As a wannabe travel photographer, my photos up until now don’t quite make the cut as a professional. The standard definitely needs to change. So far Eddie and I have been shooting on either our smartphones or my DSLR from the Stone Age. 

When comparing our photos with some more established travel photographers and bloggers, such as The Blonde Abroad (my all time fave), or LostLeBlanc, and Jackson Groves (JourneyEra), the difference in standard is immense. 

So how do me make our pictures up to scratch?

I have no issue with the composition of my shots. Being a very artistic person, and having done a degree in fashion and costume interpretation, I am pretty confident in my ‘artistic eye’. It is the quality I am most disappointed in. 

I am no photographer and nor do I claim to be. Working and altering these high-tech cameras is hard. Knowing all the lingo and the meaning for all the  acronym’s… there’s a lot of info!!! So let’s start with the basics.

My Plan:

Having done a hell of a lot of research into what sort of cameras people use and what is the best for what I want to achieve, I was able to narrow down my choices to SONY and Fujifilm. 

I love the look of the old vintage style cameras, and when deciding to move from a DSLR to Mirrorless, I knew this was a feature I wanted my camera to have. 

Let’s jump into our choices in no particular order.

Fujifilm X-T100

The Fujifilm X-T100 is great for new photographers, just like me! It is one of the more basic cameras so is beginner friendly , and was released in 2018 so is pretty new! 

The best thing about this camera is that it features a touch screen, which allows you to adjust the focal point extremely easily with just one touch (similar to smartphones). The flip out screen allows you to take selfies and vlog, if that’s your thing. 

When shopping for a new camera, wifi/bluetooth or any other form of sending photos was super important. My last camera didn’t offer those features, (like I said, Stone Age) so importing photos was a very long process. 

The battery life is better than that of some of the other Fuji’s, but purely because it is less hi-tec. 

There are some downsides to this camera however… Although the flip screen is great for vlogging, this camera does not offer in body stabilisation. Also unlike some of its brothers and sisters, it is not weather resistant. For this reason, it may not be ideal for the explorer traveller. 

Learn more about this camera here.

Fujifilm X-T2

Coming in at a significantly higher price range than the T100, we have the 2016 X-T2. If price isn’t an issue than this camera is definitely worth the spend. 

It offers incredible features such as weather resistance, F-Log and 4K Video, better AF and 2 card slots. 

If we pay attention to the top of the camera in comparison to the T100 we notice the signature Fuji dials are designated to specific roles on this body, unlike the T100 where they are customisable. 

Much like the T100 however, this camera also does not sport in body stabilisation. Which for some of you may be an issue, and for others it may not.

Learn more about this camera here.

Fujifilm X-T20

The X-T20 was released in 2017, making slightly older than the X-T100, but in no way does that make it worse. 

Another model that is perfect for beginners, but at a slightly higher retail price, for good reason. Like the previously mentioned, the X-T20 also has a touch screen that allows you to control focus. 

In comparison to its predecessor the X-T2 (2016) there isn’t much in it. 

For starters, it is smaller than the T2, this may be a + for some of you and a – for others. In regards to its similarities, it offers the same dials as the T2, the same image quality, 4K video and a pretty similar style, and offers no in body stabilisation. Unlike the T2, it is not weather resistant.

If you are a fan of using the eye piece, then note it is smaller on the T20 than the T2, and the grip is not quite as prominent. 

Learn more about this camera here.

Fujifilm X-H1

Progressing further up the price scale, in 2018 the X-H1 was released. Aesthetically, I don’t know how I feel about this model. It is far heftier and I feel it has lost some of the Fuji vintage aspect.

Saying that, they have added some much needed features. 

Like the X-T2, the H1 is weather resistant, a huge + in my eyes. Like I said before, it is a lot bigger than some of the other models, but this does add some benefits, for example, a larger hand grip has been added for a more secure fit and feel. 

The LCD screen had had some major improvements, along with its AF abilities and F-Log and 4K video. This camera also shoots in slow-motion with incredible outcomes.

Unlike its competition, we finally have a camera that offers in body stabilisation. Huge points for that! 

Learn more about this camera here.

Sony A7 iii

Definitely up there in terms of pricing, the Sony A7 iii was also released in 2018. 

In terms of comparison, it is probably most on par with the X-H1. However the biggest and most important difference between the SONY and the previously mentioned, it its full frame sensor!! If this is something that is a big + for you then this would be your camera of choice. However, it is good to bare in mind that many cameras are not full frame, and photos still look incredible. Try and work out if this difference is worth the difference in price. 

Its benefits include:

Good grip, works well in low light, built in image stabilisation, AF joystick, 2 SD card slots, Bluetooth/NFC/WiFi, better battery life, better Slow-mo, and very good image quality. 

It is for you to decide wether these +’s are worth that extra hundreds of £$£. 

Learn more about this camera here.

What is my verdict

As Eddie and I plan to do our year or travel in about a year from now, it felt silly to splash out a lot of £ on a camera that is incredible now, but might not be by the time we leave. 

That being said, our skills, knowledge and quality of photography still need improvement in the mean time.

We have decided to go for the Fujifilm X-T100 to use for the remainder of our time in London, and when we are ready to set off around the world, we will be looking to upgrade. 

If you have any other information on the cameras mentioned or new cameras to inform people about, please leave a comment below. 

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