Best Travel Camera: Small Cameras, Waterproof Cameras and More

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You’re off on the vacation of a lifetime! Beach, bar, city or spa—you’re having the time of your life. You want to remember these days forever. But wait… You didn’t bring your camera because it’s too heavy! The quality is too bad! It fell in the pool and stopped working!

Whatever travel you’re into, hopefully it won’t be long until we’re having unforgettable adventures again. When that day comes, be ready to capture every moment with the best travel camera. 

What makes a good camera for travel?

Buying a new camera can be daunting because of the number of options. Even in the class of “travel cameras”, there are literally thousands to choose from. To narrow down the choices, here are some key things to consider when choosing the best travel camera:

  • Portability: NO to clunky and heavy, YES to lightweight and easy to carry around.
  • Creativity vs. simplicity: Do you want a thousand amazing creative options, or a hassle-free point and shoot? 
  • Image quality: High resolution, great stabilization and superior low-light performance to reduce the chances of that perfect shot being blurry.
  • Durability: Especially when traveling, your camera needs to be able to endure the elements. 
  • Versatility: Reducing the number of cameras and accessories you need to carry around to make travel more enjoyable. 

Best versatile travel camera

It can be difficult to decide which kind of camera is best to take on your travels. Your adventures will look different whether you take a compact camera, a 360 camera or a classic action cam. Fortunately the days of compromise are over, as you can get a camera that does it all!

With its innovative interchangeable lens design, Insta360 ONE RS gives you the power of flexibility. Instead of carrying a bunch of cameras or limiting yourself with one, you can do it all with just the switch of a lens.

Insta360 ONE RS with 4K Boost Lens, 5.7K 360 Lens and 5.3K 1-Inch Lens

The new 4K Boost Lens lets you shoot classic action cam footage in awesome 4K 60fps resolution, while taking incredibly detailed 48MP photos. 6K Widescreen Mode is perfect for recording Hollywood-worthy videos while Active HDR keeps highlights and shadows in all the right places for true-to-life results.

The 5.7K 360 Lens is ideal for capturing the action in awesome 5.7K 360. Just like with ONE X2, you have the freedom to live in the moment as you shoot first and choose your favorite angles after in post. FlowState Stabilization and 360 Horizon Lock keep your shots steady, while for epic third-person views you can use it with the Invisible Selfie Stick. The ONE RS Twin Edition, which includes the 4K Boost Lens and the 5.7K 360 Lens, is rugged and waterproof to 16ft (5m).

The 5.3K 1-Inch Edition, co-engineered with Leica, shoots the best quality images ever seen in action cameras.  Boasting a 1-inch sensor, it excels as a stills camera. The large sensor drastically improves dynamic range and performance in low light, where many other action cams struggle.

Along with the powerful Battery Base, the final component that makes up Insta360 ONE RS is the ONE RS Core, with 2.7x Instant Zoom, improved audio and up to 50% faster WiFi transfers. Along with the other modules, it makes ONE RS truly the most versatile travel camera on the market.

Check out more of ONE RS’ killer features here.

Best small camera for travel 

When traveling, the last thing you want is to be lugging around a huge DSLR with multiple lenses. Your neck will be aching, your hands will be full and chances are you’ll not bother taking the camera out every day. So you need a portable and practical small travel camera. 

best small camera for travel

Well, Insta360 GO 2 weighs just 27 grams and it’s smaller than your thumb. It’s so light that you can shoot with no hands! Mount it anywhere you like, tap to shoot and go. It’s so tiny that you’ll probably forget you’re taking awesome hands-free POV shots!

GO 2 comes with several pocket-sized accessories, so when you’re traveling there’s no need to carry bulky gear around. The first is an Easy Clip for attaching to hats, headbands, shoes and more. Second is a sticky-based Pivot Stand for mounting in unconventional places, and the third is a magnetic pendant necklace for wearing on your chest. GO 2 is waterproof to 4 meters, too, so you don’t even need to carry a waterproof case at the beach or by the pool. 

While GO 2 is a small travel camera, it’s performance is anything but. Another great travel feature is Insta360’s leading FlowState Stabilization technology. Whether you’re flying down the ski slopes or navigating busy streets, the stabilization algorithm eliminates all bumps from your shots, while Horizon Lock keeps the camera steady. The result is crisp lines and buttery smooth footage.

When is a case not a case? When it’s also a charger, a controller with an LED control screen AND has three fold out legs for use as a tripod! GO 2’s multi-functional case allows it to act as a camera much greater than it’s diminutive size.

When you’ve finished shooting, there’s no need to spend hours editing your footage if that’s not your thing. With FlashCut AI in the Insta360 app, you can put your feet up and leave the editing to the robots. Easy. 

Check out more of GO 2’s killer features here.

Best pocket camera for creative travel videos

For those of us whose sole purpose of going on vacation is taking epic shots of absolutely everything, Insta360 ONE X2 is the ideal pocket camera for travel. It isn’t a regular camera. It’s a 360-degree steady cam. 

best pocket camera for travel

With two fisheye lenses, ONE X2 is a travel camera that challenges everything you thought you knew about image making. Forget “point-and-shoot”, discover the freedom of “shoot first, point later”. The camera captures images from every angle, so you can relax in the knowledge you’ll never miss that perfect shot again! Just shoot now, then reframe around your subject and favorite angles later. 

When you’re bungee jumping over the Nile, kayaking down the Amazon or flying through the Grand Canyon, you shouldn’t be glued to a viewfinder. When you “shoot first, point later”, you’re free to live in the moment. When you finally have a moment of calm, either upload as a traditional flat video or in mind-blowing 360. That’s why 360-degree cameras are so great for travel photography.

ONE X2 really comes into its own once you let your creative juices flow. With the help of Shot Lab AI editing, you can create breathtaking cinematic effects with the tap of a button. Effects to choose from include stop motion, timelapses, clone effects, flying effects and many, many more. ONE X2 also utilizes Insta360’s signature FlowState stabilization, so your footage will appear even more blockbuster-like. 

best travel camera

If you prefer travel vlogs or documentaries to big-screen movies, why not be the star of your own? Use ONE X2 with the Invisible Selfie Stick to create the impression of being filmed by someone else. It’s like having your own personal camera crew in your pocket!

Despite its creative focus, ONE X2 is still an action camera after all. Waterproof to 10 meters, its durable body is designed to withstand whatever adventures you put yourself, and it, through. It also acts as a regular POV action cam for when you’re too busy to reframe your shots. Just use ONE X2’s simple Steady Cam mode for easy point-and-shoot photos and videos that you can share instantly to social media. 

Check out more of ONE X2’s killer features here.

So which camera is best?

Choosing the best travel camera all comes down to your individual needs. Think about what aspects are most important to you when traveling—size, simplicity, creativity, quality, durability or versatility—and you should be able to find a perfect match!


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