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1. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

Hi guys,
Im about to buy my first digital camera and know very little!!
Its for my trip to Sth America and think I probably should get something as discreet as possible?
Im thinking 5meg and as much opt zoom as I can afford (not much unfortunately).
Does it matter if it has AA or lithium batteries? (keeping in mind I will be travelling...)
What other bits must I buy? I know nothing about memory cards or anything else!
Please help me understand this seemingly complex technology!
Sandy

2. Posted by Jase007 (Travel Guru 8870 posts) 10y

Hi Sandy,
you seem to be on the right track.
5 Meg is a good res, and 3 or more times optical zoom.
Don't get carried away with high res, anything over 3Meg will do for the average user but a safe bet is to go for a 4Meg or more. Spend the money on the optical zoom, as this is where the quality of shot will come from.
Cards, well there are several kinds: SD are the most common and used by most brands, XD are less common (hence more expensive).
Battries, well, most cameras nowdays come with rechargables due to the high power demand of the digital camera. This really isn't a problem as you can get up to 400 shots from a charge (depending on flash and zoom useage).
Also look at start-up times (time taken from turning the camera on to being able to take a shot). Another thing to look at is shutter lag Push the button to taking of the image), digital cameras have got loads better over the last couple of years but this still remains a shortfall on some models.
I hope this of some use to you.
Happy snapping and have a goos trip :)

3. Posted by Q' (Travel Guru 1987 posts) 10y

One other expense you should keep in mind is the amount of memory you carry with you. For a 5meg camera your pictures will be 1Mb each. Use that as a rough estimate. Since most people shoot more pictures with digital cameras than film, I would buy 1.5 to twice as much memory as you think you need based on your experience with film cameras. Memory prices have come down quite a lot, so get a reasonable amount of memory.

While you can free up memory by downloading pictures and burning them onto a CD at an internet cafe or photography store, it's probably not something you want to put 100% faith in. So a more measured approach of having a reasonable amount of memory and controlling your picture taking will give you a better experience. Have fun !!

4. Posted by JulesRS (Budding Member 7 posts) 10y

And don't forget a good rigid case - you don't want to have searched high and low for just the camera you want for the right price just to open your rucsac and find you've cracked your screen!

As for memory cards. SD is probably the way to go, definately the most common at the moment. I would recommend 512Mb for a 5Mpixel camera. You can pick these up for about £18 if you search hard enough on the internet.

5. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

when it comes to batteries..i DEFINATELY say go rechargeable. Keep at LEAST 2 sets with you, three is better. That way you can always have one set in the camera, and one or two sets in your camera bag. Make sure you charge them when you get back to your hotel at nite.

Its a good idea to go with 2 smaller cards rather than one bigger card...for reasons more like just in case you lose one, *you never know....* then at least you dont lose all your travel shots. Also, like someone else mentioned, if your card is gettin full, stop by an internet cafe or even a photo finishing place and just get them burned onto a cd.

Good luck and happy travels!!!

6. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

ps - as for a good camera...I work at a camera store..and I think that the best smaller cameras are the Nikon Coolpix series cameras...and they can range from $350 to $550..depending on your budget..but they take really good pics and the shutter lag is really fast.
Just a thought.
:D

7. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

SO glad you said that!!! Its been a learning curve for me but I have finally chosen a Nikon Coolpix!!!!!!!
Its the S4 - do you know it? Its got a 10x optical zoom and 6mp without being too bulky and has a swivel lens which looks pretty cool!
Im buying it this week and am in the process of finding the best price......

8. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

Quoting HereICome

SO glad you said that!!! Its been a learning curve for me but I have finally chosen a Nikon Coolpix!!!!!!!
Its the S4 - do you know it? Its got a 10x optical zoom and 6mp without being too bulky and has a swivel lens which looks pretty cool!
Im buying it this week and am in the process of finding the best price......

The S4 specifically i'm not completely familiar with, but Nikon is a good camera... *I say that and I'm a Canon girl ;) * Just make sure you go rechargeable batteries...Trust me, you dont want to be stopping off every day to buy a new set.
So, I say, Good choice.

ps - where are you goin in south america??

9. Posted by HereICome (Full Member 67 posts) 10y

Hey pixcee- thanks for your reassurance! Always nice when yr spending lots of money to feel your getting the right thing and wont be disappointed- especially when its something you know so little about
We are two girls (26 and 41!!) travelling thru Peru, Bolivia and Brazil from mid April till end of May.
Starting to get nervous about the whole thing actually!! Cant wait to arrive and chill!!;)

10. Posted by pixcee (Full Member 28 posts) 10y

Quoting HereICome

Hey pixcee- thanks for your reassurance! Always nice when yr spending lots of money to feel your getting the right thing and wont be disappointed- especially when its something you know so little about
We are two girls (26 and 41!!) travelling thru Peru, Bolivia and Brazil from mid April till end of May.
Starting to get nervous about the whole thing actually!! Cant wait to arrive and chill!!;)

glad i could offer some assistance!! sounds like a great trip! i'm totally jealous...let me know when you get back, i'd love to see all your photos!!!