January 7, 2019 at 10:21 am #814751
The husband and I are in the market for a camera. Likely DSLR and good for travel. There are so many models! We did narrow it down to a DSLR though. We looked into mirrorless, but think it’s a pass.
We have a quite a few big trips planned over the next few years, with the first being Kenya/Tanzania and a couple years later, Antarctica. A few smaller trips in between. We need to invest in a good camera. I’ll probably take a course after we buy to get comfortable taking photos.
Anyway, any photographers on DW who can help? I’m not interested in latest and greatest. A good solid camera that’s fairly easy to handle and we can buy proper lenses for.January 7, 2019 at 10:22 am #814752
Overwhelmed by options bump.January 7, 2019 at 10:58 am #814759
My husband and I have an Olympus OM-D E-M1 II. It’s quite amazing. We’ve got a bunch of different lenses for wide angle and fisheye and whatever. Of course, you don’t need all of that. It’s mirrorless. With the auto feature it’s almost impossible to take a bad photo. There are slightly different models, some a lot less in price and they are all great cameras. We have a tripod and our model has a WiFi feature so that you can set up the shot, get in the shot and take the photo with your phone. It’s very helpful for travel shots when no one else is around, or you’re scared of handing your expensive camera to a stranger.January 7, 2019 at 4:48 pm #814801
Ahhhhhh Antarctica! So jealous! Are you doing a cruise?January 7, 2019 at 5:33 pm #814810
I have a Sony Alpha 5100 mirrorless camera and I love it! It has the interchangeable lenses, which was a big selling point for me. My husband and I travel extensively and I love taking landscape photographs. This camera is great for that. It also takes wonderful low light photos. I changed out the kit lens with the Sony E 10-18 mm wide angle lens. It takes the most beautiful landscape photographs! I debated between the 5100 and the 6000. I didn’t need (or want) all the bells and whistles that came with the 6000. One problem with DSLR cameras is size and bulk. I hike a lot and didn’t want to lung around the extra weight of a DSLR. My husband had a Nikon DSLR camera and sold it once he saw the pictures my mirrorless took. He’s now the proud owner of a Sony Alpha also.January 7, 2019 at 5:36 pm #814811
I bought a RX100 mark 2 a couple of years ago and it was a pretty good camera when I was still more interested in photography. I was able to get it used on Amazon for about half price, and there’s a number of newer models that have more features as well. It’s a compact digital (or mirrorless?) camera that supports point-and-shoot photography w/ automatic settings, while also supporting some of the features of DSLR/mirrorless cameras (like customizing aperture, shutter speed, exposure time, focus distance, etc.). I liked that it was small & light enough to be able to carry anywhere in my pocket/backpack, but also let me learn about photography and play around with aperture & focus distance to create the bokeh effect and things of that nature.
I don’t have any experience with DSLR’s personally, but wanted to mention it in case you were on the fence between DSLR & mirrorless cameras, given that when I was doing my research I read a number of reviews saying the rx100 series cameras compared favorably against DSLR cameras.January 7, 2019 at 5:39 pm #814812
Interesting. That’s two in the FOR mirrorless camp. Thanks for the intel both @JBK and @anonymouss! It looks like we might have to reconsider.
@k – I’m not sure what we’re doing yet. The husband knows more about that trip. He picked Antarctica for his 40th, three years away. I picked a safari for mine, next January!January 7, 2019 at 10:44 pm #814840
What’s your price range? I have usually found Wirecutter to be a good resource for this kind of thing.January 8, 2019 at 8:15 am #814862
I’d say $1,200 but there’s wiggle room if we found something higher price than that.
EDT: up to $1.5k but preferably lower.
January 8, 2019 at 8:16 am #814863
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Since I take no pics. What is mirror va mirrorless?January 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm #814916
I was curious as well, and this article did a good job of explaining the difference. Apparently the “mirrored” cameras are DSLRs, where you have a mirror inside the camera that can direct light from the lens either to the viewfinder (before you take the picture) or onto the image sensor (when you take the picture). In a mirrorless camera, the light always just goes directly from the lens onto the image sensor.January 8, 2019 at 3:00 pm #814917
I also have the Sonly Alpha 5100 (I think it’s the 5100). And I love it too! It does take great pics even on the auto settings (which I mostly use since I don’t know much about taking pictures). I haven’t gotten extra lenses for it yet, but plan to. I will say it’s a bit of a pain to charge – but does hold a charge for a long time.
@jd I don’t really know all that much other than mirror cameras are how most cameras were made and mirrorless is a more new technology. I do not know the technical terms or why one is better than another or anything like that. I used to know more when I was researching buying my current camera but don’t really recall the information!