meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

Cameras and Cruises

So I invested in a big bad serious DSLR camera many moons ago (where you can change lenses and all that jazz). Cost about $1100-1200 and then have a slew of different lenses for wide angle or zoom. 
I love cruises and all the surroundings, but I love beaches and water fun. Curious to find out about everyone preference and do you generally bring a smaller pocket camera or use their cell phones, or do you bring your $1200 camera and equipment for the treck. I'm always nervous in various ports with crime, and then there is always water/sand damage. Now I did bring my camera to Maho, but was always anxious to make sure someone did not walk off with it, or was dirty/sandy. Cave tubing I have not wanted to bring it, although I am missing great photo ops... 

The struggle is real... Enjoy life/cruise or take amazing pics. 

Tags: excursions Camera photographs

30 Answers

I have a trusty Kodak camera for my land tours and a Olympus for tropical tours. It's waterproof, cold and heat proof. Before, I used to just take my trusty Kodak but when Id get to Florida my pictures would come out fuzzy due to condensation getting on the inside of my camera. I started buying the Kodak waterproof disposable camera before dropping hundreds on the Olympus. Nothing like "in the water" pictures. I really don't like using my cell phone to take pictures. As I have the Samsung Mega, just too big.

Bubba54
Contributor Level: Captain

My wife and I both enjoy photography. The trip we take dictates what equipment I take. Alaska I take two DSLR's and our GoPro. If we are going to warmer climates where beaches and water are involved, I take her little fuji and my old Pentax underwater cameras. When I am am concerned about the port I slip one of the small waterproof point and shoots in my pocket, if it gets legs and walks away its only a hundred bucks or so.

JusMe
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I used to carry a big SLR back in the old days of film,  love my Minolta X-700.  Now I just carry my Sony cyber-shot pocket camera.   I just ordered a set of lenses to go on my I-Phone so I'll see how those do.   The Sony gets such good photos that I just dont bother with the big SLR anymore.   I'm in vacation and lugging around the camera bag and all the lens is just not fun or relaxing.

noname111
Contributor Level: Captain

Depends on my day...

 

If I am touring into the countryside, I bring my DSLR for sure. Those are where I want to get close ups or sweeping shots that the good camera really captures nicely.  But I also keep my iPhone with me for quick shots or vid clips.  Past trips photos, I honestly can't tell the difference.

I would not take my nice equipment to a day at the beach.

 

 

T.

 

meghad23
Contributor Level: Captain

I will have to take a look into some of the other waterproof cameras, or go with the disposable as well. When I make it to Alaska, I will def be bringing my nice camera, tripod and lenses!

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I will have to take a look into some of the other waterproof cameras, or go with the disposable as well. When I make it to Alaska, I will def be bringing my nice camera, tripod and lenses!

 

Yeah, take your good camera....there will be glacier shots to get.Big Smile

 

OldGreyWolf
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

I usually take and keep my Canon PowerShot SX270 HS in my pocket all the time. It is small, portable, convinient and versatile and with a 20 x optical zoom does all I need.

This is my third pocket camera and I find if you have a good one with good optical zoom it meets my needs.

Johngold
Moderator
Contributor Level: Captain

I have a $200.00 waterproof digital camera, my wife has a good regular digital and they work great for us . we take lots of pictures.

 

askeegan
Contributor Level: Cruise Director

Personally I much prefer my little point and shoot Nikon that we have and then we also have a separate underwater camera that both fit neatly into a pocket.  I leave my SLR camera at home because we are beach nuts and untrusting of people so I would sooner loose a $150 camera as opposed to a $700 camera plus extras  Just my thoughts

BAK1061
Contributor Level: Captain

Sand and DSLRs don't mix.     My suggestion, a bridge camera.  Looks like a DSLR, but no lens changing. Always has a tele-zoom.  Also easier to operate.  Get a good bag and extra batteries, and a few memory cards.     First picture should be of your S&S card in case you lose the camera, your ID is on the card.

 

Remember to turn the stabilization OFF when using a tripod.

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