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Top Digital Cameras for the Globetrotter

You're out on the beach walking as the sun sets over the horizon. It is a beautiful scene, one that just has to be captured - with you in it. But all you have is your Smartphone. It's 5 megapixels, so what the heck, right? But after you take the shot you find out that it's too dim, and the image doesn't totally capture the magnificence you see with your eyes.
So, what are you to do? Maybe it's time to buy yourself a digital camera that takes excellent photos much like digital SLRs, but without the extra weight. After all, you don't want to be lugging around a bulky SLR camera when you're just walking down the beach.
So what are the best options out there? Here, we share with you some of the best digital cameras for travellers on the move.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3
This new digital camera from Panasonic certainly packs in a lot of punch. It offers 11 dedicated lenses, which includes one for 3D, wide-angle, zoom, and telephoto. It also has a convenient feature like a swivel LCD touch screen that also flips around, so you can take your own photo. While it does look like a DSLR, it's compact and light enough to lug around wherever you choose to go.
Pentax Optio WG-1
For something smaller, like point-and-shoot cameras, it's a brilliant idea to upgrade to a more current model of the camera. The Pentax Optio WG-1 has a built-in GPS, which readily geo-tags your images with their location and then share a map of your vacation routes via Google Panoramio. An added feature, and certainly a most useful one for the beach-bound wanderer, is that the Pentax Optio WG-1 is waterproof for up to 33 feet.
Olympus PEN E-PL2
If you still think that your Smartphone is a decent camera because it can instantly upload and share your photos online, then read on. However, some cameras today offer workarounds with special add-ons like Kodak Playful. In a similar fashion, the Olympus PEN E-PL2 special add-on – the PENPal – will allow you to send the pictures you've taken to your mobile phone via Bluetooth. This will then, give you the opportunity to upload your pictures on the fly.

Fujifilm Instax Mini
If you think Polaroid is dead, then you are not as aware as you think you are. In fact, Fujifilm has come out with a new Polaroid-inspired camera which allows you to snap a picture and have the photo printed in an instant. The Fujifilm Instax Mini churns out wallet-sized pictures that are vivid and crisp - it's the ideal accessory for those who love to chronicle their travel adventures in a scrapbook or journal.
Samsung NX100
Sleek and chic, the Samsung NX100 is the embodiment of the future of compact point-and-shoot cameras. Its brushed-metal, narrow body packs in a lot of features. The 3-inch touch screen is convenient and easy to use. It is even compatible with third-party accessories like microphones and flashes, so you don't have to pay as much for a branded one.
Canon Powershot SX230 HS
This compact digital camera is the ideal gadget for travellers who love to party the nights away. With its image stabilization and big sensor technology, low-light images come out crisp as if you've taken it with an expensive DSLR. It also has a built-in GPS which can tag your photos with location information you'd want to remember later on.
Sony Alpha NEX-C3
Perhaps one of the most compact digital cameras around, the Sony Alpha NEX-C3 delivers crisp, crystal-clear photos from day to night. With its extra-large sensor, bringing extra lighting for capturing moments on the beach with just the moon for light is easy. And because it weighs only 8 ounces and measures just an inch wide, you can't complain or have second thoughts bringing it around wherever and whenever.
Kodak Playfull
This small, pocket-sized gadget is capable of capturing up to 10 hours of HD video. It's small enough to cart around in your shirt pocket, so you can save memorable moments in high-quality movie format forever. And for less than USD 200, it's definitely a steal.

Editor: Ria Louise Estacio
About: Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, London
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