Choose the Right Camera
Travel photos can be wonderful reminders of the amazing trip you took or can be horrible reminders of your photography failures. Don’t let the pictures be bad memories, instead follow my ongoing tips on travel photos and be the expert we all know you can be.
This tip is an important one; chose the right camera to fit your travel wants and needs. Cameras are so high tech nowadays that anyone can take amazing photos with little to no training or they can be nightmares.
Who wants an out of focus picture?
Who wants to carry all these lenses and extra batteries around?
Where did I leave my camera charger?
Can this camera get wet?
Do I go old school and use film or should I stay in this century and go digital?
So many questions and I’m here to answer them all.
First, let’s talk about what you want your camera to do. Do you want supremely detailed portraits of locals? Do you want basic landscape pictures to show your family your travels? Do you want a camera to take snorkeling and mountain climbing with? Ok, I can help. There are three main types of cameras I’ll discuss: Point and Shoot, DSLR and Underwater.
Point and Shoot:
Also known as CDC or Compact Digital Cameras, these wonderful little modern marvels are usually less than $450 USD and extremely durable. These are your basic digital cameras that you and many of your friends use. These are your best option if you’re worried about price, portability, and weight. They are small, cheap and travel easily. You won’t need a separate camera bag, extra batteries or annoying film canisters. Current point and shoot cameras take fantastic photos and are affordable, so they are a great choice for backpackers and light travelers.
All photos are stored on memory cards that are tiny in actual size, so their portability ratings are very high.
DSLR stands for Digital Single Lens Reflex, which to the layman basically means they have a mirror that reflects the camera’s image for finer details. DSLR will give you better depth of field and has many more lens options. These higher-end cameras are better for shooting sports wildlife and portraits. The larger lens creates more details but is much more fragile. I recommend a separate camera bag for =your DSLR and all its lens, batteries and accessories.
These cameras range anywhere from $500 USD for the baseline models all the way up to $10,000 USD. The pictures taken by these are fantastic and super high definition. I recommend these style cameras if you want to take your photography a little more seriously and want to invest more money. These cameras can be money pits since there are so many accessories and optional things to purchase.
These class cameras are your waterproof and shockproof phenomenon. GoPro is the industry standard and has really exploded on the photography scene. The whole market was basically just created recently and the technology has begun to rapidly improve. These cameras, along with the appropriate cases can turn these into indestructible beasts. With added attachments, they can be secured to surfboards, helmets, and extenders to really get the most out of them. GoPros have recently become very affordable with the base package starting around $250. They shoot in fisheye lens standard but with adjustments, they can shoot in regular aspects.
I recommend these bad boys for any adventure travelers or backpackers since they can shoot movies or stills with the simple push of a button.
Hopefully, these tips help you choose which camera type is perfect for you.
Happy photo taking and memory capturing.