I'm leaving for Japan this week. My first time overseas. I am going with a veteran traveler who speaks Japanese fluently, I do not. We will be on the train a lot and running around. We are trying to pack light as we will be staying in a different town each night. I am typically a Canon DSLR shooter. On most trips I take my DSLR and a prime + zoom. Those trips I usually have a rented car and am staying at the same rental each night. This trip is different. I got the idea to try out one of the large sensor compact Fujifilm cameras. I love a lot of the photos I've seen online, and they are really compact cameras.
I would also like to take video on this trip. This is new for me traveling. Because I am traveling with someone new who is very knowledgeable I think it would be fun to document some of our conversations. I'd like to shoot videos on trains and planes. No clue on how the sound will work in loud places. My plan is to hold the camera with a gorilla pod and aim it at us.
Fujifilm is very different than Canon. Part of the allure is I can play and learn a new camera. I love that all the settings are on dials, and some of the features aren't available on my Canon.
I know Canon like the back of my hand. I can quickly do what I want, without missing a shot.
Up until this weekend I was going to go with a Fujifilm X70 for my trip but I have really been down on the idea today. It's going to be such a busy trip, do I have the time to learn this new camera? Or will I be annoyed at the learning curve of a new camera brand? And I have been playing with the video on the X70 and it's awful. I am starting to rethink my plan. Here's my options:
Canon T5i. Flip screen is perfect for video shooting back at yourself. Small, light DSLR. Multiple lens options, and it's a brand I am used to.
Canon 70D. Bigger than the T5i, it's my everyday shooter so I am used to the setup. Can team it up with my Rode shotgun mic, also has flip screen/
Fujifilm X70. Tiny camera that packs a punch. The photos I have taken so far are great. I am still getting used to the settings, and the wide angle only shooting. But it's been a lot of fun. It has a flip screen but the video is basically unusable. I didn't think the video could be that bad, but it is.
Fujifilm X100f. Fujifilm's flagship compact fixed lens camera. Similar to the X70 but bigger and no flip screen, better features and IQ. Better video for sure.
I'd love to hear your thoughts. I am sure you will mostly lean DSLR, but try a bit to be the devil's advocate if you can. I will only have a backpack to hold business supplies, laptop, camera, and books. Also which lenses would you bring? And any thoughts on sound? Thanks!