The 15 Best Backpacking Cameras of 2018: A Definitive Buying Guide

 Read on for a definitive guide on the best backpacking cameras on the market!

Read on for a definitive guide on the best backpacking cameras on the market!

Choosing a camera for your travels and unsure where to start?

This guide to the best backpacking cameras of 2018 will (hopefully!) help you decide the right one for you...

Keep reading!

 

Photos help immortalise your travels.

Seriously, when your adventure comes to an end and all you have left are memories, the photos you took become a priceless look back at the amazing things you did.

Which is why it’s so important to have a quality camera on your trip!

However, there are so many options out there it can be difficult to choose one that’s right for you…

I wanted to make this decision making process more straightforward.

So, in this buying guide I’m going to tell you what you should consider when choosing your backpacking camera, the different types of camera available and finally provide full reviews and recommendations of the best cameras for backpacking currently out there.

Keep reading to find the best camera for your travels!


Best Cameras for Backpacking - Summary Table

 
Galaxy S9.jpg

Type: Smartphone

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 189g

Price:

Pan Lumix.jpg

Type: Compact

Megapixels: 12.8

Weight: 243g

Price:

Sony RX10.jpg

Type: Bridge

Megapixel: 20.1

Weight: 832g

Price:

Olympus OM-D.jpg

Type: Mirrorless

Megapixels: 16.1

Weight: 411g

Price:

GoPro Hero 6 Black.jpg

Type: Action

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 118g

Price:

 
Huawei.jpg

Type: Smartphone

Megapixels: 10 (default)

Weight: 180g

Price:

Can Powershot.jpg

Type: Compact

Megapixel: 20.3

Weight: 300g

Price:

Panasonic z1000.jpg

Type: Bridge

Megapixels: 21.1

Weight: 831g

Price:

Nikon D5600.jpg

Type: DSLR

Megapixels: 24.2

Weight: 465g

Price:

Olympus Tough TG-5 .jpg

Type: Action

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 250g

Price:

 
iPhone.jpg

Type: Smartphone

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 174g

Price:

Sony Cyber.jpg

Type: Compact

Megapixel: 20.2

Weight: 243g

Price:

Sony Alpha A6000 .jpg

Type: Mirrorless

Megapixels: 24.3

Weight: 346g

Price:

Canon Rebel SL1.jpg

Type: DSLR

Megapixels: 18

Weight: 400g

Price:

Sony Cybershot WX-220.jpg

Type: Budget Compact

Megapixels: 18.2

Weight: 121g

Price:


Considerations When Choosing the Best Backpacking Cameras

It’s important to take the following things into account when choosing your travel camera:

Your Budget

The price range for cameras is huge.

You can find a brand new digital camera for as little as £100 (around $140). But for higher quality kit the price quickly rises, and can easily stretch into the thousands.

Like all things, how much you are willing to spend is totally up to you.

Generally speaking you get what you pay for with cameras though. Paying that bit extra can make a big difference if you’re after top quality snaps.

In the cameras listed below I’ve tried to cover cameras for most budgets.

However, all of them fall above the hundreds of pounds/dollars mark. Any less and you seem to sacrifice image quality and fitness for purpose. 

The Amount You Can/Want to Carry

Higher end cameras tend to have all sorts of additional parts.

There are lenses, tripods, extra batteries, memory cards, cases and so on.

And all of it has to be carried around with you if you’re backpacking!

If you don’t want to (or simply can’t) lug around a lot of stuff, then consider simpler types of camera.

 With certain types of camera the amount of kit you'll need to carry can stack up!

With certain types of camera the amount of kit you'll need to carry can stack up!

Camera Weight & Portability

Similarly, some cameras (think DSLRs…) can be bulky.

And bulk equals extra weight to carry.

The bigger cameras tend to offer the higher quality photos, but will be inappropriate for anyone trying to save on space and weight.

The Effort to Learn

Turns out a lot goes into the whole photography thing!

How much effort are you willing to put into learning?

The fancier models require an understanding of things like aperture, aspect ratio, depth of field, exposure…and so on.

Without this, even with the most expensive camera and lenses in the world, your photos will be average at best.

So, if you’d rather just pick up a camera and start shooting straight away, go for a simpler option.

Your Backpacking Style

Finally, think about the manner in which you’re going to be travelling.

For instance, if you’re a fast paced traveller then a quick point and shoot camera might be perfect.

If you’re slower and steadier, a heavier option with a greater spec could suit you better.

Equally, what are you going to be doing?

