probably take your bulky DSLR camera for that awesome destination in Costa Rica or Europe; but for those "not that important trips" you can't beat the versatility of a super small compact camera. That sweet spot between your smartphone and full blown DSLR.

Sony Cybershot HX7V $299
Pretty good image quality and 16.3 megapixels. You will be able to record your own 1080i HD movie and even 3D stills and panoramas. 25mm wide lens and 10X optical zoom. The back illuminated sensor works wonders for the low light shots and it even comes with built-in HDR and optical zoom quality.

Nikon S9100 $329
12.1 megapixel CMOS sensor and 18x wide angle zoom glass lens. Full HD movie recording and a very, very high resolution LCD screen. The Nikon takes remarkably good shots in very low light conditions. Something that is only bested by our old trusty Leica. 1.4" thin and only 7.6 ounces makes the Nikon a compact camera that you can take anywhere without compromising the quality of the shots you are going to take.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH27K $149
8X optical zoom with a Leica lens with 28mm wide angle. 16.1 megapixels and 3.0" touch screen. The image stabilization system is one of the best we've seen. HD recording is only up to 720p (instead of the 1080p). Fast response time with shutter release lag times of 0.005 seconds. That, and the Sonic Speed Auto Focus, will guarantee good shots when they are happening, not when they are gone!

Canon SX230 HS $329
The Canon is the only one of the bunch that comes with GPS technology that'll automatically tag your photos with the time and location. You can even see all the photos' locations on a map. 12.1 megapixels and 14x wide angle optical zoom. You can record your video at 1080p. For the lazy or the amateur, the Smart Auto setting will pre-load the proper setting for the camera based on 32 pre-defined shooting situations. A feature we find interesting: Movie Digest Mode will record a short video clip right before shooting a still image and then combines one day's worth of clips into one video. Pretty neat.

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