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CrystalS
08-25-2011, 12:41 AM
I have a dilemma...

We have two cameras. One is a point and shoot (9mp kodak easyshare) and they other is a Canon XTI dslr.

The point and shoot will do video, is light and compact, easy to carry around. But it also can have trouble getting proper lighting (flash) and can result in blurred photos sometimes...

The dslr is my baby, lol. I have a few lenses for it, and it takes nice photos. I can shoot in manual and control my settings and usually get a good shot the first time. But it is bigger, heavier and more cumbersome to carry around as it will need a carry case.

I'm not sure which to bring. I want good photos, but I also would like video.
I'm not sure if I want to bring the dslr with the chance of something happening to it, or getting stolen, etc, plus who wants to lug around a large camera/lenses when your trying to relax and enjoy a vacation with your family?
But if the point and shoot acts up and half my shots are crappola, then what?

What would YOU take? I'm leaning slightly towards the P&S, but am still not 100% sure....

jilljill
08-25-2011, 12:46 AM
Why not take both? Many people on our AK cruise the other week were toting both types of cameras.
I've even seen people set up tripods and monopods in the ocean at CC to take pics of their kids in the water with their dslr cameras with the larger lenses.

breced
08-25-2011, 01:05 AM
Agree! Take Both!

Just give up the Lens for your DLSR. Bring one only!

mello
08-25-2011, 01:23 AM
I have the same situation, and I'm planning to take both. That way I'll have the same flexibility as at home - take the little one with me in a pocket, purse or shoulder bag if I want to go light, or bring the big one out for special photos - parties & characters around the ship, scenery, etc. Heavily debating whether to take the dslr onto CC though :confused3 Don't want it to get water & sand in it. I'm actually contemplating getting a waterproof camera for this cruise lol!

We always have so many cameras - the video, the p&s, the dslr, all the kids' p&s's... it's nuts. So I got a big camera backpack that we travel with - all the cameras and gear fit in it to carry on the plane, so we don't have to take multiple camera bags, then we just put whatever camera we're taking with us into whatever it fits in - purse, pocket, ziplock bag, whatever, or around my neck lol.

Renysmom
08-25-2011, 05:18 AM
I always take both.. I have never worried about it being stolen while on the ship. If you are worried either lock it in the safe if it fits or hide it in a suite case under your bed.

I have taken my dSLR onto Castaway several times with no issues. We carry the P/S on most excursions.

Troop o' Goofs
08-25-2011, 06:23 AM
I have the same situation, and I'm planning to take both. That way I'll have the same flexibility as at home - take the little one with me in a pocket, purse or shoulder bag if I want to go light, or bring the big one out for special photos - parties & characters around the ship, scenery, etc. Heavily debating whether to take the dslr onto CC though :confused3 Don't want it to get water & sand in it. I'm actually contemplating getting a waterproof camera for this cruise lol!

We always have so many cameras - the video, the p&s, the dslr, all the kids' p&s's... it's nuts. So I got a big camera backpack that we travel with - all the cameras and gear fit in it to carry on the plane, so we don't have to take multiple camera bags, then we just put whatever camera we're taking with us into whatever it fits in - purse, pocket, ziplock bag, whatever, or around my neck lol.

You can find waterproof camera cases for most DSLR's these days. You can try adorama.com. I'm bringing both a point & shoot and my DSLR, it's water resistant already (for rain anyways) so I will probably bring it on CC and will avoid changing lenses if it is windy. :goodvibes

BigRed1
08-25-2011, 06:24 AM
Take both. I use the P&S for stuff we have seen or done before (CC) and the dslr for new things. This trip, I'm using the dslr for pictures of the new ship. I like to walk around the ship overnight when everyone else is sleeping to get interior shots.

jjgarv
08-25-2011, 06:30 AM
Take both. I know it's a pain, but...