Hiking? Spending time outdoors? In water? In nature? Exploring cities? Moving around a lot?

All of these factors will affect the type of camera that’ll be best for your trip.

 There are a bunch of options when choosing the best backpacking camera for you. Here are the main ones...

There are a bunch of options when choosing the best backpacking camera for you. Here are the main ones...

The Different Types of Camera + Their Pros & Cons

Now let’s turn to the different types of camera available and their relative pros and cons.

Smartphone

Not so long ago the image quality on camera phones just wouldn’t have cut it.

But these days that’s all changed.

As you know, smartphone cameras now take incredible photos and there’s a host of other benefits too (see below)! This could be a perfect bet for travellers taking casual photos on the go.

However, for serious photographers, smartphone capabilities will remain limited.

Smartphone Camera Pros:

  • Portable and lightweight
  • Saves space (just a phone, rather than phone PLUS camera!)
  • Internet connection means easy uploads
  • Can edit photos with built in phone software

Smartphone Camera Cons:

  • Generally limited to basic photography
  • Potentially limited memory
  • Image quality is good but not great (especially in low light and with zoom)
  • If it breaks you lose your phone and your camera!

Compact/Point and Shoot

Compact cameras (otherwise known as point-and-shoot cameras) are generally a step up in quality from smartphones.

Used and loved for their small, simple, user friendly nature, just point the camera and press the button to get great quality pics.

Specs can be pretty limited, but tend to offer more manual control over snaps than smartphones do, as well as optical zooms.

Compacts would be a good choice for travellers looking for high quality photos with minimal effort.

Compact Camera Pros:

  • Exceptionally easy to use
  • Very little learning required
  • Portable and lightweight
  • More features and manual control versus smartphones
  • Image quality generally better than smartphones

Compact Camera Cons

  • Image quality can still be an issue (especially in low light)
  • Limited aperture and zoom
  • More complex photography is generally not possible
 A camera taking a picture of a bridge...not exactly what people mean by a bridge camera though...

A camera taking a picture of a bridge...not exactly what people mean by a bridge camera though...

Bridge Cameras

A bridge camera is essentially a cross between a compact camera and a DSLR (see below).

As in, it bridges the gap between them…and allows you to cross it in the process…see what I did there?

Anyway...

In practice this means they're a similar style to DSLRs (with a viewfinder, long range zoom lens and manual control) but easier to use.

They usually come without interchangeable lenses.

Bridge cameras were originally made to provide a budding photographer a high quality camera at a price tag cheaper than actual DSLRs.

They would be ideal for someone hoping to take great photos without the steep learning curve!

Bridge Camera Pros:

  • High quality photos
  • Viewfinder, long range zoom and manual controls
  • Smaller than a DSLR
  • Ideal stepping stone to complex photography

Bridge Camera Cons:

  • No interchangeable lenses
  • Manual controls are limited versus fancier camera options
  • Less compact than a compact
  • More expensive than a compact

Mirrorless Cameras

From what I gather, mirrorless cameras have been something of a revolution in the photography world.

Essentially, DSLRs have a mechanical mirror that switches the scene between the viewfinder and image sensor.

Mirrorless cameras don’t.

Meaning they’re smaller and lighter than DSLRs with all the same features and functionality.

So, full manual controls, interchangeable lenses and exceptional quality photographs.

They don’t come cheap, but if you're a serious photographer (or plan to become one) they're highly recommended by photographers all over the web.

Mirrorless Camera Pros:

  • Exceptional image quality
  • Smaller than a DSLR
  • Full manual controls and interchangeable lenses

Mirrorless Camera Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Takes time to learn and master

DSLR Camera

DSLRs (digital single lens reflex) have long been the quintessential camera of choice for photographers.

With full manual controls and interchangeable lenses they can create photos of the highest quality.

Again though, they can get eye wateringly expensive.

There are affordable ones around though.

And you get what you pay for: the image quality, when used well, is arguably worth the money.

It takes effort to learn. But if that isn't an issue then a DSLR would be a good choice for budding photographers.

DSLR pros:

  • Exceptional image quality when used well
  • Full manual controls and interchangeable lenses

DSLR cons:

  • Expensive
  • Large and heavy
  • Takes time to learn and master
 Read on to discover the best camera for backpacking.

Read on to discover the best camera for backpacking.

The Best Camera for Backpacking

Finally, let’s take a look at some of the best backpacking cameras on the market!

