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…

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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.

CAM­ERA SPECS

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.

LE­GAL­ITY

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.

DURA­BIL­ITY

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.

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