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1. Posted by amywells (Budding Member 12 posts) 11y


I will soon be traveling for about 6 months in Southeast Asia and Central America and wanted to capture my adventures on film to e-mail back to my friends. At the moment I have an automatic that is good, but a bit bulky...

So can anyone recommend a good digital camera that:
a) is small and light, so it can be packed away and hidden well and
b) is not too expensive.

Also can anyone tell me the cheapest place to buy cameras? (I live in UK).



2. Posted by georgep (Respected Member 201 posts) 11y

Hi Amy,

My advise is go see some camera stores and hold the camera's I think it's verry personal to choose a camera. Everybody has a different experince with it's camera's.


3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4929 posts) 11y

I'd go and narrow down the choice at dpreview. (Choosing ultra compact and < $400 there gives more than 10 cameras, and so the first ten shown are pretty much exclusively Canons - good cameras, but. You probably have several more requirements that you didn't list but which will help you make a choice.)

One recommendation I will give though: stay away from Sony cameras with their memorysticks, as you can only use that storage format in other Sony products, while the storage format used by all other brands can be used by all other brands (and not just in cameras, but also in PDAs and mp3 players and...)

4. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

Amy, check out the features on some of the cameras, i.e. does it have rechargeable batteries or not! - look at the Canon Powershot Axx range - i bought this one cause it had good features and mainly because it had normal AA batteries

wot if your out in the bush somewhere and aint near electric to recharge it - your sunk unless u have spare lithium ion battery for your camera and they arent cheap - AA batterys are cheap and found in most places and a few spares is a good idea out there!

5. Posted by daveh (Travel Guru 1027 posts) 11y

once you have found the camera you want, go to and that will tell you the cheapest place to buy that camera.

6. Posted by drhogg (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y

All the above advice is good - certainly try out the cameras for yourself to see what fits your hand etc.

The Canon IXUSs have excellent reviews, and seem to churn out great results. They're also a bit pricier but quality costs money.

I use an Olympus MJU 410. It's great for travelling - very compact and also gives good outdoor results. However, indoor shots are fairly disappointing as the flash isn't very strong. However, it's weatherproof and after years of owning a 35mm MJU I was keen to stay with Olympus.

The reviews are useful. Also the photo gallery at allows you to see a random sample of their users photos - by camera type. So if you want to compare shots from different cameras, this can be a good (albeit unscientific) way to do it.

7. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I just bought a Canon Ixus 700 and I think I'm in love.

Is it wrong to have feelings for a piece of equipment?

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Amy, I think a lot of the Canon digital cameras are really impressive. The one I bought it very lightweight - you can hardly even feel it in your pocket! It has quite a wide screen as well which is great. It was a bit out of my price range but I think it was worth it. I bought a 1GB memory card as well though so that sort of bumped the cost up!

I looked at a lot of other cameras and there are just so many out there. YOu should def be able to find something to suit your budget. I thought the Sony Cybershot's looked quite good and they werent tooo expensive.

The only drawback with the Canon Ixus is that they dont come with their own case. You have to buy that seperately which I think is a bit of a joke. Other than that, they seem to be a fantastic piece of equipment. If you can stretch an extra hundred or so, I would highly recommend the Ixus 700. ;)

9. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Oh and thanks Peter!;)

10. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

I just bought a Canon Ixus 700 and I think I'm in love.

Is it wrong to have feelings for a piece of equipment?

It's ok to Love your camera. Make sure you take it LOTS of places so it gets "out & about" and gets to see the World .