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I'm going to be backpacking through Europe this fall, and I'm looking to buy a camera that will take nice pictures but won't weigh me down. Any suggestions?

Posted on May 28, 2012

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The Nikon Coolpix are great cameras. They come in a few different models at various price ranges. I have an older on that I got back in 2007 that I still love. As a professional photographer, I don't shoot with it that often as I use my D300s, but the coolpix is a great point and shoot option for me when I want it.

Posted May 28, 2012

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Posted May 28, 2012

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Any camera takes good pictures - so long as you know how to use it. For a compact system that won't bog you down or keep you from actually taking it out of your bag, I'd suggest looking at a micro 4/3 option from Samsung or Panasonic. Another option are the Sony NEX cameras - these are quite popular with travelers these days, and they afford you the option of changing lenses. You could also look at the new Nikon J or V systems; small sensors, but good tools.

However, if I were going to add just ONE compact camera to my kit, it would probably be one of the new Fuji X-- cameras; the XPro is a great interchangeable lens system, while the X100 is an excellent fixed-focal length camera, and the X10 is a small-sensor zoom camera that would probably keep you happy throughout your adventure.

To be honest, I wouldn't bother with the IXUS or the Coolpix line - their small sensors make shooting at night without flash a real pain, and what's the point of a tiny camera if you're not going to be able to do what you want with it?

Posted May 28, 2012

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