When you are looking for the best travel digital camera the first thing that will come to your mind is that it has to be compact and portable. Basically digital cameras come in many different shapes and sizes. But for traveler I would always recommend a small and compact design so that it’s handy to carry it everywhere you go without having to carry a big bag or a camera pouch for it.
Size is one thing but what about the features that you should look for. Well in today’s market there are cameras ranging from 8 megapixels to 12 megapixels. This is the range you should be looking for anything above that will just be too expensive and unnecessary. So you should go for a sleek design like a slim cam with around 12 megapixels and with flash. A good camera flash is very important because there will always be a need to click pictures in bad light conditions and a good flash will be very useful for that. Another important thing you should look for in the best travel digital camera is that it should have good memory, around 4 to 8 GB card should be fine for this. It is very important because you won’t be near your computer always to download the images, free up space and click more photos. You have to be ready with the space while you are travelling. With a 4 GB card you can click 100’s of images and even take some decent quality videos. Video is also a feature that you should have in your travel camera. There are many models with HD video quality recording available today. HD is High definition Video and it gives a great professional quality video which can be shot by anyone.
The next point would be the battery life. You can have two options for the battery for your best travel digital camera. 1. with rechargeable or normal AA batteries or 2. A slim rechargeable battery provided with the camera. There are advantages and disadvantages to both of these choices. Like for instance if you have an AA type battery camera you can carry extra batteries at a reasonable price and quickly exchange them with the current batteries as soon as they run out. Whereas with inbuilt camera battery type cameras you can’t buy a spare since its quiet expensive and can’t carry 2 or 3 of those, you have to recharge the battery again to use it again. The advantage of the branded battery that comes with the camera is that it’s slim and durable so the overall size of the camera also becomes slimmer and handy.
Another feature but less important compared to the others mentioned above would be the display should be movable. This is very helpful when you are taking your own picture or with your loved one and you need to see yourself what the photo will look like. It’s also very helpful while taking a picture from an awkward angle and you can’t see the display.
Travel can be for various purposes like for pleasure, work, business, study or whatever purpose you have. We all carry our laptop along with essential things and it would get very tiresome to carry a laptop which weighs over 4 or 5 kg along with our backpack. An ideal travel laptop should be light, easy to carry, offer a good mixture of performance and battery backup along with good connectivity features too.
A prerequisite of a good travel laptop is that it should be very light, weighing below 2 kg and should have a good battery backup of about seven – eight hours. It is hard to make laptops which are both lightweight and have good battery backup. Since the advent of netbooks and UMPC (ultra mobile portable computer), and tablet pc’s it has been made clear that many companies are focusing their attention on how to make laptops which are easy to carry around with very good battery backup and has lot of connectivity options too. Some of the new travel laptops has features like being waterproof, splash proof, dust proof, shock resistant etc. Of course, when people hear about these features in a travel laptop they are surely going to buy the laptop without any much further ado.
In order to find the best travel laptop in the market now, let us compare some laptops which are quite a bang for their buck:
MacBook Air – this one took the world by the storm after it was officially announced as the world’s slimmest laptop. It is very attractive, very slim and the performance is zippy and packs a punch in its thin frame. It has not got much connectivity options and lacks an optical drive and a tad too expensive but you can’t have it all right?
Lenovo ThinkPad X200 – this laptop is said to have 9 hours battery backup which is pretty awesome and it also has great performance and great keyboard. To sum it all it is also reasonably priced at around $1000.
Toshiba Portege R835 – P56X – Toshiba has introduced a new line of laptops which are light and packs a punch with its features like integrated DVD super multi drive, high end processors, huge storage, more memory etc.
In short, the best travel laptop one can own right now is Toshiba Portege series laptops with its great blend of performance and power and being very slim, apple’s MacBook series has an able competitor in Portege series. It is closely followed by Lenovo’s ThinkPad X200 which nearly outperforms Toshiba Portege series. Apple’s MacBook deserves special mention for their outstanding technological brilliance for they were the guys who showed everyone that it was possible to make laptops as thin as they can be. Of course, MacBook is the slimmest, sexiest and is very attractive laptop. Another factor worth mentioning is the slick operating system named Mac OSX Leopard aboard MacBook. It’s a worthy competitor to Windows 7 but is exclusive to MacBook.