A camera is an essential gadget for almost every traveller. There are several different camera options available which are suitable to take with you on your vacation.
An easy option for people who are only taking snapshots is to use the camera in your mobile phone. The newer generation of smartphones have good quality and resolution cameras which may be adequate for many people. Issues to be aware of are limited memory on your phone. An advantage of using a mobile phone camera is that it is very easy to upload your photos directly to photo sharing sites.
Point and Shoot Cameras
The advantage of a point and shoot camera is that they are tiny and easy to carry, have a higher memory capacity and battery life than a phone and usually have better quality lenses. The new generation of point and shoot cameras also incorporate Wi-Fi connectivity, enabling you to transfer your photos directly to the internet.
Single Lens Reflex (SLR) Cameras
It can be tempting to purchase an SLR camera. An SLR camera set on automatic will take better photos than a camera phone or point and shoot camera due to having better light sensors and optics. The trade-off is a much larger and heavier camera and lenses that you have to carry everywhere.
A key issue to realise is that buying an expensive camera will not make you a better photographer. The art of photography takes training, time, effort and much experimentation to learn. If you are buying a SLR camera just before your trip you cannot expect to automatically take professional level photos.
An advantage of film cameras is that they do not need to be recharged as often as a digital camera. Swapping film is quick and easy. If you are travelling to a third world country with limited power and download options then a film camera may be a good choice to record your vacation. Investigate options to pre-purchase film in bulk and also understand what the film processing options and costs will be upon your return.