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11. Posted by Peter (Admin 5847 posts) 11y

Quoting bibs

I have got a SONY DSC S60 4.1 MP. It has got quite a lot of manual controls. You can control both the aperture and shutter speed upto some extent, and also can use filters also.A whole lot of other cameras have also come up with these features.

So the debate goes on .....

Hey, that's cool. That would pretty much keep me happy, if they could wack that in an Ixus. Does it have manual focus as well? That's another thing I miss.

Sometimes limitations inspire creativity though. On our trip to Canada for instance, I just held up my polarizing filter in front of Sam's 3MP camera to get some pretty decent shots, like this one. Of course, I also took that same shot on velvia slide film, which will hopefully be even better ;) Still haven't developed it - I'm lazy that way.

You see, I don't just take my small camera to save weight. I actually take it because it gives me the immediate results that my film SLR can't. I still take my regular SLR as well. So in fact, if I had a DSLR, I'd probably take it with me on trips and just not take it out every day. I'd have a point and shoot in my pocket at all times though!

Doesn't really help answer elincita's question though ;)

12. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting bibs

It seems you are still in dilenma which way to go....

But it's perfectly clear, bibs. ;)

I think you're assuming I'm debating whether DSLR's are only for serious photographers or not. It's clear in my mind that is an incorrect way to decide the question. Like I've always said, you choose that which will give you the pictures you want.

If you're a serious traveller without any interest in photography, but you consider it to be super important to record every moment of your journey. Take a DSLR with a good sensor and accurate meter, and use it on Auto. You're not interested in photography. You're interested in the journey. There's nothing wrong with that.

13. Posted by thalakola (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

You get tired of having a dslr, if you donot have the right bag to carry it around.

I suggest you buy a photo backpack.

sometime ago, I bought a photo backpack and was one happy customer. it has enough room to put camera gear and also stuff you normally carry around when you go out sighseeing or hiking during the day.

However, there are many times you do not want to carry all this stuff with you like when you go for dinner or a night out on the town.
For this reason, I suggest you need a compact digital camera as well.

The takeway or my message is:
digital slr + compact digital point and shoot + photo backpack = nirvana

- Brown Zen Master:)

14. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

Q! I knew it... they always say "Size doesn't matter". But from your descrition of events.. size got you the attention you needed. ;)

15. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Quoting Brendan

Q! I knew it... they always say "Size doesn't matter". But from your descrition of events.. size got you the attention you needed. ;)

I like to think it was my personality....

16. Posted by elincita (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y

Wow, I had no idea that this post of mine would cause such a debate. :)

First of all I want to think all of you for replying, I think I will go for the DSLR even though I'm just an amateur. I have a little experience with SLR cameras and I'm usually more satisfied with my DSLR pictures then with the point'n shoot ones.
But it's a good idea though to bring a point'n shoot one too, I will be thinking about that.

Any recommendations for a camera back pack? :)

Thanx again everybody

17. Posted by Brendan (Respected Member 1824 posts) 11y

I think the film "Born Into Brothels" is a good portrayel of true photography. It doesn't matter what camera you have.

18. Posted by thalakola (Budding Member 4 posts) 11y

Lowepro and Tamrac have a good selection of backpacks

some suugestions are :


- Vish

19. Posted by lordotis (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y

There is an incredibly simple answer to this. Take two cameras!

I have a Nikon D100 with numerous lenses, battery chargers etc, that takes up a lot of room and needs a large camera bag. However, tucked into one of the pockets of the bag, is a Canon Ixus 'point and shoot' that is capable of excellent photographs in the right conditions, and is great for simple 'holiday snaps'. If you're going out for a beer, you take the 'point and shoot' camera, worth $40 on the second-hand market, with you and lock your DSLR in the hotel safe.

Sure, the cheapo camera is limited, but I won't cry if I drop it or if it gets stolen.

20. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 11y

Actually dropped and broke my digital p&s hiking in May. A few days later, fell on my butt hiking through the rainforest with my D70 in the backpack. That's something you don't run into in the studio!!