When you’re traveling, even an ounce of extra weight can seem like a ton to carry. It’s just not fun for anyone to carry more stuff than is needed, which is why people don’t like taking heavy DSLR cameras with them on trips.
So if you have decided not to take along your photography gear, should you buy a travel compact camera or is your phone good enough?
Compact Cameras Are Better (The Good Ones)
The reason DSLR cameras are vastly superior to phone cameras is because of the massive sensor they comparatively have. Compact cameras also have bigger sensors than smartphone cameras, but not all of them are really that much better than smartphones. The reason is that not all compact cameras have a much larger or better sensor than a modern smartphone does. However, there are some amazing little cameras like the Sony RX100 and the Lumix LX100 that offer near-DSLR quality photos (the former has a big 1” sensor while the latter has an even bigger micro four-thirds sensor). But these cameras are not cheap, so unless you are serious about your travel photography and really don’t want to take your bigger camera along, you might want to stick with your phone.
Phone Cameras Have Improved a LOT!
The times when a phone camera photo was only good enough for recognizing someone in an emergency are gone. Phones today have amazing sensors with great photographic capabilities. They have multiple lenses for specialized photography, and even full manual controls with RAW capabilities. This means that not only can you take great casual photos but also use the RAW files to create HDRs of landscapes or buildings. Take a look at www.aurorahdr.com to learn a little more about this process.
So your options are simple; either cough up some cash and get a serious compact camera or simply use your phone’s camera a little creatively to get the shots you want.