Data experts at SpecOut, a consumer tech research site powered by Graphiq, assembled a list of the top 10 cameras that are perfect for summer travel and ranked them according to their Smart Rating. The Smart Rating is a weighted average of the camera features and ratings from three digital camera experts: DPreview.com, PC Magazine and CNET.
To be included in the list, all cameras had to weigh less than 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) and provide resolution greater than 12 megapixels – better than the best iPhone camera quality on the market. They also needed to be capable of shooting high-definition video and — since vacationers are prone to losing or damaging cameras — cost less than $2,000.
Researchers did discover a trend while compiling the best cameras: Mirrorless and point-and-shoot cameras dominate the list due to their wide functionality and light weight, making them great for summer travel.