The Best Smartphone Camera for Backpacking

1. Galaxy S9 Plus

Summary:

Type: Smartphone

Megapixel: 12

Weight: 189g

Dimensions: 158 x 74 x 8.5mm

 

Galaxy S9 Plus Review:

Released in March 2018, this smartphone is billed as the best camera phone around!

And to be fair, it looks and sounds impressive.

It boasts not one, but two 12MP cameras, along with an 8MP front camera. The main sensor has a world leading f/1.5 aperture, making it fantastic for low light situations compared to other phones.

And at just 189 grams it is pretty lightweight too.

The only downside I can see are the dimensions, which at 16 x 7.5 x 0.8cm make the phone pretty big.

That said, it’ll still fit in your pocket ready and waiting for perfect picture moments!

Pros:

  • World leading camera technology
  • Lightweight
  • Great low light photos for a phone
  • 2 cameras
  • Dual aperture technology

Cons:

  • Fairly large dimensions

Summary:

Type: Smartphone

Megapixel: 10 (default)

Weight: 180g

Dimensions: 155 x 74 x 7.8mm

 

Huawei P20 Pro Review

The Huawei P20 Pro is another camera phone with a stellar reputation for insane quality photos.

It comes with not one, not two, but three cameras on its back, with a 68 megapixel count combined.

The one on the front is 24MP too. That’s huge!

The shooting experience of the Galaxy S9 is said to be better all round, but if megapixels are your thing, then the Huawei is unmatched.

There are a range of features for decreasing noise and enhancing dynamic range too, as well as a 3x zoom lens.

Really, there's not a lot to choose between this and the Galaxy. Either way you get a camera phone that will snap you amazing photos on the road.

Pros:

  • Another camera phone of the highest quality
  • Lightweight
  • 3 rear cameras totalling 68MP

Cons:

  • Fairly large in size

Summary:

Type: Smartphone

Megapixel: 12

Weight: 174g

Dimensions: 144 x 71 x 8mm

Price:

iPhone X Review:

Described as the best iPhone camera on the market, here’s another smartphone that comes highly recommended.

It boasts a main 12MP (with 2x 12MP sensors) camera and a 7MP camera on the front. Each one takes awesome pics, capturing detail even in low or bright light.

And the ‘TrueDepth’ front camera will be awesome for snapping travel selfies and skyping home.

Practically speaking the iPhone X is a winner too, with an insanely portable weight and size.

But you’ll need deep pockets: this phone comes with a price tag!

Pros:

  • Highest quality Apple camera available
  • Dual sensor 12MP rear camera
  • TrueDepth tech front camera
  • Favourable size and weight

Cons:

  • Expensive
 Moving on to other best backpacking camera options...

Moving on to other best backpacking camera options...

The Best Compact Camera for Backpacking

4. Panasonic Lumix ZS50 (TZ70 outside US)

Summary:

Type: Compact

Megapixel: 12.8

Weight: 243g

 

Panasonic Lumix ZS50/TS70 Review:

Compact cameras don’t come much better than Panasonic’s ZS/TZ series.

The ZS50 (or TZ70), depending where you are in the world, is no exception.

With a 12.8MP high sensitivity sensor, it also comes with an electronic viewfinder, which makes snapping the perfect pic that bit easier in certain lighting.

Not to mention a huge 30x zoom.

Oh, and it connects to Wifi too, enabling easy uploads of your snaps!

In terms of shooting, simply leave it in auto and you’re good to go. Or, for control over aperture and shutter speed why not shoot raw files instead (great if you’re looking to edit photos).

It’s slightly larger than other compacts, weighing in at 243g.

But it’s by no means big and will easily fit in your pocket when you’re out and about!

Pros:

  • 30x zoom
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • Wifi
  • 1080p movie capabilities
  • Good value for money

Cons:

  • No touchscreen
  • Other Panasonics pack larger sensors

Summary:

Type: Compact

Megapixel: 20.3

Weight: 300g

 

Canon Powershot SX730 Review:

The Canon Powershot SX730 really does sound ideal for backpacking.

This 20.3MP camera is great for newbies and those with more experience alike as you can switch easily between full manual, semi-auto and full-auto mode.

Undoubtedly one of the Powershot’s greatest features though is its enormous 40x optical zoom.

Another cool feature is a tilting screen that’ll take the guesswork out of selfies! Just flip it up, aim the camera in your direction and see exactly what’s happening (FYI the Canon M50 is another great camera with a tilting screen!).

If you’re travelling alone then this could come in especially handy.

