6 month RTW - DSLR or not?????

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1. Posted by ginger_mat (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I'm off on a 6 month RTW jaunt with my fiancee in November, and we're struggling with whether to get a DSLR to take on the trip with us or not.

We've only ever had traditional Point & Shoot cameras before, and are looking for any advice/experiences of the Pros and Cons of taking a DSLR (especially if you've never used one before) ... we'll be buying a new point and shoot before going (possibily a Canon IXUS or a Panasonic Lumix), will this be enough? Or will getting a DSLR too be really beneificial?


2. Posted by Pegues (First Time Poster 1 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


My wife and I are leaving for our year long RTW in two weeks we will be spending most of time in Africa and Asia.

I have been shooting with a DSLR for several years now. I started with 35mm SLR. I couldn't possibly go on this kind of adventure without it, I don't think you can capture the sights properly with a point and shoot.

So I will be carrying a DSLR with two extra lenses plus tripod and maybe monopod. My wife will be carrying a point and shoot (Olympus 1030SW), which I also think is required.

Some things to think about, if you are leaving in November you have lots of time to start practicing. When I first got my DSLR I would take 100's of photos on various settings and experiment because it's free!

Good luck

3. Posted by s96024 (Full Member 106 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I was thinking about this also. I would like to be able to take the better quality photos while I am out there. But the space and weight problem of a dslr is the thing that has put me right of it. I'm still trying to weigh up the options.

4. Posted by Schof26 (Budding Member 20 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!


As a D (and 35mm) SLR photographer, I won't go on a trip like yours without my gear. Like Pegues, I'll bring my lenses, tripod, extra body, etcetera because, like Pegues, I've been doing it for years and I know the kinds of photos I can get with the gear I have. Anything else, to me, from me, is unacceptable.

However, having traveled a lot of places and dragged my gear all over the place, I know what you mean about space and weight being an issue. Also, because of my experience, people ask me which camera they should take to travel; SLR or Point and Shoot?

The bottom line is this; if you are an SLR person, you will be for life. If you're not, it takes time to learn and practice, which can be a lot of fun, but can also be heavy and expensive.

That's why I suggest a hybrid camera, like the Canon PowerShot SX1 IS. Here's the link to the B&H page:


It does more than a point and shoot - 10MP, great zoom and even HD video! - but not as much as a DSLR, which, if you don't have to begin with, you won't be missing. What you'll be giving up are the focal lengths (especially on the wide end) and speed of a DSLR. If you can work around it with this camera, you should be good to go.

If I had to travel around the world with ONE camera - or give that advice to someone else - this is the camera I would use.

I know this sounds like an advertisement, but it's not and I'll prove it: Nikon makes a similar hybrid camera, as does Sony and Olympus, I think. In my opinion, stay with Canon or Nikon.

I hope this helps. I have a travel photography Web site that I think you'll find useful, so PM me for the link, as that blatantly would be advertising if I posted it here.

Be well, be safe and have fun!


5. Posted by Cool Paul (Respected Member 611 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

get one and sell it online after the trip if you don't think you'll use it again.

but don't get a big goofy case. I took an SLR around australia, new zealand and ireland in the past year and never once had it in a case. it was either in my hand being used or, if I went out, it was wrapped up in a t-shirt thrown in with my clothes. It really doesn't take up that much space. it's like carrying a couple sandwiches and a can of soda.

but point and shoots are great for a night out!

[ Edit: Edited on 03-May-2009, at 13:10 by Cool Paul ]

6. Posted by Redpaddy (Inactive 1004 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Get a compact digi. I've got a new Olympus F-130. It's as good as my friend's Canon SLR-digi and fits in my shirt pocket. The only thing it won't do is 10 frames a second. Apart from that, the results are identical.