Also known as point-and-shoot cameras, these are great for taking holiday snaps. If you are looking for an easy-to-use camera that doesn’t need any fiddling with complicated settings, then a compact camera is a good way to go. They have an autofocus function as well as automatic settings for things like exposure and flash.
If you’d like to have a bit more control over your settings, a bridge camera might be the way to go for you. The name for this type of camera comes from the fact that it forms a bridge between the compacts and the DSLRs. It has most of the manual settings that you’d normally find on a DSLR, but it also has some of the easy to use features of a compact camera. Additionally it usually comes with a fixed lens that can’t be changed although there are some bridge camera types that allow you to change the lens.
DSLRs or Digital Single Lens Reflex cameras use a prism and a mirror so that you can look through the lens and see the exact image you want to photograph. They’re a bit more expensive but in return you’ll get faster shooting, better image quality and expandability. It’s what professional photographers use and great for amateurs who are a bit more serious about their travel photos.
Don’t dismiss the camera on your smart phone as nowadays the quality on most smart phones are getting better and better and they’re the best for taking those holiday selfies.