Camera for travel



  • We are planning to travel every year to new destinations other than our home countries we normally do. Starting this year with Georgia. I've seen this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LUpTrHBMAqQ and really interested in a drone but the Phantom4 is very expensive now.

    I have a Samsung S7 and my wife an iPhone 6. Curious to know what are the recommendations, do i go with a point n shoot camera, or just continue use the phone? Drone is still under consideration but i am worried that this might not be allowed in some places and a very good one is super expensive now.



  • @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    We are planning to travel every year to new destinations other than our home countries we normally do. Starting this year with Georgia.

    I have a Samsung S7 and my wife an iPhone 6. Curious to know what are the recommendations, do i go with a point n shoot camera, or just continue use the phone? Drone is still under consideration but i am worried that this might not be allowed in some places and a very good one is super expensive now.

    Honestly, I would never recommend anyone to buy a point and shoot today if they have a good phone like those.

    A modern smart phone is a point and shoot equivalent.

    If you want to go beyond a smart phone, then step up to a low end DSLR.



  • @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    We are planning to travel every year to new destinations other than our home countries we normally do. Starting this year with Georgia.

    I have a Samsung S7 and my wife an iPhone 6. Curious to know what are the recommendations, do i go with a point n shoot camera, or just continue use the phone? Drone is still under consideration but i am worried that this might not be allowed in some places and a very good one is super expensive now.

    Honestly, I would never recommend anyone to buy a point and shoot today if they have a good phone like those.

    A modern smart phone is a point and shoot equivalent.

    If you want to go beyond a smart phone, then step up to a low end DSLR.
    I agree with @JaredBusch with one exception, if you are worried about loss/damage of your phone. Then I would recommend a point and shoot. I personally recommend Canon Powershot line to my family members that have not entered the smartphone age. IMO they are super simple to use.

    The caveat of course is instant upload backup is a little more difficult with these devices.



  • @donaldlandru said in Camera for travel:

    @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    We are planning to travel every year to new destinations other than our home countries we normally do. Starting this year with Georgia.

    I have a Samsung S7 and my wife an iPhone 6. Curious to know what are the recommendations, do i go with a point n shoot camera, or just continue use the phone? Drone is still under consideration but i am worried that this might not be allowed in some places and a very good one is super expensive now.

    Honestly, I would never recommend anyone to buy a point and shoot today if they have a good phone like those.

    A modern smart phone is a point and shoot equivalent.

    If you want to go beyond a smart phone, then step up to a low end DSLR.
    I agree with @JaredBusch with one exception, if you are worried about loss/damage of your phone. Then I would recommend a point and shoot. I personally recommend Canon Powershot line to my family members that have not entered the smartphone age. IMO they are super simple to use.

    The caveat of course is instant upload backup is a little more difficult with these devices.

    You can get more expensive models of course with wifi abilities.

    But the need for instant upload is low from your DSLR. The SD survives camera failure generally.



  • It appears most of my reply git stuck in the quote block. I blame the iPad.

    Even the cheapest DSLR is still above what most would consider disposable range though. Again YMMV and really depends on the part of the world you plan to visit.



  • @donaldlandru said in Camera for travel:

    It appears most of my reply git stuck in the quote block. I blame the iPad.

    Even the cheapest DSLR is still above what most would consider disposable range though. Again YMMV and really depends on the part of the world you plan to visit.

    I see that now. I ignored the quote block. Yeah, for someone without a solid phone camera, yeah a point and shoot is fine.

    (Forum Tip: make sure there is a line break between the end of what you are quoting and the first of your text.)



  • The Nikon AW series is my pick for travel point and shoot. Great camera, very rugged, water and shock proof, no external moving lens.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    The Nikon AW series is my pick for travel point and shoot. Great camera, very rugged, water and shock proof, no external moving lens.

    Does it have an internal moving lens?



  • @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    The Nikon AW series is my pick for travel point and shoot. Great camera, very rugged, water and shock proof, no external moving lens.

    Could you please let me know the model number?



  • @donaldlandru said in Camera for travel:

    @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    We are planning to travel every year to new destinations other than our home countries we normally do. Starting this year with Georgia.

