4 Months, 1 bag, What Camera?
Replies: 24 - Last Post: Nov 15, 2013 3:15 AM Last Post By: tomaustin44
May 26, 2013 2:34 PM
4 Months, 1 bag, What Camera?Hello,
I am planning to do around 4months of RTW travel, maybe more, and I plan on only taking one bag. I am considering buying a new camera for this. I currently have a Canon Xsi Rebel DSLR and while I love it, it is a pain to travel with. I'm hoping to find a smaller camera (if not pocket sized, then only a bit bigger) while not sacrificing too much quality wise. I do have a pretty tight budget but am willing to pay more for a better camera, I definitely want to come home with a bunch of good photos. Any suggestions?
May 26, 2013 2:35 PM
May 26, 2013 9:31 PM
2I really like the Canon S95, used it extensively in April during 3-weeks in Laos in Thailand. It's considered a semi-pro camera as it shoots in RAW, has lots of selection options and is very compact.
May 28, 2013 8:28 AM
May 28, 2013 11:05 PM
4There are quite number of threads about smaller cameras . But Sony RX100 is small and always gets good reviews for its picture quality and its one inch image sensor but it is somewhat pricey . Sony NEX3n also gets good reviews about picture quality and has even bigger image sensor but is hybrid sze and the kit lens doesn't have much zoom .It can get very hot when taking videos , it however is reasonably priced.
In the Advanced Compact category , Olympus Stylus XZ2 has 1 /1/7 CMOS size sensor but stil takes good pictures and movies , has RAW , fast lens , 4 X zoom. Its reasonably compact although somewhat on heavy side. Its also has USB charging , meaning that off the beaten track you can plug in AA battery pack to get emergency power , or power it from computer . The Sony cameras also have this feature.
PICTURE taken with the Olympus XZ2 . Its not so bad , in recent years there has been improvement of performance of smaller size sensors.
May 29, 2013 7:52 PM
May 30, 2013 8:32 PM
6Thanks guys for all the suggestions! I will make sure to check them out :)
Also davelliot could you link me to those threads?
my price range is at 450$ max. Id rather spend less (by a lot) but I'm worried that I might sacrifice the quality...
Any other suggestions for smallish quality camera? :)
May 30, 2013 8:50 PM
May 31, 2013 11:25 AM
May 31, 2013 7:40 PM
9Here is another long THREAD about this sort of subject , you can find more with the search engine pretty easily. First of all you need to decide if you want fixed lens advanced compact , or hybrid type camera .
May 31, 2013 8:03 PM
Jun 2, 2013 12:47 PM
11More on the LX7
I use it as a second camera. It serves much the same purpose as my Ricoh GRD3, except that the Ricoh is a fixed 28mm equivalent, while the Panasonic is a fast zoom with a 24mm to 90mm equivalent. The Panasonic is also newer and is about 1 stop better in performance.
I like the small sensor cameras. I like the seemingly endless depth of field. But I’m schizoid, and need larger sensor cameras because I also like really shallow depth of field.
I bought the LX7 practically on impulse, when it was on sale for $299 (at last time its list was a bit over $500). I go to an annual music festival where for evening shows it was a hassle trying to get into some venues with an interchangeable lens camera. I needed some kind of zoom lens though. The LX7 had been introduced to generally good review, and the LX7 series, like the Canon S95 and its successors, was a camera often chosen by pros as their pocket camera.
The Sony RX100, mentioned in an earlier post, was a game changer in the market. It has a larger sensor than the LX7, Ricoh GRD series, and Canon S90 family. This does give it better quality and you can get more blurred backgrounds when shooting wide open or thereabouts.
I did think about the Sony, but it was more than I wanted to pay (especially since I’d bought an OM-D less than two months before!), and I was also attracted to the LX7’s being faster at the long end of the zoom (perhaps counter-balanced by the RX100’s having better high ISO performance though). The price was a big factor for me. You can sometimes get such value on older models, but the LX7 was fairly new.
The LX series was highly regarded from the start, comparable to the Canon S95 and Ricoh GRD families-- cameras that pros often use as a second or pocketable camera. Unlike the Canon or the Ricoh, the LX7 does not fit into a shirt pocket.
I was happy with its performance at the music festival. I liked the fact that it’s 24mm at the wide end, and equally liked the fact that I could shoot at a 50mm equivalent with an f-stop around F2.5. For black and white, it’s quality was very good up to ISO 1600 (about one stop better than my Ricoh GRD3). I should say that I’m not as sensitive to noise or grain as others. I’ve exhibited prints from my Ricoh along with prints from larger sensored cameras, and they stood up well.)
What I don’t like. And my comparison is the Ricoh. (And, to be fair, I’ve only scratched the surface of the manual -- which shows how easy it is use right out of the box). Awkward to start, because there is a removable lens cap which has to be removed (obviously!) and a shutter press before starting is also necessary. While I resisted the word “bulky” it does require an external bag or sac of some sort. You can get a belt pouch, but it’s not as think as the Ricoh/Canon/Sony competition. In fairness, at the festival, in the evening I had it in a knit bag about the width of a CD (which it could hold, because I buy them at shows), and about 1 1/2 times the hight of CD. I carried the LX7, an extra batter, an ipod, and a thin paperback festival guide in it Certainly a smaller bag than would be needed for even an m4/3 camera with a zoom.
Composing on the screen was fine for shooting indoors or outdoors at dusk or at night (during the day I was using my other camera). Yesterday, I took it out at noon on very bright day, and the screen was pretty useless. Can’t say how that compares with others in its class. You should look at reviews. (For my Ricoh I have an external optical viewfinder). You can get an external electronic viewfinder for the LX7 but it’s pricey and will definitely take you out of your price range.
More good things. The controls are excellent. There is a ring on the lens to change aperture. There is a dial to change formats (eg. 4:3 to 1:1 to 16:9). This is especially well thought out because apparently the LX7 doesn’t crop to change formats, but uses different parts of the sensor. If 16:9 is a format you’ll use a lot for your travel photography, this is a great feature. Also it is very easy to quickly go from AF to Manual Focus. The camera remembers the last zoom setting and last distance setting, so you can easily set it up for hyperfocal distance, or, as I did, set it at 2.5 meters, so that at F2.5 it essentially emulates the Ricoh’s snap focus function which is great for quick street shooting (The Ricoh is more customizable though.) There is a dedicated button for changing ISO.
I don’t think you’ll be able to find it for $299, but you should be able to get it from a reputable dealer for $399 or less. At that price, I think it’s a great value. Whether it meets your needs compared to the other suggestions being made, is something you’ll have to research and decide.
Jun 6, 2013 9:35 AM
Jul 1, 2013 11:11 PM
13My suggestion would be a Fuji Finepix S. When I first saw it I was sceptical, but I have found it does everything my Canon EOS does and is less than half the weight and size. I like it because it has replaceable batteries, no point in having a battery that requires you to return to base for a recharge. It also has an small optical viewfinder as well as a screen viewer, vet handy in bright light. Good zoom, 12 mp and easy built in flash. I am really happy with it and have used it extensively in travel
Jul 2, 2013 2:36 AM
14Have you looked at the Canon EOS M. No experience of it myself but I am also interested being a Canon DSLR user.
It (looks to me) like it is smaller than a DSLR yet can (with a supplied adapter) use your DSLR lenses and also has its own pancake lens (for being compact). Seems to have a pretty good sensor (same one as in the mid range Canon DSLRs (18 mega pixel), etc. Only thing that I'm unsure about is that it is a hybrid and has no viewfinder (something different people react differently to).
But for me the compatibility with the DSLR stuff is a great pull.
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