Traveling for a year, looking for a new camera to take with me

Started Jun 7, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Traveling for a year, looking for a new camera to take with me
In reply to sarcasticclaps, Jun 16, 2012

sarcasticclaps wrote:

I've thought more about it. I don't think I'll be playing with the manual controls that much considering I'm mostly on location to travel and not take photos. So, perhaps a camera with a good Auto mode suits me. Also, I guess I can do without a viewfinder.

Any recommendations? I'm leaning towards the NEX series right now.

With the requirement of viewfinder dropped, Olympus Tough TG-1 looks like a match. Definitely the one with by far the highest chance to live through a year of use in various conditions. The only deficiency is IQ at low light, but with f/2.0 at the wide end (made for underwater photography) even that is not as bad as other compacts. And JPEGs are Oly, i.e. no need to process a million RAW shots after a year to get good colors etc.

If you would rather drop sturdiness for better IQ (especially in low light), Sony RX100 will give you that, about 2 stops of advantage. Although it starts at 28 mm, vs 25 mm for TG-1.

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