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Digital Photography???

Posted by morganmontana on 28/4/2006 at 02:02

I am planning three or four months in SE asia and i was wondering what equipment everyone uses. Is it possible to upload digital pics from internet cafes. I am interested in the waterproof digitals that are good for snorkeling and the beach. I will appreciate and advice that is given.

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Posted by exacto on 28/4/2006 at 11:55

Hi M&M,

I use a Fuji Finepix S5000. It takes great pics and has a 10X optical zoom. The down side is that it requires 4 batteries and is somewhat large, meaning it doesn't easily fit into your pocket and is a bit of a hassle to carry around.

My wife just purchased an Olympus D-580 specifically for our trip in June. She likes the features on it, and how the slim design means it is easy to stick in your pocket. It only uses two batteries, but apparently goes through them quickly.

Other features to look for include a timer for taking photos of yourself, which I think most have these days, and a camera that takes AA batteries, as opposed to a rechargable built-in power cell, so that you can always have spare batteries on hand and never be caught without power.

We agree that the sport or waterproof features are great to have for travelling, but we opted out due to the price. But if your budget can handle that, it seems like a good idea to us too.

Lots of camera shops and internet cafes have a download service where they put your pics on a CD. It isn't too expensive, and is a nice way to protect your memories. I've never tried to download my pics directly onto a website from my camera while in SEA, so maybe someone else can help with that question. I hope that helps. Regards.

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Posted by tsargood on 2/5/2006 at 17:58

Hi, I recently bought myself a new Digital Camera as my old one has taken its last photo. After much research I decided on the compact Sony DSC-W70, it uses rechargable AA bateries and can also run on standard Alkaline AA. It has 7.2 mega pixels, 3xoptical zoom and 3xdigital. it has a large 2.5 inch viewing screen and takes mpeg footage with sound also. Im very happy with it and the price was reasonable, you can see some examples of my recent shots of Iceland using the camera here

Last ime I was in SE Asia I found it quite easy to upload my photos onto my yahoo web site, and its free!, all you need is a USB conection cable which comes with the camera, it takes about 30 seconds per photo, or just burning them to disk is the fastest way. I usually do both, seeing I have lost photos before.
Also if you want to use this camera underwater, there is an optional waterproof case for it, I dont have one, yet....
Hope this helps,
happy travels.

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