3 Cameras for Travel Photography This Summer

3 Cameras for Travel Photography This Summer

The summer season is fast approaching, and many of us are preparing to jet off on our summer vacations to destinations all over the world. Whether you are going for a beach vacation or lounging around the pool with your family, having a camera at hand is always a great way to capture those special moments.

Summer can be a tricky time for some types of photography. Those very early mornings to catch the sunrise or very late nights for the sunset can be a bit of a pain, especially if you value your sleep! We also have to deal with harsh light conditions as the sun beams down from high above us for many hours of the day, but there are still plenty of opportunities to be had no matter where you are.

Summer Ideas

In the Northern Hemisphere, summer is the best time to photograph the Milky Way core. If you find yourself in an area with little to no light pollution, take advantage of those beautiful night skies and find new and exciting compositions.

Milky Way panorama

Summer is also a fantastic time to photograph new and exciting wildlife around the world. Many seabirds, such as gannets and puffins, come to land during the summer for their breeding season, so this is the best opportunity to photograph wildlife that you do not see the rest of the year.

Other species such as bears and foxes will have cubs, so another amazing opportunity for wildlife photographers. High up on my list is to travel to places such as Finland or visit the Grand Tetons in the US for its amazing wildlife. One day I hope!

A beautiful Gannet collecting for its nest

Summer landscapes are something I have always loved to capture whenever I am traveling. Here is one image from a stunning lighthouse in Wales.

South Stack Lighthouse in Wales

Why not also capture portraits of your loved ones, friends, or even clients during those beautiful summer evenings while on your travels? Many folks want nice shots for their Instagram, which can be them enjoying their vacation, and you can certainly give them that helping hand.

Capture those summer vibes

These are just a few ideas that you can do over summer, but you are certainly never limited. Whether you want to try street photography, photograph seascapes, capture your kids playing on the beach, and much more, you are sure to have an amazing time capturing moments that you can be proud of.

Summer dance

3 Cameras

Cameras ideal for travel come in all different shapes and sizes and will really depend on what your goals are. Below, I will pick a few camera systems that I think will be great options for traveling this summer that are available on MPB.com, where you can get some fantastic savings.

Fujifilm X100V

Fujifilm X100V
The Fujifilm X100V is a lightweight workhorse with that beautiful retro look. Of course, this is not the latest model in the lineup with the recent release of the X100VI, but that also means that the price for the X100V will become more appealing.

With a 26 effective megapixel APS-C sensor and weighing in at only 1.1 lbs, this camera is small and lightweight for you to carry around anywhere on your travels and will fit in your bag nicely. The camera features a fixed 23mm f/2.0 lens, which is equivalent to 35mm on full frame. For travel and street photography, this is a really nice focal length to have as well as capturing special moments with your family.

Sony a7C

Sony a7C
For those looking for a lightweight, full frame option, consider the Sony a7C. With its 24.2-megapixel sensor and essentially a smaller version of the Sony a7 III, this is a fantastic all-around hybrid camera that will never let you down. Again, this is not the latest version after the release of the Sony a7C II, but that also means that there is good value for money on this camera.

Whether you are using this camera for stills or for video, there is something for everyone in this camera body, and it weighs the same as the Fujifilm X100V at 1.1 lbs. One extra benefit of this Sony model is you can use the vast range of lenses that are available for E mount.

Nikon Z f

Nikon Zf
The Nikon Z f is another beautiful-looking, retro-style camera and is the newest system out of the three models I have picked here. Released in late 2023, the camera features a 24.5-megapixel full frame sensor and is packed full of features while looking aesthetically pleasing with Nikon's throwback to the older film cameras.

This camera features some of the incredible features that have been passed down from the Nikon Z8 and Z9, such as the processor and also the autofocus system, so for the price, you are getting one hell of a camera for your travels. This camera is on the heavier side at 1.6 lbs, but I guess that is to be expected with the extra oomph this camera packs.

One thing I have always appreciated with Nikon is that they always seem to get the ergonomics right on their bodies, and I am sure this system will look and feel great in your hands.

This camera also packs a punch with an extremely fast 30 fps burst rate with a silent mechanical shutter and a 14 fps burst rate with a mechanical shutter, so you will never miss a moment, especially as pre-capture is also available in JPEG.

In Summary

We are spoiled right now with so many amazing cameras available and the technology moving so fast. There really is something for everyone, and I highly recommend that before making your next purchase, visit MPB.com, where you can make some fantastic savings on second-hand gear, and you will also be covered by their six-month warranty.

Capturing the world can be done in so many different ways, all of which will give you moments to cherish.

There is a whole world to visit out there, and it is easier than ever to hop on a plane to visit locations far and wide. With that being said, I want to end this article with a quote from the great poet Rudyard Kipling:

Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it.

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Greg Sheard is a Scottish based photographer, focusing on wildlife, landscape and portrait work. Greg's mission in life is too help those who suffer with mental health issues and be a voice for the millions of people around the world who need that care, attention and awareness.

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3 Comments

I believe the X100V has 26MP.

It sure does, I wrote the X100VI's megapixel count in error 🤣

I use the OM 1 MkII (superseding my prior Olympus D-E_MII and the Olympus 12-200 mm lens as my travel kit. The lens is a little heavy compared to other Oly lenses, but it covers inside and decent telephoto range in one lens so is a great walking around lens.

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