A good camera doesn’t necessarily mean an expensive one – it’s more important that the camera you choose meets certain criteria to warrant a spot in your hand luggage.
I wrote a whole post on the best travel cameras where I delve deep into the topic of what makes a good camera for traveling. Amongst those cameras I recommend, my pick of the bunch is the Fujifilm X100F a camera I used to document my recent travels in Europe and Canada with my family.
If you’re really worried about your camera being stolen whilst it’s on a strap on your body, attach a tripod plate to the base, then thread the same retractable cable lock through it and your belt, belt loop, or just anything that would prevent a pick pocket from slashing your strap and grabbing your camera.
Even if you opt for an unbranded camera bag to avoid any potential theft while traveling, having a dedicated bag for your camera is unnecessary in my opinion.
If you’ve followed my advice to invest in a small, lightweight camera for travel, you should be able to have your camera in your pocket, or at least around your neck, ready for immediate use.
Having your camera in your bag is just one more hurdle in getting the shot whilst on holiday – by the time you’ve undone your bag, got it out and turned it on, the moment may have passed.
Some modern compact cameras (including the aforementioned Fuji X100F) can also be charged via a USB connection, meaning one less battery charger to pack!
Until you’ve exported your photos to another device, you’re really taking a big risk with your precious memories. We’ve all heard horror stories of cameras being lost or stolen, and entire trips’ worth of photos being lost forever.
I’d recommend you download your photos to a computer or portable backup drive such as
this every night when you return to your hotel. I’d also recommend you sign up for a Dropbox account (or similar service), so that when you export your images to your computer, you’re also backing them up in the cloud.
Upload speeds even in developing countries are usually very good, meaning that you can back up your photos overnight via Dropbox, and never have to worry about them again – even if you lose your camera and your laptop, your photos will still be safe ‘on the cloud’.
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