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1. Posted by webber91 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y

Ok, so I'll be straight with you - I'm a really keen Martial Artist & and I'm currently a student too studing the instruction of exercise & martial arts and that whole crazy 'cart' of wonderful sports & fitness categories and I'm looking to start travelling - alot.

I'm in the stricky spot (that i'm sure alot have visited) of debating whether to buy a digital camera (for still shots) or a mini DV camera (for videos)...

That ofcourse leads onto the dilemma of which model, memory type etc... I expect whatever I buy will get dropped atleast a few times, but I'll do my best to look after it!! :P

Does anybody have any good advice on what would be the best travel camera? Anyone out there feel they have the perfect one?? Small & compact would be great ideally... Something that can be easily & safely strapped on your back or in a rucksack for climbing etc...

I'll by shooting off to the USA for a few months soon and need to really start looking for one now...

Btw, I'm sure your all quite good at spotting a good deal and a rubbish one when it comes to this type of thing, so would you mind telling me what you think to the following? It's from the Fuji website. Click here for the camera.

A comeback on this would be appreciated greatly!

Thanks alot guys!
:)

2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

I met a guy that bought pot off of someone in australia and the guy gave him camera along with it. haha, I assume he stole it from someone. (I don't condone smoking pot or stealing, but it was so absurd it made me laugh)

It was this olympus model that was water-proof up to 30 meters and shock-proof so you could just throw it around, and that's exactly what we did. we made little videos of a bunch of people saying goodbye and then throwing the camera like 30 feet up into in the air and into a pool. it was pretty neat, you could see the person coming to pick up the camera at the bottom of the pool.

look on the olympus site for it I think they are fairly popular. it took good still and videos. and it's tiny

3. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

also you should wait till you get to america to buy it. stuff like that is cheap here, plus your money is stronger than ours.

also...we kind of need whatever we can get to boost the economy...haha

4. Posted by 7055 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

All the compacts are pretty even in terms of image quality, whilst some are slightly better than others or have a few more or less gizmo features. As with most electronic equipment, you really get what you pay for. Canon make good compacts, but lately Panasonic are putting out some really nice cameras with solid features that are competitively priced. Some sort of waterproof/shockproof compact digital camera would probably suit your needs but these usually come at a premium. What sort of price range are you looking at?

5. Posted by Tims.Travels (Full Member 3 posts) 7y

Well, what you could do is look for a nice DSLR that has video recording options included. But, if it's one or the other, for martial arts recording I'd probably take the mini DV. That way, you can also review your fights for learning purposes too. Two birds with one stone.

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

D-SLR's are a waste of time unless you want 10 frames a second. Any compact above 6mpx, will match any decent D-SLR's performance. Oh - and it weighs just a few ounces, compared to a D-SLR which needs a forklift truck to carry it about.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-May-2009, at 13:14 by Redpaddy ]

7. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

My Cannon powershot has done everything Ive wanted it to do. I love the 3in screen and with a 4mb memory card I can shoot pretty long vid's in good quality. http://www.usa.canon.com/consumer/controller?act=ModelInfoAct&fcategoryid=145&modelid=15655

8. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

D-SLR's are a waste of time unless you want 10 frames a second. Any compact above 6mpx, will match any decent D-SLR's performance. Oh - and it weighs just a few ounces, compared to a D-SLR which needs a forklift truck to carry it about.

Thats not true at all. The picture quality on a dslr is generally going to be much better and the options available are considerably more. Some of the entry level amateur dslrs are quite compact and light, they will never be as compact as a small point and shoot. You have to weigh up the pros and cons. My view point is on your travels, some of the places you visit are more than likely going to be once in a lifetime, so you want to capture them as best as possible. I will be taking both, a dslr for during the day, vsiting sights and a point and shoot when I can't carry the dslr around, or at night when I don't want to lose it. If you were to take a dslr i would recommend you bought it as far in advance as possible so you can learn all the uses, if you have never used one before.

9. Posted by Dodger (Inactive 875 posts) 7y

Quoting s96024

My view point is on your travels, some of the places you visit are more than likely going to be once in a lifetime, so you want to capture them as best as possible.

I'm traveling on the principal that by taking really bad pictures, then I have no choice but return some day!

10. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 7y

Not sure exactly where Post #8# is coming from with D-SLR's generally being better than compacts..... Obviously the manufacturers want you to spend £750 on an 8mpx SLR - rather than £75 on a compact. The only two things an SLR can do that a compact can't, is 10 frames a second - and have a lense change. D-SLR's are still lacking technology compared to compacts, too. They're excessively heavy - and are far too big as well. I challenge anyone to take a picture of (say) a tree with a D-SLR, from 500 yards away, then do the same shot from 10 feet - and say which shot was taken with which camera. The same shot with the same pix compact, will be identical.