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Summertime is the real holiday season. School year’s over, it is past time for graduation and everywhere in the country, people are planning for their summer vacation. This article could easily be about the top summer vacation spots you should consider for your next break, however, let us focus on an integral part of every summer trip:
Really, can you imagine yourself on vacation in some exotic location in Europe and your camera dies on you? Or even worse still, you go for your vacation without packing a camera? You would have already defeated the point of going on vacation. Where are the million pictures to use to storm your Facebook timeline? What will you upload on Instagram? Worse still, your laptop’s wallpaper will still be a remnant of last year’s vacation. With that, let us talk about the camera you should consider buying for your summer vacation. There are a lot of options available on the market.
They offer a lot of features and functions that simply browsing through the cameras section on Amazon will give you a headache. All you will see are technical descriptions that throw a lot of terminologies around like “Low ISO”, “f/2.2 aperture” and “Ideal Outdoor Lighting”. However, the ideal camera for summer vacations should be portable. You have to carry them around every time so you really don’t need that camera with the telephoto lens. It’s supposed to be a vacation, not a photo shoot. Also, the camera should be easy to easy to operate. Not every vacationer is a professional photographer; therefore, a simple point and shoot camera will be good, thank you. Let’s quickly look at the features a good summer vacation camera should have:
Most vacationers live on the go. Therefore, they don’t really take care of their equipment like they would under controlled situations. For you not to end up with a damaged camera, you should endeavor to get one that is durable. “Shockproof-ness” is the term used to describe a camera’s durability. There are many advantages to getting a shockproof camera. Other than the obvious durability, you will be able to take good pictures even if your aim is unsteady. So if you decide to vacation in London and you take one of those open roof bus tours, you don’t have to worry about the bus lurching and messing up your perfect shot. A negative part of this however, is that durable cameras are usually bulky.
Size Versus Image Quality
The invention of DSLR cameras made it easy for everybody to own cameras without having to break the bank. The DSLR cameras had an added advantage of having a higher digital functionality than their predecessors that operated on films. However, the introduction of compact cameras into the market a less than eight years ago created an even bigger buzz. Now, there was an alternative to the bulky and complex DSLR camera. And the good thing is, these new cameras could operate with interchangeable lenses. These new cameras are an invaluable asset to vacationers and tourists everywhere. You get the same image quality as DSLR cameras and in a smaller, more portable size. Some of the best models you can purchase are the Pentax Q and Sony models.
Sometimes, you may have to take a dip on your vacation. And why should you not be able to capture this moment on your camera? Cameras with waterproof capabilities of ten have to compromise on image quality. However, models like the Fujifilm FinePix XP60, the Sony Cybershot DSC-TF1, Nikon Coolpix AW110 and the Pentax WG-3 all have a resolution that is higher than 16 megapixels. With one of these cameras, you can shoot images underwater and you don’t have to do this at the expense of the image quality. Some models like the Panasonic and Nikon Cybershot have CCD sensors that give you an even better image quality. If you even plan on snorkelling or scuba diving during your vacation, don’t buy a camera than has an ISO that is less than 6400 Now, let’s talk about the cameras that will ensure you have a memorable summer vacation.
Canon PowerShot G16
This camera has the image quality and capabilities of a DSLR. It has a substantial and durable body that will ensure you don’t have to shop for a replacement during the entirety of your vacation. It operates on a fast software and it with WiFi capabilities that enable you to share your images easily. Also, the Canon Powershot allows you to shoot in RAW mode. However, the camera has a pop-up flash that can ruin your images if you don’t have the right settings in place. Also, it is not the best camera to have while shooting in low-light conditions.
Pentax Optio WG-3
This camera functions very well in low light conditions and it does so without a flash. You also have the ability to work with different Sony lenses because the camera operates interchangeable lenses. It also has WiFi capabilities that come with features that allow you to control app download remotely. Also, the camera display screen can be flipped 180 degrees. However, you cannot record videos with this camera. Also, you will have to shot without an electronic viewfinder because this camera does not have this feature. Also, you cannot insert headphones and microphones into the camera because there is no input system for them.
Fujifilm FinePix XP200
This camera is the ideal choice for you if you are shopping for durability. It is highly shockproof, freeze proof, dustproof and water proof. Added to this, it provides quality images. And you can view these through a 3 inch LCD display. The camera has 16 pixels of image quality and a ½ 3 inch CMOS image sensor that is an invaluable asset while shooting in low light conditions. Also, it has WiFi functions that allow you to download automatically and control app download remotely. Even though the camera is water proof, it does not produce the best underwater shots. Also, due to its durability, FinePix cameras are usually bulky. Also, its image stabilizer occasionally creates digital noise.