Hi, I currently have a Fujifilm FinePix F50 FD which is a good digital camera. I'll be travelling to central and south america for a year and want to make sure I can capture as many moments as possible. Would you say I should upgrade to a different camera (a newer one perhaps) and if so, which one? I quite like Fuji, and don't really like Sony camera's (have had bad experiences with them). If I do get a new camera, my budget will be £250-ish
Also what size memory card should I take? I have one 4gig card but know when taking larger size photo's the memory gets taken up quickly... any advice?
Forgot to say, the things that are important for me is that it's quick to take multiple photos (i.e. once you have snapped a photo, you can snap the next photo pretty much straight away without having to wait), and also that it takes good night time snaps...
any help/advice is welcome...
im in a similar situation looking for a new camera for my trip. From what i can gather, most people recommend the panasonic Lumix LZ8, however your budget is far more than this - maybe you could look at digitals further up the Lumix range either the TZ5 or LX3, both come with excellent specs. There is also the Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR which won the best compact digital here: http://www.tipa.com/english/award-details.php?iId=322&sAward=Best+Compact+D-Camera
However without any first hand expereince of these products id say you really have to try them out yourself to see which camera is right for you.
Do you think there is actually that much difference between the Fujifilm F200 EXR and the Fujifilm F50 FD? I'm not too sure about the Panasonic camera's, I quite like the ease of use that comes with the Fujifilm camera's. Has anyone used these before?
I'll be backpacking so something not too bulky would be ideal, and something that will give me good all round use.
Unless you'd want to go the DSLR route (and I'm gathering not, since you mention "not bulky"), I'd stick with your current camera. It's not even two years old yet, was rated quite highly at the time, and the quality of compact cameras hasn't improved markedly since you bought it. For example, you won't find much better high iso performance in any compact camera, and a lot of current compact cameras are actually still way worse in that field. An upgrade is just not worth the money yet.
As for memory cards: On my last RTW trip I travelled with 18 GB of memory cards. For my next trip I intend to double that. (Admittedly I shoot in raw, but I also 'only' have 10 megapixels in my camera.)
4 GB cards are good, since you can transfer the entire contents onto a single DVD. Totally worth buying two or three more of those for the times when internet cafes are few and far between.
Get the most optical zoom you can afford, and shortest shutter lag time.