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

Post #10#Daawgon... I've been accused from time to time in this forum of being on a crusade of hating D-SLR's and trying to stop people buying one. Not the case at all, I just say what I have seen from both formats - and it's evident. Unless you want to be taking 10 frames a second, or need to connect a load of extra flashlights, then you're just fine with a compact over 6 mpix. You can pick up excellent 10 mpix compacts for 1/2 of what they used to cost this time last year - and still about 1/6th of what a bog standard D-SLR will cost you. As you rightly say as well, a compact will fit in your pocket, whereas a D-SLR is so ridiculously big, as well as heavy. They just are not worth the extra hassle and cost.

12. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

Quoting Daawgon

I'm considering the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 to replace a Sony point-and-shoot. I also like Olympus quality, and need something that's a little more durable than average. I only wish I could use a digital SLR, but my camera has to fit in my pocket when I travel.

I just recently asked this same question in another forum I frequent, as well as a co-worker who is a professional photographer. He too said the Olympus Tough 8000 is probably the best bet. He linked me to the site last week and I did some research into it and WOW, I mean, it's freeze proof, water proof (up to 30 ft), shock proof (so it can handle being dropped) and crush proof (200lbs can be dropped on it and it survives) and 12 mega pixels.

If you're looking for a camera that can handle a little tough love, the Olympus tough is definitely your best bet.
http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1448

13. Posted by Daawgon (Travel Guru 1992 posts) 7y

All I can say is "who the hell needs 10 or 12 MP?" - maybe a pro, but for my needs, a 7MP is more than enough!

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

Between 6 and 8 should be just fine for everything - including excellent scenery shots.

15. Posted by WebGuy (Full Member 106 posts) 7y

I like the Olympus Tough 8000 because it's durability is exponentially better than the 6000.. so the 12MP is an added bonus to the 8000, but the 8000's strength and condition is what got my vote.

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

Post #13#.... The chances are - a pro photographer would have a top dog mpix camera, only because his mates have got one as well. Doubt too many of them would even know what a pixel actually is.

17. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

jen_storm - you didn't say why you aren't happy with the camera you already have. I'm not saying keep it - it's just that it may be better than you think and it's just a technique issue. But if you've made up your mind, I could only suggest getting something that feels good - which means you're the ONLY one who can decide. So, be wary of individual camera recommendations without looking at their pictures first, eh?. ;) After all, this is a travelers forum. Good luck!

By the way - I'm looking for a new compact myself. My plan is to try everything in the shop, then order it cheaper online. :)

18. Posted by fabyomama (Respected Member 560 posts) 7y

Quoting Redpaddy

Post #13#.... The chances are - a pro photographer would have a top dog mpix camera, only because his mates have got one as well. Doubt too many of them would even know what a pixel actually is.

Because they're too busy shooting. ;) Actually, most of the money is wrapped up in lenses not bodies. Photographers don't always go for top of the range stuff - and I've seen some appalling equipment take award winning shots, believe me!

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

Post#18#fabyomama.... My point exactly. Excellent shots can be achieved with a minimum spend. No need for so much cash to be handed over, to achieve an prize winning snapshot.

20. Posted by lorien665 (Inactive 7 posts) 7y

Hi Jen

Around christmas I upgraded my "wee" camera and bought a Kodak Z1085.

It costs approx £100 from the Kodak website so I am assuming it is a little cheaper now.

Excellent, easy to use camera with lots of auto modes as well as manual set up too.
10MP, face recognition, anti shake and with a high ISO function I was sold. I started using it straight away and the pictures are great! I am attending a short photography class and we had a project on trees a while back, the pictures taken with the Kodak were so sharp my lecturer thought I had used the DLSR.

I would highly recommend as it has loads of functions, is not too expensive and is small and pretty light.

Hope you find something.. and happy travels :)