London Stansted Airport is proud to offer a range of the best travel cameras on the market at high-street beating prices for photographers of all skill levels - whether you’re taking your first few shots or about to capture your 100th awe-inspiring sunset.
If you’re not sure which camera is right for you, we can lend a hand with our fun and factual guides further down the page. Or, if you know what you need to complete your kit, you can start shopping by following the link below.
Action cameras are loved by travel photographers because they are robust, versatile and easy to use. They are compatible with a wide range of peripherals and deliver jaw-dropping 4K video from unique angles – a combination that makes them fantastic travelling companions. The ability of action cameras to mount to almost anything makes them perfect for capturing rare footage too, such as the view from your chest as you ski down the Swiss alps or the perspective of your elbow as you’re scuba diving into the depths of the Atlantic
You must pay attention to detail when you’re shopping for action cameras as most of the models on the market offer similar functionality. You need to look for the details that help a model stand out from the pack such as battery life, resolution, waterproofing and a sky-high frame rate. The other factor to consider is the wide variety of mounts on the market, make sure your action camera is compatible with all the mounts you might want to use before making your final purchase.
DSLR cameras are loved by travel photographers because they are technical, flexible and highly customisable. The modern equivalent of a classic ‘film & lens’ camera, DSLRs are an ideal choice for photographers of any skill level who want to immerse themselves in their art. With a large sensor, unbeatable focus speed and a wide range of compatible lenses, DSLRs ensure that the work you put into your shots will always pay off. They make brilliant travel cameras and the perfect partner for those who want a little more from their shots
With so many DSLR cameras on the market, it’s important to consider the exact lenses and peripherals you’ll need. Those starting out should look for a DSLR with a good all-rounder lens and easy-to-master-controls. Many entry-level DSLRs come with a zoom lens which will work for the majority of photographs you’ll take while you’re learning how to use your new camera. You’ll be able to upgrade your camera when you’re ready to experiment too, as even entry-level DSLRs have a wide range of lenses available. More advanced photographers should look for DSLR cameras with features including weatherproofing, dual memory card slots and easily-accessible manual controls.
If you’re looking for something with the power of a DSLR but want to travel light, look at our fantastic range of mirrorless cameras for the best of both worlds.
Vlogging cameras are loved by travel photographers because they are smart, adaptable and lightweight. Although the thought of a video camera might make your mind jump to the camcorders of the nineties, many digital cameras now offer amazing recording capabilities, perfect for home videos, travel vlogs and much more. Some travellers think that they can get away with using their phones as many models boast a 4K video camera, however, this is often at the cost of a low frame rate or an easily filled memory. Vlogging cameras have neither of these restrictions and feature a larger sensor for clearer, better-defined shots that are sure to make your videos unmissable
It's crucial that you have both community and peripheral support for your vlogging camera to ensure you get the best results. Many of the most widely used cameras on the market have a large community willing to help with plenty of tips. Film-making peripherals can be more difficult to find than regular accessories so be sure to check that your chosen brand has everything you need before you buy.
Instant cameras are loved by travel photographers because they are fun, retro and super-easy to use. They’ve become a must-have for many fashion-conscious teens in the last few years and are taking the world of photography by storm. Instant cameras offer a unique bit of magic as you watch your print come out and begin to morph into the image you just captured. By getting rid of worries about memory cards and altering your picture, they return photography to an art instead of science. All this and more makes them perfect for those who are taking their first steps into the world of photography
Fashion is as important as function when buying an instant camera. As many models come in a variety of colours and styles, it’s super-easy to find a one that matches your look. If you’re still struggling to choose between the various camera models, consider the size of the prints and whether the camera has any extra features, like Bluetooth support, that allows you to get shots you’d normally miss.
Some of the refills can be difficult to find or costly, so check which ones your camera takes. Ensure that the model you’re buying comes with plenty of blank sheets so you can get started right away. We recommend that you pick up a few refill packs with the camera to avoid running low at the wrong moment.
Even our best travel cameras are only as good as their accessories. Each shot requires its own straps, tripods, lenses and more – not to mention the unique challenge travel photographers face tackling different climates and weather conditions that require their own equipment. Don’t worry though, we have plenty of accessories for every type of camera and situation
Planning and prioritising is the key to buying the right accessories, break your trip down into photo opportunities then research everything you’ll need to get the ultimate shot in each. If you’re struggling, try to cover all your bases with a few variable lenses and one or two specialist lenses for a couple of unique pictures as well as a variable tripod and sturdy strap. Armed with a complete kit, you can turn any camera into the best travel camera for you.
Action shots are a doddle with the right camera and a little preparation. Check your camera has a continuous shooting mode, high shutter speed and shutter priority mode – all of which are common on modern DSLRs and action cameras. Once you have the right tech, you need to find the right viewpoint, start by working out where the action will be happening and roughly what the focal point will be
Work out where you’ll take your action shot from - if you’re snapping a picture of something likely to cause vibrations make sure you are somewhere that you can brace yourself and the camera. If you’re indoors set your shutter speed to above 1/200 and if you’re outside set it to 1/1000, then activate your camera’s shutter priority mode (which adjusts all the other settings of your camera to complement your shutter speed). Finally, wait until the action is about to hit its peak and start snapping with continuous shooting mode, which will produce a selection of images allowing you to find the best one.
It can seem hard to justify a DSLR camera with phone cameras and cheap ‘point & shoot’ models advancing. However, DSLR cameras have begun to offer a wealth of benefits as they’ve improved and innovated to outshine their competitor devices
Thanks to the size of their large sensor, the ability to use different lenses and incredible sensitivity to light, DSLRs simply offer a better image quality. Plus, their flexible controls allow you to stretch your legs creatively while their improved shutter and focus speed makes them better for action shots. DSLR cameras are even a better investment as they retain their value for many years after their initial purchase.
It’s difficult to work out which cameras will be good for video as many are sold on their ability to take still shots. The easiest way to think about it is that most cameras that take good still shots will also create good film but there are a few key features to look for if you want the perfect model
The top thing to look for is a camera boasting a high frame rate – a 60fps frame rate with 4k resolution is ideal. Beyond that, you should look out for special features that will help you with your filming projects. If you’re still not sure, take time to consider the design of the camera, if you’re planning to be using it out and about it might be worth investing in a light-weight or compact model.
After buying your dream camera, the first thing you need to do is decide which accessories you’ll need and when. Your priority should always be protecting your investment – camera bags, straps and cases should be bought alongside the camera or as soon after as possible. While some protective peripherals carry a hefty price tag, this is where budding photographers should concentrate their spending before moving on to more niche supplies
Next, you should start to round out your kit with everyday accessories, a sturdy tripod, a few variable lenses and a UV protection filter. Finally, complete your kit with some niche accessories for more unique tasks, consider specific lenses, lighting or flash equipment and an extra battery. Research is key as it will make the difference between a kit that fits your needs and a waste of money.