Camera for travelling?

Discussion in 'Digital Point & Shoot Camera' started by Newshound, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    Daughter needs a camera for 2 month trip to Africa. I'm thinking, 3 - 4
    mpix, reasonably dust/damp proof. Small and light for convenience /
    security. Won't need very many "knobs". Thought about the Oly mju but guess
    she'd be better off with AA batteries. Suggestions?
    Newshound, Jul 12, 2005
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    peter Guest

    Konica Minolta Dimage X xxx. One of these takes AA cells, I can't
    remember which. The others take wretched Li-ion. Should be quite inexpensive
    peter, Jul 15, 2005
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  3. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    Thanks, E500 takes AA and looks quite nice. As you say all the slimline jobs
    take Li-ion
    Newshound, Jul 15, 2005
  4. Is she going to have the opportunity or need to shoot wildlife? If the
    answer is yes, you might want to consider a Panasonic Lumix FZ5.
    Charles Schuler, Jul 16, 2005
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    What Charles is saying here is that she'll want a long
    telephoto to shoot wildlife.

    I concur with that. You don't want to get too close to
    wild animals and probably couldn't even if you wanted to.

    The best long telephoto cameras have image stabilization
    but, unfortunately, that adds a lot to the price.

    Alan Meyer, Jul 17, 2005
  6. Alan Meyer wrote:
    There's quite a lot of discussion of such cameras over in:

    The 5MP Panasonic FZ5 is about GBP 300, and includes an image-stabilised
    36 - 432mm zoom, good for distant photography. I don't regard GBP 300 as
    lot more expensive, considering its capabilities.

    David J Taylor, Jul 17, 2005
  7. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    Thanks all for the suggestions. I think she will be more after "social"
    photos than serious wildlife stuff. However the Panasonic sounds good, I'll
    have a look at that for myself!
    Newshound, Jul 17, 2005
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    Alan Meyer Guest

    I think for social photos while traveling, small size is the
    most important thing. If the camera fits easily in her purse
    or pocket, and doesn't weigh her down, she'll want to take it
    with her more often.

    On a long trip, unless she has a laptop with her, she'll also
    need a high capacity memory card. One gigabyte cards are available
    for about $79 USD, and less on sale. A card like that can hold
    500-1000 images, depending on how big each is and how compressed
    they are.

    Most cameras now also take movies, which is nice. If she might use
    that a lot then the quality of the movie mode is a factor, and
    the need for a large memory card is even greater.

    Also for a long trip, a big LCD screen on the back of the camera
    is nice. If she has no access to a computer, the only way she'll
    be able to see the photos during the trip is on the LCD screen.

    There are some cameras that are credit card size (though obviously
    much thicker) and have 2.5 inch LCDs. Maybe one of those would
    be ideal.

    Alan Meyer, Jul 18, 2005
  9. Newshound

    Newshound Guest

    I think for social photos while traveling, small size is the
    Yes, my view too
    Yes, I thought she should take a couple and swap them every day against the
    risk of losing one.
    Her brother took an Oly mini miu to New York, I was amazed at the picture
    quality for the size and price, but I can't help thinking AA instead of
    proprietary Li Ion will be better on tour in Africa
    Newshound, Jul 18, 2005
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