    I have a Samsung S7 and my wife an iPhone 6. Curious to know what are the recommendations, do i go with a point n shoot camera, or just continue use the phone? Drone is still under consideration but i am worried that this might not be allowed in some places and a very good one is super expensive now.

    Honestly, I would never recommend anyone to buy a point and shoot today if they have a good phone like those.

    A modern smart phone is a point and shoot equivalent.

    If you want to go beyond a smart phone, then step up to a low end DSLR.
    I agree with @JaredBusch with one exception, if you are worried about loss/damage of your phone. Then I would recommend a point and shoot. I personally recommend Canon Powershot line to my family members that have not entered the smartphone age. IMO they are super simple to use.

    The caveat of course is instant upload backup is a little more difficult with these devices.

    There are more caveats:

    • Price
      It can get pretty damn expensive. When talking about a DSLR (or EVIL for mirrorless systems), you basically talk about two parts: The "body," which is the casing, electronics, mirror (or not) etc and the lens. The price for the body itself ranges from $300 for a starter system up to $5-6k. A lens can be as expensive as $5000 and above, depends on what you want.
      While I prefer Olympus (I share my lenses with the family), the Nikon D3300 is a pretty good starter system. You can get it bundled with a good 18-55mm all-round lens for $300.
    • Weight
    • Experience / Training
      You need a at least some experience to get good pictures. Sure, there is a good automatic mode which will get you something, but you will need to try things, read about the physics behind, ...

    On the other hand, once you know what you are doing, you'll get pictures that can't be compared with a "cam" in a smartphone. Especially DoF (depth of field) is something most smartphone cams just can't get because they are physically unable to.

    My vote: An entry to midlevel DSLR with an all-round "superzoom" lens. I'm using an Olympus Zuiko Digital EZ-1818 18-180 mm f3.5-6.3 while on the road for example. You can get a used one at eBay or Amazon for roughly 350 EUR. Something similar should be available for Canon and Nikon too.



  • Weight is one concern and my previous experience is just point n shoot (had a Canon Powershot and then an Ixus previously) and then phones!

    Was looking at Wirecutter site, and found this http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-superzoom-camera/

    Still haven't even reached a conclusion on what type of camera to choose from! An entry level DSLR sounds good but mostly going to use with the auto mode at least for the time being.



  • @Ambarishrh when in Panama I got @pchiodo hooked up with basically the same point and shoot that I do. So he can report on that.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh when in Panama I got @pchiodo hooked up with basically the same point and shoot that I do. So he can report on that.

    It's *&^%$$()ing awesome. For an all around multi-purpose camera, it does a fantastic job. It's shock proof and water proof. I took some underwater pics and video in Jamaica and they turned out stellar! Highly recommend.



  • I finally know who this @pchiodo dude is.



  • @pchiodo said in Camera for travel:

    @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh when in Panama I got @pchiodo hooked up with basically the same point and shoot that I do. So he can report on that.

    It's *&^%$$()ing awesome. For an all around multi-purpose camera, it does a fantastic job. It's shock proof and water proof. I took some underwater pics and video in Jamaica and they turned out stellar! Highly recommend.

    And what camera would this be. Neither of you two told us! @scottalanmiller said Nikon AW, but which specific one? Or are they all the same? Is there only one?



  • @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @pchiodo said in Camera for travel:

    @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh when in Panama I got @pchiodo hooked up with basically the same point and shoot that I do. So he can report on that.

    It's *&^%$$()ing awesome. For an all around multi-purpose camera, it does a fantastic job. It's shock proof and water proof. I took some underwater pics and video in Jamaica and they turned out stellar! Highly recommend.

    And what camera would this be. Neither of you two told us! @scottalanmiller said Nikon AW, but which specific one? Or are they all the same? Is there only one?

    I noticed that no one said a specific model either, just been too busy to notice.



  • I think the drone camera is neat... it gives a whole new and totally different perspective on the place and people. However they are noisy and may not be 'legal' in all areas of the world.

    not to mention, the drone is a 'new' modern way of taking the selfie...



