I am going on my travels over the winter to New Zealand & Thailand. I want to know any suggestions for a point and shoot camera as I don't want the weight, size or worry of my DSLR camera while i'm away for 6 months.
I understand that quality won't be the same as my DSLR and it will have to be something that i'll have to get used to. Any brand/model suggestions? I have no clue when it comes to a point and shoot as i haven't owned one in a very long time. Are there any certain features that i should make sure that it has?
Thanks for any help and advice in advance.
I have the Canon G11 and I love it. It's a step up from your average point and shoot in terms of quality and features, but is still compact. There is at least one newer model out now, but all G series cameras seem to get great reviews.
For a traveler, any camera with GPS. What a great feature that is. Not a GPS to find find your way around but good placement of your photos. On the computer, I go to 'Places' and a Google Map comes up with stars. Click a starred location and up pops all the photos for that location.
MIne is a Panasonic Lumix DMC ZS20.
20 X Optical & digital is off the scale. Good quality photos but I still auto enhance every picture with my photo application. Check some on my gallery or blogo.
A nice size camera that I can just pop in a shirt pocket from a lanyard round my neck.
Not so fancy looking that it attracts thieves.
[ Edit: Edited on 08-May-2014, at 05:00 by hasbeen ]
Counterpoint to consider, from someone who does it this way himself: Bring your DSLR anyway. What's the use of having it if you don't bring it on an amazing trip like this? You'll presumably be walking around with a daypack most days; put your DSLR with just a single walkaround lens in a triangular toploader, and carry that in your daypack when not using it. As long as you're not flaunting it, there's no reason to worry about it; though really, both in New Zealand and Thailand, I've never once felt unsafe about walking about with an expensive camera.
I've got a Fuji X10 which is like the perfect travel camera for me. Nice solid camera, not too big, great quality photos. It's a couple of years old now though, so there's new models. Fuji XQ1 looks pretty nice.
That said, I had the chance to play with an Olympus OM-D M5 a couple of months ago and I really loved that camera! If I had to choose now, I'd probably get that Olympus.
I'm with Sander on this point - don't leave your nice camera behind because you're worried about it. There's no point in owning a nice camera if you're too scared to take it out with you! Weight on the other hand is a valid concern as this could stop you from carrying it everywhere with you. The cameras I mentioned above are not the cheapest, but they are compact, simple to operate and provide great results.
I would like to have GPS in my camera as well, but for me the first priority is the other things like quality of photos and usability of the camera.
Most importantly, what's your budget?
I always take my DSLR with a zoom lens because I prefer the versatility and I am used to it and as has been repeated above, why have a good camera if you're too scared to take it anywhere. My wife has an Olympus Tough which is compact but takes good shots too and can be taken underwater; we got some great video of whale sharks in the Philippines and hammerheads and turtles in the Galapagos Islands.
Hi guys, thanks for the feedback.
I'm not too scared to take my DSLR with me, I've been away abroad with it many times but I know that it's something that I can't just put in my pocket on a night out because I really won't want to leave it anywhere.