Mirrorless Cameras For Travel Photography

3 Best Mirrorless Cameras For Travel Photography in 2017

Top three mirrorless cameras for travel photography…

In this guide I am going to suggest 3 cameras which I think are best suited for travel photography. First of all I will talk a little about each camera on the list and then at the bottom of the page I have created a table comparing all of the technical specifications of each camera. That way the information will be presented in an easy to read way. You can also use the search box just above the table to look for specific features and filter everything else out to make things even easier.

Mirrorless cameras for travel photography are great and I always recommend them because I really feel as though the technology has moved on enough to be able to leave your DSLR at home and rely solely on a much smaller system.

The reason why I suggest mirrorless cameras for travel photography is because they are significantly smaller and lighter than their bigger DSLR cousins. After all “the best camera is the one that’s with you” (cheers for that one Chase Jarvis).

I’ve picked out one premium camera, a middle of the road one and a budget option. I have personally played with all three in the past which is why I have selected these as my recommendations. Although each comes with some of its own limitations, depending on your budget, they are the 3 most suitable for travel photography. So let’s get started!

Sony a7R Mark ii

Sony a7R ii

Sony a7R ii

This is Sony’s top of the range and latest mirrorless camera and is my premium suggestion which is why it’s pretty pricey. Coming in at a couple of thousand Dollars/Euros/Pounds it’s also arguably the top of the range model out of all mirrorless cameras currently on the market. The main feature that sets it apart? It has a full framed sensor. Almost every other mirrorless camera out there has what is called a ‘crop sensor’ instead of a full frame sensor.


This isn’t such a big deal as some people would lead you to believe when it comes to the final product though. I challenge anyone to tell me which image was taken on a full frame camera and which was taken on a crop sensor camera when lined up next to each other. The quality of digital cameras these days makes it very difficult to tell the difference.

The Sony a7R Mark ii however does boast 42.4 megapixels and 4K video which is very impressive considering many high-end DSLR cameras can’t even compete with that. 4K video in particular is a feature that DSLR’s seem to be lagging behind on.

Fujifilm X-T20

The X-T20 was recently released by Fujifilm as a replacement for the very successful X-T10. Unlike other ‘new generation’ cameras from other companies, Fuji really have added some great features to this new model which makes it a massive step up from the old X-T10.

Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20

The new X-T20 has been upgraded from 16 megapixels to an impressive 24.3 megapixels thanks to the new X-Trans CMOS III sensor also found in their flagship mirrorless cameras the X-T2 and X-Pro2. It is even able to shoot video in 4K which is almost unbelievable for a camera that costs under $/€/£1000.

I’ll be honest here and say, unless you are planning on making HUGE prints of your images, then the X-T20 is the camera I would buy for travel photography. 24.3MP is more than enough. You really don’t need to become fixated with having the biggest megapixel count if you’re just not going to use that many.

The money you would save if you bought this camera and not the Sony could be spent on some extremely high quality Fujifilm glass. Their lenses are truly amazing, the quality is second to none. It’s my favourite mirrorless camera for travel photography for that reason.

The X-T20 has so many features which are borrowed from other high-end and very expensive Fujifilm mirrorless cameras that it has left some people wondering why they forked out thousands for their camera when they could have spent less than half the amount and got a lot of the same features in the X-T20.

Canon EOS M10

If you are on a tight budget but want an entry level option to take your travel photography game to the next level and out of the realms of mobile phone cameras, then the Canon EOS M10 is the camera for you. Now it obviously lacks some of the more complex features that can be found in the other two on this list, but for an interchangeable lens camera that costs under $/€/£500 that can be expected!

Canon EOS M10

Canon EOS M10

My biggest gripe with this camera is the fact that it doesn’t come with a built in viewfinder. It’s not a complete deal breaker, you can still use the LCD screen on the back to compose your shots but there’s something about using a viewfinder that I personally find more comfortable.

However, its biggest drawback for me can be one of its biggest advantages depending on what you want to use it for. The lack of a viewfinder means that the LCD screen is able to flip up 180 degrees to become the perfect, compact vlogging or selfie camera. That’s something the Sony or Fuji can’t do.

Another plus for the Canon EOS M10 is that Canon have a good range of lenses that are relatively inexpensive. You can pick up a Canon EF 50mm lens for about a quarter of the price of other manufacturers.

Now I’ve given some background info on each camera, below you will find a table comparing the main technical specifications of each. Like I said before, you can browse specific features if you wish using the search box above the table itself.

Best Mirrorless Cameras For Travel Photography

 Sony a7R Mark iiFujifilm X-T20Canon EOS M10
LensLENS MOUNT: Sony E-mount

LENS COMPATIBILITY: Sony E-mount lenses
LENS MOUNT: Fujifilm X-mount

LENS COMPATIBILITY: Fujifilm X-mount lenses
LENS MOUNT: Canon EF-M mount

LENS COMPATIBILITY: EF-M (EF and EF-S lenses compatible via Mount adapter EF-EOS M)
SensorSENSOR: 35 mm full-frame (1.41" x 0.94"), Exmor R® CMOS sensor

NUMBER OF PIXLES: 42.4 MP
SENSOR: 23.6mm x 15.6mm(APS-C)X-Trans CMOS III

NUMBER OF PIXLES: 24.3 MP
SENSOR: 22.3 x 14.9mm APS-C

NUMBER OF PIXLES: 18.5
Recording (Still Images)FORMAT: JPEG + RAW

UNCOMPRESSED RAW:
Yes
FORMAT: JPEG + RAW

UNCOMPRESSED RAW: Yes
FORMAT: JPEG + RAW

UNCOMPRESSED RAW: Yes
Recording (Movies)RECORDING FORMAT: XAVC S/AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant/MP4

