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1. Posted by sealy (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

Is it generally safe to bring a more expensive camera while backpacking?
I have a compact digital camera, as well as a more expensive bigger digital camera and don't know which to bring for my 3 month trip.
The bigger one weighs alot more and will take up more room in my bag (its a canon S5 1S), whereas the other one is pocket sized but doesn't take as great of photos (canon elph).
I love photography so am thinking I will bring the bigger one, but has anyone had bad experiences taking their big & expensive cameras??

2. Posted by sealy (Budding Member 12 posts) 8y

oops, thought this was in the travel photography section!
advice still welcome though,

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 8y

More than anything else, travelling is when you benefit most from the extra quality a better camera will give you, with countless experiences and sights you'll never see again, and where you'd seriously regret it if you could've recorded them, but didn't. A camera is a tool; not a treasured trinket to be cuddled and protected and only brought out on special occasions.

Obviously you should take care with the camera; don't leave it lying around in dorm rooms in hostels, and don't flaunt it. (Yes, it'll be a hassle sometimes; but it's one which is totally worth it.) Plus make certain you have decent travel insurance which'll cover it if it gets stolen.
Personally I travel with a Nikon D200 and two or three lenses. That all goes into my daypack, and comes with me everywhere when I'm travelling. Yes, the bulk and weight are very noticeable at first, and they're a hassle when considering going to the beach or something like that (though luckily I'm not much of a beach person) - but the results are worth it every single time.