Capturing Memories

Hi All,

 I'm not a traveler. The furthest I've gone is Canada from the UK but it was a direct flight and I stayed in a rented apartment. I'm really excited to see new and beautiful places and I want to capture some of them for memories. I wanted to ask about taking a camera. Should I take a DSLR or stick with my trusty GoPro? I'm not looking to be a film maker just want something to look back on. Is managing and worrying about a big camera too much, especially as a new traveler? Is the security of a waterproof and durable GoPro a benefit? Have I answered my own question? Would love to hear from someone experienced.

Many thanks,

Todd.

It seems like a simple question. Yet anyone who has spent time reading user reviews or scrolling through camera forums can tell you that it has no easy or definitive answer. Photography isn’t a one-size-fits-all endeavor. We all have different needs and expectations. Taking sharp photos of your toddler scampering around the living room places a different set of demands on a camera than capturing your epic surfing run.

The dirty little secret of today’s photography industry is that there are no bad cameras. Under the right conditions any camera you buy—from a smartphone to a $2,000 DSLR—can deliver great-looking images. Where cameras differ enormously is in how well-suited they are to the types of photos you like to take, how convenient they are to bring with you, and how easy they are to use.

DSLR:
Pro:
Gives you an immense understanding of the light and beauty of photography and cinematography (be prepared to fall in love with mainstream cameramen)

Low Light? throw in a tripod or find a mount and set proper exposure.
RAW formats - best way to understand what the camera sees - edit the photo to grasp those fine details that would have been lost otherwise .
Interchangeable Lens - why stick to one pair of shoes, when you can wear one for a party and one to jog - you get the idea.
Power of Light - capture what you want, how you want, exactly how you want.
Con:
Bulky to carry around, especially with all the additional accessories.
A steeper learning curve than the other two categories.
Water Proofing and Rigidity Case? Possibly but more of a practical joke.

Get a DSLR if travel photography is your thing. If you see yourself sitting and thinking about how a shot should be taken, and what lighting is best for that one portrait. Or waiting at a cliff for the entire day to shoot the sunset casting a shadow.

GoPro
Pro:

Light-Weight,
Great 1080 or Hi-Res Videos,
Large Field of View
Easy to get waterproofing cases or shock proof cases.
Con:
Low light is a joke;
Photos are basically frames of a video (low quality compared to point and shoot cams), and
Voice Recording - not its forte;
Hours required for video editing

Action Cams were made to record those insane backflips, hold my beer and watch me moments. They wouldnt satisfy your everyday selfie-urge because most modern phone cameras would seem superior. If photos are your thing, move over to the following sections.

Thanks Sujan! Sorry for the delayed response. I think given the cirucmstances, it makes sense to take a GoPro. It takes reasonably nice pictures but with 4K footage as well, I can hopefully capture the sights and sounds. I did this before in Canada with a GoPro and the results came out pretty good I think. Maybe when I'm a bit more experienced I'll step up to an SLR. 

Absolutely Todd, that would be the best idea. Have a safe journey and sorry for the delayed response - Sujan Azad Parikh.

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