We found the best compact camera for your next vacation, whether it’s an African safari or a Caribbean diving trip.
Travel takes us to some incredible places, and sometimes simple phone snaps just can’t do them justice. But it’s also tough to reserve the carry-on space your camera’s body, external flash, and several lenses require. And even if you’ve got the room, it’s not always convenient to carry a DSLR along with you. Last winter, I spent a week in Iceland taking photos with a jacket held over my head because my camera gear was not weatherproof and it happened to rain every day.
Fortunately, the market is overflowing with great travel-friendly camera options for you to choose from. Small point-and-shoot cameras now have the same features bulkier DSLRs have: impressive zoom depth, HD video capabilities, tilting displays, and high ISO ranges. And, of course, they’re all wrapped in a pocket-sized "package," that’s also dust-, water-, shock-, and freeze-proof.
If you still like the flexibility and features a DSLR gives you, like changing lenses depending on your situation and environment, we also found a few options that are much lighter and smaller in size that won’t take up half of your backpack (or your next four paychecks).
Here are the best compact digital cameras that will make capturing moments on your next vacation effortless and worry-free.