Here are the best travel cameras of 2018

Looking for the best travel cameras of 2018? Well you’re in luck. We are constantly being asked which camera equipment we travel the globe with and have decided to write an in-depth review of the best travel cameras of 2018 below.

Morgan McDougall reviews 'The Best Travel Cameras of 2018' holding the Canon 5D Mark IV somewhere in Bali.

Travelling the globe for many of us isn’t as easy it may seem. You may only get a week or two per year that you can take off and holiday to your favourite destinations around the world. One thing for certain is that we all want to capture those wonderful moments on these journeys to bring home and share with friends and family. This is where having the right camera to suit your lifestyle needs comes into a world of its own.

Finding the best travel cameras to take with you is a long process of trial and error which you may not have the time to deal with. This is where we come in. We’ve spent the time researching and trialling the best travel cameras of 2018 so that you don’t get caught out with the unexpected.

Listed below are our top picks for the best travel cameras of 2018 in each class so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for with ease.

If you have any question or would like a personal recommendation then please leave us a comment at the end of the page!

Best point and shoot cameras under $500.

If you’re new to using a camera and haven’t strayed too far away from your trusty iPhone then these point and shoots are for you. A point and shoot camera, also known as a compact camera is a still image camera designed for basic photography. These cameras predominantly use automatic systems which calculate the correct settings for a perfect exposure in every scene, hence the name. They are hassle free and are easily operated with next to no previous camera experience. Though being quite minimalistic cameras in their own right, these featherweight cameras certainly pack a similar punch you’d come to expect from a higher end DSLR.


An image of the Canon Powershot G9X Mark II which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018

The Canon G9X Mark II is our personal favourite under $500. Featuring a large 20.1MP 1-inch High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor + DIGIC 7 image processor, this point & shoot packs a big punch. This camera comes equipped with a 28-84mm f/2.0 lens with 3x optical zoom which is great from portraits up to general landscape photography. Wait, that’s not all. This Canon also packs Full-HD 1080p recording and our favourite feature of them all, built-in Wi-Fi + NFC. This means you can send your travel snaps straight to your phone and share them with friends all over the world! View full specs and review here!

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An image of the Sony DSC-RX100 which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

Meet the DSC-RX100 from Sony. Packing a F1.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lens this camera has unparalleled performance when it comes to image detail. With a maximum aperture of f1.8 combined with an expandable ISO of up to 64,000, the RX100 is the top performer in its field for low light photography. All of the above is backed by Sonys prized BIONZ image processing engine which renders the images beautifully. Another trick up this cameras sleeve is the ability to shoot Full-HD 1080p up to 120fps. What this translates into is creamy smooth slow motion video. Checkout the new Sony DSC-RX100M2 if you have an extra $150 in the budget. View full specs and review here!

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An image of the Olympus TG-5 Waterproof camera which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

If swimming, playing in the snow or hiking through rocky/dusty terrain is more your thing, then this one is for you. Meet the Olympus TOUGH TG-5 camera. As the name suggests this feature-packed compact is tougher than the competition. Packed with a bright 25-100mm f2 – 4.9 lens featuring dual pane anti-fog glass. Rest be assured your images will maintain crispy clear visuals throughout the elements that this beast can handle. The TG-5 is also shockproof, crushproof, dustproof, freezeproof (up-to -10c) and waterproof. And if that’s not enough, Olympus has also added High Definition 4K video recording + its got GPS, Temperature, Manometer and a Compass. View full specs and review here!

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Winner for best point and shoot camera 2018.

If you’re looking for a camera that is lightweight, versatile and captures stunning images, look no further. We highly recommend that you get yourself the new Canon PowerShot G9X Mark II. This compact point and shoot camera is packed full of features you’d expect to see in a higher-end DSLR, but without the price tag. Click here to view on Amazon.

Cosmos Companions have reviewed The Best Travel Cameras of 2018 and the winner (pictured above) is the Canon Powershot G9X II.

Best action cameras 2018.

Adding to your collection of vibrant sunrises, dramatic landscapes and beautiful cultural photos. You’ll undoubtedly want to capture some action videos of you jumping off cliffs, skiing/snowboarding or diving under the sea. Now unless you want to drown or freeze your everyday camera, then you're going to need one of these. The action cameras listed below are easy to use, light and compact, plus they are basically bomb proof.


An image of the GoPro HERO6 Black which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

This recommendation is going to be no surprise to you adrenaline junkies like me. GoPro have just released their new GoPro HERO6 Back edition and it’s jam-packed with more than a few new features. It comes standard with improved video stabilization, enhanced color profiles and the ability to record 4K slow-motion video up to 60FPS. It’s also waterproof down to (10M), freeze proof, has touch-zoom and voice commands and has the ability to edit your video’s automatically. All of this can be controlled on the GoPro HERO6 Black or you can use your smart phone as a wireless remote. It doesn’t get any better than this!

