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Initial post: Dec 3, 2012 5:07:11 PM PST
Can anyone recommend the best small digital camera for travel, price is no issue, my issue is I keep buying cameras that die on me after a few hours and I am unable to be near an outlet, I travel in Europe and often am outside or on the go and I want to be able to take unlimited photos without having to worry about stopping to plug my camera in somewhere. I would prefer a battery operated camera because its much easier for me to bring along extra AA batteries than it is to stop and charge the camera, however I have had a hard time finding these battery operated cameras and I do want to be sure I buy the best possible camera as well so I would be open to a lithium ion battery if there were one that would remain charged for a much longer period of time. Does anyone have advice? I do also want something small, nothing big or bulky or heavy.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 5:55:10 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
If price is no issue, Sony RX100 is your best small compact camera. It has decent-sized sensor for a compact and its lens is just way beyond its time. It shouldn't be a year-2012 camera at all. It took its competitors by surprise. Canon, Nikon and others probably planned a similar camera for 2014.

Posted on Dec 15, 2012 8:41:51 AM PST
parker says:
I totally agree with Neo Lee.

To answer your battery question, I recently used my RX100 on a 2-week trip to Maui and Hawai'i. I was taking photos (RAW + JPEG) and 1080P videos. I brought along 2 spare batteries and had no problems throughout the day.

There is a Wasabi Power battery kit that comes with 2 batteries and a wall charger for like $20. I saw no (immediate) difference between the official Sony and the Wasabi (I bought 1 of each to be sure). The batteries are not as heavy as 2AA.

The camera is pocketable and made from metal so I was certain of its build quality. My only concern was charging the battery inside the camera (Sony does not include a wall charger in the package), but that was easily remedied with buying the 3rd party one.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 15, 2012 4:11:14 PM PST
EdM says:
Sony DSC-RX100 20.2 MP Exmor CMOS Sensor Digital Camera with 3.6x Zoom

Plus, get a second battery and battery charger, so that if the camera runs out of juice, you can change the battery. FWIW, this camera will, if you leave it running w/o doing anything, turn itself off to save the battery. The battery for this camera is a lithium ion battery, as is normal for good cameras these days.

Soem other possibilities can be found among the recommended cameras here, of which the Sony RX100 is first. IMO. It's what I use when I don't bring my DSLRs.
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