HIGHEST QUALITY: 4K
RECORDING FORMAT: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264

HIGHEST QUALITY: 4K
RECORDING FORMAT: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264

HIGHEST QUALITY: Full HD
Storage MediaCOMPATIBLE RECORDING MEDIA: Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, Memory Stick Micro™ (M2™), SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card

STORAGE MEDIA SLOT: Multi-slot reader for Memory Stick Duo™/SD memory card
COMPATIBLE RECORDING MEDIA: SD Card (-2G) / SDHC Card (-32G) / SDXC Card (-256G) UHS-I

STORAGE MEDIA SLOT: Single SD card slot
COMPATIBLE RECORDING MEDIA: SD Card

STORAGE MEDIA SLOT: Single SD card slot
White BalanceWHITE BALANCE MODES: Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 57 steps, A7 to B7: 29 steps) / Custom / Underwater

BRACKETING: 3 frames, H/L selectable
WHITE BALANCE MODES: Automatic scene recognition / Custom / Color temperature selection (K) / Preset : Daylight, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light, Underwater

BRACKETING: 3 frames (±1 / ±2 / ±3)
WHITE BALANCE MODES: Auto / Standard / Portrait, Landscape / Neutral / Faithful / Monochrome / User Def. 1-3

BRACKETING: N/A
FocusFOCUS TYPE: Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)

FOCUS POINTS: 399 points (phase-detection AF) APS-C: 357 points (phase-detection AF)/25 points (contrast-detection AF)

AF MODE: AF-A (Automatic AF), AF-S (Single-shot AF), AF-C ( Continuous AF), DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

OTHER FEATURES: Lock-on AF, Eye AF, Predictive control, Focus lock; Eye-start AF and AF micro adjustment (both only available with optional LA-EA2 or LA-EA4 attached), AF illuminator (built-in, LED type, range: Approx. 0.98-9.8 ft), AF ON
FOCUS TYPE: Intelligent Hybrid AF (TTL contrast AF / TTL phase detection AF)

FOCUS POINTS: 91 focus points

AF MODE: Single point, Zone AF, Wide(AF-S)/Tracking(AF-C), Manual Focus

OTHER FEATURES: Face / Eye detection AF
FOCUS TYPE: Hybrid CMOS AF II method

FOCUS POINTS: 49 focus points

AF MODE: 1-point Face+Tracking priority AF

OTHER FEATURES: N/A
ViewfinderVIEWFINDER TYPE: XGA OLED, 0.5 in (1.3 cm) electronic viewfinder (color)

FIELD COVERAGE: 100%
VIEWFINDER TYPE: OLED color viewfinder electronic viewfinder

FIELD COVERAGE: 100%
VIEWFINDER TYPE: N/A No Built in viewfinder

FIELD COVERAGE: N/A
LCD ScreenTYPE: 2.95" (3.0-type) TFT drive

BRIGHTNESS CONTROL: Manual (+- 5 levels)

ADJUSTABLE ANGLE: Up by approx. 107 degrees, Down by approx. 41 degrees
TYPE: 3.0-inch, aspect ratio 3:2

BRIGHTNESS CONTROL: Manual (+- 5 levels)

ADJUSTABLE ANGLE: Up by approx. 90 degrees, Down by approx. 45 degrees
TYPE: 3.0-inche, aspect ratio 3:2

BRIGHTNESS CONTROL: Manual (+- 5 levels)

ADJUSTABLE ANGLE: Up by approx 180 degrees, Down N/A
InterfaceHOTSHOE: Yes

INTERFACES: Headphone minijack, Microphone minijack, Multi/Micro USB Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe, Vertical Grip Connector
HOTSHOE: Yes

INTERFACES: 2.5mm, stereo mini connector (Microphone), HDMI micro connector (Type D)
HOTSHOE: No

INTERFACES: N/A
AudioMICROPHONE: Built-in stereo microphone or jack for external microphone

SPEAKER: Built-in, monaural
MICROPHONE: Built-in stereo microphone or 2.5mm, stereo mini connector for external microphone

SPEAKER: Built-in, monaural
MICROPHONE: Built-in stereo microphone but NO option to add external microphone

SPEAKER: Built-in, monaural
PowerSUPPLIED BATTERY: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50

BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES): Approx. 290 shots (viewfinder)/approx. 340 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)

BATTERY LIFE (MOVIES): Approx. 50 min. with viewfinder, approx. 55 min. with LCD screen
SUPPLIED BATTERY: Li-ion battery NP-W126S

BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES): Approx. 350 shots

BATTERY LIFE (MOVIES): 4K: approx. 50 min., FULL HD: approx. 60 min.
SUPPLIED BATTERY: Canon LP-E12

BATTERY LIFE (STILL IMAGES): Approx. 255 shots

BATTERY LIFE (MOVIES): Full HD approx. 65 min
WiFi + GPSWiFi: Yes

GPS: No
WiFi: Yes

GPS: No
WiFi: Yes

GPS: No
OtherFACE DETECTION: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face registration, Face selection (Max. number of detectable faces: 8)

IMAGE PROCESSOR: BIONZ X™
FACE DETECTION: Face / Eye detection AF

IMAGE PROCESSOR: X-Processor Pro
FACE DETECTION: Face Detection + Tracking AF

IMAGE PROCESSOR: DIGIC 6

I hope that you found this guide to the best mirrorless cameras for travel photography in 2017 useful. If you have any more questions feel free to get in touch with me and I’ll try to help you out!

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Charlie Gardiner
Article by Charlie Gardiner

Charlie, originally from the UK but currently based in Spain, is a travel photographer and the founder of World of Travel Photography. For the last few years he has been making a living from his travel photography which has enabled him to see more and more of the world. Check out his Instagram and Twitter accounts below to follow his latest adventures.

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