Holidays are undoubtedly the best place to make awesome memories and capture moments on your camera. Getting snappy happy is also a great way to remember your holiday in years to come and help out if your memories are a little hazy.
Whether you’re looking for a cheap and cheerful camera, something tough enough to withstand a few knocks and bumps or something high-end to make sure your photos are frame-worthy, we’ve got it covered.
Best cameras for adventurers (or clumsy travellers)
If you’re going to be getting out and about during your holiday with activities like hiking, snorkelling, skiing and cycling you need something that isn’t going to fall apart at the first drop of water or a slip to the floor. Even if you aren’t planning an action packed holiday, it’s nice to have the reassurance that your camera can withstand some bumps and spills, especially if children will be using them too.
Olympus Tough TG-1
This digital compact camera is waterproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof and if you need any more proof that it’s an awesome camera, it’s also got innovative features that will ensure you’ll have awesome and worry-free photography.
This is a great camera for underwater photography as the HS System is brilliant for low light conditions. The GPS also allows you to tag images which is perfect for longer trips where you may forget where certain pictures were taken.
Best budget cameras
Digital cameras don’t need to be expensive and you can pick up a great camera from as little as £50. It isn’t going to have as many features or be as high quality as the pricier cameras on the market but you’ll definitely capture some great moments with this budget buys.
Canon PowerShot A800
Coming in at just £50, this is one of the best value cameras on the market. It’s lightweight and has 10 mega pixels as well as a great auto mode that is simple to use.
Fuji Finepix Z110
With a super slick design and coming in a range of bright colours, the Fuji Finepix is great for the stylish photographer in you. As well as looking good, it also has a great range of features, 14 mega pixels and HD video for under £100.
For a professional shot
If you’re looking to take your photography to the next level and want more control over aperture, shutter speed and ISO then it might be time to invest in a DSLR camera.
This is the perfect camera for first time DSLR owners as it has a very handy intelligent Guide Mode that will help you to understand which settings to use for different situations. This is much better than using the Auto mode as you will quickly learn how to use the camera to get the best shots possible.
Canon EOS 600D
This is another great camera for beginner photographers with loads of great functions to help you get the highest quality images possible. The Canon also has a vari-angle LCD screen which will help you get photos from awkward angles where you can’t use the view finder.
If you’re looking for the flexibility and control of a DSLR camera without the heavy bulk that you’ll need to lug around with you, take a look at the Sony NEX range. These cameras have smaller bodies but still have interchangeable lenses so they’re perfect for travelling light.
Since the rise of the digital camera, many of us are getting snappy happy and taking hundreds of photos during our holidays and then doing nothing with them other than storing them on our computers. Don’t let your pictures hideaway on your hard drive, get them printed off, blown up and framed. You can even get creative and have your favourite photos made into fridge magnets, mugs, cushions, t-shirts and greetings cards.
Do you have a favourite camera that you use while you’re on holiday? If you do, let us know in the comments below.
If you like to keep it simple and use your smartphone camera, we’ve got our favourite photography apps coming up on the blog next week.