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While traveling, it’s important to carry a compact camera that can capture high-quality images and videos of your trip—especially if you’ll be out in the sun, in nature. You want to be able to capture the most high-quality images of still, small creatures, as well as those on the run. Check out our picks for the best point and shoot cameras for wildlife photography.
PowerShot G7 X Mark II by Canon
The first on our list, the Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark II, is a great point and shoot camera option as it comes with a 24-100mm zoom range. The long focal length and a faster lens helps you capture the best images, even if your subject is on the run.
This camera shoots 20.2 megapixels, and comes equipped with Dual Sensing that helps prevent blur due to camera shake. Its fast burst mode captures action like animals running. Also, the display screen is attached to a hinge, which helps you view the screen at up to a downward 45 degree tilt. It really is one of the best canon cameras of 2018.
Cyber Shot DSC-RX100 VI by Sony
The next compact camera on our list has a 24-200mm zoom lens with an aperture range of f2.8-4.5. These features gives you the control to create close up shots and wide shots with various focus. The Sony RX100 VI shoots video up to 24 fps with autofocus.
Its touch screen makes the camera easy to use for beginners. It allows you to control the camera with touch shutter and touch focus. The built-in image stabilization helps you capture high-quality images even if you're shooting action or if you're on the move.
X100F by Fujifilm
This digital camera produces amazing image quality at 24.3 megapixels. Its 35mm prime lens makes it one of the most ideal point and shoot cameras for traveling. It comes with an extra-large APS-C image sensor, which is larger than even some of the most expensive cameras you can buy.
The pros at Fujifilm have been working to improve their camera models. This one comes with an improved autofocus, faster continuous shooting, and a better battery life than previous models. The X100F has a fixed lens, so it’s a good option for shooting wildlife that you can get up close and personal with.
Tough TG-5 by Olympus
The Olympus Tough TG-5 is probably one of your best options for a sturdy travel camera. If you’re off to go hiking or white water rafting, this is your camera. The Tough TG-5 is waterproof up to 50 feet, which is great if the subject of your photography lives in a lake or the ocean. The camera is also dustproof and freezeproof.
This action camera shoots 12 MP photos and has a 25-100mm zoom. Its maximum aperture is f/2, which is great for low lit settings and underwater shots. If you’re prone to dropping cameras and need one that’s ready to go to battle, consider the Olympus Tough TG-5.
Coolpix B500 by Nikon
If you’re looking for a travel camera with great focal length, look no further! The Nikon Coolpix B500 shoots 16 MP images and has superzoom features with its 22.5-900mm lens. The 40x optical zoom is great for landscape photography and shooting outdoors.
The Coolpix B500 comes with preset shooting modes, giving even beginner photographers the chance to create engaging images. The camera can connect to your phone through Bluetooth connection with its SnapBridge technology. With this, you can share files and post on social in a short amount of time. Although it looks like a heavier-duty camera, it’s lightweight and easy to hold in one hand, meaning it’s ideal for traveling and venturing out into nature.
Lumix LX10 by Panasonic
Shooting 20 megapixels photos with its 24-72mm zoom, the Panasonic Lumix LX10 is great for beginner photographers and videographers. It performs well in low lighting situations, so if your destination is a rainforest or visiting a crew of nocturnal beasts, this camera is for you,
The Lumix LX10 shoots 4k video, making it one of the top 4k action cameras too. The touch screen creates great usability, helping you navigate through a variety of features. For such a compact camera, it shoots high-quality images and videos. This means it’s another good option for traveling and capturing great photos.
PowerShot SX710 HS by Canon
The Canon PowerShot SX710 HS comes equipped with a 25-600mm zoom lens. It captures movies in 1080p HD video and has built-in image stabilization to help you produce steady, blur-reduced images.
The camera offers plenty of options for movie shooting modes, including slow motion. The user-friendliness of the PowerShot makes it easier to capture great moments of traveling with high quality results. It’s an ideal option for beginners and those on a budget but who still want a decent level of quality. Maybe even the best wildlife photographers on Instagram started out with this one!
GR II by Ricoh
The Rioch GR II is a compact and lightweight travel camera. It shoots 16.2 MP photos and comes with a 28mm prime lens, which is great for travel and outdoor photography. Its fast shutter speed and large APS-C sensor makes it a good contender for one of the best point and shoot cameras.
The GR II’s fast autofocus is sure to help capture quickly-moving creatures. Also, the camera has autofocus during movie capture mode which helps create a high-quality video. The camera is small and compact enough to fit in your pocket, making it great for traveling. The camera comes with built-in Wi-Fi, which makes it easy to quickly share photos and video.
DSC W800 by Sony
Shooting 20.1 megapixels images, the Sony CyberShot DSC W800 comes in a small and lightweight size. And, it’s got a more affordable price than some other cameras on this list. This pocket camera is easy to take with you on trips, as it’s smaller than most smart phones.
The DSC W800 shoots 720p HD video. It also comes with easy to use features like image stabilization and panorama shooting. It allows you to get create with your wildlife photography, even for beginners.
Lumix ZS200/ TZ200 by Panasonic
The Panasonic Lumix ZS200/ TZ200 is one of the most advanced travel zoom cameras on the market right now. With a 24-360mm zoom lens, it’s a great option for both beginner and intermediate photographers.
Shooting videos in 4k, the Lumix ZS200 is a high-end compact that gives the travel point and shoot cameras a run for their money. The built-in electronic viewfinder helps ease the shooting process. Although it’s a little more expensive than others on the list, it captures great images and video. It’s perfect for capturing memories of some gorgeous wildlife.