Unfortunately there’s no touchscreen. But the zoom, tilting screen and general ease of use make this a very appealing backpacking camera.

Pros:

  • 20.3MP
  • 40x optical zoom
  • 1080p movie capabilities
  • Tilting screen
  • Good value for money

Cons:

  • No touchscreen
  • No Wifi
  • No viewfinder

Summary:

Type: Compact

Megapixel: 20.2

Weight: 243g

 

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 Review:

The Sony RX100 has actually been replaced now with a series of cameras (we’re now at the RX-100 VI, apparently!).

However, the original RX100 is still being manufactured and comes with stellar recommendations online- especially if you’re on a budget.

This camera is another great compact option for travellers looking to take rapid fire high quality photos with minimum effort.

It boasts a bunch of awesome features including full manual control, RAW format shooting capabilities and a top end 20.2MP sensor.

By all accounts this is a fantastic camera to take backpacking, taking awesome photos even in low light.

Later versions of the RX100 in the series also boast a handy touchscreen.

Pros:

  • High quality sensor
  • Highly recommended
  • Full manual control
  • Full HD video recording
  • Good value for money in terms of sensor size

Cons:

  • Higher price tag
  • Original RX100 lacks special features of newer models in the series
 Moving on to the fancier camera options to take backpacking. Let's start with Bridge cameras...

Moving on to the fancier camera options to take backpacking. Let's start with Bridge cameras...

The Best Bridge Camera for Backpacking

7. Sony RX10

Summary:

Type: Bridge

Megapixel: 20.1

Weight: 832g

 

Sony RX10 Review:

This superzoom compact bridge camera was hailed as a game changer when it first appeared on the scene.

There are a bunch of newer models these days. I decided to include the original though as it is far cheaper than newer versions.

And the Sony RX10 still boasts some impressive specifications, including its 20.1MP 1 inch sensor.

It has a constant f/2.8 aperture which is discussed as a major plus point and is said to shoot outstanding quality images.

There’s also a top notch tilting screen (more selfie love) and full HD video capabilities.

The only downside of the original is a lack of touchscreen.

Otherwise, if you’re after a DSLR style camera that’s simple to use, the Sony RX10 seems a great choice.

Pros:

  • Awesome image quality
  • 20.1MP 1inch sensor
  • Constant f/2.8 aperture
  • Tilting screen
  • Relatively cheap

Cons:

  • Lacks features of newer models
  • No touchscreen
  • No 4K video

Summary:

Type: Bridge

Megapixels: 21.1

Weight: 831g

 

Panasonic Lumix FZ1000 Review:

Another prime option for a new superzoom compact camera is the Panasonic FZ1000.

Also boasting a 20.1MP 1 inch sensor, the image quality of the Panasonic is comparable to the Sony RX10, but at an even lower price point.

This camera is real bang for your buck, coming with some nice specifications (such as 4K UHD video and f/2.8-4 aperture).

Another nice feature is its Wifi and NFC capabilities, where NFC enables contactless communication with other NFC devices.

It’s true that the Panasonic FZ1000 lacks a touch screen, but all told this camera is hard to critique.

Pros:

  • Great value for money
  • 20.1MP 1inch sensor
  • Wifi and NFC enabled
  • 4K UHD video

Cons:

  • No touchscreen
  • Bulky size
 Mirrorless cameras are praised heavily by photographers. Smaller in size than DSLRs with the same capabilities, they could easily take the prize for the best camera for backpacking.

Mirrorless cameras are praised heavily by photographers. Smaller in size than DSLRs with the same capabilities, they could easily take the prize for the best camera for backpacking.

The Best Mirrorless Camera for Backpacking

9. Sony Alpha A6000

Summary:

Type: Mirrorless

Megapixels: 24.3

Weight: 346g

 

Sony Alpha A6000 Review:

With a price that puts some bridge cameras to shame, the mirrorless Sony Alpha A6000 is perfect for serious photographers on a relative budget.

And you don’t sacrifice much in terms of image quality either, with its 24.3MP APS-C image sensor rising to the occasion.

Check out its weight too: 346g (12.2oz) makes it amazingly portable for backpacking.

Combined with 1080p HD video, built in Wifi and NFC, this camera is perfect for backpackers who want to take some serious photos on their trip.

However, its lack of weather resistance could be some cause for concern on your travels.

All told and from all accounts though, you can’t go too far wrong with the Sony Alpha A6000.

