Travellers’ guide to... alternative cameras
When it comes to travel photography, most people opt for either a DSLR camera or their mobile phone. However, there are plenty of other options to get unique shots…
From drones to camera traps, we rate four non-traditional photographic devices
WHAT TO CONSIDER… WEIGHT
Always important, but particularly when considering that one of these cameras isn’t likely to be your primary device, but instead an additional item to capture something different.
Look at the megapixel count – higher means better image quality. The lens’ focal length and aperture dictate how wide the view and how the camera performs in low light. High definition is best for video, with 1080p good but 4K superior. Frames per second will affect how smooth captured video looks – the higher the better. Image stabilisation can eliminate a lot of camera shake and vibration.
Some countries do not allow the use of drones or camera traps and you may have your model taken off you at the airport (Morocco is one example when it comes to drones). Flying a drone could be an annoyance, especially in a peaceful place, so always be a mindful user. When setting a camera trap ensure that it’s not on private land or somewhere that would infringe on somebody’s privacy. Asking permission before taking somebody’s picture is not only respectful but usually means you build a rapport and get a better image.
Any camera will have to stand up to the rigours of travel, so consider if they have features that are appropriate for your trip, such as waterproof casing, shockproof housing and whether or not they’re made from a robust material.
DO I REALLY NEED ONE?
The four options featured here are all about having fun and taking photography to the next level, whether that’s an aerial shot, wildlife photography, active filmmaking or retro-style shots. Think about what you would like to capture that your current camera isn’t allowing you to do effectively.