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Good travel camera for cousin?

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Jan 15, 2018 19:07 |  #1

I realize a bit of a weird question on a canon-heavy forum, but my cousin is looking to upgrade her point and shoot mainly for travel.

She pointed out the. Cannon t6, but I worry it's not great because she'll ultimately find it too bulky plus I worry about the mirror and her not ultimately seeing the shot as-is - things may end up too dark or light without her realizing or able to adjust.

I wonder if maybe a mirrorless is a good compromise or maybe a good point+shoot, if things like the rx100 can even be called that?

I don't see her getting into photography so I don't think she'd end up with multiple lenses and ideally it'd be a better/bigger focal range than the standard 18-55ish.

I'm most familiar with Canon myself and don't know too much about others. Any ideas or suggestions?

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Jan 15, 2018 19:46 |  #2

Sony A6000 seems a pretty good option; just recommended that for a decent kit as he was on his way to Africa and he came back with a good number of shots I'd be happy with out of my own gear. I know a couple of folks that are doing really nice work w/ the Fuji X-T2.

Coming out too dark, etc is going to happen regardless of the system she gets if she's leaving everything to the camera, realistically.

If it's bulk that's a worry and she'd be ok w/ an SLR, the Canon SL2 is a ridiculously tiny SLR body that is very well featured.

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Jan 15, 2018 19:47 |  #3

Canon SL2.
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Jan 16, 2018 01:37 |  #4

Any of the small mirrorless cameras would be good. Sony A6000, Panasonic GX85, Fuji X-E2, etc. Small so easy to carry and not have it be a burden, those 3 in particular have the EVF so you can see the actual exposure and not worry about over/under exposing, and all 3 have options for small, light lenses...or even pancakes if size is a big concern. All 3 would rival and probably best an entry level Canon dslr at this point as well.

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Jan 16, 2018 01:58 |  #5

EOS M5 with an 18-150mm lens = done... :-)

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Jan 16, 2018 02:33 |  #6

Sony a6000. Does good job if you want to travel light.

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Jan 16, 2018 07:37 |  #7

Mirrorless is great for someone who wants it smaller, this includes M4/3 formats too! They're quite good now.

For a travel camera, the camera you use is the one to take. So smaller, less obvious, less stuff to fiddle with, etc, is the way to go. Check out the Olympus M43 stuff. Check out Sony & Fuji APS-C. Focus on a single wide to standard zoom, or a single wider prime (if interchangeable) and call it a day with a mini tripod and some extra batteries.

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Jan 17, 2018 14:37 |  #8
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You missed the ring which was the clear warning. ;-)a Your first (and most practical one) suggestion was already refused. So, my suggestion is to deal with this picky generation differently. Provide links to compact cameras reviews. Let the person to make choice and advice to ask your opinion. Then research on-line for user reviews (not just DPR reviews) to find out if it is good choice and provide real users feed back back. :)

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Jan 17, 2018 14:45 |  #9

One of the RX100 versions. Light weight, unobtrusive, pocketable, excellent quality. But they are expensive.

Or the SL2 as others have suggested. The older SL1 is also excellent, and is smaller and lighter. Not pocketable, though.

Or who knows what your friend might like.

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Jan 31, 2018 20:10 |  #10

Olympus E-M5 and the 12-50mm lens is fairly cheap, and it's very well weather sealed which can be handy depending on where she is traveling. It's not the most feature packed camera compared to the new M43 ones, but it's still more than enough for travel photos. The 24-100mm (equivalent) focal range should be plenty for just about anything except for something that would require extreme focal lengths, which she probably doesn't have on her P&S. I love my E-M1, and despite having a smaller sensor than APS-C, the image quality is still quite good!

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Feb 01, 2018 10:08 |  #11

Consider a Bridge Camera, such as the Canon SX-50HS or an offering from Panasonic, Sony or other makers.

Compact, decent image quality, simple to use and you don't have to buy or carry extra lenses...

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Feb 01, 2018 17:18 |  #12

My Nikon d5500 is my travel camera.LOVE IT!!

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Feb 01, 2018 17:43 |  #13

Big camera's stay home, A6000 goes on vacation!

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Feb 01, 2018 17:49 |  #14

If she just wants to step up from a point and shoot but is unlikely to have enough interest/motivation to build a set of lenses, I'd advise a decent bridge camera That keeps things very simple, gives her a wide range of focal lengths and will be light and easy to carry.

Since the one thing you are definitively not doing when you buy a bridge camera is buying/investing into a system, she should get whatever model of whatever brand seems like the best deal available at the moment.

Comment and (constructive) criticism always welcome.

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