Pros:

  • Tremendous value for money
  • 24.3MP APS-C sensor
  • Lightweight and portable
  • High quality images at a great price

Cons:

  • No 4K video
  • Not weather resistant

Summary:

Type: Mirrorless

Megapixels: 16.1

Weight: 411g

 

 

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review:

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is another fantastic mirrorless choice at an exceptional price point.

Designed originally by Olympus as a cheaper alternative to some of their pricier cameras, the E-MD10 Mark III packs the same high quality image and video into a smaller price tag.

Of particular note with this camera is its supreme video capabilities. With 4K video this is a great bet for anyone planning on shooting videos while travelling.

It’s also got a reputation for being powerful and responsive.

At 16MP though the image quality isn’t as great as some others and it’s slightly heavier than the Sony Alpha A6000.

All told though this camera is another that comes highly recommended.

Top tip:

If you are looking to save some money, try the EM-10 Mark II instead.

From what I gather, its specs match that of the Mark III in most ways apart from the video capabilities, but it comes in a couple of hundred cheaper.

Check the price now!

Pros:

  • 4K video
  • Great image stabilisation
  • High end user experience

Cons:

  • Only 16MP
  • Relatively expensive for 16MP
 Finally, on to the best backpacking DSLR

Finally, on to the best backpacking DSLR

The Best Backpacking DSLR Camera

11. Nikon D5600

Summary:

Type: DSLR

Megapixels: 24.2

Weight: 465g

 

 

Nikon D5600 Review:

The main issue with DSLRs for travellers is often their size- where weight and general bulk can make portability a problem.

I’ve included The Nikon D5600 in this list as it goes some way to countering this issue. Now, it’s still bulky, but not compared to some!

The key plus point to this DSLR is its image quality though, with a 24MP sensor creating fantastic photos. And the 3.2in vari-angle touchscreen to view them on is another bonus!

Likewise, this is a cheap DSLR and you get a decent bang for your buck here too. The Wifi, NFC and Bluetooth capabilities putting the icing on the cake.

Pros:

  • High quality image quality
  • 24MP sensor
  • Touchscreen
  • Wifi, NFC and Bluetooth
  • 1080p video capabilities
  • Good value for money

Cons:

  • Bulky compared to mirrorless counterparts
  • Autofocus quite slow

Summary:

Type: DSLR

Megapixels: 18

Weight: 400g

 

 

Canon Rebel SL1 Review:

The Canon Rebel SL1 is another lightweight DSLR at a great price.

In fact, its design has made its bulk comparable to mirrorless cameras of similar specs. That said, it remains larger than the mirrorless examples in this list.

Nonetheless, this DSLR gives popular mirrorless cameras a run for their money.

With an 18MP APS-C sensor it boasts impressive image quality and offers users the same power as its larger Rebel series counterparts.

The touchscreen at the back is another handy feature that’s fixed (as opposed to tilting) in order to save weight.

All in all the Canon Rebel SL1 is a fantastic, pintsized yet powerful DSLR that provides amazing value for money.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • 1080 video capabilities
  • Small in size for a DSLR
  • Good value for money

Cons:

  • Touchscreen doesn’t tilt (but saves weight)
  • 18MP is low compared to other models
  • Lacking in some technical areas

Click here for a full review of the Canon Rebel SL1.

 On to adventure cameras! What's the best camera for hiking? Or the best underwater camera for scuba diving? Or skiing? Or any other million types of adventures you can have on the road....

On to adventure cameras! What's the best camera for hiking? Or the best underwater camera for scuba diving? Or skiing? Or any other million types of adventures you can have on the road....

The Best Cameras for Adventure

The cameras above cover the main forms of camera out there.

However, there is another type of camera that gets talked about online: action cameras.

Simply put, these are cameras that are perfect for adventure sports and activities.

As this piece is about the best cameras for backpacking, and everyone who backpacks tends to enjoy an adventure, I thought it made sense to list a couple of the best action cameras out there too.

Check them out!

The Best Underwater Camera for Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Swimming…etc

13. GoPro Hero 6 Black

Summary:

Type: Action

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 118g

 

 

GoPro Hero 6 Black Review:

First of all I wanted to offer a camera that’d best for underwater adventures.

Of course, whether you’re underwater or not, GoPros are an awesome bet for any adventure. 

However, for the best camera for snorkelling and other underwater experiences, look no further than the GoPro Hero 6 Black.

It’s one of the latest models and will set you back a pretty penny, but it’s arguably worth the expense.

This tiny action camera has some insane specifications.

