Each month I get a few emails from readers asking about my camera, my travel gear, and my blogging setup, so in my new series Travel Gear Tuesday (#TGT) I review travel or blogging related products that I genuinely love, and if I don’t I will tell you as well.
Since photography is an important part of my blog,I often get asked what kind of camera and equipment I use and what the best camera for travel is. So here is the thing: I am kind of obsessed with photography. I will drag my camera along with me everywhere I go. I am one of those people who even takes photos of my food and posts it on Facebook. Yes that is sad, I know – maybe it is time I get some professional help. Anyway, despite having had some photography classes at university, I wouldn’t call myself a professional photographer at all, so I own cameras that are all easy to use. I actually use three different types of cameras – a DSLR, a Point & Shoot camera and an iPhone 5. I told you I am obsessed.
My DSLR camera:
When I decided to buy a digital SLR camera last year I wanted to buy a camera that wasn’t too expensive, heavy or complicated to use, but at the same time deliver high quality photos. I did a lot of research and finally came across the Canon EOS Rebel T5i. This DSLR comes with a 18-55mm lens, which is perfect for every day use. This is my go to lens and I hardly ever take it off to be honest, however if you are into wildlife photography or would like to take sneaky paparazzi type portrait shots of people I recommend to get the 75-300mmTelephoto Zoom Lens as well.
As I take loads of photos I have purchased a 32GB memory card with this camera. It is big enough to hold hundreds of photos and saves you having to delete photos off your camera all the time. To transport the camera I use the ELP Black Waterproof Camera Case Bag. It is not exactly pretty but protects my precious camera whilst traveling. It also has a separate compartment for memory cards etc which is very Handy.
This is one of the smallest and lightest DSLR cameras you can get at the moment, without compromising picture quality. What really sold it to me though was the intuitive use. If you don’t want to use the manual or automatic setting, but still want certain effects on your photos, such as blurred backgrounds, you can choose the Creative Auto Mode. This setting allows you to make all those fancy shots you can normally just take with a manual setting, which is far too complicated and time-consuming for my liking. The pictures on the settings wheel are very self-explanatory, with portrait, night shot or macro options. You can also use the camera to shoot HD videos. I have been using this camera for city sightseeing trips, landscape and wildlife photography and hiking trips. At $699 I am really impressed with the quality of the pictures. The only criticism I have on this camera is that the screen on the back scratches quite easily, so I recommend keeping the protection sticker on to prevent that from happening. To give you an example, this is a photo I have taken with my DSLR camera in Myanmar. So my conclusion for the Canon EOS Rebel T5i is that it is easy to use, compact and lightweight. The perfect camera for a first time DSLR user and hobby photographer in my opinion.
My Point & Shoot Camera:
I love my DSLR camera, but truth to be told, it is not always that convenient taking a DSLR camera with you all the time. My Canon DSLR is fairly small and lightweight for a DSLR camera, however sometimes I prefer taking a smaller point and shoot camera with me for security reasons. You don’t always want everybody to see that you are carrying around an expensive camera (for example in certain parts of a city or at night time). In such instances I usually take my Canon Power Shot ELPH 130 IS 16.0 MP with me. The picture quality of this little camera is great and you can also shoot HD videos with it. It is very small and fits in my little going out bag perfectly. The camera has a 28mm wide-angle lens, so for me that is not really enough to take decent shots of objects in the distance, but is perfectly fine for pictures of sights that are fairly close. It also has some really cool features, such as WiFi or the smart shutter, which automatically takes the photo when people smile, not wink, or get into frame. It also has settings for shooting in specific conditions (snow, fireworks, etc.) and numerous special effects (black/white, sepia, miniature, fisheye, etc.). At US$ 132 that is good value for money in my opinion. This is a photo I have taken with the camera at the second biggest carnaval party in South America. I bought the camera with a Evecase Nylon Pouch and a 32GB Zectron Pro Memory Card. The pouch is waterproof and you can either hang it around your shoulders or attach it to your belt. There is also an inside pocket for an additional SD memory card and battery.
So all in all I am very happy with my little Canon Power Shot and I would highly recommend it to people who like to take photos with an affordable camera and are not necessarily interested in the same quality that a DSLR camera offers.
As if two cameras are not enough I have recently also started taking photos with my iPhone 5. I use it mainly to take photos for our Facebook page and Instagram account, so that I can provide you guys with important updates on the food I eat. 😉 The quality of photos for day-time photography is really good, but when you take photos on a night out with friends the photos can be quite pixelated or blurry if you are not using the flash (unless that is due to alcoholic substances of course). What I love about iPhone photography is that you can also edit your photos on your iPhone straightaway. I use three different apps for that which are all free: TouchUp Lite (for photo editing), pic stitch (for photo collages) and PhotoStudio (for funky photos effects, such a combining b/w with colour photography). This is a photo I have taken with my iPhone during a bike ride down the world`s most dangerous road in Bolivia, aka death road. So what is the best camera for travel? For me personally they are all good for different reasons. A DSLR is good for high quality and high resolution pictures, a Point & Shoot is good for every day pictures and if you don’t want to carry a bulky camera around with you, and an iPhone is ideal for instant social media updates or photo editing. So tell me, what kind of camera are you using on your travels? Let me know in the comment section below.
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