Travel Camera - One of the main reasons that people buy a new camera is for travel and it looks like I’m no exception to this rule. My family are travelling to Japan for the cherry blossom season and I have had a real dilemma about what camera to take. Bringing my 35mm Nikon system away is not really an option as I prefer something subtler for travel. It’s also way too heavy to cart around and the rest of the family don’t have the patience for me to set it all up!
On previous trips away I’ve taken the compact Panasonic Lumix LX-5 with me. It has a decent wide angle zoom (24mm - 90mm equiv.), is pocket size, shoots RAW and takes filters with the aid of an adaptor ring. It’s one of the best in its class, but being used to files from my Nikon, I was never really very satisfied with the quality of the files.
So for this trip I have been contemplating upping the ante with a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lens. After much internet research, I’ve gone for the relatively new Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 OSS power zoom. Sony have been gaining a good reputation with their cameras and this one ticked all the boxes for me for a better quality, compact, travel camera. The lens works out to be around a 24mm - 75mm equivalent, is just under 30mm long when retracted and takes 40.5mm filters. The cameras chip is bigger than many of its four thirds system rivals, whilst the body and lens together are still small enough to be discreet and easy to fit in a jacket pocket.
I’m really looking forward to using this little camera.