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Readers Comments about Travelling with a Digital Camera
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Ming writes . . . . .
"Let me add my experience backpacking with my digital camera for over a year.
I found the following advantages to
traveling with a digital camera.
Ming's tips . . .
How to choose a camera?
Chose a reputable brand with the highest resolution that you need or can afford. This point is mentioned regularly so I will not elaborate.. But I want to mention that many of the camera manufacturers try to get you for accessory costs by making their equipment proprietory. Sony is guilty of this in my opinion. The memory cards are proprietory, the batteries are also and they are both super expensive. So to minimize future cost, make sure you choose a camera that takes standard AA batteries and common media cards like SmartMedia, Compact Flash etc. I have two sets of rechargeable batteries that I have been using for like 2 years at only $10 per set. If I add up the times that I would had to buy replacement batteries, it would be in the hundreds of dollars. The rechargeables are great. One set in camera and one spare that have just been recharged could last a week with intensive picture taking. They recharge in about 4 hours. Olympus is known to have high quality cameras with accessories from other manufacturers available.
For the Day tripper
No accessories to worrry about. Just carry your camera, and a spare set of battery and maybe memory card. And download everything once you get home to your computer. This is the simplest scenerio, you do not have to worry about buying or carrying any additional equipment.
For the Hotel/luggage traveler
You may have a laptop already...and since you are probably staying at one
hotel location during your trip then it is probably worthwhile to bring
your laptop for storage and to view your photos right away. A cd burner
on the laptop can be nice to backup copies and also sometimes to make
copies for people that you meet along the trip.
For the Adventurer/Backpacker
On my trip around the world for a year, I carried, besides my camera, a
spare memory card, spare set of rechargeable batteries, voltage
converter, battery charger and DIGITAL WALLET with 3GB. The digital
wallet functions as a memory card reader that downloads to an onboard
harddrive. So when your memory card is full, just plug it into
the "Wallet" (size of 2 packs of cigarettes) and the files are on the
Thanks, Ming, for sharing your thoughts.
Add your experiences . . .
I'm traveling overseas with my digital camera and I won't be able to take my laptop. I'll definitely want to take a lot of photos but will be limited by my compact flash cards. Are there other storage options? I have a mac, if that helps.
You have a Mac and you need more storage space without a laptop. An answer is to buy an iPod and a card reader sold by Apple that will allow you to transfer pix to the iPod. Total cost would be between $USD400-$USD600 depending on what size iPod you get. That may seem expensive but when you can buy a 512MBCF for around $100 and get the iPod setups for 4 or 6 times that and have 10GB to 40GB of space, it is well worth it...plus you can listen to music too!