newby - Help please!

Travel Forums Travel Photography newby - Help please!

1. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hello guys,

since you all seem to know your stuff regarding photography i was hoping you could help me. I am going on a RTW trip in a few months and need to buy a decent digital camera for under £200. I was looking at these SLR-type cameras like the Kodak Z612 or similar. i am a complete amateur so please don't get too technical. my main worries are regarding reliability, ease of use etc. I have read sand may damage some of them, what about humidity etc. i can do without having to get it fixed etc. Would i be better just buying a compact camera with x3 or x4 optical zoom and if so could you recommend one. I just wants decent photos to record my travels, don't really need lots of fancy features. Thanks guys.

2. Posted by Anzxio (Budding Member 69 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

You might find you're better off with a smaller camera really. If you're not that keen on playing with the features then a good point and shoot that's compact and easy to use is probably ideal :)

Dust and humidity aren't great with camera gear, so you just have to be careful with it! Like not playing with it in the sand at the beach

Here are a few models for you to look at:
- Canon Ixus 800IS
- Canon Ixus 65
- Canon S3 IS (bigger)

What kind of photos are you looking at taking? If we can get it down to a shortlist of a few cameras then you'll be able to go into town and have a go with them :)

3. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply Anzxio. I will be probably just be taking the usual travel photos - pictures of the people i meet, landmarks and landscapes etc. I had a look a the ones you mentioned and the Canon Ixus 65 looks Ok. The other thing i meant to ask was regarding the delay a lot of cameras seem to have. Are the ones you mentioned good in this respect and when looking at the camera's stats etc what should i look for so i won't be dissapointed in the end results? Thanks again.

4. Posted by starlet (Budding Member 6 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!


I just bought the Olympus Mju 750 for abouto £179 and it's fantastic. It's pretty slimline and really easy to use. Its got loads of setting for taking photos in the dark, in bright sunlight, indoors, sunsets - you name it, it'll make a great photo. I also think that it's probably one of the highest megapixel cameras for that price....7.1 megapixels. You need to get a big memory card though if you want to take loads of photos at the highest quality.

Happy shopping!


5. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hiya George,

I'm a bit late coming to this thread but hopefully you're still making your mind up. For your budget and requirements I'd stay away from an SLR as you'd need to spend quite a bit more than that to get a decent one, and they're a lot less portable than a compact.

I managed to pick up a Nikon Coolpix P1 when I was in Bangkok for about £160 to replace the Coolpix 7900 I managed to destroy while climbing a mountain in Borneo. It's a fantastic camera - got a 3.5x optical zoom and it's 8.4 megapixels. The megapixels is a bit of a misleading factor in cameras though, as an 8mp camera will not necessarily take better quality photos than a 6 or 7mp if the smaller resolution camera has a better sensor, so don't just buy a camera based on the number of megapixels it has.

But yeah, Coolpix P1 I highly recommend for a compact digital camera - if you're in asia you can probably pick one up for a similar price as I did although back here in the UK they do retail above the £200 mark.

Hope that helps a bit,



6. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for your reply Chris - i will take a look at the camera you mentioned as i haven't bought the camera yet.
I saw the Nikon Coolpix P4 on Amazon for £140 - i think this is the latest version of the one you mentioned. Thanks for the suggestion.

7. Posted by cde3879 (Full Member 142 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Ah yeah it looks like the P1 has now been superceded - yes if you're debating between the P3 and P4, go for the P4 as you're not paying for the pretty useless wi-fi functionality. I've never used wifi on my camera to transfer the images, it's far too slow - much quicker just to dump the card in the computer instead!

Good luck with the search and post back if you need any more help.



[ Edit: Edited on Feb 6, 2007, at 4:37 PM by cde3879 ]

8. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Just to update- i decided to go for the Panasonic Lumix TZ1. just got it 2 days ago for £150 - seems very good and i am quite pleased with it so far. Thanks for all your advice.

9. Posted by L'artista (Budding Member 9 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

I am really into photography and I think for an amateur, the camera you should get is the Samsung-Digimax D53. It has 5.0 megapixels and takes nice photos. It is not large, and can fit in your pocket..if your pocket is big enough..:) It has all the basic things you need on flash, color change, automatic setting, manual setting. It also has settings for different lighting. Like if you were to take a shot in the dark, all you would do is press the top button and change the setting to night. It is very simple to use and even has the option of taking videos. For a first time buyer, this camera is a good one to start off with. Plus it is very affordable. Next time, you can upgrade to a canon rebel, now that is a good camera. Good luck on taking photos and if you need any more information on taking photos or which camera is a good one to have, then just send me a message. I am always willing to help a fellow photographer out.

10. Posted by george1979 (Full Member 101 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for the advice Justine but i have already bought the TZ1. I will keep in mind your suggestions when i want to upgrade. Thanks again.