May 9, 2012

Top 5 travel compact cameras for the holidays: Espikes09

It is May and for most of us, this points to only one thing, holidays! So while one is jet setting off to far away ...
Top 5 travel compact cameras for the holidays
It is May and for most of us, this points to only one thing, holidays! So while one is jet setting off to far away exotic locations around this beautiful planet or even to picturesque locales nearby, besides the usual array of gadgets, which include a mobile phone, one most definitely will carry a camera. While there may be a range of cameras that can do the job, camera manufacturers have introduced special cameras that are specially designed for travelers. These cameras are termed as travel compacts. The beauty of these cameras is that they fit amazing zoom capabilities in a body that is extremely compact. So keeping these types of cameras in mind, we compiled a list of travel compact cameras that can be a worthwhile option for your journeys.

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS (Price -  22,995) 
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

Canon, one of the world’s top camera manufacturers launched the SX260 HS, a travel compact point and shoot camera, which boasts of some really impressive specifications. Canon has fitted a 20x optical zoom lens on a body, that is extremely compact and can easily be carried around in a pocket. It uses a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and also, a DIGIC 5 processor featuring the ability to capture images at a full resolution at a rate of 10.3fps in High-Speed Burst HQ. The 3-inch display at the back is really impressive, providing a lot of detail for the images that are previewed or reviewed onscreen. Video recording at 1080p at 24fps is possible and apart from this, the camera also bundles features, such as Face ID, Face Detect and Stitch assistant. For those who want their images to be creative, there are a number of filters here, as well. With the image stabilization that works like a charm, one can capture amazing pictures that are far off without having to worry about blurry shots.

Samsung WB150F – (Price - INR12,900)
Samsung WB150F
Samsung WB150F

Samsung has a way of working their magic when it comes to all things gadgets. The brand has seamlessly fused the interface of a smartphone on a camera allowing first time users to find this point and shoot easy to use. The main features of this 14.2MP CCD sensor camera is its 18x optical zoom lens that does more than a decent job of providing detail in shots and the camera is also Wi-Fi capable. The ability to incorporate Wi-Fi in a camera is a great addition, as one can easily upload images to social networking sites like Facebook, Picasa or videos to YouTube by merely tapping a few buttons on the camera itself. This negates the need to download the images on a PC and then upload it. The camera comes loaded with a variety of filters and in the process gives travelers a way to customize their images the way they want it by adding that creative spark. The 3-inch display at the back does not disappoint and one can upload images from their camera, while still holidaying, without having to wait to come home, although they need to be in a Wi-Fi area to perform this task.

Panasonic DMC-TZ25 - (Price - INR15,990)
Panasonic has a range of superzoom cameras under their belt and they have recently unveiled the DMC-TZ25, a point and shoot camera that offers a 16x optical zoom LEICA DC Lens. It uses a 12.1MP MOS sensor that does more than a decent job of handling image noise as well as shooting in low light conditions. Travelers will have a gala time shooting with this camera as the performance is nothing short of being excellent.
Panasonic DMC-TZ25
Panasonic DMC-TZ25

The 3-inch display at the back is capable of handling sunlight and the images onscreen do not appear washed out. Apart from this, it features various scene modes as well as 3D image capture that can be viewed on a Panasonic 3D television. Another neat feature found here are the modes such as program, aperture priority, shutter priority and manual. This allows one to play around with the settings. Videos can be recorded on it at 720p.

Sony Cyber-shot HX20V (Price - 22,990)
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V
Sony Cyber-shot HX20V

Last year, Sony unveiled one of the best travel compact cameras in the world with the Sony Cyber-shot HX9V. This year, their successor packs features that literally overshadow their last year’s model. This camera packs a 20x optical zoom that offers blur free images, even with the zoom maxed out. The brand has added an 18MP BSI CMOS sensor that offers image quality that can rival the best of its competition. The display is another standout feature as it uses a high resolution 921,600 dot screen. This is more than sufficient for providing a vast amount of detail in images and videos. Like all Sony cameras, the HX20V is easy to use and this would be a great travel companion.

Nikon Coolpix S9300 (Price -  18,950)Nikon Coolpix S9300
Nikon Coolpix S9300

Nikon had recently unveiled a range of cameras in India and this model was one of the highlights at the event. It packs an 18x optical zoom lens that allows one to get up close to the subject without needing to move a muscle, except the one on your finger for using the zoom rocker. With the Vibration Reduction feature in tow, which is Nikon’s image stabilizer one can get blur free shots of images that are far off. It features a 16MP CMOS sensor that offers high resolution image capture and a reduced noise. This can be great, while capturing images in low light environments as well. Full HD 1080p video recording is possible as well with this point and shoot option. The addition of GPS in the camera can certainly be beneficial for travelers as well as images can be geotagged on sites, such as Google Earth. (via Tech2)

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