TIP: On photography and camera selection for the Camino

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Not really a question, but some great tips related to photography and the selection of a camera for the Camino de Santiago.

For those of us who love photography, the Camino presents a dilemma. Leaving behind the large print and low light capabilities of an SLR can be stressful. There’s nothing worse than taking in the perfect sunset, only to have it rendered as a noisy mess on your point and shoot LCD. As someone who used to take my big DSLR everywhere, I urge you, leave it behind! You will not miss it. Trust me, you will miss so much of the beauty on the Camino if you have your face planted firmly behind the viewfinder all day.

As an alternative, there are two viable options. The first is to purchase a mirrorless camera with a compact prime. Second, I would suggest that you just use a smartphone and make the apps work for you. I used ProHDR and Camera+ for my iPhone and am really happy with the results.

Read the rest of the conversation on photography and the selection of a camera for the Camino de Santiago in our Camino Forum.

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  • Luis Solla de Lacerda

    Common sense made me leave my Nikon D3 (a huge and heavy DSLR) behind. Instead I took a small Panasonic Lumix GF2 which is a mirrorless M4/3 (micro four thirds) camera with excelent picture quality. It worked very well for me.

  • Michael T Grant

    I respectfully disagree. I took my Cannon EOS Rebel digital SLR on my camino and am so glad I did. I also had my iPhone and took pictures with it, but I like the quality of my DSLR much better. My photos are some wonderful reminders of a trip of a lifetime. I found an expandible monopod, which I also used as my walking stick. I loved having my camera with me to capture the beautiful countryside, small villages, and just the wonder of the Camino. Like with everything else on the Camino, each individual must make their own choices and decisions. Buen Camino!

  • Mike Key

    I left my Nikon D90 at home and instead brought a Lumix fz 200. f/2.8 throughout its entire zoom range (48X) and RAW format. Great for low light situations. Smaller and much lighter than my D90.

    http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-dmc-fz200

  • David Reynolds

    I wrestled with taking my DSLR and in the end I chose to take a quality compact. In retrospect I’m glad I did.
    There’s the obvious weight issue, but more significantly for me I found that I took a lot more photos than I would have if my camera were not so light and quick. I’d snap it out of my pocket and take photos that I wouldn’t likely have stopped for with the bigger camera.
    This resulted in a bunch of surprisingly good shots (and some awful ones :) ), but that’s the beauty of digital.
    I kept a blog as I went with a dozen or so photos from each section. http://www.timeaside.wordpress.com

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