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Dec 19, 2012

Buying a Digital Camera for Travel

Buying a Digital Camera for Travel

"A picture is worth a thousand words." This phrase has been around for a very long time. The original version of the phrase actually dates back 100 years. An early use of the exact phrase appeared in an 1918 newspaper advertisement for the San Antonio Light.
These days pictures decorate our lives. Facebook is filled with them, there are sites dedicated to just them, and they get shared a lot more and faster than ever.

Whenever I and my wife travel anywhere, long or short, we always have one of our cameras along. At this point we have a great arsenal. We have the Canon Powershot SX120 that has been around for some time and has been included in several of my posts. The newest addition was the Panasonic Lumix digital waterproof camera. Which is compact and great to take along. And we also have a Canon DSLR as my wife is very much into photography and has taken some of the great scenic shots seen on this site.

Since we really enjoy our cameras, have taken great shots in different conditions and they have worked great for us during travel, I think that it would great for others to also have great experience buying and using their cameras.

Point-and-shoot cameras for travel:

First thing.. Optical Zoom
we look for in a camera is the optical zoom. There are many different models out on the market. And these compete on various level. Some compete on price, easy of use, or even colors. We have seen folks at a store choose a camera based on its case color. While it is great to pick out your favorite color, it should not be the top reasons for getting a camera. No matter how cute it looks :)
Most advertising and store displays promote camera's digital zoom. And these numbers are getting quite high. Digital zoom is great if you want to take a look at an object some distance away using your camera as binoculars. However, taking a picture with digital zoom would result in a fuzzy image that you would not want to print or for that matter share as it will come out pixelated on a much larger computer screen as well. Optical zoom produces images that have much better resolution. Using the optics of the camera the image is bought forward or closer and quality of the zoomed image remains the same. With digital zoom on the other hand, image itself doesn't actually come any closer as the optics in the camera stay the same. Instead, a portion of the image is taken and is expanded to the full size of the picture, so the section of image that you are looking at becomes bigger, not closer.
You want to look for optical zoom that is 8x or above. A matching digital zoom is also good.

Secondly.. Compact and lightweight camera
Bringing camera on your travels, it should also be compact. Most point-and-shoots fit this category. You would also want it to be light, easy to hold, and to operate. Also it needs to withstand the elements and movement that comes with travel. Our Lumix is waterproof, and as we have tested on its first trip, can easily withstand playing in the ocean, light diving, hanging out and playing games in the pool. It took such great shots during that we started to use it outside of water and even have taken it along as the primary camera on some small trips.

Third... Easy Breezy
Travel camera should be easy to use. Last thing you want is to stand there and figure out how to adjust settings and take picture while your tour moves on. While most cameras have similar features, it is good idea to make sure that the ones you are most likely to use the most are available, easily accessible, and convenient. Some that you want to keep a lookout for:
Are the settings adjusted on the screen or the roll?
Can they be adjusted easily and most common ones are in easy view?
Is the flashlight built-in or does it pop up?
Where is the zoom button located? Easy to reach it and the snapshot button?

Fouth... $$$
Is its worth. While you want a camera with you that will perform and have great form and function, you also want it to not be too expensive to drag around with you while traveling.

Fifth... Memories
How the camera stores the memories is important as well. You want the camera to have storage that is comparable with multiple gadgets and not just some proprietary technologies. Standard SD cards work in  many places. They are great choice and you can get one with large storage for a good price. SanDisk Flash 16 GB SDHC Flash Memory Card is around $12. Some cameras feature internal memory which means you can start taking pictures from the get go. There are also new SDHC (Secure Digital High Capacity) cards that are more expensive, with storage capacities up to 32GB, but they are not backward-compatible with standard SD slots.

If you're looking for the latest and greatest development in in the world of point-and-shoot photography, then you'll want to check out the brand new Samsung Galaxy Camera. It features a 16-megapixel sensor, 21x optical zoom, 8 GB of built-in storage and a bright 4.8-inch super clear LCD display. But what really sets it apart from the pack is that it runs an advanced version of the Android operating system (4.1 Jelly Bean). Which means it is internet ready and you can download and use apps and web browser to share your photos. It comes with option for full 3G and LTE wireless connectivity. Additionally it has GPS functionality, the ability to give voice commands and on-board photo editing that make it a great multi-functioning photo taking travel gadget

Some great options available on

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Oct 10, 2012

Cool and New Travel Gadgets

Self-Charging Battery Generates and Stores Energy
In a new technology breakthrough, researchers at Georgia Tech have developed the first self-charging power cell that is both a mechanical energy harvester and a battery at the same time. - TreeHugger
This new technology can charge up your phone or tablet on the go with the battery stored in your shoes. The kinetic energy helps regenerate the battery so it would be ready to go at the moment you need it.

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Projector the fits your iPhone
- handheld LED projector fits snugly with the iPhone by acting as a docking port. It projects images, videos, and docs from your smartphone on a wall or a screen up to 50 inches wide. So you can go from a movie in your pocket while traveling to the big-screen theatre when you arrive.
iPico projector from General Imaging

Cars are talking

- No it is not the Disney movie. Siri, the personal assistant that is now part of most iDevices is coming to a vehicle near you. It will integrate with the internal computer and be easily accessible with a button on the steering wheel similar to volume and cruise controls. With this technology, you would be able to hear your texts, send out texts by dictating, get directions, and find points of interest, all without looking down at the dashboard.

