The heyday of travel photography is right now, thanks to all the affordable digital cameras that have made it easier to shoot and share photos. But the sheer number of camera models can be daunting.

That's where we come in: Here at, we review a lot of digital cameras. No matter what type of camera you're looking for to capture those vacation memories, we've got a top-rated shooter for you. These 10 are among the best we've tested, and they offer options for every kind of traveler. Leisure trekkers will likely go for a pocket point-and-shoot or a compact superzoom. Serious photographers who like to fiddle with settings to create dramatic shots should grab a D-SLR or compact interchangeable-lens camera. Anyone heading to a beach destination should bring a waterproof model.

We picked winners from the cameras we've reviewed in each of the five aforementioned categories to make up our Top 10. Remember, though, the digital camera market is a robust one; manufacturers release new products throughout the year, and we're continually testing and reviewing cameras. Before you buy, be sure to hit our Digital Cameras Product Guide for the latest reviews. But for now, here are 10 of our favorite digital cameras.

Point-and-Shoot Cameras

Canon PowerShot S100

$429.99 direct
The Canon PowerShot S100 is a worthy successor to our previous Editors' Choice high-end point-and-shoot camera, the PowerShot S95. It adds a longer zoom lens and GPS, and improves on the S95's image quality and performance. Read the full review ››

Canon PowerShot Elph 310 HS

$259.99 direct
Canon's compact PowerShot Elph 310 HS packs an 8x zoom lens into a body that can slide into your shirt pocket with ease. When you consider its high-res LCD, excellent image quality, and 1080p HD video capture capability you have a camera that earns our Editors' Choice. Read the full review ››

Digital SLRs

Nikon D4

$5,999.95 list, body only
The Nikon D4 is a pro shooter's dream, with controls galore, and a big, bright optical viewfinder. This fully loaded full-frame D-SLR rattles off shots at a quick 10 frames per second, but all of this comes with a rather high sticker price and a steep learning curve. Read the full review ››

Sony Alpha 77 (SLT-A77VQ)

$1,999.99 direct with 16-50mm lens
The Sony Alpha 77 pumps out 24-megapixel stills at 10.3 frames per second and records 1080p60 video with continuous autofocus. A sharp f/2.8 kit lens, solid low-light performance, a high-quality OLED EVF, and GPS capability are the icing on the cake. Read the full review ››

Compact Interchangeable-Lens Cameras

Olympus OM-D E-M5

$1,299.99 direct with 12-50mm lens
The Olympus OM-D E-M5 is the best Micro Four Thirds camera we've tested. It's got a top-notch stabilization system, is fully weather sealed, can shoot in all types of light, and ships with a sharp and versatile kit lens. Add it all up, and you have our new Editors' Choice for high-end compact interchangeable lens cameras. Read the full review ››

Sony Alpha NEX-C3

$649.99 direct with 18-55mm kit lens
The Sony Alpha NEX-C3 builds on the already-excellent NEX-3, but manages to be lighter and more compact. Not only does the NEX-C3 produce stunning images, even at high ISO settings, it easily earns our Editors' Choice for compact interchangeable lens cameras. Read the full review ››

Sony Alpha NEX-5N

$699.99 with 18-55mm kit lens, direct
The Sony Alpha NEX-5N delivers a lot of performance from its compact body, packing a sensor as large as those found in most digital SLRs and recording video in full 1080p HD. But it doesn't quite edge out its little brother, the NEX-C3, our Editors' Choice. Read the full review ››

Superzoom Cameras

Nikon Coolpix P510

$429.95 direct
The Nikon Coolpix P510 manages to squeeze a 42x zoom lens into a body that's larger than a point-and-shoot, but much smaller than any SLR. A sharp lens, built-in GPS, and HD video capture round out the package, and are enough to make it our Editors' Choice full-size superzoom. Read the full review ››

Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

$349.99 direct
The Canon PowerShot SX260 HS delivers an impressive 20x zoom ratio and very good image quality in a compact package. Integrated GPS is a boon for geotaggers, but the camera's video prowess and high ISO performance aren't best in class. Read the full review ››

Rugged/Waterproof Cameras

Nikon Coolpix AW100

$379.95 list
%displayPrice% at %seller% The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is a rugged point-and-shoot camera that, while a bit on the pricey side, captures sharp images and can take quite a beating without a hiccup. Read the full review ››