Travelling is one of the most exciting experiences in life. You get to see new places, different cultures and the outstanding offerings of nature – depending on where you go. And thanks to modern technology, we can capture and share it all with ease. Yet, while technology has turned mobile phones into cameras, they still don’t offer as much as a DSLR camera does, however.
In this article, I’ll examine some of the best Nikon cameras for travel photography. If you’re interested to know exactly what’s in my camera bag, I’ve got a whole article on it too.
Having a solid DSLR camera comes in handy whenever you want to capture your travels. And, this is exactly why companies work hard to make cameras that are ideal specifically for travelling.
Anyone who follows my Instagram account will know I’m a huge fan of Nikon. Nikon is one of the most renowned companies that have a set of DSLR’s great for travel.
It is well established in making DSRLs which pack quite a punch when it comes to capturing and documenting amazing travel photos.
Nikon has a wide range of cameras for travel photography suitable for both professionals and ordinary photographers. In this article, I’ll seek to provide an authentic overview of some of the most suitable Nikon cameras for travel photography.
What to Look for in a Camera for Travel Photography
Choosing a camera is always tough, no matter what you are using it for. But if you want to buy a camera for travelling specifically, there are several elements which you should consider in order to get the best photos and optimise quality and easy of use.
A wide selection of features is important when choosing a DSLR for travelling. Before you settle for a particular one it is worth making sure that the features are easy to understand and match your level of ability and your requirements. Personally, I always prefer a camera with the most features possible!
Weight / Size
Since we move about a lot when we travel, the weight and size of what you carry with you is important. In most cases, a lighter and smaller camera suits travellers better. So, we need to consider this carefully as a smaller, lighter camera will no doubt be better than a bigger, heavier one for most travellers.
While this doesn’t relate to the camera body directly, it none the less is important to consider what lenses are compatible for your type of photography. You need to consider if you want to use a DX (cropped sensor) or Mirrorless camera for example which will affect the lenses and crop for each photo.
Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
With the rise of social media, most people post and share their images faster than ever. This is why Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity on a camera is an advantage when travelling, allowing you to download shots straight to your phone. If you are photography and social media enthusiast, this will be necessary.
Travelling can be rough. You’ll need a camera that can withstand all weather conditions and keep working like new. A camera that will hold through bad weather, dust, and moisture is definitely more desirable for those looking for a travelling DSLR.
We all know that while travelling we don’t always get access power consistently. This is where battery life comes into play as an essential requirement for a travel camera. Having a larger battery will allow you to shoot for longer without having to worry about running out.
What are the Best DSLR Cameras for Travelling by Nikon?
So, without further ado here is my list of the top Nikon DSLR cameras that I think would make perfect travelling companions. Keep in mind, I’m focusing on DSLR camera and not pocket point-and-shoot style cameras. Let me know what you think of my choices.
The Nikon D5600 is a small travel-friendly camera that provides the user with some good quality pictures. Some of its exceptional qualities are the 24mp sensors and the clarity of its optical viewfinder.
It produces superb images with superior quality over other models. The vari-angle screen allows you to take pictures from different angles which is a plus while on the move.
The grip is well designed and you will feel comfortable holding it. Its snap bridge system can be a little bit limiting as well as some of its external controls due to their small size. Nevertheless, it gets the job done and is easy for a beginner to use.
Now I’ll try not to be bias – this is the camera that I’ve been using for the past two years. For me, the Nikon D7200 is a perfect choice.
This camera has a somewhat old school 24.2 MP CMOS sensor but it works really well. Besides that, it is weatherized, preventing the camera from being damaged by either moisture or dust which is a great feature.
It’s a little bulky and heavy though. But, it’s a great all rounder than I find myself taking with me everywhere I go. The large battery means this thing will go for days without a charge too.
Compared to the D7200, the Nikon D3400 is a much light DSLR camera and certainly suitable for travelling anywhere in the world.
It punches above its weight in terms of quality given its small size. This model is designed with a 24mp APS-CMOS sensor and comes with a Full HD video capture for the video lovers. Nikon D3400 has an 11-point autofocus system which works great.
For transferring images to other devices, this camera has Bluetooth connectivity but, unfortunately, if Wi-Fi is something you must have on your preferred travel camera, this might not be the one for you.
This camera offers long battery life, which makes it ideal for long days exploring. The optical viewfinder is another impressive feature for your photography experience while on the move.
This camera steals the centre stage in many different ways for both camera enthusiasts and pros. Widely renowned as the ultimate travel companion, especially if the objective of the trip is to bring back some of the best pictures. Though it comes at a price.
Additionally, this camera is designed with a magnesium- alloy frame. In order to counter the challenges brought about by the weather while travelling, it has weather sealing to combat moisture and dust. It also feels snug and sturdy when you hold it.
To move around with it, you need to be prepared to bear its weight, however. It has a good battery life, but the shooting speed tends to drop when there is only one bar of charge remaining.
The Nikon D3500 is an incredible camera that is very affordable. It is an excellent pick for travelling due to its handling ease and lightness. Unlike more sophisticated cameras, it has a simplified interface which is easy to figure out.
It comes with a 24.2 MP and a much superior sensor than its predecessors coupled with an optical low pass filter that enhances the image quality. When it comes to video shooting on your escapades, the D3500 seems to fall short due to lack of a microphone port.
Again, if you value Bluetooth connectivity for the sake of transferring your images, this camera has your back. The Nikon D3500 shoots sharp images, it is light and portable, and hence complementary for traveling.
The Nikon D500 shoots a staggering 10 frames per second, making it one of the most desirable travel cameras to possess if you plan of shooting wildlife.
This camera has the ability to capture 4k videos and has advanced sophisticated autofocus. It packs 21-megapixel ability and allows you to specify the movement of your targeted subject.
One of its brilliant features is the snap bridge system, which comes with Bluetooth connectivity and Wi-Fi to help you link it with a smart device of your choice.
Nikon offers a wide variety of cameras that are suitable to take with you on your adventures.
Like any other devices, cameras are prone to various shortcomings. This depends on how you use and keep them. Otherwise, if a camera is handled well, it should serve you for a long time.
It is also imperative that you ask for a warranty or guarantee while purchasing a Nikon travelling camera of your liking. This will safeguard you against any unexpected defects for a certain duration of time.
As you embark on your quest to purchase the best travelling camera, I hope that this guide will point you in the right direction to find your fit.
Would you help me with something if you have a second? I’m looking at a new DSLR and it seems like Nikon and Canon are the 2 big players. Do you think those are the best brands? And do you prefer one over the other? Or is there another brand that you think is just as good but maybe cheaper? I’m looking for the best bang for my buck really. Thanks in advance for your answer!
HI Alton, sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I’ve always preferred Nikon. But, honestly, between the two major brands it just comes down to personal preference. Nikon has a fabulous array of lenses and I think it’s got a better entry price point – have a look at the D3300.