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We per­son­ally test-drove some of the most por­ta­ble mod­els in the mar­ket to sin­gle out three out­stand­ing trav­eller’s com­pan­ions – and we have the shots to prove it!

CASIO EXILIM EX-FR100 Casio Sin­ga­pore launched the out­door cam­era some­time end-2015, but it still stays hip and rel­e­vant even to­day. The cam­era fea­tures a rugged shock, wa­ter and dust-re­sis­tant de­sign that can be eas­ily op­er­ated sin­gle-hand­edly. Most peo­ple will opt for a phone out of con­ve­nience but most mod­els are not wa­ter re­sis­tant. This, how­ever, was the per­fect de­vice for rough­ing it out, es­pe­cially to the beach and re­sort swim­ming pools to cap­ture breath­tak­ing mo­ments. The FR100 also comes in a de­tach­able de­sign, which en­ables users to at­tach the cam­era mo­d­ule vir­tu­ally any­where via an as­sort­ment of af­ter­mar­ket ac­ces­sories. Strap it to your head and video log your trails, mount it to your moun­tain bi­cy­cles while ex­plor­ing a mul­ti­tude of landscapes, or sim­ply put it on a selfie stick for a group photo – its 16mm ul­tra wide-an­gle lens makes it per­fect for large group pho­tos as well as land­scape shots. Un­like other ac­tion cam­eras in the mar­ket where you have to shoot blind, the FR100 has a viewfinder that dou­bles as a clicker and is ideal for solo trav­ellers who wish to doc­u­ment their jour­ney, know­ing their im­ages are framed per­fectly. Ver­dict: best for solo ad­ven­tur­ers SONY RX100 IV This pocket-sized pow­er­house cer­tainly packs a punch! For those who want dreamy, aper­turepri­or­ity shots without hav­ing to lug around any­thing larger than a hefty power­bank, this is your go-to cam­era. The ZEISS® Vario-son­nar T* 24-70mm (35mm equiv­a­lent) F1.8-F2.8 lens means great macro shots (per­fect for snap­ping food), while the high speed Anti-dis­tor­tion Shut­ter (max­i­mum speed of 1/32000 sec­ond) min­imises the “rolling shut­ter” ef­fect for crisp shots even if the sub­ject is mov­ing (good for sneak­ing a stealthy snap of that good-look­ing guy on the street). It even has 4K video shoot­ing and 40x su­per slow mo­tion cap­ture, and Wifi con­nec­tiv­ity for in­stant shar­ing on so­cial me­dia! The only down­side – and we’re loathe to put it that way be­cause we adore the RX100 IV – is its lack of in­ter­change­able lens, which means that this model will re­main purely for point-and-shoot. Ver­dict: per­fect for so­cial me­dia en­thu­si­asts

CANON EOS M3 One of the more ac­ces­si­bly-priced mir­ror­less mod­els in the mar­ket, the M3 fea­tures an ad­vanced Hy­brid CMOS AF III aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem which per­forms up to 6.1x faster than the EOS M, while its DIGIC 6 Im­age Pro­ces­sor with ISO sen­si­tiv­ity range of 100 to 12800, ex­pand­able up to 25600, and Op­ti­cal Im­age Sta­bi­lizer which helps to com­pen­sate for up to 4 stops of cam­era shake, mean im­ages that are clearer, brighter, and have richer colours. For those who find the man­ual con­trols of a pro­fes­sional DSLR in­tim­i­dat­ing, the EOS M3 eases you in with three di­als (or touch screen op­tions) that let you con­trol aper­ture, shut­ter speed, and ISO. The ef­fects are dis­played on the bright, 3.0” Clear View II LCD mon­i­tor in real time, so you get a com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of how ad­just­ing one – or all – of these val­ues will af­fect your even­tual shot. Great starter for even­tu­ally grad­u­at­ing to a full-blown DSLR. Ver­dict: great starter for the pho­tog­ra­phy stu­dent

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