Travel Photography, The Need For Compact Cameras

As a travel photographer camera weight, and accessories is always a problem. That is why I am looking forward to the reviews for the new cameras that are soon to be released.

Right now I am traveling with a Fuji X100 and a Nikon D7000 camera. As a long time Nikon photographer I am very intrigued with the new sensor array on the Fuji X1Pro camera. I also like the smaller form factor of this camera, and I am secretly hoping the Fuji X1Pro will be a great camera. 

I do not like the fact that Fuji has chosen to make a focal plane shutter for the X1Pro camera. A leaf shutter like the X100 would have given all photographers much more control over their shutter speeds and flash synchronization. 

The quality from my Fuji X100 at times has been awesome. Unfortunately the camera has several design flaws and has proven itself to be a very quirky camera. The focus is slow, the buffer is bad, the menu buttons are small, and the poorly thought out focus switch make it difficult use professionally.

If the Fuji X1Pro gets a great review, I would consider the Fuji system for my travel photography. My Nikon D7000 has proven itself to be a very capable camera that offers good lighting and exposure control. The camera focuses fast and Nikon has some very good lenses.

Great reviews on the Nikon D800 and the D800E could also persuade me to move up to a full frame sensor camera, even though I would prefer a smaller lighter camera system.

The price of the D7000, it’s lighter weight, and the picture quality that it produces is hard to overlook. While traveling I would prefer not to put up with the size and weight hassles of a heavier full frame DSLR camera. Carrying around an expensive full frame DSLR camera can make you a real target for theft, and several people related problems that can occur when traveling in foreign countries. 

The next few months will reveal the truth about these new cameras. For now I will enjoy taking photographs with the cameras that I have.