THE BEST CAMERAS FOR TRAVELLING
by Jamie Harrison
Whether you’re on a white rafter rafting holiday in the Yukon, a gap year in Vietnam or a simple beach holiday on Corfu, OLYMPUS has a camera that suits you. OLYMPUS has a long and historic tradition of travel photography, from National Geographic photographers using the small but sturdy OM series, to the world’s best selling MJU compact cameras – and on to to the latest digital cameras offering extreme protection, Wi-Fi connection and luxury handling. With so much choice, and so many different needs from travellers, which is the best Olympus camera to take on your dream holiday?
The Adrenalin Junkie – The OLYMPUS Tough TG-4
Designed for extreme conditions, the OLYMPUS Tough range is perfectly suited to those who like an adventure holiday. Equally at home on the beach, on the slopes or skydiving at 10,000 feet, the OLYMPUS Tough TG-4 can handle temperatures down to -10∘C, is waterproof to 15m and has a resilient casing that absorbs the knocks. It features Wi-Fi connectivity so you can link the camera to your phone and upload your latest adventures to social media or blogs, while the GPS tagging tracks your location.
The City Breaker – The Olympus PEN E-PL7
If your idea of heaven is visiting cities, absorbing the culture, shopping and partying, then the OLYMPUS PEN E-PL7 is for you. This stylish camera is designed for the cosmopolitan social media junkie.
Perfect for selfies with a flip out screen and Wi-Fi connection to your phone for instant uploads, the camera takes blogging and vlogging to a whole new level. Interchangeable high quality M.ZUIKO DIGITAL lenses give you the option to shoot wide or close, perfect for mornings spent around the museums, or evenings shooting fashion shows.
The Photography Enthusiast – The OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II
For the ultimate in control paired with minimum weight and space, the OLYMPUS OM-D E-M5 Mark II is the best traveller’s camera available.
Weighing in at just 417g and with a huge choice of quality M.ZUIKO optics, the camera allows complete control for every type of photography without the back breaking weight.
The OM-D E-M5 Mark II easily fits into a small camera bag, with space for two or three prime lenses and a OLYMPUS FL-600R flash, with room left over for your packed lunch. The Micro 4/3 sensor allows for smaller lenses than APS or full frame sensors, but doesn’t scrimp on image or optical quality.
Essential Camera Accessories
There’s several camera accessories that I never travel without, but the most important is a spare battery. There’s nothing worse than spending a few days away, only to run out of juice. I take a lot of photos when I’m out and quickly eat through the power, so I always make sure I have at least two fully charged batteries before I head out – one in the camera, and one spare.
Just as batteries are prone to dying, memory cards have a habit of running out of space, especially on a week or two’s worth of holiday. Always make sure you have enough space. Memory is cheaper than it’s ever been, and rather than lugging a laptop around, a small investment in spare cards saves weight and hassle.
Let’s face it, cameras aren’t cheap. If you’ve spent a fortune on a decent body and lenses, then you really need something to protect your investment. OLYMPUS does a range of lovely camera bags and pouches that really match the stylish bodies. From simple ever-ready cases to feminine fashion bags, or larger system bag for multiple lenses there’s a bag to suit everyone.