While you are packing for an overseas trip, besides clean clothes and toiletries, the other indispensable gear when one goes abroad is a device to capture the many amazing photo opportunities that inevitably arise!
When travelling with your loved ones, such moments are best remembered with photos taken with a proper digital camera — they will outclass the output of practically any smartphone camera, producing images of a quality that is far superior, giving you sharper, more vibrant photos.
DSLR cameras are becoming more affordable, thanks to the mirrorless feature. Numerous camera brands now have such models.
The professional standard for cameras is full-frame; these come with sensors the size of a single frame of traditional 35mm film (36 x 24mm), which is the biggest format before you get into the specialised, medium-format territory. These full-frame sensors are typically found in high-end digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, but are increasingly found in mirrorless cameras these days. Mirrorless cameras don’t rely on an optical viewfinder but use a digital one instead.
Here are three easy-on-the-pocket mirrorless cameras that will help retain memories of your next trip overseas with far more detail and clarity.
Though full-frame cameras tend to be bulkier, they give really good image quality, especially in low-light conditions. A good full-frame camera is the SONY A7III. Sony pioneered full-frame mirrorless photography, and the A7III presents good value at $2,899* (body only).
With its fast and accurate autofocus system — which tracks the eyes of your subjects to stay in sharp focus — high-speed shooting of up to 10fps, and 4K movie-recording capability, the A7III has some pretty impressive specs. It has extended shooting endurance that allows shooting of approximately 710 images on one full charge, and has an optional battery charger for fast recharging. The interface menu is easy to use and you can customise it your way.
Check it out here or at all SONY stores island-wide.
The Nikon Z50 is a compact, lightweight mirrorless camera, which belies its powerful capabilities.
Part of Nikon’s famed Z series, the Z50 features a large lens mount opening of 55mm, which is wider than any competitor in its class, inviting huge amounts of light, and a short flange focal distance of 16mm. These altogether deliver incredibly vibrant images and three-dimensionality without the little imperfections. Its intuitively designed body fits comfortably in your hands, and cleverly laid out touch keys make it a cinch to operate with one hand, rendering it perfect for travel, adventure and everyday shots. Priced at $1,499*, it comes with a 16–50mm DX lens kit.
Check it out here. To buy or for more information and kit options, visit any authorised Nikon dealer or Best Denki store.
Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III
If you are in the market for something unique, then the Olympus OMD EM10 Mark III may be just what the doctor ordered. It has all the attributes of a great little mirrorless camera but packaged in a retro looking body. Everything’s black and sleek these days, so a little vintage makes for a great alternative choice.
Its modest size makes it easy to pack and carry. It is light as a feather, weighing a mere 410g, so you can pair it with heavier and longer lenses for extended periods of time without taxing those arm muscles. The 121-point AF covers a wide focus area, which works a treat when dealing with fast-moving subjects. With Touch AF Shutter, you can focus and shoot by simply touching the subject on the LCD screen. And the tilt screen makes challenging perspectives effortless.
Available at $1,198* from Courts and Harvey Norman stores.
*price at time of publishing