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1. Posted by cheggers22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Hi people,

Looking to purchase a compact digital camera to capture my RTW which kicks off shortly,

Iam looking at buying this one which is on offer at the moment - half price -

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5591473.htm

Any opinions on this camera compared to others in this price range appreciated

I was also wondering what is the best way to send photos home/store them/back them up as you travel (i.e. not just have them all stored on the camera - incase it breaks, gets stolen.......)

Cheers

:)

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4809 posts) 7y

Quoting cheggers22

Looking to purchase a compact digital camera to capture my RTW which kicks off shortly,

Iam looking at buying this one which is on offer at the moment - half price -

http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5591473.htm

Any opinions on this camera compared to others in this price range appreciated

Samsung is generally considered to be a decidedly sub-par brand where digital cameras are concerned. I've never heard of this particular model, but something cramming in a whopping 13 unnecessary megapixels (8 would be way more than plenty already) for that low a price pretty much has to suck, as there'll be all kinds of tradeoffs that were made to just get those 13 megapixels in. So I really wouldn't buy this particular camera.
If money is the main issue (IMO, for a trip which'll have the kind of major impact on your life like a RTW trip will have, it's worth investing in a quality camera which'll record the best possible quality memories that you can find), I'd recommend looking at the Panasonic Lumix LZ8, which was the winner of dpreview's recent "budget camera group test". It has an 8 megapixel sensor (which, as I said, is more than plenty: and it allows you to store a lot more photos on the same card), has very decent zoom, optical image stabilization, and just generally decent image quality.

If you end up having a bit more to spend after all, consider looking at a Canon Ixus 8x0 IS.

I was also wondering what is the best way to send photos home/store them/back them up as you travel (i.e. not just have them all stored on the camera - incase it breaks, gets stolen.......)

Walk into an internet cafe, have all photos burned to two CDs (or increasingly often: DVDs), ship one home by regular mail and have someone at home test that the photos can be read. (If they can't, immediately make a new copy of the other CD/DVD you still have with you.)

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 7y

Quoting Sander

Walk into an internet cafe, have all photos burned to two CDs (or increasingly often: DVDs), ship one home by regular mail and have someone at home test that the photos can be read. (If they can't, immediately make a new copy of the other CD/DVD you still have with you.)

That's exactly what I did when I was travelling. that way, as well as having a back up, my parents also got to see all my photos without me having to upload them somewhere.

[ Edit: Edited on 26-Jan-2009, at 13:00 by bex76 ]

4. Posted by cheggers22 (Budding Member 5 posts) 7y

Okay,

As I know next to nothing about cameras I will take your advice and keep on looking for a decent compact digital camera. My budget dictates sub £150 price wise. - any more which you have heard good things about?

I have a camera shop here in Edinburgh so will pop down there at the weekend.

Great, copying photos onto CD/DVD seems like a fairly simple way of backing them up so will take your advice on this also....

I know this isn't particularly related to photography but thought you may be able to help anyway - I was wondering how I will update my ipod with new music whilst I am away. I am trying to load it up with stuff before I go but If I am away for a whole year without any new music I may go insane!. any ideas??

5. Posted by baluba (Respected Member 407 posts) 7y

When having your photos written to CD make sure you check both CD's have what they should have on them, particularly if using a 1GB card which is too much to put onto a standard 700 mb CD. YOu would then need two CD's and in some countries trying to explain the simple concept of two CD's with copies of each just does not wash as I learned to my detriment. I now have absolutely no copies of my fab photos of the Egyptian pyramids. Ho hum.
DVD burning will not always be available so either check and double check, or use a smaller card.

Re the camera, I had a Panasonic Lumix which took fab photos and was really easy to use, but it didn't take kindly to be drowned in a canoe.

6. Posted by TalonToday (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y

it depends if you are going to have your computer with you. if so then just put the pictures on your computer. if not then you might want to get several memory cards so every so often switch the memory cards and put them in a safe place when you are finished. as for sending them home..again the computer. but if not you can probrably go into some sort of photo store and just print them out and send them home thats also another way to keep the pictures off your camera. or you can just get them to copy the pictures onto a cd