Best travel adventure camera

New Fave Travel & Adventure Camera – Comparison & Review

They say the best camera is the one you have on you.  For me, that’s usually the smallest camera we have.

A big fancy mirrorless camera is of course always going to capture the best images and video but that doesn’t mean it’s practical for every situation.

If there is one thing that capturing eight years of full-time travel has taught me, it’s that most people clam up when a big camera is around.  It’s intimidating.  Even I feel less like a dork chatting away to a small camera in public vs looking like I’m auditioning for the local news.

And if there is one thing that three years of sailing around the world has taught me, it’s that the marine environment isn’t for the delicately built.

So, I’m always on the hunt for the best performance I can get in the smallest possible footprint.  For the past several years that has been our Sony rx100v and the GoPro for action and underwater stuff.  But there is a new tiny contender on the block that could potentially be the best of both worlds.

A camera that is roughly the size of a GoPro, built like a tank, waterproof and with almost the same performance as my rx100…sounds like a travelers dream right!?!  Maybe.

If you’re on the hunt for a new travel and adventure camera, we made this side by side test video just for you (and ourselves).

We set up both cameras identically:  Program shooting mode, auto white balance, auto ISO, center weighted metering mode, center focus, picture profile off, creative style “standard” (-1 saturation, -1 contrast, -1 sharpness), auto DRO, steady shot on, wind noise reduction “off”, etc.

We also used our old but trusty RX10iv throughout the video and our A7ii in the first several minutes.  Just so you have an idea of what these little guys look like compared to the big boys.

All audio and video is raw, straight from the camera, and un-tweaked in post…unless noted on the clip.  We wanted to see how each camera performs with and without manipulation.

Ok, roll that beautiful Tahitian footage.

What did you think?  I was impressed with the new tiny cameras performance.  Before we know it, we’ll be running around with cameras the size of a pencil eraser.  Ha, remember pencils…you know, when we used to write instead of type.  The good ol’ days right. 😉

Links to purchase if you are in the market for a pocket cam (we get a few pennies too, thank you!):

We get sooo many questions about our cameras, accessories, how we edit video and photos.  If you liked this video and want to see more, let us know what you are interested in.  Tell us what you like us to dive into next!

Want more camera specifics…ok, let’s get techie.

rx 0ii Specs

  • 15.3MP 1″ Exmor RS Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • ZEISS Tessar T* 24mm Equivalent f/4 Lens
  • Internal UHD 4K30 Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • HFR Mode for Slow Motion up to 1000 fps
  • 1.5″ 230k-dot 180° Tilting LCD
  • Water, Dust, Shock, and Crushproof
  • Electronic SteadyShot; Clean HDMI Output
  • Interval Recording; Microphone Input
  • ISO 12800 and 16-fps Continuous Shooting
  • Wi-Fi & Bluetooth; Multi-Camera Control

rx100v Specs

  • 1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Internal UHD 4K Video & S-Log2 Gamma
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-70mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • HFR Mode for Full HD Video up to 960 fps
  • 39″ 2.36m-Dot OLED Pop-Up EVF
  • 0″ 1.23m-Dot 180° Tilting LCD
  • ISO 12800 and 24-fps Continuous Shooting

best travel adventure camera

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a photo compassion is priceless.

All images are 100% all natural.  No retouching of any sort. 😉


















And just because we can…this is what it looks like when you combine a slightly over exposed and under exposed photo in post using the rx100…also known as an HDR (high dynamic range) image.

Then throw on some basic corrections and boom, a lovely night scene.

Which Is The Best Travel Adventure Camera? Final Thoughts.

I’ve been using the RX0ii pretty solid ever since we filmed this and I have to say, I am still impressed.  As expected, I find myself missing the zoom and continual auto focus of the rx100v.  The rx100v is a killer camera that is hard to beat.  That said, I did notice the rx0ii has better retention of the shadows and highlights.  Considering that my rx100v is now two years old, it isn’t all that surprising.

If you are only in the market for one camera…the rx0ii is a solid choice.  I have seen nothing else that can come close to the quality or durability that can take me from overland adventures to snorkeling with sharks. It’s pretty sweet.


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Comments (31)

  • Howard Freeman

    My wife (a working artist: abstracts) and I (personal valet) have been inching toward the RV life. All three sons are almost out of the house, so the inches are becoming millimeters.

    This camera is something I will definitely look at for our new adventures. Or even before!

    Thanks for the find and the review.

    Howard Freeman
    Small Town USA

  • Christal bell

    I would love to see a comparison of the rxoii and the GoPro 7 I want something that can get good close-ups and zoom. Also what is soooper important to me is that it be blue tooth. Also just a note the last video u made scipped around to fast it was hard to look down to see the camera u were using. Just slow the video down a bit. Thanks and my husband and I look forward to watching u 2 every Sunday

  • Wylie

    Nice! Could you follow this up with a piece about video editing? What software(s) do you use? Have you learned totally by doing or any recommended online or traditional course or books? Raw Content is one thing, a well edited video with sound is another. Thanks.

    • Curious Minion

      They use Adobe Premier Pro for video editing and Adobe Lightroom primarily for stills editing. I’ll put this on the list of ideas for a Thursday Thing video!
      Curious Minion

  • Lorrie

    Thank you! I would love to see a side by side review with RxOii with GoPro7. Lack of Autofocus is a non-starter for me.

  • John Lochaby

    tip: As I recall your boat inspection charged about $100.00 each for a test of the engine oil…Well. guess what. I found a new company, which speaks marine, which will run a lab check on your motor oil for $28.00. You could save that much on oil changes alone. Check out Blackstone-lab .com They will send you a free sample collection kit. You take a sample and send it to them. They run it through their lab and email a report to you. They told a friend who has been changing oil every 3000 mile on his truck that all was well with his engine and that he could change oil every 60,000 miles.

