Gear: Choosing a Camera

Now that I’ve got my backpack figured out, I need to find a camera. Here are my basic requirements:

  • Compact and easy to carry
  • Lightweight
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • APS-C or larger sensor
  • Shoots 24p video
  • Shoots RAW
  • Quick and accurate autofocus
  • GPS capable

That last requirement seems to be the most difficult to find. I want to be able to geotag all of my photos on a map. It would be such a cool way to show people the places we’ve been. After doing some research, I found out that none of the cameras I was looking at are available with GPS. Hopefully I’ll be able use the GPS logger from Bird’s camera to add locations to my photos.

Most of the cameras I’ve been looking at are “mirrorless” cameras. They are much smaller than DSLRs, but still take great pictures. Since Bird already has a DSLR I want something smaller. I want to be able to use it as a point and shoot sometimes and as a more complex manual focus camera other times. I don’t want to get an actual point and shoot because then I won’t be able to do cool depth of field shots at car shows and stuff.

Olympus_CameraA lot of new cameras are announced in January. I’ve pretty much decided that I am going to get the Olympus OM-D E-M10
which was just announced last week. I wasn’t even looking at Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras because they were too expensive. But this is a less expensive model than their other ones. It meets most of my requirements except for GPS and an APS-C sensor. The advantage of the Micro Four Thirds system is that I can upgrade my camera in the future and keep using my lenses. So I’ll have a little bit smaller sensor, but many more options in the future to upgrade. Both Olympus and Panasonic make a full line of lenses that will fit this camera, so I’ll have lots of choices.

They’re starting to ship now, so hopefully I can check one out in person before making my final decision.

I’m open to any advice or suggestions. What kind of camera would you take on a trip like this?


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