I take both my DSLR as well as my point-and-shoot (which can also be used underwater). I carry the DSLR around the ship, but take the point-and-shoot around the pool and off the ship for excursions. :thumbsup2

wdwwishes
08-25-2011, 06:40 AM
You may want to post on the photography board as well but I think you'll get the same responses there as well, take both. I have both and that's what I do. If you're worried about theft, loss etc. make sure you have a couple of memory cards and switch them out that way in the event something does go wrong, you'll have your memories and never let anyone take a photo on your camera for you.

Troop o' Goofs
08-25-2011, 06:56 AM
You may want to post on the photography board as well but I think you'll get the same responses there as well, take both. I have both and that's what I do. If you're worried about theft, loss etc. make sure you have a couple of memory cards and switch them out that way in the event something does go wrong, you'll have your memories and never let anyone take a photo on your camera for you.

Something I learned on the photo-boards. Take a picture on each memory card with your name and contact information, just in case you loose it, someone knows how to contact you if they found it. :)

joyride27
08-25-2011, 07:59 AM
when i went on my alaska cruise i had both we with and it worked out great.

BelleBway
08-25-2011, 08:03 AM
Like others said, I'd take both... the point and shoot won't really add much space so you might as well take it along for situations when you won't want to carry the dslr.

On my most recent trip, I mostly used my point and shoot (which allows for manual settings and for which I have an underwater casing), but I liked having my dslr around, too.

papa
08-25-2011, 08:07 AM
Why not get a superzoom, maybe one that has been discontinued. Long lens in a compact form. I have had digital dslr's, 4/3rds cameras and currently use a panasonic fz35. Takes great pictures and video's.

HowdyHeidi
08-25-2011, 09:32 AM
I would like to take both too. I have a very nice DSLR, but I would like to get a new very small P&S since our old one has been dropped a few times and is unreliable. Does anyone know of a very small P&S that takes pretty good photos for less than $200 (or less than $150 if possible?)

TIA

Troop o' Goofs
08-25-2011, 09:58 AM
I would like to take both too. I have a very nice DSLR, but I would like to get a new very small P&S since our old one has been dropped a few times and is unreliable. Does anyone know of a very small P&S that takes pretty good photos for less than $200 (or less than $150 if possible?)

TIA

I'm not sure of the price and it's a few years old but I like the HP Photosmart R827. I got some good pictures with it despite moving on the Safari at Animal Kingdom. Pics below:
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab160/TroopOGoofs/HPIM0384.jpg
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab160/TroopOGoofs/HPIM0407.jpg
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab160/TroopOGoofs/HPIM0370.jpg
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab160/TroopOGoofs/HPIM0152.jpg
http://i859.photobucket.com/albums/ab160/TroopOGoofs/HPIM0050.jpg

HowdyHeidi
08-25-2011, 10:49 AM
Thanks Troop o Goofs! That might be a good option.

Plus, those pigtails are the CUTEST ever!

CrystalS
08-25-2011, 11:43 AM
Thank you everyone! Seems the consensus is to bring both :)

Troop o' Goofs
08-25-2011, 12:23 PM
Thanks Troop o Goofs! That might be a good option.

Plus, those pigtails are the CUTEST ever!

Thanks! She's 5 now, turned 3 at WDW.

cyclenut
08-25-2011, 11:44 PM
Thank you everyone! Seems the consensus is to bring both :)

Yes ... that seems to be it. I did the same on our recent Alaska cruise. I gave the P&S to one of my kids when I wasn't using it and when I didn't feel comfortable taking my DSLR (shore excursions) then I took it. I like the P&S cameras that have at least a 10x optical zoom with image stabilization. They actually do pretty well with good lighting. Most do. The longer lens makes that camera pretty flexible and yet still portable.

I even took my monopod, although thinking back on it, I really didn't need it. I don't have any of the heavy lenses ... yet.

templed
08-26-2011, 09:36 AM
Take both...

Or... get a Flip... and bring that for Video. A basic Flip is 100 bucks... and get yourself the $30 water case for it...

