Best compact cameras for travel

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When planning your holiday people always seem to forget about capturing memories so they can relive them years on. Deciding on which compact camera for travel purposes can be hard as there's some features that you should have but often forgotten.

We've put together a list of features you should have on your compact travel camera.


  • At least 12 megapixels

  • Large screen (2.8in plus)

  • Built in flash

  • Weather sealed

  • Battery life of at least 300 shots

  • Less than 350 grams

  • GPS (geo-tag the exact location of the photos)

Megapixels aren't as sort after these days as the image quality and often hamper low light useability so 12 is more than enough to print up to A0 size posters. One thing most forget is having a built in flash as it is common these days for manufacturers to leave a flash out or offer it as an optional extra. Weather sealed is a good idea as you never know when the skies will cloud over out on your guided tour. The last major feature you should have is a GPS so you can geo-tag your photos automatically, this will allow you revisit the locations years on.

Using the whirlwire camera filtering system we've come up with a list of best compact cameras for travel. 

Whirlwire comparison chart
ProductsStylus Tough TG-830
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-830
PowerShot D30
Canon PowerShot D30
Stylus Tough TG-3
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-3
Stylus Tough TG-2
Olympus Stylus Tough TG-2
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Whirlwire Rating98506665720511160
Video Features
FormatMP4
  • MOV
  • H.264
  • MJPEG
  • H.264
MP4
MicrophoneMono Mono Stereo N/A
SpeakerMono Mono Mono N/A
Resolutions
  • 1080p @ 60fps
  • 720p @ 30fps
  • 480p @ 30fps
  • 180p @ 30fps
  • 1080p @ 24fps
  • 720p @ 30fps
  • 480p @ 30fps
  • 1080p @ 30fps
  • 720p @ 30fps
  • 480p @ 30fps
  • 1080p @ 30fps
  • 720p @ 30fps
  • 480p @ 60fps
  • 240p @ 120fps
Storage
Storage Slot
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
Storage Slot Amount1 N/A 1 1
Storage Built-inN/A N/A 36 22MB
Sensor
Max Resolution4608 x 3456 4000 x 3000 4608 x 3456 3968 x 2976
Other Resolutions
  • 3264 x 2448
  • 2560 x 1920
  • 2048 x 1536
  • 1600 x 1200
  • 1280 x 960
  • 640 x 480
N/A N/A
  • 3968 x 2232
  • 3264 x 2448
  • 2560 x 1920
  • 2048 x 1536
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 1600 x 1200
  • 1280 x 960
  • 640 x 480
Image Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
3:2
  • 3968 x 2232
  • 3264 x 2448
  • 2560 x 1920
  • 2048 x 1536
  • 1920 x 1080
  • 1600 x 1200
  • 1280 x 960
  • 640 x 480
Megapixels16 12.3 16.0 12
Size1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm) 1/2.3" (6.17 x 4.55 mm)
TypeCMOS BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS BSI-CMOS
ProcessorTruePic VI Digic 4 TruePIC VII TruePic VI
Screen / Viewfinder
Screen Size3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Screen Pixels460,000 461,000 460,000 610,000
Screen TypeOLED TFT LCD TFT LCD OLED
Live View
Physical
Weather Sealed
BatteryBattery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ModelLithium-Ion Li-50B NB-6LH lithium-ion battery LI-92B lithium-ion battery Lithium-Ion LI90B
Battery Life (shots)300 300 330 350
Weight (grams)214 218 247 230
Dimensions109 x 67 x 28 mm 109 x 68 x 28 mm 112 x 66 x 31 mm 111 x 67 x 29 mm
Waterproof depth (M)10 25 15 15
Optics & Focus
Autofocus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Face Detection
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Face Detection
Digital Zoom4x 4 N/A 4x
Lens MountFixed Fixed Fixed Fixed
Manual FocusN/A N/A N/A
Focal length minimum (mm)N/A 28 25 N/A
Focal length maximum (mm)N/A 140 100 N/A
Optical zoomN/A 5.0 4 N/A
Image
ISO Range100-6400 100-3200 100-6400 100-6400
ISO Minimum100 100 100 100
ISO Maximum6,400 3,200 6,400 6,400
White Balance Presets5 6 5 4
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilisation
File FormatJPEG JPEG N/A JPEG
JPEG Quality LevelsN/A
  • Super Fine
  • Fine
Normal N/A
Features
Minimum shutter speed4 sec 15 sec 4 sec 4 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/2000 sec 1/1600 sec 1/2000 sec 1/2000 sec
Scene Modes
  • Portrait
  • Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Handheld Starlight
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Underwater Snapshot
  • Underwater Wide 1
  • Underwater Wide 2
  • Underwater Macro
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
  • Snow
  • Panorama
  • Backlight HDR
N/A
  • Portrait
  • Beauty
  • Landscape
  • Handheld Starlight
  • Night Scene
  • Night + Portrait
  • Sport
  • Indoor
  • Self Portrait
  • Sunset
  • Fireworks
  • Cuisine
  • Documents
  • Beach & Snow
  • Underwater Snapshot
  • Underwater Wide 1
  • Underwater Wide 2
  • Underwater Macro
  • Pet (Cat)
  • Pet (Dog)
  • Snow
  • Panorama
  • Backlight HDR
Built-in Flash
Flash Range (M)3.3 3.5 N/A 7.9
Flash Modes
  • Auto
  • On
  • Off
  • Red-Eye
  • Fill-in
  • Auto
  • On
  • Off
  • Slow Sync
  • Auto
  • redeye reduction
  • Fill-in
  • Off
  • LED
N/A
Self-timer
Metering Modes
  • Multi
  • Spot
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
N/A
  • Multi
  • Spot
Exposure Compensation±2 (at 1/3 EV steps) ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps) N/A ±2 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Orientation Sensor N/A
GPS
FPSN/A 2 5 5
Aperture PriorityN/A N/A N/A
Manual Exposure ModeN/A N/A N/A
Flash X Sync SpeedN/A N/A 1/200 sec N/A
Timelapse RecordingN/A N/A N/A
Connectivity
USB
HDMI
WirelessOptional N/A N/A Optional
Remote ControlN/A N/A N/A
Body Type
Body TypeCompact Compact Compact Compact


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