TRAVELS WITH NINA

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TOP TRAVEL CAMERAS: PARADISE MAG

Nikon D5300
If you feel as though it’s time to graduate from a compact camera to a DSLR, the Nikon D5300 will help make the transition smooth. The entry-level DSLR has a 24-megapixel resolution and omits an optical low-pass filter, which basically means sharper images, which you can check out on the go on the 8.1cm swivelling LCD – without fear that you’ll drop your new baby thanks to the deep hand grip.
 About $900, nikonusa.com

 

Olympus OM-D E-M1
The retro dials and textures on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 make it one of the best looking cameras around. The build of the camera has also taken its cues from the 70s, when smaller OM film cameras and lenses with exceptional optical quality were being made, which the OM-D E-M1 has but in digital form. The pro-style mirrorless camera has a 16-megapixel micro four-thirds sensor, and a focusing system that can keep up with speedy, full-size systems. 
About $1,695, getolympus.com

 

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4
This 16-megapixel compact DSLM mirrorless camera is loved for its excellent still image quality, and because it takes video to another level by shooting in ultrahigh definition (or 4K as the professionals call it). The high-resolution LCD uses Panasonic’s impressive touch-sensitive technology, and there’s a huge range of lenses available for it from Panasonic, Olympus and Leica. About $2,080, panasonic.net

 

Fujifilm X-T1
If you’re desperate to take an interchangeable lens camera along on your next jaunt but don’t want to lug an enormous DSLR about with you, Fujifilm’s retro-styled X-T1, which looks like a 1970’s film SLR, might be just the thing. Super speedy and with one of the best electronic viewfinders on the market, it also has built-in Wi-Fi for wireless sharing or remote shooting.
 About $1,570, fujifilmusa.com

 

Olympus TG-3
The perfect travel companion for all the thrill-seekers out there, the pocket-sized Olympus TG-3 has a construction that’s tougher than Jean Claude Van Damme. It’s completely shockproof, freezeproof, dustproof, waterproof to 15 metres without a housing, and can withstand 100kg of crushing force. It includes a host of action-oriented features like GPS location capability, Wi-Fi wireless control, an electronic compass, pressure and altitude gauges and the widest-aperture lens in its class, plus image stabilisation is used to help tame camera shake. It also includes a selection of seven Art Filters, interval shooting and time-lapse capture modes for the more creative snappers out there.
 About $423, getolympus.com

 

Sony DSC-RX10
If you need your camera to do everything, from capturing the details on an ancient Indian temple to shooting close-ups of monkeys in Bali, but want to save your shoulders from that weight, Sony’s DSC-RX10 could be the camera. It comes with an excellent fixed Carl Zeiss lens with a 24-200mm equivalent zoom with a fixed f/2.8 aperture, which works well even in badly-lit situations, and shoots full exposure HD movies.
 About $1,210PGK, store.sony.com

 

Canon EOS 6D
The Canon EOS 6D is an excellent camera for those ready to enter the world of full-frame photography, while looking like a pro. The DSLR camera has an image sensor the same size as a 35mm film frame, making for excellent full-frame image quality, in a more compact, lightweight body that’s similar in design to the top-end APS-C cameras. The 20-megapixel 6D also packs a GPS receiver and Wi-Fi capability, and delivers excellent video quality.
 About $2,250, canon.com

 

Pentax K-3
The 24-megapixel Pentax K-3 SLR takes a lot of what Pentax cameras are known for – robust weather sealing, excellent control layout and superb high ISO image quality – and couples it with the best-yet Pentax autofocus system, an impressive burst shooting mode and a weather-resistant lens. It also has something called an “anti-aliasing effect”, a breakthrough feature that slightly blurs the image to mimic the effects of an optical low-pass filter.
 About $1,330, us.ricoh-imaging.com

 

Ricoh GR
Barely thicker than your wallet, with a 28mm lens that delivers professional-grade image quality thanks to a high-speed auto focus system, and uncommonly straightforward menu settings, the discrete Ricoh GR does exactly what an experienced photographer thinks it will do. It also shoots full HD video.
 About $850, us.ricoh-imaging.com

 

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