This is a great time to buy a travel camera. Since 2012, several innovative contenders have come on the scene—ones that will likely see only incremental improvements over the next few years. In other words, anyone shopping now can pick up a terrific, future-proof model, maybe even at a deep discount.
Do you need one? Travel cameras are relatively inexpensive, so you don’t have to worry about theft. They’re lots of fun too, so you’ll want to use yours everywhere life takes you. Most important, they’re capable of producing sharp, poster-size prints—and your smartphone camera isn’t.
Below are my picks for the best cameras to bring in tow.