Best travel camera 2022: top choices for your adventures

Editor’s note: December 2022

If you can’t justify buying a new travel camera like the ones below, then it’s well worth considering second-hand options. Many of the models in our list below, like the OM System OM-5 and Fujifilm X-T30 II, have predecessors that are still very capable and come with price tags that give you the breathing space to buy them with a high-quality prime lens.

For example, the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark III can be found on reputable sites like MPB for almost half the price of the OM-5. The Fujifilm X-T20, meanwhile is one of the best-value travel cameras around at its current second-hand prices of around $430 / £430. Both the Micro Four Thirds system and Fujifilm’s X-mount have some excellent, affordable prime lenses that can also be found on the used market.

Buying new does still come with advantages, like the latest autofocus systems, stronger burst-shooting powers and the latest software and firmware. But if you aren’t able to buy new, our list below does also serve as a good guide to the best second-hand travel cameras, if you check out their predecessors.

Mark Wilson, Cameras editor

If you’re looking to capture memorable photos on your next big trip, then one of the best travel cameras should be at the top of your packing list. 

More powerful and versatile than any smartphone, the travel cameras below combine portable dimensions with sensors (and, in some cases, lenses) that can shoot sharp stills in pretty much any conditions. Many can also record excellent video of your trips, with connectivity options that make it easy to share with friends and family.