Could you suggest an affordable travel camera ?

Discussion in 'Photography' started by BaldBaBoon, May 27, 2013.

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  1. Hello.

    I am looking for a camera to take on various motorcycle trips that I do every once in a while. Up to this point I have been using the £60-80 stuff such as from Aldi that has actually served me quite well, it is cheap....but considering the abuse the camera gets, they seem to work.

    Due to the need to be carrying the smallest load possible on the bike, and the lack of charging ability I was looking for something that would include....

    1) Compact enough to fit into a motorcycle clothing equipment pocket, about the same size as a combat jacket breast pocket.....ideally with no add on parts like lenses.

    2) Robust, able to stand up to the occasional knock...dust..rain.

    3) Affordable....up to £150 max.

    4) Battery simplicity.....I have normally gone for AA or AAA powered cameras as I cannot carry a charger on the bike, and the specialist batteries are a sod to try and get overseas.

    It will be used for those " wow " moments like taking a shot at some waterfall by the side of the track....self shots, when I set it up on a gorilla stand and run like hell to get into the picture...the usual type of overlander type happ shots.

    Would anyone be able to point me in the right direction ?
  2. Samsung S1065 10.2 MP Digital Camera - Silver MPN 8801089501981 | eBay
    Samsung S1065 Camera: Camera & Photo

    I had this Samsung S1065 and served me well it uses AA battery, 10.2megapixel, 5x zoom, its light and compact will work with 32GB SD memory card, not tried it with 64GB, based on my experience as its been with me since 2008 round the world twice and America/Canada road trip, still ticking over in spite of being dropped and dented near the flash light, its a good camera for the money, they are more likely to be new old stock or second hand as they no longer make them, which is a shame, thats why I am keeping mine.

    I now use it as a back up camera to my two other professional and larger camera, for everyday use and robust Fujifilm HX20 (larger and AA battery) and studio setting Sony DSLR (specialist battery).

    I am sure others will have their own opinions on the best camera for the job, which I would follow with interest.
  3. Just a thought. Tesco have their 'Double your Clubcard points' thing on at the moment. This time last year, fed up with lugging my heavy Nikon everywhere 'in case', I dug out my vouchers, doubled them up and got what was allegedly £200-worth of Panasonic Lumix with a x24 zoom 'for free'. It has taken some not bad shots. But that particular model has a rechargeable battery so not what you are seeking.
  4. ViroBono

    ViroBono LE Moderator

    Have a look at Fuji.

    Their online shop does factory refurbished cameras which are as good as new.
  5. maninblack

    maninblack LE Book Reviewer

    I have a Canon 160 MPP POWERSHOT a3400ISi HD

    Great camera for quick stills.
  6. Thank you for all the info and links.

    Been browsing through them, and I might have found a good camera.....but it looks like my desire to keep AA or AAA batteries is actually quite limiting.

    This one looks good for what I need with a lithium rechargeable battery, I might have tofit a usb charger to my bike for it.
  7. I'm a bit like you mate, but lately I've just been using the camera on my Samsung Galaxy S2 and surprisingly it does a great job, much better than a lot of cheap digital cameras.

    I worst thing that's ever happened to me is borrowing my brothers cannon DSLR camera, and after taking photos of that you realize just how poorly point and shoot cameras seem to capture what you want them too.
    Nothing worse than seeing an amazing scenery in front of you, but the camera just doesn't want to pick it up.

    Sorry this offers no help what so ever.
  8. maguire

    maguire LE Book Reviewer

  9. I use my mobile for all that.
  10. If you've already bought, what did you get?

    If not, Try this or this years equivalent - Panasonic Lumix TZ25. Good bit of kit.

    Edited to add - maguire posted the link which I've just checked out. Same kit.
  11. Tamron? The 18-270 would be the first choice there. Wide to long, light, does just about everything. There are downsides of course, image quality is mediocre at the long end, but if that isn't a problem for you, then it is currently the best superzoom on the market.
  12. Gremlin

    Gremlin LE Good Egg (charities)

    It's shit. Apart fom which, it'd be sort of pointless having a superzoom lens without a camera!
  13. I got a Pentax Optio a few months ago, as I've had a few cameras break in recent years. Unfortunately it doesn't use AA/AAA batteries, but I don't have that particular requirement (a very useful one if you're very strictly limited by weight, space and availability of replacement). It's been knocked about a bit already but seems unaffected. On the evidence so far, I'd recommend it.
  14. Shouldn't cost much to organise a cigarette lighter type socket...... you usually get a car to usb charger with most cameras.

    I'd never get another AA battery camera, they eat the things.