If you are reading this article I expect that you have already completed booking your trip to Japan and are in the final stages of thinking about what you need to pack for your trip to Japan and you are trying to work out the best camera option for your trip.
I have put together a quick summary of camera options to help you decide what option to purchase to enable you to take great travel photos. You may also like to check out my article – The Ultimate List of What to Pack for Japan and Tokyo.
Check out our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!
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Limitations of Smart or Cell Phone Cameras
If you are like me you regularly use your cell or smart phone camera to take everyday photos. The camera on your phone is great for happy snaps and the odd selfie, however it has serious limitations when taking photos in low light situations or for things at a distance. The other issue is that taking many photos with your phone will quickly use up your phone memory and battery – so for a full on trip there can be value in having a separate camera device for that purpose alone!
At a basic level you could probably travel to Japan with your cell or smart phone and take OK photos, however if you are interested in taking better quality photos then keep reading 😀 .
Smart or Cell Phone Add on Camera Lenses
A newer camera option are the add on camera lenses which can be added to your smart phone. These lenses enable you to better zoom in using an optical rather than a digital zoom, and also to take wider angle photos.
If you want to expand the range of photos you can take with your smart phone you should definitely check these options out on Amazon. Click here to see the current range and prices of phone lenses kits.
Compact Camera for Japan
Many people choose to take a separate camera when travelling to Japan. Some great compact camera options are available on Amazon. Most of the latest compact cameras include the ability to connect to wifi and upload your photos automatically. Also select a compact case to carry your device, a compact tripod and additional memory cards.
Click on the below links to check out price for the following recommended compact camera options for travel to Japan:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V 20.1 MP Digital Still Camera w/ 3″ OLED is a high end compact camera which features the fastest autofocus system, highest number of sensors in a compact camera, 20.1 Megapixel resolution and 4DK video resolution, where you can capture stills from your video shots so you don’t miss the perfect shot. An underwater housing is also available for this camera. Click here to check out the latest prices on Amazon.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5 10.1 MP Digital Camera with 3.8x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom and 3.0-Inch LCD – White is a mid range compact camera which features a 10.1 Megapixel photos, and 3 inch screen size and HD movie recording. Click here to check latest prices on Amazon.
Compact DSLR Camera for Japan
A great recent camera style is emerging which is a hybrid mirrorless camera which sits between a compact camera and a full DSLR which has compact interchangeable lenses and creates excellent quality images. Click on the below links to check out price and accessories for the following recommended options:
- The Olympus PEN E-PL8. For more information check out this review of the Olympus PEN E-PL8 which was written by Leah from The Kid Bucket List travel blog.
- The Nikon 1 J5 Mirrorless Digital Camera
DSLR Camera for Japan
You may decide that your trip to Japan is a great time to also purchase a Digital Single Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. If it is your first DSLR camera be aware that there is a learning curve to learn how to use it, so I recommend that you purchase your new camera with enough time to learn how to set it up and use it before you depart. Entry level DSLR cameras include options from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, etc. If you decide to purchase a DSLR camera you will also need to purchase lenses to go with it.
Recommended DSLR camera lenses for Japan include the following:
- Medium Range – 24mm – 105 mm
- Wide Angle – 10-22mm
- Long Range – 75-300mm
Amazon offer a great range of starter DSLR Camera bundles – click here to see the prices and bundles available.
If you already have a DSLR camera then it is worthwhile to review your camera and lenses to decide what camera equipment to take, and also whether there is any additional equipment you require for the trip. Make sure that you can actually carry your camera equipment! Japan is a very safe country to visit with minimal petty crime so you do not need to be exceptionally risk adverse.
My husband is a keen DSLR camera user, and before our trip to Japan purchased the following items which all worked well – click on the below links to see the range of options and pricing available for each item:
- A new DSLR camera backpack with rain cover
- Neoprene lens pouches for each of his lenses to prevent them from being damaged
- A compact travel tripod lightweight or monopod
- Additional camera memory cards
- Additional camera battery
Don’t forget to join our Japan Travel Planning Facebook Group – you are welcome to join and it is a great resource to enable you to ask questions about your upcoming trip to Japan!
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