My real interest in photography began on my first trip to travel the world. At the time I had packed a small pocket point and shoot digital camera. It was only after a couple of months traveling I became a little frustrated with the limitations of the camera. I really wanted an upgrade to something a little bit better.
Although I’m a great believer in traveling light, I sometimes have a dilemma.
Whether to take a point and shoot camera or a digital SLR camera traveling.
Point and Shoot Digital Camera
- Small and compact
- Less expensive
- Discreet, less likely to be a target of thieves
- Doesn’t take up much room
- Great for nights out
- Good for taking quick shots
- Don’t have to change lenses
- Carry them more often due to the size
- Quality of shots
- Lack of customisable options
- Lack of add-ons, flashes, lenses
- Battery life is often lower than that of an SLR
- What you see on the screen isn’t always how the photo turns out
Digital SLR Camera
- Has view-finder as standard
- Batteries tend to last longer than point and shoot
- More flexibility with add-ons such as flash units and lenses
- More control over taking a photo
- ISO range is larger
- Depth of field – DSLR’s can give you a great effect of having the foreground in focus and the background blurry
- Higher quality of picture
- Takes up quite a lot of room
- They tend to weigh more than a point and shoot camera
- Less decret, more likely to be a target of theives
- More expensive
- Making sure the camera is safe due to expense and size
- Less likely to be able to take it everywhere with you
- Many digital SLR’s do not have a live view on the LCD screen
After 4 months I upgraded slightly to a point and shoot super zoom camera, I found this great for taking photos of amazing sights such as the Temples of Angkor in Cambodia where the zoom came in useful. Although once I have made it back home I wish I had taken something a little more powerful like a digital SLR.
I own the following digital cameras:
I bought this Canon point and shoot for every day usuage on the road and also to take out on nights out.
It’s small, compact and easy to fit in your bag or pocket.
For it’s size it takes some good quality shots.Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera
Although the camera isn’t pocket sized it was small enough to fit into a bag and with the extra zoom as well as a flexible LCD screen, it came in very handy whilst traveling.Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR Camera
After my trip around the world I regretted not owning an DSLR.
Although it would have taken up much more space and would have been heavier to carry I think the benefits from having more control and the superior quality of images would have made it worth taking.
On future world travels I’ll be taking my point and shoot Digital Camera Canon Digital Ixus 90 IS for nights out and for everyday photos, but for sight seeing at some mind blowing temples or scenery I’ll be packing my Canon EOS 450D Digital SLR.
Unfortunately my super zoom Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Digital Camera will be left at home, but I find it a useful camera for anything in between, if I’m going out for the day somewhere special but need something smaller than the DLSR but slightly more powerful than my pocket point and shoot.
Whether you decide to take (or even buy) a point and shoot digital camera or a digital SLR camera will probably depend on how serious you are about capturing great shots of sights and scenery.
If you’re not that interested in taking the perfect shot then take the point and shoot, but if you want to capture some amazing scenes on your travels I’d think about packing both your DLSR and the point and shoot.