With the school holidays around the corner, South Africans all over the country flood to the nearest outdoorsy destinations, soaking up the first rays of the summer sun. Whether you’re doing a staycation, bush break or an ocean holiday, we’ve put together a guide to packing photo gear for your summer holiday to capture those magical moments with loved ones.

Summer holiday essentials on the beach

Gear checklist:

  • Camera/s suited for your vacation.
  • Lenses that will help you capture the best memories.
  • Stabilisation, for smooth videos.
  • Backpack to keep all of your gear and accessories safe.
  • Binoculars… How else are you going to spot that bird or whale in the distance?
  • Cleaning aid; whether it’s sand or dust, your gear needs to stay clean.
  • Hard drive. Bad things happen when you least expect it. Don’t lose your photos and videos before you get home.
  • Power station… because we live in South Africa 🙄

Nikon Coolpix P950

This powerful Nikon Coolpix P950 bridge camera is the ideal camera for families that don’t want to change lenses for different scenes – it’s perfect for photographing professional-looking portraits, special family moments as well as scenic landscapes. The lens covers a focal-length range from 24mm (wide-angle) to capture larger scenes and family moments while the super-telephoto 2000mm allows you to photograph whales and wildlife, way out in the distance.

Photo of a penguin at Boulders Beach
Tropical landscape photo
A woman walking through the bush to the beach

Lunar Camera Strap

This is the perfect addition to your Coolpix camera, inspired by South Africa, Lunar camera straps are strong and durable, keeping your hands free and ready to capture the action. Genuine leather ends ensure your camera is safe and secure at all times.

Canon XA60B Professional 4K Camcorder

Looking to capture high-quality videos of your adventures? The compact Canon XA60B camcorder delivers stunning 4K Full HD video with fast focus and face tracking; making it that much easier to capture your family doing fun activities. It also offers 800x digital zoom with 5-axis stabilisation ensuring you get the best possible videos of your vacation.

GoPro HERO12 Black Creator Edition

If you love adventure and need a camera that can keep up, there’s nothing like a GoPro! It’s extremely durable and waterproof up to 10m, which means this action camera is ideal for adventure sports and underwater activities like snorkeling. This feature enhancing Creators Edition includes a tripod that acts as a grip and wireless remote, helping you take photos and videos up to 30m away. It also offers an external microphone that helps reduce noise even further to ensure crisp, clear sound, no matter the environment.

Photo of dogs playing captured under water in a pool with a GoPro

2TB G-DRIVE ArmorATD USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive

This is the perfect hard drive for your holiday! Reasons why: This ArmorATD USB 3.2 Gen 1 External Hard Drive has a premium, aluminium enclosed casing with internal shock mounts and easy-grip rubber exterior to give you ease of mind that your hard drive will withstand accidental drops. The 2TB capacity gives you the freedom to take shot after shot and multiple videos without worrying that you’ll run out of space.

Lowepro Adventura BP 300 III Backpack

Store, transport and protect your cameras, lenses and accessories in the Lowepro Adventura photographic backpack packed with practical features. The spacious front pocket ensures easy access to your camera/s and lenses. It also doubles as a laptop pocket which means you have everything with you to download your content every night.

B&W Case Type 5000 with Padded Dividers

Introducing the big guns for the serious adventurers! If you need a rugged, waterproof, dust-proof hard case, this compact, portable B&W hardcase and accessories is for you.

Zhiyun SMOOTH 5S Pro Smartphone Gimbal

The Zhiyun SMOOTH 5S Pro Smartphone Gimbal allows you to get the best out of your camera that is ALWAYS with you… Take your smartphone content to a whole new level with this compact, easy to use gimbal! It helps you create smooth footage from different angles, adding a professional edge to your content. The intuitive control panel allows you to quickly switch between different modes and it’s compatible with most mobile apps which means you can stream right to the Social Media platform of your choice.

Little girl having fun on the beach

PGYTECH CreateMate Card Reader Case

Make sure your memory cards don’t get lost between tonnes of gear and holiday accessories. The CreateMate Card Reader Case from PGYTECH can fit four SD cards, four microSD cards and two nano SIM cards. Not only is this a place of safekeeping of your cards, but it’s also a card reader, which means you can transfer data at speeds of up to 312 MB/s. It supports SDXC and microSDXC formats.

Nikon Prostaff P3 10×42 Binoculars

Your holiday kit won’t be complete without a pair of binoculars. Whether you’re going to the bush or the beach, these Nikon Prostaff P3 binoculars provide a sharper, more clear view that allows for a wider field of vision and beautiful vivid colours. Weighing only 584 g, you can easily put these must-have accessories in your carry-on and experience beautiful vistas from the get-go.

Dust-Off Spray with Nozzle 109ml Junior

No holiday kit is complete without Dust-Off spray. This pocket friendly bottle has enough cleaning power for the holidays and helps keep your gear clean and dust/sand free without damaging sensitive surfaces and lenses.

Anker PowerHouse 521 Portable Power Station 200W

Thanks to load shedding, power stations and alternative power supplies have become a staple in many homes. Why not take one with you on holiday or camping? Charge everything from phones and laptops to flashlights, cameras and other small appliances, so you’re never left in the dark, or without power. The Anker PowerHouse Portable Power Station recharges to 80% in 1.5 hours and offers DC and USB-C inputs as well as AC, USB-A and USB-C outputs.

This list will be of no use if you don’t go out and make memories. Explore, shoot and savour your special moments for years to come.

Surfers on the beach