And that's not all...

Cool New Travel Gadgets To Hit The Road This Summer

Cars are also Driving Themselves 

- Google among a few other innovators, has tested a vehicle that not only parks itself, but it can also fully take over for the driver. Based on the latest tests, these vehicles can hold their own on the streets and the highway. While mass-produced cars with self-guiding technology are a bit off, these concepts received significant validation when they were approved by the state of California this month. Senate Bill No. 1298
Self-driving cars could reduce traffic congestion as the movement of cars would be more streamlined. And make roads safer and give improved road access to people such as the elderly or disabled. Would You Feel Safe in a Driverless Car?

Collapsible car

Google Glasses

- Virtual reality is now front and center on your face. Google's Project Glass brings with it an innovation to eyewear. Augmented reality is built into the glasses where you access the web and apps similar to how you would pull these up on your smartphone.

Polaroid's new GL20 Camera Sunglasses. This essential travel gadget (LINK TO POST) is a multi-functioning device. It can be worn as sunglasses. It can also instantly capture or upload photos with the built-in camera. And these sunglasses have a built-in LCD screen where you can display the images you took to your friends and others.

Charging Pads
They were slightly ahead of their time when they first came on the market a couple years ago. Though even at that time you could see the great potential in these travel-friendly gadgets. The charging pads or pods let you charge multiple devices without having to plug them in. Just place your electronics on the pad and the induction technology will power it up. The new and improved versions of the chargers are now available. They produce more juice, easier to use, and more convenient. Check out some of the top-rated charging pads on Amazon.

Mi Suny is a portable charger that uses the sun to keep your iPhone juiced so you never have to go for long without a functioning phone.

myCharge® Peak 6000 - What's in the name? It is a rechargeable 6000mAh battery pack. This little charger has enough juice to able to charge a smartphone 4 times, and even charge an iPad and other tablets. You can charge up to three devices at once. Available on

The old stand by reinvented
- Pen. These have become so common that they are becoming obsolete. With cheaper technologies, kids are learning to type rather than write. Fortunately, improvements in technology also mean that pens can be reinvented. The pens of today have transformed into a stylus that gives you more precise movements on touchscreen devices. And also allow you to write in script and scribble. Griffin Stylus not only lets you control your devices but also functions as a pen and a laser pointer. Great gadget to have on a business trip and/or recreational travel.

Earthmate by Delorme
- handheld GPS and a text-messaging gadget. Simply this device works where cell phones don't. It has all the functionality to navigate your way through the wilderness and it also lets you text while en route and not have to drag around your smartphone. Especially, since reception can be weak or non-existent in more picturesque destinations.

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Aug 2, 2012

New Cool Up-and-Coming Travel Gadgets

Plantronics BackBeat Wireless Headset
- Unhook yourself from your device. -Wireless Bluetooth connectivity
- Noise-Canceling Microphone
- Take calls, skip tracks and adjust volume with in-line controls
- Foldable for Easy Storage & Transport
- Compatible w/ Most Bluetooth Smartphones, Tablets & MP3 Players
- Ultralight, comfortable, easy-to-wear
             available on Plantronics BackBeat

driSuit iPhone Waterproof Case

- 100% waterproof case
- Take photos underwater up to 15 feet deep
- Cushioned to protect your iPhone if dropped
- Waterproof headphone jack
- Touch-sensitive gel screen

Zomm Wireless Leash

- 3-in-one device: Wireless Leash, Bluetooth Speakerphone, and Personal Safety Device
- Keeps your phone and your keys on a leash
- ZOMM Wireless Leash tethers to your phone wirelessly and will alert you if you and it ever separate
- speakerphone with a noise-canceling microphone
- simple one-button press & hold system to get you in touch with 911
- more here "ZOMM Wireless Leash for Mobile Phones" and "Ready to travel Back to School"

Solar Backpack

- Keep your gadget powered up while traveling
- Use renewable energy to keep devices charged and be green
- No need to carry around as many chargers
- A source for charging when traveling in remote areas where traditional charging sources are not available, and in emergency situations.
- These backpacks come with multiple organizer pockets for your smart phones, iPods, and accessories
- Sturdy and spacious backpack

Viewermate Smartphone Stand
- V-shaped, wallet-sized combination of case and stand for the smartphone
- flexible and stable
- can be affixed to back of the seat for watching movies on airplane or in Car for passengers. It can also be attached to a car visor for hands-free conversations and GPS assistance

Jawbone Up
- from the maker of cool portable wireless speakers, Jambox, this latest gadget goes on your wrist.
- monitors your steps, distance, calories burned, pace, intensity level, active vs inactive time, GPS routes and more
- moreover, it can track your sleep patern and act as an alarm clock waking you up by vibrates on your wrist and slowly getting you our of sleep mode
- syncs up easily with an iPhone through its own app
- and many other features

Any other cool new gadgets you know of that are on horizon? Let us know below

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