I'd like to have a newer Canon body by next cruise (maybe the t3i)... but I currently have the xti as well... I take it everywhere...

cypressmom
08-26-2011, 10:31 AM
I have a DiCaPac (http://www.dicapacusa.com/Default.asp?Redirected=Y) for my point and shoot. I LOVE it and would highly recommend.

templed
08-26-2011, 10:49 AM
I have a digipac as well... I like it... don't love it... but it does what it needs to do.

Having espoused the greatness of the Flip... it just prompted me to go buy the waterproof housing for it ($40 on Amazon).

DisneyDreamerK
08-26-2011, 10:52 AM
I own a Canon 7D with a bunch of lenses because I am a photographer. I am dying to take it on my upcoming cruise, but I bought a waterproof point and shoot instead. I brought my DSLR on my last cruise and hardly took any pictures because it was a pain to carry around. I am thinking about buying a little DSLR because I miss all the control it has.... lol

cyclenut
08-26-2011, 02:34 PM
I own a Canon 7D with a bunch of lenses because I am a photographer. I am dying to take it on my upcoming cruise, but I bought a waterproof point and shoot instead. I brought my DSLR on my last cruise and hardly took any pictures because it was a pain to carry around. I am thinking about buying a little DSLR because I miss all the control it has.... lol

Check out the Canon Powershot SLX cameras. They are pretty portable and can be point and shoot but they give you a lot more control. You just don't get to change out lenses which means you do lose flexibility. The camera I'm thinking about is the one I bought for my daughter. Canon PowerShot SX130IS 12.1 MP Digital Camera with 12x Wide Angle Optical Image Stabilized Zoom with 3.0-Inch LCD

You can buy it new from Amazon for less than $200, so it isn't a super cheap camera, but for someone who is used to a DLSR, I think you might find it a good alternative. The really nice thing is the lens retracts so the camera can actually fit in your pocket. That was the biggest selling point for me when I bought it. It uses AA batteries which I consider a plus as they are readily available just about anywhere. We purhcase the Lithium batteries and they last a good long time. We could go with the rechargables but haven't.

I found it had nearly all the same "modes" as my Canon Rebel t2i.

From cNet:
Among the many modes are shutter-priority, aperture-priority, and manual options. Available apertures include: f3.4, f4.0, f4.5, f5.0, f5.6, f6.3, f7.1, and f8.0. Availability is dependent on zoom position, though you do get the full range at the wide end. Shutter speeds go from 15 seconds down to 1/2,500 second, which is a better range than most cameras in this class offer.

Read more: http://reviews.cnet.com/digital-cameras/canon-powershot-sx130-is/4505-6501_7-34167832.html#ixzz1WAJ5heOT

kathi
08-26-2011, 02:44 PM
We used to take both a smaller point and shoot that does video and our Canon Rebel - and now we just take the Rebel. We found we didn't take video and the photo quality of the Rebel is just so superior we always used it.

Our iPhone will take short video clips - so that is what my husband uses if he wants a little live action (clearly not great quality). Photos are just more important to documenting a vacation for us. I think it will really come down to what you think you will want in years to come.

truck1
08-26-2011, 02:54 PM
Id take both. Usually we have multiple cameras with us. Each of my kids have a underwater camera that are identicle, and my wife and I have identicle dive cameras. I also bring our D3000 and a vid camera with us.

If I know in advance that we are going someplace and want better quality shots, or something that I know will be out of the normal range for a p/s, I use the d3000. If we are out and about Ill carry the point and shoot camera in a cargo pocket, and the vid camera in another. (you never know who or what youll see) The dive camera has video also, but Im quicker with the handheld vid.

wdwwishes
08-26-2011, 05:10 PM
For the poster who's looking for a durable point & shoot, look at the underwater ones. They're sealed differently than the regulars and typically are durable when dropped. Each one has a different drop rating. Consider the ones that have a titanium bodies, they've got a very good drop rating.

DisneyDreamerK
08-26-2011, 11:23 PM
This is the one I bought just for my upcoming cruise.