  • @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @pchiodo said in Camera for travel:

    @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh when in Panama I got @pchiodo hooked up with basically the same point and shoot that I do. So he can report on that.

    It's *&^%$$()ing awesome. For an all around multi-purpose camera, it does a fantastic job. It's shock proof and water proof. I took some underwater pics and video in Jamaica and they turned out stellar! Highly recommend.

    And what camera would this be. Neither of you two told us! @scottalanmiller said Nikon AW, but which specific one? Or are they all the same? Is there only one?

    Mine is a Coolpix AW130

    I think they used to make an AW100 and 110, but I'm not sure they are available any longer. The AW130 is the current model, and they also have an AW120 - Both are waterproof and shock proof.

    Here's a link - http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/compact-digital-cameras/index.page#!/tag:uiQ:Waterproof/Shockproof



  • Mine is the original, the AW100. Still works great. Had it at MangoCon this week, too.



  • A buddy of mine also uses the Nikon line of cameras. I'm not sure what he's got, but even 7 or 8 years ago with the cameras he had then, he was shooting weddings and such with them.



  • @dafyre said in Camera for travel:

    A buddy of mine also uses the Nikon line of cameras. I'm not sure what he's got, but even 7 or 8 years ago with the cameras he had then, he was shooting weddings and such with them.

    I've been on Nikon for my pro work since around 1990 when I bought my first Nikon 5005 SLR to replace my older Canon and Olympus pro gear. I've been on Nikon ever since. I've had a D50 and a D90 in addition to my AW100. Nikon makes some serious stuff. They are best known for their use in newspaper photojournalist circles, which is where I used them as that's what I did.





  • Zoom Test for Nikon coolpix
    Youtube Video



  • @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    I like this!
    http://thewirecutter.com/reviews/best-superzoom-camera/

    http://www.nikonusa.com/en/nikon-products/product/compact-digital-cameras/coolpix-p610.html

    And just to share, Go Pro has released a new product called Karma https://shop.gopro.com/karma

    And the Hero 5.

    Osmo+ is due out in a week, too.



  • I sure like the GoPro KnockOffs for their value. A $100 knockoff rivals a $300 gopro for video quality.



  • I got my camera. My preference was to get the Nikon P610. Unfortunately, that model is not available anymore and replaced with the newer model P900 which is 80x zoom but is also bulky, almost the same size of an SLR. Upon checking alternatives for the P610, found Canon SX60 HS

    The advantage of this compared to Nikon P610 is that it also supports the raw format and is 65x zoom compared to the 60x on Nikon. Apart from that this compared to Nikon has an additional mic, flash, etc. can be connected. Supports NFC & Wifi can use mobile to be used for remote shooting. I am still exploring all the features and learning the basics.



  • 80x zoom? That seems impossible. I've never seen anything that can do that. Normal zoom numbers are like 3 - 10x.



  • @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    I got my camera. My preference was to get the Nikon P610. Unfortunately, that model is not available anymore and replaced with the newer model P900 which is 80x zoom but is also bulky, almost the same size of an SLR.

    Wow it really is. No wonder it is bulky. Zoom like that takes a lot of glass.



  • @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    I got my camera. My preference was to get the Nikon P610. Unfortunately, that model is not available anymore and replaced with the newer model P900 which is 80x zoom but is also bulky, almost the same size of an SLR.

    Wow it really is. No wonder it is bulky. Zoom like that takes a lot of glass.

    Missed that. 80x zoom in a point and shoot? Crazy.



  • @JaredBusch said in Camera for travel:

    @scottalanmiller said in Camera for travel:

    @Ambarishrh said in Camera for travel:

    I got my camera. My preference was to get the Nikon P610. Unfortunately, that model is not available anymore and replaced with the newer model P900 which is 80x zoom but is also bulky, almost the same size of an SLR.

    Wow it really is. No wonder it is bulky. Zoom like that takes a lot of glass.

    Missed that. 80x zoom in a point and shoot? Crazy.

    Seriously. It's a big point and shoot, but still. You can do an awful lot with one of those!