• Scene from afar

    Forget point-and-shoot – the new serious travel cameras are just as good as DSLRs, and a whole lot more portable
    Scene from afar

    Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

    Olympus travel cameras are retro-styled to recall the spirit of street art, the birth of pop music and a gritty, urban, cultural revolution. Of course, that’s just the appearance of things. In reality, this baby’s tough magnesium body is packed with high-tech – which makes it a popular choice for serious photographers looking for an adventure. Unique five-axis image stabilisation means sharp low-light shots without going to the flash. The controls are slightly technical, though, and designed for those who know
    their way around a serious camera.

    16 MP MOS 4/3 sensor, video 1080p @ 60 fps max, five-axis image stabilisation, 81 AF points, 3” rear touchscreen, built-in flash, 400 g

    R30 200 (body only)

    Canon G1X Mark III

    It’s been said that the best camera to have is the one you have with you. That’s especially true of Canon’s specialised GX cameras. They’re pocket-sized, so aways handy, but designed to perform like DSLRs with optional manual settings and no compromise on image quality and features. This model is the top of the range and built to take some knocks, with an all-metal body that’s also weatherproof. The 24 MP APS-C sensor is large for a compact camera, and the 3  zoom lens with manual zoom and focus-ring options closes down remarkably flat.

    24.2 MP APS-C Dual Pixel CMOS sensor, video 1080p @ 60 fps max, 3  zoom, 49 AF points, 3” rear touchscreen, built-in flash, water- and dust-resistant, 399 g

    R17 200

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