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An image of the YI 4K Action and Sports Camera which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

The YI 4K is the perfect choice for anyone looking for an action camera in 2018 on a minimal budget. While YI is still a new player in the world of action cameras, you’ll be surprised to know that they actually featured the worlds first 4K/60FPS camera. YI has packed so much new technology into this pocket-sized camera including, RAW image capability, USB-C, Electronic image stabilization and live streaming to name just a few. The YI 4K Action Camera uses the new Ambarella A9SE75 chip which may set it apart from the competition. This new chip uses much less battery life to produce Ultra-HD 4K video than its predecessor. All round this action camera is an absolute steal for the price!

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An image of the GoPro HERO5 Black which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

If you’re not looking for the latest and greatest action camera of 2018, then this one is for you. The GoPro HERO5 Black is still neck-and-neck with some of the best cameras on the market. This camera still features stabilized video recording up to 4K-30FPS, is waterproof down to (10M), freezeproof and has voice commands. You can also easily connect to the GoPro smartphone app for remote access and easy editing of your photos/videos. So if you’re in the market for a solid action camera at a great price, then look no further!

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Winner for best action camera 2018.

If you can’t beat em, join em! Get on board with the New GoPro HERO6 Black edition. Period.
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Winner for The Best Action Travel Cameras of 2018 as reviewed by Cosmos Companions is the GoPro HERO6 Black.

Best DSLR camera 2018.

Now if you’re really serious about getting the best images possible or looking to get into photography as a career, then you’ll want to check these out. They’re bigger and bulkier than any of the previously listed cameras, however, they can produce far superior images when quality is key.


An image of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV supports a massive bag of high-end features, including a 30.4 megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor coupled with Canon’s latest AF system. We personally own and use this camera daily and are always blown away with the results we get. The dynamic range is second to none, and we are able to salvage even the finest of details from the shadows and highlights in scenes. We can't rave enough about how good the Canon 5D Mark IV is so we have decided to just list some of its features below. Check out the full review and specs here!

Summary of Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Features:

  • 30.4 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS Sensor with Time-lapse Movie function
  • 7 fps continuous shooting and silent shutter mode
  • 4k 30fps video with 8.8 mp still frame grab, Full 1080p HD 60 fps, HD 720p mode at 120 fps
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF for responsive and smooth AF during video or Live View shooting
  • Built-in GPS + Built-in WiFi, NFC (Near-Field Communication)
  • 3.2″ (81.1mm), approximately 1,620,000 dot Clear View II LCD monitor with a full touch-screen interface
  • 61-point High-Density Reticular AF II system, including up to 41 cross-type AF sensors
  • Dual Memory Card Slots supporting one CF (UDMA Mode 7) and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I)
  • Dual-Axis Electronic Level with dedicated viewfinder display
  • EOS Integrated Cleaning System (EICS)
  • Magnesium alloy body, shutter durability rated up to 150,000 cycles, improved dust and weather resistance
  • SuperSpeed USB 3.0 for high-speed tethering and image/movie transfer
  • In-camera Multiple Exposure and HDR modes, HDR 30 fps video
  • Improved custom controls with a built-in intervalometer and bulb timer

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An image of the Nikon D850 FX which Cosmos Companions have reviewed for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

Nikon and Canon have been head-to-head for years in the fight to produce the latest and greatest DSLR cameras. We think the new Nikon D850 FX, released earlier this fall, is an absolute powerhouse DSLR and one of the top cameras on the market of any type. Boasting a 46MP backside-illuminated CMOS sensor which is huge! This new Nikon comes with the highest resolution sensor on the market and is coupled with some of the fastest buffering speeds we’ve seen. If you’re Nikon shooter and already own some of the FX lenses then what are you waiting for? Don’t take our word for it, check out the full review and specs here!

Summary of Nikon D850 FX Features:

  • 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor
  • 7 fps continuous shooting with AE/AF (9 with battery grip and EN-EL18b battery)
  • 153-point AF system linked to the 180,000-pixel metering system
  • UHD 4K video capture at up to 30p from full sensor width
  • 1080 video at up to 120p, recorded as roughly 1/4 or 1/5th-speed slow-mo
  • 4:2:2 8-bit UHD uncompressed output while recording to the card
  • 1 XQD slot and 1 UHS II-compliant SD slot
  • Battery life rated at 1840 shots
  • 3.2″ tilting touchscreen with 2.36M-dot (1024×768 pixel) LCD
  • Illuminated controls
  • 19.4MP DX crop (or 8.6MP at 30fps for up to 3 sec)
  • SnapBridge full-time Bluetooth LE connection system with Wi-Fi
  • Advanced time-lapse options (including in-camera 4K video creation)

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Winner for best DSLR camera 2018.

No matter how much we push our Canon 5D Mark IV camera, we just can’t argue with the features that the Nikon D850 FX offers. For many years Canon has led the pro DSLR innovation front while Nikon laid in wait. Well It’s clear that the wait was well worth it. With Nikon producing such a game changing camera, understandably the Nikon D850 has been hard to get. Many suppliers have been on backorder for some time. Click here to view on Amazon.

Cosmos Companions have reviewed the Nikon D850 FX for The Best Travel Cameras of 2018.

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