The Best Cameras for Vacations and Travel: Point and Shoots (2017 Edition)

The best camera for a vacation: what could it be? Some folks will tell you the best camera is the one that you’ve got on you; but sometimes you may not want to risk bringing your phone with you even if your connection won’t work and your battery life will therefore work even better. Now, the best cameras can arguably be point and shoots. But we’re not talking about some regular, ordinary point and shoots. We’re talking about the really fantastic and top notch ones. Heck, call them a fixed lens camera more than anything else.

Here are a bunch of our favorites along with sample images.

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Panasonic Unveils New GX850 4K Camera For ‘Selfie-Takers’

Panasonic has quite a bit on the docket today, and not to go unnoticed is the new GX850, a compact Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera the company is billing as “the ultimate high performance compact mirrorless camera for selfie-takers.” The new camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor with a max ISO of 25,600 and a tiltable ‘selfie’ 3 inch touch screen LCD.  Continue reading…

First Impressions: Canon G9x Mk II

Canon’s Powershot series of point and shoots have typically always been king, and despite the fact that I’ve personally really warmed up to Ricoh, Fujifilm, and Sony, the new Canon G9X Mk II seems very tempting. With a 20.1MP 1 inch sensor at its heart and stunning good looks, this is a pretty classy point and shoot.

We got time to play with the camera before CES 2017.

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Canon Announces New Radio Flash and Lens

Canon is looking to up its speedlight game today with the release of a new 600EX II RT flash. This is a successor to their previous flagship flash with radio transmission built in. But they’re also releasing a new 28mm f3.5 macro lens with a ring light built right in.

Interesting, huh? More details are after the jump.

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Holdfast Gear Announces the Gorgeous New Maven Strap

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Holdfast Gear has been forever known for manufacturing well made and beautiful camera straps, and today they’re announcing a beautiful new product. It’s called the Holdfast Gear Maven Strap, and it’s a thin camera strap designed for smaller cameras like mirrorless ILCs and larger point and shoots.

The Maven is designed to sling around your shoulder or over the chest/body. It’s thin, so it won’t leave massive sweat marks across your shirt and it’s made of American Bison leather along with brass hardware.

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The Point and Shoot Camera is Good Enough for Professional Work

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Building on a piece that Managing Editor Julius Motal wrote recently is the idea that the point and shoot market is slowly dying out. Yes, it indeed is–but it’s really at specific levels. Superzooms, underwater and premium point and shoots seem to still be doing very well due to the way that they provide advantages over a phone. A larger sensor? Yup, that means better image quality potential (notice how we say potential because of the fact that it’s still about the content of the image that matters). A zooming lens? That can help you get so many photos that may be otherwise tough to do.

And like we saw with the National Geographic contest mentioned in Julius’s piece, this has been the status for years. Cameras and modern editing software are more than good enough in the right hands of a creative with a vision. Considering that many photographers make a living off of using their iPhone and Instagram, it makes sense. But this isn’t necessarily because the technology has become better.

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The New Ricoh GR II Adds WiFi and NFC

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Today, Ricoh is announcing an update to what may possibly be the best point and shoot digital camera ever made. The Ricoh GR II is an update to the original Ricoh GR and adds WiFi Integration, NFC, and uses a 16.2MP APS-C sensor along with a 28mm f2.8 equivalent lens. We’re not sure if it the same sensor as the original, but we’re sure they wouldn’t do that. Otherwise, the camera seems to be very much the same as the original–which may start to show its age very soon compared to what Canon, Sony and Fujifilm are delivering these days.

The Ricoh GR II has autofocus performance enhancements and boasts AF confirmation as quick as 0.2 seconds. The camera can also wirelessly control the Pentax flashes available on the market.

When it drops in July, you can get it for $799.95 from B&H Photo or Adorama. More photos are after the jump.

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Chris Voss: On Photographing the Streets of NYC

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All images by Chris Voss. Used with permission.

Photographer Chris Voss moved to Brooklyn from Oakland, CA in 2013 to pursue his dream of shooting in the streets and spaces of NYC. Of course, the city houses some of the best street photographers in the industry–and so the inspiration comes from them. But Chris’s love for photography started when he developed a roll of film that was shot during his birth. He uses exclusively point and shoot film cameras including the Yashica T3 or anything that is not broken at the time.

After getting the film developed, he shares the images to Instagram. His images bring out an NYC that you don’t see much; but is always there.

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