Geeky Vacations Part 1: Choosing the Right Camera

Its winter shooting in and with New Year and Christmas coming closer, you ought to get going somewhere.. And if its TGC, we never let anything go on without a word call TECH. So here’s a list of cool camera’s, one of which should be a part of your backpack. We’ve taken care to make the list as affordable as possible!

In Part 1, we’ve decided to make a consortium of cameras to look out for. Choosing a nice camera for a vacation is important, as you get to relive your memories. You have to decide whether you want a simple point and shoot, or a pro- DSLR. If you are going to a natural abode, with shooting of landscapes and wildlife being your priority, then going for a DSLR makes sense. If you are going on a family holiday to some urban area, then it may not be that wise a decision, because the only pictures you’d click would be of buildings, family members and self portraits.

  • Olympus E-3- Neither it is the best DSLR in the market, nor the cheapest. But Olympus E-3 acts as a middleman! Good performance coupled with decent pricing sets it apart. Combined with the 4:3 aspect ratio native to the Four Thirds standard of the sensor and lenses (for a 2x focal-length multiplier) and its big, comfortable eyecup, the viewfinder provides the same shooting feel as a far more expensive full-frame camera. Olympus E-3 has a 10-megapixel Live MOS sensor, which is good enough. It should definitely find a place in the shutterbug’s backpack!

Rating (10★) ★★★★★★★★
Street Price (USD) $1250
Amazon Link Olympus Evolt E-3

Alternatives: Nikon D90, Canon EOS 60D

  • Canon PowerShot S95- The PowerShot S95 a small, most pocket-friendly camera that doesn’t sacrifice performance to achieve its dimensions. It offers most of that camera’s fun shooting modes, and its image and video quality are impressive for its size. The camera boasts of 720p video recording. It has 3.8x Optical Zoom and Exposure bracketing, focus bracketing, aperture priority, shutter priority, and full manual modes find a place too. 1280×720 is the resolution for video and 10MP is the resolution for still images. Really nice for its price.
Rating (10★) ★★★★★★★★
Street Price (USD) $320
Amazon Link Canon PowerShot S95
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35– It is a really nice camera with excellent image stabilization, full selection of manual and automatic exposure controls; very good 720p movie capture with operational zoom and manual controls along with a price tag not too high. It has a great zoom and nice looks considering its price.Panasonic manages to cram a boatload of capabilities into the FZ35. In addition to the typical set of modes–PASM, preset scene program, and an intelligent auto–the FZ35 provides a very robust movie mode with manual controls and the ability to save three groups of custom settings. The Camera looks like an entry level DSLR and has a very professional look to say at least.
Rating (10★) ★★★★★★★★★
Street Price (USD) $400
Amazon Link Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35
  • Canon EOS 60D- The Canon EOS 60D is in many ways a great camera: fast, feature-packed, and with excellent photo and video quality. It is a mid range DSLR, quite cheaper than the Olympus E-3. There’s a wide range of color variations which can be applied to the image when using the scene modes, and whose effect can be previewed on screen in Live View. It has a 18MP APS-C CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video recording with manual controls. A point to notice, it has dual processors!!It features In-camera raw development too! It has support for SDXC cards, so no bars on space available to you and once you’ve spend this much on the DSLR, you won’t mind buying a 128GB card, right?
Rating (10★) ★★★★★★★
Street Price (USD) $950
Amazon Link Canon EOS 60D
  • Samsung PL100- It is the cheapest camera on the list. Its USP is the dual screens, ideal for self portraits.  The PL100 has a second LCD on the front and an angled bottom to make self-portraits a snap. It has an interesting 7-degree slant on the bottom, so that when the camera is placed on a flat surface the lens angles up for better self-portraits! The worst part of this camera is its fingerprint friendly body. The low light performance is mediocre too. There’s no optical or mechanical image stabilization, so instead you get a digital image stabilization (DIS) mode that uses high ISO sensitivities and fast shutter speeds to help mitigate blur from hand shake and subject movement. It’s OK for use in bright lighting, but the results indoors or in low light are not good. But the price compensates for this all!
Rating (10★) ★★★★★★
Street Price (USD) $110
Amazon Link Samsung TL205

The accessories that definitely should be with you are the Memory card, Tripod (If you’re professional), Extra lens (Depends), Battery Pack, Card reader and Flash for DSLR. You’re now a ready and armed photographer for your vacation. Here are some tips for your convenience. For the accessories to your camera, I’d like to recommend Amazon Camera Accessories Store.

  • Some useful Tips:- 
  1. It is a nice idea to carry a spare lens along with your DSLR
  2. Format your Memory Card before you leave. Sometimes you end up taking more shots!
  3. Put the lens of your DSLR in a bubble wrap. The airport authorities won’t take responsibility for your broken lens!!
  4. Take the chargers along with a international adapter, if you’re going for a foreign trip.
  5. Don’t ever enter inside water with your camera, even if it is declared waterproof.

Stay Tuned for the next part!


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