Digital cameras - are they worth taking along on a trip to SE Asia? I'd love to get some really great photos, but are worried that I won't be able to:
1) Charge it up - plug sockets?(as it doesn't take batteries)
2) Transfer photos from camera to a computer (or a disc?)
3) How safe is it? Don't want to loose it either!
I'll be travelling around Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia and hopefully Nepal and Tibet.
Let me know about your experience please! Good or bad!!
Yeah, digital is the way to go.
It's not a problem, when buying one look at:
1 - resolution (4meg pix +)
2 - optical zoom (more the better as image is 'real')
3 - robust built (garanteed you'll drop it sometime)
When travelling take with you:
4 - Batterys (always carry a charged up spare)
5 - memory cards (take a couple - easy way to carry around photos if you can't get to a PC to upload your images.
6 - Charger, it shouldn't be too much of a problem as long as you have the right adaptor plug.
As for safety, well it's like anything - as long as you take precautions as with all you stuff it shouldn't be a problem.
Hope this helps
Enjoy and happy snapping
Last year, I traveled 3 times to Vietnam and the nearby countries. I carried a Canon SRL XT 350 digital. I have a 4 gig compact flash memory card, which gives me approx 1,200 high quality JPEG pictures. Canon charger are dual voltage (120/220; therefore, you don't have to worry about running out of charges. My camera let me take around 400 shots, before I need to charge it again. Normally, at night when I went to sleep, I charged my battery. In the morning, I had a fresh battery for 400 shots that day. If I took more than 1200 shots, I sometimes go to the camera stores or internet cafes to have my pics download to CD's. They charge you anywhere between 1-3 dollars for each CD.
Don't forget to bring your lens cleaning kit!!!