Travel can be varied, unpredictable and ever changing, but one thing that often remains constant is the travellers desire to capture these once in a lifetime moments, off the wall experiences and adventures. This can be difficult at times with different conditions, time constraints and worries about damaging equipment. This means we primary take with us three cameras which we feel covers every possibility!
DSLR – Nikon D3100
Now this is the daddy of the kit, the pride and joy! It might not be the most expensive DSLR out there or the newest but in terms of price, size and picture quality we love it. Having the DSLR really allows us to capture the best photos that we can, with numerous lenses too and a travel sized tripod it means we are free to be creative and really nail that shot we wanted!
Our DSLR kit includes a 35mm lens which has to be our favourite, it does have it’s limitations but it makes up for that with quality and creative scope. To counter this and on the other end of the scale we also carry around a Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lens. This alongside the kit lens makes our DLSR kit versatile without carry around way too much!
One of the best pieces of advice for travelling with a DSLR would be to get a proper and sturdy case. Also if you can have separate cases or at least padded dividers for your lenses. I found out the hard way when I bashed my Sigma in transit and had to pay £100 to get it fixed! Some lenses are more durable than others, I usually keep my 35mm on as it makes the camera more compact for the bag and have my other two in another compartment. Although sometimes I will leave the kit lens at home to save space.
The video mode also allows great quality movies with a large scope for creativity.
Price – Around £270-£300 with kit lens
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Nikon D3200 Digital SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens Kit – Black (24.2 MP) 3.0 inch LCD
35mm Lens – £130
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
Sigma 10-20mm- £340
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Sigma 10-20mm f3.5 EX DC HSM Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras with APS-C Sensors
Compact – Sony RX-100
We recently upgraded our compact camera from a canon to this beauty! After damaging the lens on our old compact I asked a photographer friend which was the best compact on the market at an affordable price. The Sony RX-100 was the only choice, and even though there are newer models out the additional features really don’t add much to the camera itself but it means the original is a real bargain.
Not only does the camera have a lovely vintage look to it and quality build it fulfils all our needs from a compact. It fits easily into your pocket so if you are wandering around without your bag you can still carry a quality camera around, it also has a full manual mode should we need it (for example we couldn’t fit our DSLR in our luggage on our trip to Switzerland but with this compact we could still take great photos). The several auto modes and pre-set dial offers a great range for those less confident with manual mode or for those spontaneous moments when you just need to point and shoot.
We mostly use our compact for things like music gigs, festivals, going out at night or when we either can’t or don’t want to carry a bag around. The image quality is just as good as our DSLR so we don’t have to compromise too much for the connivence of a compact! The only accessory we have is a small but hard case…to avoid the previous lens bashing!
Like the DSLR the Sony also has a great quality video mode meaning no longer substandard recording from compacts but HD movie making!
Price – Around £200-£300
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Sony Cyber-SHOT DSC-RX100 ( 20.9 MP,4 x Optical Zoom,3 -inch LCD )
Action – GoPro Hero 4 Silver.
I had wanted a GoPro for a long time but never got around to it, now we have one we would never go anywhere without it! It is a complete revelation, in fact not only is it perfect for all our action adventures but even just when exploring a city it can take amazing and unique photos.
Of course, the GoPro is famous for being a tough all action camera and that is exactly what we bought it for. We climb, kayak, get wet, muddy, hang off cliffs and all sorts of positions which means the versatility, robust casing and variety of mounts mean we can capture things we never could before.
Speaking of mounts, it’s one of the things that makes the GoPro such as all in one camera, we can put it on a selfie stick, on our helmets, wrists, the front of a kayak, handlebars, on our chests…pretty much anywhere you want to attach it there is mount for that, there’s even a dog harness! It can get wet, muddy, bash off rocks and still keep going, it can literally follow you on all your adventures.
Not only is it good for those of us who like a crazy adventure or two but it’s mounts and case mean you can take it to the beach, swimming in the sea or pool, pull it out on a rainy day or with it’s fisheye lens capture unique perspectives of landscapes, city views and the inside of ornate buildings! We have even spent whole days exploring using nothing but our GoPro. The screen on the back of the Silver edition is also infinitely useful!
Another thing we love about the GoPro is the wide range of shooting modes, especially in the Hero 4. You can record in up to 4k quality video, this also means high quality stills can be pulled off this footage with the free GoPro editing software. You can shoot in burst mode or continuous meaning you never miss a thing, you can also do time lapses and even long exposures with the manual functions now available on these super compact cameras.
Our GoPro advice would be to invest in some good quality mounts and also leashes and flotations devices. GoPros are expensive and often end up at the bottom of lakes, rivers and seas when not secured properly. We have a floating handle, back door and also varying lengths of leashes to makes sure it is always attached to something fixed or our wrists! We also love the iphone app and wifi, this means we can upload great photos straight away to social media such as Facebook and Instagram!
Random GoPro tip- If water droplets are ruining your shots, as strange as it sounds if you lick your case over where the lens is every now and then it stops them sticking! Organic and convenient! :-p
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GoPro HERO4 Camera – Adventure Edition Silver
Remember to get a good quality memory card with enough room for large images, bring a spare too as well as extra batteries! We use Photoshop to edit our photos…but I do have a MA in Graphic Design! It can be complex, so if you are unsure then Lightroom is a good and simpler option that we also sometimes use.
What did I takes these photos of the camera with: My iphone 5, also a great device for taking photos on the go and uploading them straight onto social media!
What do you have in your kit?
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