If you want large light sensors, lots of megapixels, fast shutter speeds, and high quality video with the convenience and versatility of interchangeable lenses, you’re going to want to upgrade to a DSLR camera. Look in any professional travel photographer’s bag, and you’re likely to find a full frame DSLR camera with an arsenal of lenses and filters for every situation. Whether you're looking for you (or a friend!), here are 4 amazing DSLR cameras for the aspiring travel photographer.
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The Canon EOS Rebel T5i
packs an 18.0 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor, a DIGIC 5 Image Processor and an expanded ISO range of ISO 100-12800 (25,600 in H mode). That means you can shoot in low light conditions without having to rely on your flash. Low light video is where this camera truly shines. The hallmark of the EOS Rebel series
is its hybrid CMOS sensor that combines the contrast autofocus functionality found in camcorders with the phase-detection of a DSLR. Pair it with a nice 18-55 mm STM lens and you have a great entry level sub $1000 DSLR camera that takes great photos and video. Added bonus, this lightweight camera has a solid grip with a responsive touch screen display which is very convenient when you’re on the go.
If you’re looking for a general purpose DSLR, that’s great for family photos or travel photography, the Nikon D5500
is a solid choice. The D5500 sports a 24.2 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor, a Vari-angle Touch TFT-LCD display, and Nikon’s Expeed 4 image processing engine. When its predecessor the D5300 debuted in 2013, camera enthusiasts were floored by its flip-out LCD, high quality images, and impressive feature set. The D5500 is essentially the same camera, with an improved grip, flat picture control, built in Wi-Fi, and lighter body. The ISO range has also been expanded to 100-25,600 by default, as opposed to being a paid extension in the D5300 series. What makes the D5500 great for travel photographers
, is that it incorporates the monocoque frame or single body design. Since the body is a single piece, the camera is inherently more durable. Couple that with an extended battery life from 600 to 820 shots, and you have the perfect camera to take with you on a long road trip.
The Canon EOS 7D Mark II
is a mid-sized DSLR that wraps a Dual-Pixel 20 MP CMOS (APS-C) sensor, and dual DIGIC 6 image processors into a slick weather-sealed package. The 7D Mark II
autofocus and continuous shooting enhancements allow you to take amazing photos and HD video with relative ease. The new 65 point, all cross autofocus system, makes it easier to photograph high speed subjects and improves the level of freedom in composition for off center subjects. Combine that with the iTR (intelligent tracking and recognition) AF and the new metering sensor, and you get improved object recognition and tracking support. With its amazing AF, 9.5 fps burst and 1/500 second shutter speed this camera is a no-brainer if you intend to take action shots.
If you are looking to enter the realm of professional travel photographers, and have the money to spare, the Nikon D810
is a fitting entry point to the world of full frame DSLRs. The D810 supersedes both the D800 and D800E to bring you a suite of enhanced features, including a 36.3 MP full frame CMOS sensor, an expandable ISO range from 64-12,800 to 32-51,200 and an upgraded Expeed 4 engine. The D810
does away with the OPLF anti-aliasing filter entirely for high resolution raw images. The redesigned shutter and mirror system reduces shock from shutter actuation during continuous shooting, resulting in smoother sharper images. The new system also includes S-Raw mode for enhanced raw captures. With 1080p/60p HD video,the ability to simultaneously record video and download to an external hard drive and enhanced audio with wind noise reduction and presets for wide or voice frequencies, you’ll be prepared to film anywhere.
Whichever camera you decide to get, it's going to be your travel companion, so be sure to give it some thought. At the end of the day, choose the camera that's going to let you enjoy each and every moment of your travels!