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Just bought digital camera for trip, what should I know?

Just bought digital camera for trip, what should I know?

May 8th, 2002, 08:56 AM
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Greg - Thanks for your two cents since you have pretty much the same camera. I think the safe thing to do is just buy another card, it's not like I will never use it. Thanks to everyone for their input also! Where did everyone get their coverters?
May 8th, 2002, 09:54 AM
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Karen, once you have downloaded your digital photos to your computer or a floppy to take for printing, you delete what's on the camera card and use it over and over again. Just make sure you have the images on your computer before doing that.
May 8th, 2002, 09:56 AM
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If your charger for your camera says 110/220 volt on it it will work on either voltage, you would just need a plug adapter for the appropiate country.
My camera really eats up the batteries (AA) I use Nmh (Nickle metal hydride) rechargeables (not NiCad) available at Radio Shack and take a charger along to charge them.
Either way take plenty of Batteries you will use them sometime.
May 8th, 2002, 10:12 AM
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Don't delete your shots from the memory card until you have them copied onto a disk or a website or a hard drive.

If all you have is printouts, you would not be able to make more printouts or webpage photos, except by scanning the printouts---and you definitely would lose photo quality doing that.

Also, I agree with Beth, I'd never use the low resolution for ANY travel shot. You never know which photos might turn out to be superlative, and at low resolution you wouldn't be able to print them out.
May 8th, 2002, 10:17 AM
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Thanks to both Beth & Dina for your input.
May 8th, 2002, 11:21 AM
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There is one more piece of equipment that can be of use to digital users--a zip drive to which you download without a computer. I have the PhotoShow. Our son has used it on vacation--you can organize pictures into albums,do some cropping and redeye repair, show it on TV and download to a computer when you get home. It is about the size of a VHS cassette with a pretty substantial power supply cord.
About the battery rechargers--make absolutely sure you have the right converter or you will fry it.
May 8th, 2002, 11:52 AM
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Gretchen, unfortunately, I believe the PhotoShow is no longer being sold. It was a neat device.
May 8th, 2002, 12:14 PM
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Really! Doesn't seem as if it was on the market very long. I think I probably jumped the gun in buying it--I have lots of cards now, but it is a good backup. Thanks for the info.
May 8th, 2002, 02:02 PM
Jim Tardio
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Above all, Travis, practice with your new camera all you can before you go. Try to figure out how long of a shutter delay your model has, and how long it takes the camera to recycle between shots.

Consumer digitals are certainly wonderful, but they fall short on their ability to capture the "decisive moment."

With practice you'll be able to get past these quirks and get the most out of your camera.

And use the highest resolution you can. What's the point of cramming all the shots you can on a card? You want quality, not quantity. You're saving a small fortune in film and processing costs, so you can get more, or larger capacity, cards that will pay for themselves over and over.

Airport X-rays will not affect the cards, but metal detectors can ruin them.

May 8th, 2002, 02:22 PM
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Hi Travis. I did just the same thing about two or three months before our trip to Ireland. We got a Nikon and after a few minor hassles with software I was good to go. Once you have the battery, the charger, and the memory card, you are pretty much good except for the electricity conversion. In Ireland it was a snap, converter and adaptor right in the three- prong plug and no problems with anything. People had frightened me-- telling me that I might burn out my brand new $400 camera. It worked out just great for me. Have fun with your camera in Europe, you will come back with lots of pictures, I imagine-- I did. Have fun!
May 8th, 2002, 03:36 PM
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Sorry folks, but I am appalled how confusing this thread has become, although Travis clearly stated the brand of his camera.
Canon cameras come with a 100/240 volts charger and their own proprietary batteries.
In my post I mentionned the need for an adapter plug (a $1 item to adapt US flat pins to European round pins). Then others start talking about (voltage) converters and the risk of frying them???
Travis states he has two batteries, yet you see stories about AA batteries, chargers for AA batteries and the need for plenty extra batteries???
May 9th, 2002, 06:02 AM
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Right now, we're signed up with a group--Laurus, a Canadian company for their 15-day China Experience tour. We told them we could go on either of two dates (July 5, 12) but have not heard back from them with a confirmation.

If the Laurus group doesn't make (I think they only need 8 to make) and we can find reasonable airfare, we'll probably just go on our own.

Feel free to email me directly if you want.

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