Best Travel Camera

Yep I hear you saying big promise. I know I'm right, well right for me.

Who knows it might be right for you also. So what do I do to these cameras, where do I take them and what is my expected performance outcome.

What do I do:

  • 4 wheel drive
  • Trek
  • Rock Climb
  • Some Mountaineering
  • Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Diving
  • Also the odd Tourist happy snap

Where do I take my photos:

This last year only

  • Treking in the jungle
  • Sailing in PNG
  • Gold prospecting
  • Sail the Queensland Coast
  • Shark Diving in the Southern Ocean
  • and some tourist snaps

Expected Performance:

I'm no pro but I want JPEG and RAW 20meg

I want cinematic video from my DSLR, 1080P

I want fast stable video from my small cameras 1080P

Stable Drone shots and video 1080P

IT MUST ALL FIT IN ONE DAY PACK AND BE AIRLINE LEGAL, YEP. Carry on. 2 spare batt, per system.

Spare Batteries and chargers in checked in.

So what do I carry and use.

Medium DSLR - Light

Well this is an image of a T7i, I still use the Cannon T2i, its a great DSL for run and gun video, light simple, cheap and produces video every bit as good as a Cannon 5d for the majority of users. You will need to invest in good glass, however the standard lens are Ok. The link below is a good place to start your search.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i DSLR Camera + Canon EF-S 18-55mm is STM Lens + Canon EF 75-300mm III Lens + Wide Angle & Telephoto Lens + Telephoto 500mm f/8.0 (Long) + 64GB Card + Slave Flash + Valued Bundle

Small DSLR - Mirrorless

The Sony RX100 is an amazing travel camera, Small powerful, beautiful images in auto mode. So many options you need a month to learn them but as a point and shoot simply awesome and the video is beautiful. I initially purchased this camera to mount on a drone for inspection work. Now I use it a lot and also for diving, it has become my dive camera mounted in a waterproof housing. 

There are now over 5 versions of this camera, I have two, one for land and one for diving. You don't need the latest but consider the RX100 3 onwards, there are some great deals and the latest version is amazing. Check out the spec and the reviews.

Sony RX100 VII Premium Compact Camera with 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor (DSCRX100M7)

Sports Camera - GOPRO

Well it's a great camera, and at the moment still a better deal the the hero 8. grab a waterproof diving case and it will survive any crazy idea you can dream up. You will also need a red filter if your going diving but we'll cover that more in the dive section.

GoPro HERO7 Black + 32GB Memory Card + Hard Case + Card Reader + Chest Strap Mount + Head Strap Mount + Flexible Tripod + Extendable Monopod + Floating Handle + Hero 7 Best Value Bundle

Travel Drone

I have been building a flying drones for about 10 years, but this little beast rocks. Super small, light, ridiculous endurance and fantastic image quality. There is now only one drone for travelers the mavic mini. Ensure you purchase the combo and a super fast SD card for the write speeds in 2.5K video capture. You need the extra batteries.  

DJI Mavic Mini Fly More Combo Portable Drone Quadcopter Starters Bundle

Other Stuff I use

  • Rode Video Mic
  • Audio capture such as zoom2 or your phone
  • Video Tripod heavy
  • Photo Monopod super light
  • UV filters
  • ND filters
  • Sun hoods
  • Protective case
  • SD cards at least 2 per device
  • Computer
  • 2 x portable backup drives can be large capacity SD cards.
  • Selfie stick


  • RX 100 underwater case 60m 
  • dive lights

Hope this gives you some ideas, it does work very well as a travel package.

You do not need to carry a massive DSLR unless you print large format canvas or you want so sell photos.

Most of the classic photos we remember were taken with film, good light and a good eye.

Some of the best video I've seen come from a mobile phone and yes you can just use that. Check out amazon for mobile phone run and gun rigs.

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