I got my first camera for my trip to Australia. People were hyper critical of the fact I chose to take a mid-range point-and-shoot camera with me instead of a big DSLR. As I told those who criticized the decision, I had no photography experience and didn’t think I’d find a big DSLR worthwhile (and it took up too much space in my backpack). The photos you see of Australia are taken with that. It was a great tool to learn on, and I eventually bought a flexible tripod to help keep the camera still for longer exposures (waterfalls) and low light experiences. I have now upgraded to a DSLR, but I haven’t decided if it’s a better choice for the casual traveler.
If you’re planning an otherwise low budget trip and are not a photography guru, there are a ton of reasons to opt for a point-and-shoot camera and leave that big DSLR on the shelf at the store.
It should be noted I am discussing mid to high range point-and-shoot cameras. At first, I was going to include some specs and price ranges to look for. After consideration of the fact the features and costs will change all the time, I’ve decided to let you do your own research. I’ve complied some reasons I’m glad chose this option with the photography skills I arrived in Australia with.
It fits in your pocket: Before I fell in love with photography, there is no way I’d go through the effort of taking a big camera with me. You can buy a point-and-shoot that fits in your pocket. That’s the major reason I had a good quality camera around when those unforgettable moments happened.
It attracts less attention: These cameras being smaller don’t call as much attention to themselves making it less likely anyone will target your camera for theft because they don’t perceive it to be as valuable or expensive.
It is easy to use: Until I stated cultivating my skills to use the camera’s features to capture the images as I saw them, I needed something I could sort of aim and hope for the best with. The point and shoot not only did this well, but didn’t seem intimidating.
There are plenty of features to explore, play, and grow with: after initially pointing and hoping for the best, I began to play with features like adjusting the exposure and shutter speed. A little later I was playing with the aperture. There were plenty of settings to grow into.
I could transform my favorite photos into 8 X 10’s. This may rely on you buying a camera that costs more than $100. My camera had good enough lenses and resolution (and some other stuff) where my favorite photos can make great gifts and looks fantastic on my wall.
Memory Chips: The size of the picture is smaller so you won’t have as much latitude to crop your images and still have a large print, but you won’t fill up your memory chips as fast either.
Considering all this, you might conclude your cell phone has all of these benefits as well buy I don’t recommend you rely only on your phone because:
A camera will provide you with higher quality photos: Cell phone cameras are amazing for what they are, but they’re not as high quality and they’re not able to adapt to as many situations as a regular camera.
You don’t drain your battery: Even with limited skills, my battery on my phone wouldn’t have survived each day.