Find your ideal trav­el­ling com­pan­ion. searches out ver­sa­tile cam­eras that won’t take up your bag­gage al­lowance

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ll of us are tempted to pack what­ever cam­era kit we can lay our hands on when go­ing on hol­i­day. The trouble is that you can eas­ily find your­self ex­ceed­ing the size or weight al­lowances for carry-on lug­gage at the air­port, to say noth­ing of the pain of lug­ging around a heavy bag all hol­i­day. You could sim­ply take a sin­gle su­per­zoom lens with your D-SLR, which can cater for most sit­u­a­tions. Even so, af­ter hours of sight­see­ing that sort of weight dan­gling off a neck strap will feel like a bur­den. So what are the al­ter­na­tives?

Well, how about leav­ing your D-SLR kit at home? There’s a lot to be said for a light­weight, com­pact cam­era with a built-in lens when you’re off on your trav­els. Even so, there’s a big dif­fer­ence be­tween reg­u­lar com­pact cam­eras and ‘bridge cam­eras’ that have mon­ster zoom lenses and han­dle more like a D-SLR. Another op­tion is to buy a Nikon 1 com­pact sys­tem cam­era. They tend to be much more diminu­tive than D-SLRs, and the lenses are typ­i­cally smaller too. Or, if you’re de­ter­mined to stick with a D-SLR, then try a small body like the D3300 or D5500.

Let’s take a closer look at the pros and cons of these op­tions.


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