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-Cyber-Shot-DSC-TX10-Waterproof-Panorama/dp/B004H8FNHG/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&qid=1314418963&sr=8-5

Even though I shoot with Canon...I SWEAR by Sony point and shoots!

Anal Annie
08-27-2011, 09:36 AM
I just returned this week from spending 15 days in Europe & on one of the DCL Med cruises. I had bought a new 16 GB Compact Flash card for my Canon Rebel XT & was also bringing my old Powershot but at the very last minute (like 2 days before we left) I got the bug to buy a new compact point & shoot. I wanted something smaller, lighter & faster than my old Powershot & something that would hold a bigger SD card (my old Powershot was limited to 2 GB plus it used AA batteries). I ended up purchasing a bundle deal at Best Buy on a Sony Cybershot DSC-H70. The deal included a spare battery, charger, a 4 GB SD card (although I bought a faster 16 GB card too that is what I used) plus a nice case that fit on a belt for about $313 incl. tax (since it was a last minute purchase I felt $300 was my limit). NOTE that I had priced cameras out online & Best Buy had the best price on this camera as it was on sale online and when I went into the store it WAS NOT on sale but they will "price match" their online prices. If you shop at Best Buy always check their prices online first as they're not always the same as in the store.)

Anyway, I found it SOOO convenient & easy to use being on my belt that I never even took my DSLR out ONCE!!:rolleyes1 I chose this particular camera for several reasons. The biggest reason was that it has a 10x zoom starating at 25 mm. Most compact cameras don't offer any where close to that much of zoom and that was super important to me since my normal lens on my DSLR is a 18-200 mm. The 2nd reason I chose this one was because it also had a "panoramic" option which lets you automatically take a panoramic shot without having to stitch photos together. I wanted this for our visits to places like the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, the Coliseum and the Pantheon etc. I didn't necessarily think that I needed 16 megapixels but that's what it has. It also does 1080 HD video (but we didn't use that at all). It is very user friendly & for not having used it before got along really good figuring it out on the fly.

I have been uploading pictures to Facebook the past couple of days & so far I am VERY impressed with the picture quality. I have found that I needed to do very little in the way of color corrections (something I always seemed to need to do with my DSLR shots if I used it on automatic). I was a little disappointed in how it handled the fireworks & Spectromagic parade at Disneyland Paris but for the most part I had very few "misses" as it also has image stabilization. We toured a lot of places that did not allow you to use a flash & this camera was a real champ in low light interiors like Notre Dame. I just left the flash off the whole time so I wouldn't forget. I took approx. 1,700 pictures and still had room for more on the 16 GB card. I did find that using the panoramic feature a lot seemed to eat up the battery life faster & I was realllly glad I had the spare battery (since I sometimes took almost 200 shots / day) but I got some really cool pics with that panoramic option. The 10x zoom was especially nice to have too.

As a die-hard Canon fan I can honestly say I am very pleased with my first Sony experience. :goodvibes I didn't miss having that DSLR hanging around my neck all day at all. :rolleyes: I will comtinue to use my DSLR at sporting events because there is no delay but doubt that I'll ever carry it again for just general use. For this trip, bringing the DSLR took up a big chunk of my carry-on allowance as we were very limited with our international flights and had I known I wouldn't even take it out ONCE I would've left it home in a heartbeat.

I haven't really started uploading them to a share site yet but so here's a small sampling of the pics I took on this trip. The colors are vibrant & true for the most part & I haven't done anything to them yet.

http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1d605b3127ccefda41aa1888900000030O08Qbs27Ju5cA9 vPgQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

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This one is from the Pirate Night deck party & I was watching from up on deck 10, near the back of where everything was going on. So this shows the power of the zoom plus the low light & image stabilization quality.
http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a1d605b3127ccefda40caf09bc00000030O08Qbs27Ju5cA9 vPgQ/cC/f%3D0/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D720/ry%3D480/

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