Summer Vacation Camera Guide

Summer vacation is just around the corner, and if you’re going somewhere fun, you’ll want to bring a camera to capture the memories. That’s why we’ve put together this handy camera-buying guide, to help you find the right camera to bring with you on your travels.

GoPro HD Hero3 Black$399.99

GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition
GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition

We’re not sure if there’s a camera that screams “vacation” more than the GoPro HD Hero3 Black. Capable of capturing ultra-wide 1440p 48fps, 1080p 60 fps and 720p 120 fps video and 12MP photos at a rate of 30 photos per second, the GoPro HD Hero3 Black Edition houses a built-in Wi-Fi system and includes a remote that is waterproof, wearable, and can control up to 50 Wi-Fi-enabled GoPros simultaneously from a range of 600 feet. Mountable to a surf board, a mountain bike, or pretty much any other adventurer’s vehicle, this is the perfect camera to capture your vacation’s most exciting moments.

Canon Rebel SL1$649.99-$799.99

Canon Rebel SL1 18-55 STM Kit
Canon Rebel SL1 18-55 STM Kit

Yes, we know we just wrote about the Rebel SL1, but we really don’t think you can find a more portable DSLR that still makes fantastic images for your vacation. This is a camera that literally fits in the palm of your hand, all while housing an 18.0-MP sensor, DIGIC 5 Image Processor, and a 3.0″ LCD touch screen. Plus, get the kit version and you’ll find one of the most impressive kit lenses, Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm STM lens, we’ve seen in a while. This is an entry-level DSLR, at an entry-level price, that takes more than just entry-level photos.

Fuji XF1, $449.99

Fuji XF1
Fuji XF1

Form meets function with this Fuji compact. The first thing you notice about the XF1 is its look: a durable aluminum body covered in synthetic leather gives the XF1 a sleek, elegant look and feels great in your hands, all while being small enough to fit in your pocket. It utilizes a Fujinon f/1.8 4x optical zoom lens to capture images on a 12.0-MP EXR CMOS sensor, with an autofocus system that reacts quickly even in low-light situations. If you want to look good while you’re touring the sights, this is the camera you’ll want to be whipping out of your fanny pack.

Nikon 1 S1, $449.95-$599.95 (after Instant Rebates)

Nikon 1 S1
Nikon 1 S1

The little sibling to the Nikon 1 J-series, the Nikon 1 S1 packs a lot in a small body. Capabale of simultaneously recording Full HD 1080p video and full-resolution still images on its 10.1-MP CMOS sensor all while controlling camera shake with its electronic Vibration Reduction and only weighing 6.9 ounces, this tiny guy is a great travel companion.

Olympus PEN E-PL5, $599.99

Olympus PEN E-PL5
Olympus PEN E-PL5

You’ll probably have just as much fun playing with this camera as you will white water rafting, skydiving, windsurfing, or whatever else you’ll be doing on vacation. Capture the sights in vivid color with the E-PL5’s 16-MP Live MOS Sensor and PEN series-exclusive TruePic VI image processing engine. Record Full HD 1080i video, zoom, and select one of 12 different Art Filters with an exceedingly responsive 3.0″ LCD touch screen, and never miss a moment of your vacation with the ultra-fast autofocus system and 8 fps continuous shooting capabilities.

Panasonic LUMIX LF1, $499.99

Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LF1

Panasonic’s newest compact features a 12.1-MP sensor, a Leica f/2.0 7.1x Optical Zoom lens, Full HD Video capabilities, and more. Utilize its Exposure Control Ring and Composition Guide to get the perfect shot, then connect the camera to your smartphone or tablet with the LF1’s Near Field Communication Wi-Fi connectivity by simply touching the two gadgets together, making it easier than ever to share your vacation photos with your friends and spare them your boring post-vacation slideshow. Now available for pre-order.

What camera are you taking on vacation?

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4 thoughts on “Summer Vacation Camera Guide

  1. Headed to Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina in June. I’m taking my GoPro Hero3 Black for action stuff; my Canon PS 300HS for a convienient carry around; and my Nikon D5100/Nikon AFS18-200/SB700/bag of accessories for when I’m feeling creative/inspired.


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