There are no memories that stay with us more than a great trip. Sometimes however, the details escape us. As much as we would like to keep those memories fresh in our minds, without souvenirs or mementos they simple fade. With the technology age we are living in there is no reason why we can’t archive these wonderful holidays and trips. Digital cameras are getting cheaper and more advanced. When choosing a great camera to travel with, there are certain aspects you must consider. Below are a few things to think about when choosing the right camera for traveling.
No matter where we go we see at least one tourist with a giant camera around the neck. Even though the pictures may come out fantastic, carrying a massive camera is inconvenient and unpractical. Cameras are smaller today than they have ever been, but you don’t have to give up performance for pocket sized portability.
When comparing the smaller wallet sized cameras against the larger professional digital cameras, there are very few differences. Unless you are a professional photographer planning to create a travel pictorial the larger camera is just not needed. A smaller camera with great resolution and high pixel rate can provide crisp pictures with the ease of carrying it around.
In the past if you wanted a camera with more than 4 megapixels you had to invest hundreds of dollars and carry it around in a separate camera bag. Now even the smaller point and shoot cameras can range between 15-19 megapixels and still offer affordable pricing with small size.
For those who don’t know what megapixels are, they are the amount of pixels your image will have. A camera that shoots 14 megapixels means your image will have 14,000,000 pixels, giving it greater detail than a camera with 8 megapixels, or 8,000,000 pixels. For amateur photography, cameras ranging from 12 megapixels to 16 megapixels will give great pictures without eating up your travel funds.
Most cameras today run on rechargeable lithium ion batteries, the same as a cell phone. When traveling, these cameras are suggested as it is easier to recharge than constantly buying batteries. In addition, they last a lot longer than the standard AA or AAA batteries. When choosing your travel camera, choose a rechargeable camera, and it may also be suggested to buy a backup battery in case you are away from a power source.
We have all at one point taken a picture that was blurry beyond all recognition. Cameras of the past would require a tripod to get a steady and clean shot. Most of the cameras today come with a built in stabilizer to assure a clean photo. When deciding on the right camera, think about the area you will be visiting, the chance of motion, how windy it may be, etc. If you feel it will be hard to hold the camera steady, you will want to choose a portable camera with a stabilizer.
Since your portable pocket camera won’t include a plethora of lenses, you want to be sure it has a sufficient digital zoom. Digital zoom on a moderately priced camera can range between 4X up to 27X, and that isn’t including the optical zoom. For common use, an 8-16X zoom will suffice. Unless you are wanting to take a picture of a shuttle launch from a very safe distance, in which case you may want to have a higher zoom to capture every thrust burning detail.
Whether you are exploring your nearest national park, or taking a long cruise to Greece, having the right camera for you can make all the difference. If you plan to be active and explore, you will want a smaller camera that packs a big camera punch. When you are standing in front of the many cameras at the electronics store, remember the important aspects to make your vacation picturing taking, easy, light, and trouble free.
Tony Pomilia is a writer and content contributor to Brainz, an intriguing website that urges us to learn something, and share it — be it a list of the best dslr camera reviews or 10 color photos that changed the world forever.