Best cameras for travel in 2022

Best cameras for travel in 2022

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Updated Nov 22

Travel can expose you to once-in-a-lifetime sights and experiences, and a good camera can be the perfect way to preserve those memories. We've looked at a range of models that offer great image quality, good autofocus and excellent video, so that you can capture whatever you encounter on your travels. We've also tried to select relatively small cameras so they don't interfere with your trip.

If you're looking for something even smaller, take a look at our recommended best cameras for family vacations.

Best camera for travel photography: Sony a7 IV

What we like:

  • High Resolution sensor
  • Impressive autofocus
  • 10-bit video and stills options

What we don't:

  • Rear screen is rather low-res
  • One of the more expensive options in its class
  • Image stabilization (particularly in video) isn't the best

The Sony a7 IV delivers excellent image quality in both stills and video mode, and backs it up with one of the best (and easiest-to-use) autofocus systems currently available. The very extensive selection of E-mount lenses means you should be able to find something that lets you adapt the camera to suit your travel plans and your preferred style of photography.

Canon's EOS R6 II runs the Sony very close but the a7 IV's more reliable autofocus in video mode makes it that little bit more dependable when trying to capture those unexpected moments you encounter as you travel. Fujifilm's X100V and Ricoh's GR III and IIIx are worth considering if you want to travel light, and don't mind a small, fixed focal length lens.

Read more about the Sony a7 IV

Richard Butler

Also consider:

These are the other models we think lend themselves to travel photography:

Why should you trust us?

Our Buying Guides are based on extensive use and testing of the cameras included. We only recommend cameras once we know how they compare to their peers in a variety of shooting situations. All selections are made solely by our editorial and video teams and are the models we'd buy or recommend to friends and family. We gain no financial advantage from recommending one camera over another, either as individuals or as a business.