This is one of the most asked questions in photography forums on the internet. I just got back from trip where I used four cameras, I will try to point out the benefits of each in this post and help you make a decision regarding your upcoming vacation.
Every camera you have is capable of taking pictures otherwise the manufactures would not be creating and selling them. I think there are two questions that will help you solve the main question on which camera and lens do I need.
First: How will will you view your final image? what I mean by this question is will be 4×6, 8×10, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress, 2ft by 3ft picture hanging on your wall. One of the biggest faults of digital photography is the the ability to zoom an image on the screen. I have heard the following statements, “Wow I can see the eyelashes”, “I can read the text on that sign at the end of the street” however most of us are not James Bond and need the ability like Google maps to zoom in from the earths view down to your driveway and mailbox number. The photo you will produce will be at a static size viewed from a specific distance.
Second: Looking at your past photos can you tell what causes satisfactory and unsatisfactory results. This is more difficult for people who don’t understand the basic of photography. I will try to point out some of the issues that are common in travel photography.
There are three things to determine here:
a) The Environment does not lend to a good image on its own. For example its dark, or it could be to bright.
b) The photographer made some poor choices.
c) The equipment used does not have the capability to overcome the scene photographed. Such as the race cars are moving too fast, the kids or the rides are moving and I get blurry pictures, Fireworks are to0 bright.
If you can’t answer the above questions than its like recommending a school bus, a tank, or a motorcycle to some one looking to purchase transportation.
I have photographed Disney using 1.3 meg cameras in 2000 and full frame canon 5d mark III. One of my most favorite images was taken with the 1.3 meg camera and is printed as a 4×6 and framed in the house.
There are four camera categories:
1) The Cell Phone Camera or iPad Camera. Images used here will be from iPhone 6 Plus, and Lumina 925
2) The Point and Shoot Camera. Olympus TG-850
3) The Mirrorless Camera. Olympus OM-D EM1
4) The SLR Camera. – did not take on this trip might look in previous trips photos for examples.
If you neglect all the elements of Lens and features the main differentiator between all these categories is the sensor size. The sensor size will have a direct relationship to the ISO setting on your camera which will translate into images with Higher ISO will look more smeared and less detailed. (Nosier)
So in an excellent source of well balanced light like outdoors most people don’t have any compalints using any of the cameras above.
Compare these images. Note they are all viewed on a laptop screen an image that is sufficient to print a 4×6 for a vacation photo album.
CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE FULL SIZE.
The first image is from the Olympus DL340 1.3 meg file
Image from iPhone 6 plus 8 meg file 15 years later.
Day Time Photo Comparisons
Olympus TG-850 Daytime
Iphone 6 plus 8 meg day time image.
Lumina Iphone 925 7 meg Daytime image
Olympus EM1 16 meg Daytime image
THE REASON I PLACED ALL THESE PHOTOS IS FOR YOU TO COMPARE THE FULL SIZE IMAGES AND THE ZOOMED IMAGES. WHAT YOU SHOULD SEE IS THAT IN THE IMAGES THAT ARE FIT TO THE SCREEN YOU WOULD BE HAPPY WITH ALL THE CAMERAS.
This is an example of what size do you want your final image displayed. During the daytime all devices even a 1.3 camera thats 15 years old can produce a 4×6 image.
Note: Disney Photopass photographers use nikon cameras with a final image that is 7meg is what they provide.
If you are pleased with 4×6 to 8×10 prints the next thing to review are non daytime photos when the conditions are not ideal.
Another thing to consider is how much gear do you want to carry along in the parks. How much time do you plan on making your family wait while you are taking photos. The more gear you carry the more time you will be involved in carrying for the gear and setting it up and down.
Part of my comprimise was to take one lens and camera to the park. Take time to permit the family to do activities while I walk around taking photos. Going back to the park after the family is in the room and taking photos. Some days no cameras in the park. Use Photopass services to take photos of the whole family.
The next post will deal with Fireworks.
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