  • Webhead USA

    Impressive. Please, using the new camera, get us some shots of stars in the night sky. Have you every seen the International Space Station fly by your position?

  • Doug C.

    We have been looking for a land camera to augment our GoPro’s and Sony. Very informative! Thanks for sharing.

  • Alan L Solomon

    Hi there. I like the picture from the RX100V more than the RX0II but, it is a bummer it is not waterproof for people living around the water.
    I like the beautiful, young, spunky description too.

    Thanks and Happy Tropics to youuuuu…….

  • Roger B

    I believe I’ll watch your video on my UHD big screen TV before I make a comparison comment.
    It is Thursday I believe and not Sunday.

    • Roger B

      After viewing your comparison video on the UHD big screen, I believe the smaller RX0ii was a great addition to your camera bag. The RX100 had slightly better color rendition only when you were on Minion and rotating the view where the color and light conditions were constantly changing. Other than that, there was only very slight noticeable difference between the two cameras other than the auto focus feature of your RX100. The sound, through my Bose speakers, was the same with the optional mic attached.

  • Chuck B

    Looked at the You Tube issue related to cameras. This is my take, but have to says it is a difficult choice.

    At about 3:33 minutes into the video, when the RX0ii was being used, a picture of Nikki was displayed. At 3:38 minutes into the video, when the RX100 was being used, again a picture of Nikki, it seem to me that the video with the RX100 had a slight green tinge to it, while the RX0ii displayed the picture of Nikki with her true flesh color.

    This seem to happen again at about 11:14 minutes into the video.

    If I had to make a choice it would be for the RX100 though. The auto focus capability it has I believe is better for what you are filming. You seem to be moving all the time, and the auto focus gives you one less thing to worry about and deal with.

    Is there a camera which gives you all the features you want, made by Sony or another manufacture?

    Keep up the good videos, love them.


  • Michael Magill

    Another informative Video, where they set their camera’s up with their new one and had a test as to which was the better Camera, after a side by side test and after reviewing the data they got, they had a winner. I think in this case its better than any test you can find, as it was done outside and they are not professionals but by their pictures they show us you would never know they were not professionals.each by their vlog we are so lucky to receive each and every week. for people looking for a Camera, they got a frist class introduction as to how the new camera worked. Great job guys!

    • Todd

      I’d say videoing and photographing and editing, on a daily basis, with a wide range of equipment, then getting paid for their content, would probably categorize the Wynns as “professionals”. ❤

  • Chris

    Hi Jason/Nikki, you might want to review your specs for the RX100 i think it should read “20.1Mp “sensor instead of “1Mp”.
    I like the look of the RXO II, it seams to have better low light and contrast. i build and operate deep water camera systems (custom housings) so lighting is always an issue. What is your opinion of the remote control functions

  • Jim S.

    Does the constant exposure to the salty sea environment, shorten the camera life? cause more issues. I know if you keep an RV near the ocean for much of its life, you can expect a lot more rust and corrosion.

    • Curious Minion

      Salty air shortens the life of everything, but is especially hard on electronics & motors. It’s constant cleaning and a never-ending battle!
      Curious Minion

  • Iggy Konrad

    Have you checked out the DJI Osmo Action? Looks real good.

  • Terry

    I nearly bought the new smaller camera, but I need the pop-up eye piece/view finder – so will stick with the RX100iv. The RX0 is amazing and has a very good price. Enjoy!

  • Paul

    Ooooo…. A mid-week video… You must be somewhere with anchorage wifi or at least easy Minion-access wifi. Nice to have the extra content!!

  • Searching for C-Shels

    Awesome! Just the article we need, we are in need of some new gear this summer. Thanks Guys!

  • Lindsay

    Hi Jason and Nikki- Love Love your videos. We are Lindsay and Eric Wood and we are three months into our Tiny Home on wheels journey around the Southwest US. What is so helpful is your videos are setting a bar for quality and while we have simply been filming with our cell phones (Yes I said cell phones) we are ready to take the next step up and check out the best of the best in terms of filming gear.

    I am so curious to know how you store all that 4k data while traveling? We have had hard drive crashes before so now we are doing the double back up and have thoughts about back blaze. Love to know more about your storage reality >:) It would also be cool to see what editing software you use and some behind the scenes look into your editing style, any apps you use (like how you get the image of your island imagery to show where you are in the world, etc.
    Thanks so much!

  • John Schretlen

    This is the best travel camera comparison video that I’ve ever seen. The way you rigged them together to the split screen edit to the sound comparison was super well done and very informative.

    I would not be surprised if the RX0 (version next) will have your much coveted AF in time to give yourselves a Christmas present.

    P.S. Went back to the pocket test sequence to verify that there was no wallet in any pocket. I’m amazed that you go ashore and don’t carry ID and some folding currency for ’emergencies’ like a cold beer or ice cream.

  • Shad

    Great post as always.

    What about battery life?

  • Scott Hall Hall

    One dress thru entire video?? OK not fair young lady!!!! Need a bathing suit!!!! 57,567 viewers are here to see your awesome and tasteful ly dressed figure!!!

    • S/V Wanderlust

      Actually Scott Hall ^^^ I’d like to think the majority of viewers are like me and appreciate a well done video with great information, from a beautiful “young lady” with a big brain, spunky personality something intelligent to say no matter what she’s wearing.

      • Yvan

        Completely and 100% agree with s/v Wanderlust. Thanks for sharing your very inspiring life folks. Very generous of you. Keep on the good work !

    • Mike B

      Seriously? You might want to rethink this sexist remark Mr Hall.

    • Roger B


  • Michael

    I think the Sony RX0ii edges out the 100.


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