Need to keep the kids entertained on your travels? What about a camera?
We are a family who takes photographs. From time to time hubby has done this at a professional level and has been commissioned to take some fabulous photos at weddings. If you see excellent photos on this blog they have usually been taken with our DSLR. I never really used to take photographs as hubby did such a good job but since starting this blog I’ve taken more and more and really do enjoy it now.
So we have quite a few different types of camera between us. This is by no means a review of the technicalities of all the different cameras we have, just an idea of what we use from time to time, as often people ask.
1. DSLR – Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Our camera of choice is the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. We had the Canon EOS Mark II for years and loved it but it finally packed up on us on holiday last year. It actually came back to life but not before we had invested in the upgrade, so now we have two crazy large cameras kicking about, but they are brilliant and nothing we have tried (that we can afford comes close). We also have quite a collection of lenses but that really is a post for my hubby to write if anyone is interested. Not me!
2. Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ70EB-S Compact Digital Camera
I was bought this camera for Christmas a couple of years ago as I often struggle with the weight of the DSLR and the settings are a little beyond me. Sadly this little camera, which I’m sure is perfectly good in it’s range, and gets 5* reviews on Amazon just never comes out of its drawer. I think when you have an iPhone and a DSLR the times when you need a small camera are few and far between. It doesn’t take the quality of photos that the DSLR does and I’m not really that confident that the quality is significantly better than my phone. Albeit for £249 it is significantly better priced than either the DSLR or the iPhone 6.
3. Vtech Kidizoom Duo
All three of mine had these for Christmas when they were 3 and 4 and they still play with them now at 6 and 7 although I think they have probably just about got to the end of the age range. The manufacturers age range suggests it’s suitable for children aged 36 months – 9 years. They can play games on them, record videos and take pictures although the quality isn’t really up to much it has to be said. They are however a lot of fun and bounce which is essential when they are little!
4. Vtech Kidizoom DX Smart Watch
We’ve just got these for all three of the kids for Christmas. It is a camera but more of a fun toy I’d say. It’s a smart watch for kids, it’ll help them learn to tell the time but be fun too. It’s designed for kids age 5 years to 12 years – although my 7 year old tells me that kids get iPhone 7’s when they go to High School! Seriously – really??? The idea is that they can take photos and video on the go and not lose it! Let’s see whether they come home from out Christmas trip to Lapland in tact! Currently reduced on Amazon to £33!
5. Go Pro Hero 5
At £299 on Amazon (RRP £399) this is not a cheap option, however after breaking two cheaper waterproof camera in the last two years we should have invested in this in the first place. No case is required, the quality is amazing (fab for the blog!) and its light, look cool and even sends the videos directly to the cloud! We treated hubby to this for his Christmas and birthday present last year and it has been amazing! Why not have a look!
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Karen Beddow founded Mini Travellers in 2014 while doing what she loves most...going on holiday!
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