View Full Version : Looking for a travel camera

15-08-12, 11:59 AM
Hi, i'm due to go travelling to South East Asia in October for 6 months, i have a DSLR at the moment (Panasonic Lumix FZ-something or other) but want something compact for safety and convenience. I will be giving the DSLR to my sister who starts a photography course at school in September and so I need something that will be good for travelling but will also be good enough to use for the foreseeable future when I get back.

My budget is about 200, i was looking at the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX20V which is almost 270, i would like to get a bit closer to 200 rather than 300, so any suggestions are welcome. If however, the Sony is in a different class and nothing is a good alternative, I would consider going for it.

I am looking for:

Good zoom
Great image quality
HD video recording (preferably 1080p)
Full manual controls
Of lesser importance, GPS.
Not too fussed on it being 'tough' or waterproof, i take good care of stuff and won't be going in water with it.


Chris Cool
15-08-12, 01:58 PM
Hi and welcome.

Why not have a look at Panasonics Travel Zoom series (TZ)

The Panasonics are top of the tree at the moment and the TZ20 has now been reduced to half price at around 160.

Read about it here Clicky (http://www.photographyblog.com/reviews/panasonic_lumix_dmc_tz20_review/)

Click here to buy with 2 year guarantee (http://www.buyacamera.co.uk/search.asp?searchtype=Name&searchfor=PANASONICLUMIXtz20&pt=f&gclid=CJvtobTj6bECFY8mtAodIC8ATg)

I shoot with the Panasonic TZ7 & TZ10

Have a look at the sort of quality you can get here Clicky (http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/forums/showthread.php?71760-TZ7-zoom-range-%287-images%29&highlight=zoom+range)

And don't forget. Post processing is an important part of photography and should be used to sharpen and enhance pictures taken with your camera. If you don't have an imaging editor, then use the one in my signature below. There are 32 video tutorials-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/) to get you started. The most useful is the Adjusting levels-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/06_Levels/06_Levels.html) and for even more adjustment. The Curves tool-Clicky (http://ictpublish.com/pixlr/Videoes/07_Curves/07_Curves.html) is a must (it's my favourite all-in-one adjuster). My Resize-Crop-Sharpen tutorial below, will get your pics ready for the internet or whatever :cool: