Looking to upgrade your summer snaps? Niamh McKeown gives her top cameras and tips to capture your memories.
Travelling is a part of life, and almost a rite of passage in your 20’s. An essential part of this travelling is capturing your favourite moments to look back on in the future. However, there’s simply nothing worse than taking bad quality photos or discovering your videos have no sound.
 
As a photographer and YouTube vlogger, I encountered problems with my equipment and soon realised that the type of camera you use depends on what you want to use it for, be it photography, vlogging, travel videos or an adventure holiday.
 
 
So, follow these tips and they will ensure you capture the best moments of your holiday in the best way possible!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY:
 
DSLR
 
Whether you’re a professional photographer or just want to take a few snaps, using a DSLR camera is the perfect option.
 
  • It’s easy to use with various automatic modes like portrait, landscape, sport, macro, food and night mode.
  • Captures wide angles allowing you to take photographs of large landscapes.
  • High quality images give your photos a professional look.

 

  • Cameras
 
- Beginner: Canon 700D (€750), Nikon D3400 (€490) and Sony a58 (€450)
 
- Enthusiast: Canon 5D (from €3700), Nikon D810 (from €3100) and Sony a99 (€2700)
 
PHONE
 
While the DSLR takes incredible photos, it can be extremely bulky and heavy. As I’m a strong supporter of DSLRs, I asked a friend who travels with her phone taking photos of food for her Instagram blog (https://www.instagram.com/theelleplate/) for some tips.
 
  • When on the move such as inter-railing through Europe, jumping on and off trains and buses means you have to pack very light - she uses an iPhone 7.
  • It's all about practice. Coupled with good lighting and the right angle, capturing a great image is easy.
  • With various cloud storage options, you’ll still have your photos should your phone get lost or stolen.
 
VLOGGING/TRAVEL VIDEOS
 
CANON 80D (€1350)
 
Vlogging and travel videos need to concentrate on image and sound. The Canon 80D was specifically designed for creating videos. This is the camera I use for travel vlogs.
 
  • Flip out viewfinder allows you to see yourself while vlogging but also allows you to move the camera into various angles while still viewing your shot.
  • Highly responsive to capture fast moving objects, animals or people.
  • Automatic focus means you don’t have to worry about blurry videos.
  • Professional quality .
 
CANON POWERSHOOT G7 X MARK II (€505)
 
Looking at a cheaper and easy-to-use camera? The point and shoot camera or compact camera is the go to option.
 
  • It performs the same tasks as the Canon 80D but has less manual options.
  • Performs in low light conditions.
  • Connects with your phone through Wi-Fi to share videos quickly.
 
ADVENTURE HOLIDAY
 
GoPro Hero 5 (€469)
 
If you’re skiing, mountain biking, surfing, scuba diving or hiking, the GoPro action camera is the only camera suitable for these harsh environments.
 
  • Waterproof up to 33FT (10m), underwater photography and videos are easy to accomplish.
  • Wind reduction to eliminate sound while moving at high speeds.
  • One button control and voice control allow you to take photos or videos quickly to capture a moment.
 
FINAL TIP: WORK WITHIN YOUR BUDGET AND USE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR THE CONDITION YOU’RE SHOOTING IN.