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Best Camera for Taking on RTW Trip

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1. Posted by Shaunmw (Budding Member 11 posts) 9y

I wanted to get the community's opinion on what are the best options for cameras out there to take traveling. I have a list of features I like, but havn't found the camera that fits them all and was curious where I should compromise most.

Specs I would like:

-Double A batteries (it seems too easy to fry your camera with bad electricity while charging or not even have anywhere to plug in)
-Wide angle.. Was thinking something with at least 28MM with like 3-4x zoom
-Compact
-Image Stabalization
-Shutter and/or aperture priority

Any other specs I should want or are any of these not really needed?

The best I seem to have found so far for all this is the Canon Powershot A710 IS, but it's widest angle is 35MM. Any other great cameras out there that would fit the bill better?

2. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

I assume that's the Canon S3 IS? That would be a good choice really :) I'm not sure on the AA batteries thing really, as you could just get several standard camera batteries and you use an external charger anyway.

I don't know a great deal about compacts though as i am a DSLR user (other than my toy Ixus!), but it appears that 35mm is about as good as you're going to get.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 9y

Going with the features search at dpreview, filling in wide zoom of <28mm (which here means 28mm or smaller), aperture priority, shutter priority and image stabilization (can't search for aa-batteries, unfortunately), I get three results. The panasonic LX1 and the very recent successor, the Panasonic LX2 (both with a street price of about $450), and the unlinked Leica D-LUX 2. The two panasonics are kinda weird for having a 16:9 ratio CCD, but they do allow 3:2 and 4:3 cropping in-camera, so I'd call it a definite advantage. DPReview is moderately enthusiastic about both cameras. Noise is the main issue, but find me a compact which doesn't have that to some degree; and at regular print sizes this shouldn't bother you.

I agree with Anzxio about not being certain that AA-batteries really are that essential. I've travelled for 2+ years through Australia and New Zealand without once missing a shot due to my regular battery being empty. Of course, if you go to more exotic locales that equation becomes different, but I'd personally indeed also just buy an extra battery pack.

4. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 9y

Did someone mention Leica ;) Get an M8!

5. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

I think compact is the key - i use a canon which fits in my jeans pokcet - and find it very very handy... but it also comes with a rechargeable bat pack ( not the AA types u can buy of the street!)

and - also , how much of a photographer are u? if u are jus looking to get some nice shots - keep size the priority . but if u want to be more of a pro - then u shd probbably research more - i personally miss not having a 12 x zoom!!!

6. Posted by HafJafMark (Respected Member 291 posts) 9y

Id be careful not to take too expensive a camera - unless youve got loads of cash to get it fixed or replaced.

On my RTW trip I brought a Jessops camera which broke after a month. I was forced to buy a new one in New Zealand for $500 (NZ). When I went to Australia I got a single grain of sand on the Lens which cost $250 to fix!!!

The camera hinge then broke meaning the batteries wouldnt stay in - i got a quote of a further $250 to fix this!!

Just bear in mind digital cameras cost a fortune to get fixed, and they get bounced around a lot on a RTW trip - especially if your going for a whole year.

7. Posted by MelesMeles (Full Member 137 posts) 9y

I'd go with a more compact camera, and one with rotateable LCD - that feature is priceless and I'll prefer it to IS any time. Do you really need the stabilizer? You can buy a tiny tabletop tripod for a few £ instead, and use that.

You could also look into older models of Canon A series, ones that use AA batteries and have non-static LCD display. Older models tend to be more compact too (newer ones have 2,5" LCD with same amount of pixels than older models' 2.0" and both have same amount of pixels, so 2,5" look a bit grainier and make the camera more bulky). And a tiny tripod would help you to take advantage of lower ISO speeds on 95% of the times.

I've been a happy user of a Canon A80 (Old, but good and small, lasts for 3 days on same 2200mah rechargeables) for three years, and I'm going to replace it soon.

Canon A610 + a tiny tripod would be my choice though.

[ Edit: Edited at Oct 26, 2006 3:01 AM by MelesMeles ]

8. Posted by DocNY (Respected Member 403 posts) 9y

might be worth taking a look at the new Olympus 510-UZ or the Lumix F7Z

both are pretty amazing and my olympuses have survived some pretty amazing things.

they also meet all your requirements. In the states less than $300 about $375 in Thailand right now.

9. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 9y

Quoting MelesMeles

I'd go with a more compact camera, and one with rotateable LCD - that feature is priceless and I'll prefer it to IS any time. Do you really need the stabilizer? You can buy a tiny tabletop tripod for a few £ instead, and use that.

I think that the stabilizer feature is one of the greatest developments since the dawn of digital cameras.

But what I really want to know is what a rotateable LCD is? Does this let you change the format to a vertical orientation without having to rotate the camera?

-Kevin
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Kevin Pfeiffer

10. Posted by aprilsgal (Full Member 161 posts) 9y

Quoting pfeiffer

I think that the stabilizer feature is one of the greatest developments since the dawn of digital cameras.

But what I really want to know is what a rotateable LCD is? Does this let you change the format to a vertical orientation without having to rotate the camera?

-Kevin
--
Kevin Pfeiffer

hey kevin,

A rotatable lcd is one which is attached to the cam by means of a swivel hinge (not sure of the exact term). So if u want to take a pic from some wierd angle - u no longer have to break ur back or get a neck crick. u can just open out the lcd, and turn it to any anlge, so u can still look at what u are clicking while taking the snap!

http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/S3IS/S3ISA.HTM - this model has a rotating LCD

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 22, 2006, at 8:25 PM by aprilsgal ]