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If you have gone through my previous blog posts, you may have already decided to take a trip to Japan yourself. But an important question to ask yourself, especially if you’re a photographer, is what kind of camera should you take along with you?

For Good-Looking Travel Photos – Go Compact

If you’re taking a trip to Japan simply to enjoy as a family and just need to take some photos to record the memories, even a basic compact camera of these days will serve you well. Compacts have come a long way in recent years, providing excellent image quality for their price. While not as robust as a DSLR in image quality, compact cameras are small, lightweight, and better than your average smartphone.

There are many high end compact cameras available as well with larger sensors than usual, allowing you to take some very good photos that can be printed if needed. So don’t be afraid that carrying a compact camera will not let you get some fine art photography done if you’re into that.

For Enthusiast Photography or Professional Work – The Choice is Yours

Now we come to the whole debate of whether a DSLR is better or is mirror-less the new pro. The fact of the matter is that both these technologies have improved over the years, but mirror-less cameras being the newer tech have taken the world of DSLRs by storm.

Mirror-less cameras are smaller, lighter, and easier to carry around than DSLRs, and have a vast array of features and accessories just like a DSLR. I personally prefer mirror-less technology because of these reasons, but there are many people who don’t. So based on your personal taste, choose between a DSLR or a mirror-less camera if you want to take photographs that you can print or sell on a professional level.