Some make sure to buy a small souvenir to take with them or pick up a rare shell from the beach to represent the trip. However, most travelers, make sure to bring a convenient digital camera to take photos of the exciting sights and scenes of the area they are visiting. This makes a good camera a valuable investment for your traveling needs.
Some enthusiastically make the mistake of buying the best camera that their money can buy, only to find out later that the price, no matter how expensive, does not guarantee quality photos.
When buying a camera, consider your skill level as much as your budget. You might buy a fully-loaded camera but it will not amount to anything if you don’t know how to use the most of the built-in features.
If your skill level does not allow you to do anything other than point and shoot and you have no plans of learning the technicalities of photography, you will benefit from automatic cameras. With these cameras, all you have to do is to choose a particular setting and the camera will automatically do the adjustments for you.
If you want to experiment with your creativity but do not want to get rid of the convenience of automatic features, choose a camera with both automatic and manual features. You can make adjustments with timers, flash and shutter speed, aperture (aperture is the setting that determines the lens’ sensitivity to light) and photo enhancement elements.
Cameras with self-timers are convenient, especially when traveling alone. You don’t have to wait for others to do you a favor, you can just position your camera, set it for a few seconds, do your pose and voila! Now you have a self-portrait against a picturesque backdrop of your choice.
It is also important to consider what you will be taking photos of when choosing a camera. If you like to take photos of sweeping landscapes and huge structures, you need a camera with a good zoom lens and a wide-angle control. The larger the zooms focus, the closer you get to your subject without moving close in.
You don’t have to worry about megapixels anymore because most cameras are equipped with at least 6 megapixels or more and are more than adequate unless you plan mural size prints.
If you like to take videos, you don’t have to buy a separate video recorder to carry as many digital cameras contain good video recording features. Just bring a sturdy tripod with you, lots of extra batteries and you are set to record a short movie.
Speaking of batteries, some are exclusive to the camera and may not be available where you travel so carry spares. Also, you may not be able to charge your batteries in some areas so spares are a necessity. By extra memory cards for your camera as they are today’s “film” and you don’t want to run out of space for more photos!