Travel Gear We Use: best point and shoot camera for vacation photos

We’re continuing our Travel Gear We Use series with our #1 pick for an all-around best point and shoot camera for taking family vacation photos. We own several cameras, but only one comes with us on each and every family trip.

best point and shoot camera

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX20 is a little (and affordable!) camera that packs a big punch. Certified waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze-proof, the Cyber-Shot fits in your pocket and can take anything your vacation throws at it. We love the touch screen with tons of focus selections, but auto works great, too. The 3.0 screen is big enough to see what you’re doing, and the full HD 1080 records stills and video. You get a 16.2 Exmor R CMOS sensor, which means you’ll get crisp, sharp photos even in odd lighting situations like twilight or underwater. There’s a panorama setting, and sports and action settings.

sony cyber shotI have several cameras on-hand for documenting various types of travel, but the Sony Cyber-Shot always comes with us. Why not? It’s small, easy to carry along, and won’t be grounded by sand, dust, water, or cold. It’s safe in the pocket of your ski pants, around your wrist while you’re swimming, and for every situation in-between. In fact, every shot in this video of Riviera Maya Mexico was taken with the Sony Cyber-Shot.

Because it’s so indestructible, it’s also a great pick for kids. We pass the Sony around while on vacation, and I don’t have to worry about it in the hands of the kids. Our boys can navigate the touch screen easily, and love taking underwater pics. (If you’ve bought a disposable underwater camera lately, you know what a hassle it is to develop the film, and how costly those precious few photos available to you are.)

We also love that the Cyber Shot is only 99 at Amazon.

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