Best travel zoom cameras and SLR travel kit setup

The perfect travel camera companions for your trip to Majorca are the following digital cameras which are highly reviewed and an ideal travel companion.

Best SLR Travel Camera

For travellers who really love their photography and don't mind coping with the bulk of an SLR digital camera, the new crop of digital SLR cameras with HD Video capabilities will make an ideal travel camera system. The newest example is the Canon 550D. Marry such a camera with a highly regarded super-zoom lens, such as the Sigma 18-250mm, with optical image stabilizer, and you'll have all the flexibility of the SLR with one lens covering a large range of zooming from wide angle to telephoto distance.

If you've ever been caught in two minds on whether to take the SLR or your video camera on your latest excursion, with the Canon 550D you don't need to worry - it does both. The Canon 550D takes high definition video, perfect for replaying on your widescreen LCD TV when you get home. You also only have one device to "lug" around.

The beauty of using the SLR as a video camera is the full control you have available such as depth of field which you'd struggle to achieve on a standard video camera. There's also another often overlooked benefit: the understanding/expertise you've acquired through using your SLR. This can transition smoothly over to your film making without the learning curve needed for using different kit. You instinctively know where your controls are - no fumbling around!

Such are the quality of these new breed of cameras from Canon, that Indie films and independant film makers are starting to produce work using them. It might not be long before we see a movie at Cannes which has been filmed on an SLR - hey it might be yours!

The 550D's not the only SLR camera Canon offer with video options, the Canon 7D, the Canon 5D Mark II and Canon EOS-1D Mark IV all have HD video included.

Compact Interchangeable Lens system

If the above SLR kit is too bulky for your travel requirements then consider the new small and compact SLR alternatives, a compact body with an SLR sized image sensor with interchangeable lenses, like the Panasonic Lumix GF1 is an ideal introduction to this new class of digital cameras.

The Panasonic Lumix GF1 provides all the flexibility of an SLR in a compact form. You can buy the Panasonic Lumix GF1 in kits which come with a 14-45mm lens or with a 20mm lens. This camera is super light weighing in at approx. 285g / 10.05 oz for the body only.

Compact Travel Zoom Cameras

Alternatively if a good compact digital camera is all you need then either the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 or Panasonic Lumix TZ8 are probably all you need. Panasonic has specifically targeted the travel market with their TZ range - the TZ stands for Travel Zoom. They take great photos and will record film in HD of your trip. They also look the part with colourful high quality fashion camera bodies. They both come with 12x optical zoom and HD video capability.

These cameras are lightweight with the Panasonic Lumix TZ10 weighing approx. 218g and the Panasonic Lumix TZ8 weighing approx. 214g.

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