Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: West Milford, NJ, USA
What camera do you recommend for moto trips?
If this is not the appropriate forum, I apologize - I am sure the sysop will straighten me out... ;-)
Anyway, I wonder what cameras do you guys use while traveling. In preparation for the new season, I am considering upgrading my trusty (but SLOW!) Casio R51.
My main needs are: 5M pixels (I find that enough for casual travel shots), good optical zoom, i.e., at least 4x, FAST turnon/focus/shot time, image stabilization and a viewfinder.
I need a small point-and-shoot style, not DSLR, because I keep it in a pocket of my riding jacket and do not want a bulky brick bothering me. I do not like Sony because of the proprietary memory sticks and I do prefer cameras with abilities to use generic battery cells. Small size is a plus, of course.
FAST is a big consideration for me: most of my recent cameras, especially the point-and-shoot styles, seem to take an eternity between pressing release button and actually taking the shot. A couple of years ago, I went with my Pentax in hand to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. I have a nice collection of pictures of empty track Ė taken well after the cars passed byÖ And with the few cameras since, things did not get better. When I really need speed, I use an over 20-years old Minolta SLR kit; however, that is totally not suitable for motorcycle travel.
I have been looking at the pocket cameras in Panasonicís Lumix line; these fit the bill almost perfectly (and are FAST, as I tried them) - but have no optical viewfinder, only an LCD display Ė which tends to be useless in bright sunlight. I gotta see what I am shooting, no?
So, what is the opinion here?
Robert in Northern NJ
'09 R12GS, '08 R12RT, '03 R1150RT, '01 F650GS - time to thin the herd?
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