When I’m out traveling I always bring with me a camera, or two, to document the new places that I visit. Right now I’m using the excellent Olympus E-Pl1 system camera (see picture below) and a larger Olympus E-500 DSLR camera with quite a few lenses. However, there are more fitting cameras out there on the market for travel photography like a kodak easyshare or other camera brands. For me image quality comes first, but if you have a large DSLR camera, more often than not, it will be such a hassle to bring the camera and lenses with you, because they are so heavy and large. No camera means no pictures, and no pictures means me forgetting about all the cool stuff happening on the trip.
I’m thinking about buying a compact point-and-shot camera that I can bring along my Olymus EP-1 on trips. Many of the travel cameras have very good zoom ranges that can be useful when you don’t want to bring different lenses. Even though compact cameras have a somewhat bad reputation when it comes to image quality, there are many cameras that is able to produce pictures with good image quality (this also depends on how good the photographer is with handling the camera settings). Many camera models also have cool features such as HD video recording, face recognition, art filters and GPS tracking. I used to think these kinds of features were a waste, but after trying them I found them quite useful. One of the most important factors for me when selecting a camera is how it feels in your hands. I use to visit camera stores where I can handle the camera and then maybe purchase it online where I find the best prices.