Best Travel Camera – UPDATED

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Honorable Mention

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Olympus OM-D E-M5
If you haven’t heard of micro four thirds yet then your really missing out. Heard it here first. Micro four thirds, a mirror-less camera, will be all the rage this year. Sony, Olympus, and now Cannon are all in the game already and innovating more than ever. If you love photography but hate hefting around your giant DSLR then micro four thirds is for you. Maybe you just like to do street photography and want to remain inconspicuous in a way that a DSLR pointing off your face like a boner just won’t do, micro four thirds is the answer. I digress…
The OMD is a perfect combination of form and function.

It’s like camera porn. The retro design comes in both silver and black or all black. The kit lens is the M. Zuiko Digital Ed 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 Ez. Probably the coolest thing about this lens is its ability to be used as a macro lens at the press of a button, truly versatile. The 3″ OLED touch screen on the back is very responsive (think iPhone screen). The screen tilts up or down and has touch screen capabilities that can be toggled on and off.

One of the coolest features is the 5-axis image stabilization system. This means if you tend to have blurry pictures because you can’t hold still you will greatly improve your shots. I have tested this and am most impressed with the results. The stabilization is exceptionally useful when taking telephoto shots. Below I’ll list some specs to get your mouth watering:

  • Worlds fastest autofocus
  • Dust and splash proof
  • 16 megapixel sensor
  • 25,600 maximum ISO
  • In camera art filters
  • Electronic viewfinder
  • 9 frames per second

The camera will set you back $999.99 for body only and $1299.99 for body and kit lens (recommended). There are so many interchangeable lenses to choose from so you can really customize this camera to your shooting style. Head over to Olympus OM-D E-M5
and check it out.


After shooting with this camera for over two months I can say with confidence it’s the best camera for someone who wants a do anything go anywhere rig.  Review after review talks about professionals ditching their bulky DSLR’s in favor of this smaller but just as powerful camera.  The macro mode on the stock 12-50mm lens is fantastic and it’s a breeze to press the little macro button and snap a shot and then click back over to normal mode on the go.  The camera powers on and grabs focus of whatever your shooting in about 2 seconds or less.  Navigating the camera and adjusting it’s settings is a breeze thanks to the touch screen and well laid out menu options.  A lot of the pictures from this site have come from the Olympus OM-D E-M5 .

Here are a few sample shots taken with the OMD:

Rusty Yet Beautiful

Up close flower
Macro Machine

Head over to Amazon and check it out for yourself: Olympus OM-D E-M5

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