We use a Ricoh RDC-5300. It has a nice size LCD screen, removable media
memory, up to 6x zoom lense and is easily carried on your belt. We use
rechargeable AA batteries, always keeping one set charged. You can easily
take hundreds of pictures off any size memory card if you are willing to
sacrifice pixel size. If you want maximum resolution, you give up some
memory space on your camera. But if all you can post on the web is 640 x 480
anyway, why keep the mega size pictures.
We do carry our laptop. With it, we can transfer memory from the cards and
onboard memory with ease, via floppy, or what we use, US. It is quick and
very efficient. Using a serial port is also possible, but transfer is like
watching grass grow.
Digital cameras are great! No film, no expense after the original purchase.
Many sites allow you to post for free (Gatherround), where you or others can
order hard copies of only the pictures you want. Deleting all your photos by
accident fears are like the Millennium Bug: use common sense, copy to the
Internet, to your computer, etc, before you delete those precious memories.
Our Ricoh has a switch which allows it to be plugged into TVs anywhere in
the world, where you can host slide shows. We use a portable tripod and
remote control to take any picture we want anywhere in the world. Regarding
comments of speed, we catch soaring Eagles and butterflies with ease. Still
trying to catch a Saltie Crocodile on its hind legs, though.
There are undoubtedly better cameras than our *old* Ricoh (1999), but we
are very pleased with its performance. We recommend it to you. But whatever
Digital you chose, we are certain you will be glad to put aside your film
camera. When we *must* make hard copies, we buy one of those disposable
cameras and send the film to our family to develop. We can't think of carry
that extra weight.
Happy traveling and picture taking!
Marghe and Marty in beautiful, peaceful Boyne River, Australia.