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National Geographic Top 10 Travel Cameras 2023: Fujifilm X-T5 “Reigning Champion” and X100V (3rd), X-S10 (7th)


National Geographic tapped their photo engineering team for which cameras they recommend for travel—and why. They design and build custom equipment for professional photographers and test consumer products for this annual guide.

Here are their top picks for travel:

  1. Fujifilm X-T5
    The XT series from Fujifilm—often our top pick—has had a major revamp this year with the X-T5. It can go toe-to-toe with professional full-frame mirrorless models and DSLRs in performance, autofocus, image quality, and handling. While the X-T5 has gotten a little smaller than the X-T4, it gained the fantastic 40 megapixel (MP) sensor from the X-H2, one of the most detailed APS-C sensors on the market, which makes it—in the authors’ opinions—the reigning champion of 2023 travel cameras.
    One of the most impressive things about the X-T series is that it provides an enjoyable shooting experience for amateurs and pros by blending vintage dials with modern, professional-grade controls, weather sealing, and ports for video or still photography.
  2. Ricoh GR III and GR IIIx
  3. Fujifilm X100V
    The latest [of the X100 series], the X100V, brings a few significant changes. The lens has the same value (35mm f/2 equivalent), but the new design significantly increases sharpness corner to corner, both for wide-open and close-up images.
    The camera’s body design adds nearly full weather sealing, a flip-out screen, and a slightly changed grip, as well as improvements to the control layouts (including a control stick). Fujifilm cameras produce the best JPEGs in the industry, with amazing film simulations; cameras in the X100 line are often the backup of choice for photojournalists.
  4. Sony RX100VII
  5. Leica Q2 and Q2 Monochrom
  6. OM System OM-1
  7. Fujifilm X-S10
    With an internally stabilized 26 megapixel APS-C sensor, the X-S10 features impressive ergonomics despite its smaller size. It also has contemporary unmarked command dials and a mode selector, compared to the retro style used on other Fujifilm bodies.
    What do you give up for the affordability and compact size? It has a smaller battery, a single card slot, a smaller viewfinder, no weather sealing, and a slightly lower top shutter speed. But these are all fair trades in our book
  8. Nikon Z30
  9. Canon EOS R7
  10. Sony a7C

You can read the full article at national geographic here.

Fujifilm X-T5

X100V + X-S10

XF30mmF2.8 Macro

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