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As a professional photographer, my camera is really important to me. Without it, I cannot do my job. It goes without saying that I am very, very careful where I take it for personal reasons. For example, when we went to the beach in 2020, I had just purchased a brand new Sony A7iii. There was no way on Earth I was about to take it out in the sand. My baby was only 4 months old at the time. I knew no matter how careful or prepared I was, it was an accident waiting to happen. Water, sand, a 4 month, a 5-year-old, and a brand new camera that I needed for sessions when I got home… What could go wrong? Instead, I decided to take my “vlogging camera” Sony RX 100 V which is pretty much a fancy point-and-shoot. And my, oh, my, and I glad I did. There were so many bonuses to take the point-and-shoot camera that I would have never even considered. In this post, I am going to give you my #1 travel hack for photos- which is to take a point-and-shoot. But not just ANY point and shoot. Keep reading…
First off, this camera can fit in your pocket. Y’all, I’m not a very big human- if it can fit in my pocket, it can fit in anyone. It’s not much bigger than my iPhone – it’s 4in wide, 2.3in height, and 1.6in depth. This was especially helpful at the beach, because we had all the things! You know how it is. To have a heavy camera around my neck or in my hand with a 4-month-old was simply not an option. To have it in my pocket or in a bag when I wasn’t using it (and know it was perfectly safe) was HUGE.
Cameras are heavy! This is not an issue when I am home taking pictures of my boy or taking pictures of my clients. But when I am taking photos and also walking a whole lot, a DSLR or mirrorless camera can get very uncomfortable. As a mom of littles, I am constantly needing to run to grab my kids before they throw themselves in the water, run into a wall, or almost trip over something. Being weighed down makes it very hard to “mommy” especially while on a hike or on vacation. My Sony weighs a whopping .6 pounds.
The reason my Sony RX100V is the perfect camera to travel with is that it can shoot in manual mode and has all the other features I mentioned above. This allows me to have full control of how I want my photos to look. Not all point and shoot cameras have this function but many do. If you are considering purchasing a point-and-shoot camera, I highly recommend you get one that you can shoot in manual mode. DISCLAIMER: This camera is NOT a good camera to learn how to shoot manual mode on. The functions are not as user-friendly as a DSLR or a mirrorless camera. However, if you know how to shoot in manual make sure you get a point-and-shoot that has that function. 🚨 🚨 Free class alert! Want to learn to shoot in manual mode? Sign up for my free training here!
Has a Wide Zoom Range
You cannot change out the lenses on a point-and-shoot camera. Therefore, you need to find a camera that has a wide range of focal lengths. In normal terms, this gives you the ability to take great images in tight spots (for example, indoors) and zoom in for a closer shot. You want a wide range here, because you are stuck with this! I love that my Sony RX100 V is a 24-70mm. Great wide and close-up focal length.
So, there you have! My #1 travel hack for photos is to take a point-and-shoot camera if you know that you will have your hands full. A point-and-shoot is lightweight, can fit in your pocket, and has a wide zoom range. Just make sure you purchase one that can shoot in manual mode!