It has a 12MP sensor, shoots 4k video at 60fps, is water resistant to 33ft (10m) and there’s a touchscreen and ‘Touch Zoom’ functionality with wifi to boot.

With all these features and a miniscule size and weight, this is an incredible camera for anyone heading on an adventure.

Pros:

  • Water resistant to 33ft (10m)
  • Touchscreen
  • Wifi
  • Touch zoom
  • 12MP images
  • 4K, 60fps video
  • Slo-mo 1080p video at 240fps

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Important adventure add-ons (e.g. a case) sold separately

The Best Camera for Hiking

14. Olympus Tough TG-5

Summary:

Type: Action

Megapixels: 12

Weight: 250g

 

Olympus Tough TG-5 Review:

Another fantastic all round adventure camera is the Olympus Tough TG-5.

This is a rugged point and shoot camera designed to withstand heavy handed treatment, adverse environments and underwater exploits.

For adventure there really can be few cameras better than this. However I include it here as one of the best hiking cameras in particular.

Its rugged capabilities are spectacular. It is waterproof to a whopping 50ft (15m), can be dropped from heights of 2.1m and withstand temperatures as low as -10°C.

It also includes GPS, an electronic compass, a barometer and a thermometer. If you’re out hiking these things could come in amazingly handy.

But its quality as a camera is special too.

At 12MP it packs surprisingly good image quality and offers fancy macro features for shooting at close range. You can also take pictures in RAW form (which is a rarity for action cameras).

In addition there’s wifi connectivity that enables you to connect it to a smartphone and control it remotely. Pretty cool, eh?!

Travelling by yourself? Set the camera up from afar and simply press the shutter using your phone!

And shoot video too at an impressive 4K, 30fps, or full HD 1080p at 60fps. There’s a slo-mo option too.

And finally, the Olympus Tough TG-5 4x optical zoom and additional lenses you can buy separately to enhance zoom and angle respectively.

This would personally be my pick of a backpacking camera.

Pros:

  • Huge range of features
  • 12MP camera
  • Exceptionally rugged
  • Waterproof to 50ft
  • Wifi capabilities
  • 4K video

Cons:

  • Pricey (but cheaper than the GoPro!)
 And what about the best budget camera for backpacking?

And what about the best budget camera for backpacking?

The Best Budget Camera for Backpacking

The cameras above are all great and I’ve tried to keep them in a relatively accessible price range.

However, they might still be out of reach for a budget backpacker.

So, here’s my pick of the best budget camera for backpacking if everything so far has been a little too expensive.

15. Sony Cybershot WX-220

Summary:

Type: Compact

Megapixels: 18.2

Weight: 121g

 

Sony Cybershot WX-220 review:

If you don’t want to use your camera phone and don’t want to break the bank on anything too fancy, try the Sony Cybershot WX-220

It is a fantastic choice that has a surprising number of features and comes high recommended online.

Features include: 10x zoom, built in wifi and an 18.2 MP camera that shoots good quality photos.

Its small and lightweight design also means it’s perfectly pocket sized and portable- perfect for backpacking.

Pros:

  • 18.2MP
  • Wifi
  • 10x zoom
  • Cheap and cheerful

Cons:

  • Limited image quality

Click here for a full review of the Sony Cybershot WX-220


The Best Backpacking Camera Tripod

For photographer wanting anything more than a smartphone or a compact camera, a tripod might be essential gear.

Here’s what seems to be one the best backpacking camera tripods out there:

Davis & Sanford Traverse TR553-P228

Summary:

Name: Davis & Sanford Traverse TR553-P228

Weight: 1.17kg

Max load: 4.5kg

Collapsed size: 30cm

Extended size: 134cm

Price:

Davis & Sanford Traverse TR553-P228 Review:

This Davis & Sanford Traverse TR553-P228 is everything you could need in a tripod.

It extends a long way and folds up small; it’s relatively lightweight and can bear a decent load. All this means it is highly functional and portable- the perfect combination for anyone backpacking.

And, at a reasonable price compared to some, what more could you really want?

Click here for a full review of the Davis & Sanford Traverse TR553-P228.

 Check the best backpacking camera tripod price!

Check the best backpacking camera tripod price!


And there you have it...

That brings to a close my guide to the best backpacking cameras of 2018!

Honestly, the type of camera you opt for is totally down to you and your personal preferences.

However, choose one of the options above and you won’t go too far wrong with your travel snaps.

Now I'd like to hear from you!

Which was your favourite camera on the list and why?

Let me know in the comments!


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