P&S or DSLR for trip

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1. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Hey, I'm sorry if this is a topic repeat (if it is please let me know!) but I would like to know your sugggestions towards the idea of taking a DLSR or a Point and Shoot camera on a year long trip potentially around the world.

I have a Nikon D40x which I would hate to have stolen or broken, but it takes great pictures! I like the manual options available, which p&s's just don't have available that I know of.
Should I suck it up and bring it along despite the weight, room which it will take up, and price? Or should I invest in a decent p&s camera despite the artistic limitations with the camera?

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5701 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Since you already have a DSLR, I'd definitely recommend taking it. A camera is a tool, not a precious bauble to be coddled. What use having it if you're afraid to go out and use it?! A year long trip is the kind of experience that you definitely want to chronicle with photographs that do the sights you see as much justice as possible.

All that is not to say that you should be careless with the camera, of course. Keep it out of sight while you're not using it, make frequent backups of the photos you take (normal recommendation is burning everything to DVD twice, sending one home by post and keeping one with you), and have decent travel insurance.

I've travelled for years with DSLR (first a D70, now a D200), and I've always found it to be worth it. Yes, it's annoying that it takes up a large chunk of space in my daypack (I carry it in a small triangular toploader bag, which just fits in the daypack when I'm not using the camera), but the resulting photographs are so much better.

3. Posted by Schof26 (Budding Member 20 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

Bring both.

As Sander said, a DSLR is a wonderful tool for taking great pictures. But not every travel moment calls for such a large camera. You'll find a point and shoot useful for snapshots (dinner with friends you meet along the way, while you're riding on the back of a scooter, etcetera) which are just as important for documenting your trip as the photos you take with your DSLR.

Have fun!


4. Posted by lamar328 (Budding Member 36 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

very true! I was considering that, but my only concern is my budget. I know that if I cheap out and get a low-end camera then it will break on my pretty fast. And I can't exactly afford a decent $300+ p&s. I might just deal with the issues and buy a second hand p&s for maybe $150 and use it until it won't work anymore.

by the way. Sanders. Awesome windmill picture!

5. Posted by KarliRae (First Time Poster 1 posts) 13y Star this if you like it!

A great p&s camera which is fairly inexpensive ($150-ish) is the Casio Exilim. I also have a DSLR and have actually gotten more compliments on the photos I've taken with the casio. Plus it's really small and will fit great in a side pocket. I definitely recommend taking both cameras!

I just got back from a Grand Canyon hiking trip. My DSLR was a hassle and I couldn't have it out while hiking because it swung back and forth but near the end of the trip I got a couple long-exposure pics that made the hassle of bring it totally worth it!