4 Jan 2017
In my previous post, I recommended buying a mirrorless camera for travel. Two reasons:
• Quality. A mirrorless camera will produce images that are as good as a professional DSLR several times the size, weight, and often cost. If you enlarge the image until it fills a TV screen, maybe you’ll see a difference.
• Size and weight. These cameras aren’t going to weigh you down. You can carry one all day over rough terrain without strain. They won’t attract as much attention from thieves as a bigger, more expensive camera. And most importantly for the traveller, they can fit into your carry-on luggage. When airlines enforce their 7 kilogram limit, a big DSLR and a few lenses won’t leave much for anything else. Believe me, you don’t want to check your camera gear. There is more chance of theft when your bags are being handled out of sight, and the way those bags get slung around, things can get broken.
The interchangeable lens format means you can change lenses. Here I’ve shown a Canon Eos M3* with three lenses. The one on the camera is the smallest, a 22mm ƒ2.0 prime lens. This is small (and unobtrusive), perfect for landscapes, street photography, and low-light work. The lens on the left, being ridden by my little Lego cameraman to show the size, is the standard 18-55mm zoom. A handy walking-around lens, with a range of focal lengths good for landscapes, portraits, and a modest telephoto. The lens on the right is a 55-200mm zoom, which will give you enough “reach” to capture distant objects such as wildlife.
The equivalent DSLR camera and lenses will cost a fortune, be much larger, take up your entire carry-on weight limit, and strain your shoulder after a day hiking. As well as sending a clear message to thieves that you are a prime target.
Next time you shop for a good travel camera, go mirrorless!
*Great little camera. I’ve shown the rear touchscreen flipped up in selfie mode. You can buy an adaptor to mount any Canon DSLR lenses if you have an existing collection.