Almost every week someone asks me “how the heck do you take pictures on airplanes without feeling like a complete freak?” Well, the easy answer is, I don’t — I take one for the team. I take pictures on airplanes like a freak so I can pass along my experiences to y’all.
Frankly, I’ve never had an issue taking pictures in international first class. Usually everyone has enough personal space to the point that nobody’s weird looks can bother you. And overall I’ve been quite pleased with the Canon Digital Rebel I use. However, during my most recent trip to Frankfurt in Delta business class, I realized just how much of a freak my picture taking seemed to make me. I swear the southern gentlemen seated across from me in business class (with a cowboy hat and curved mustache, of course) thought I was assembling bombs for Al-Qaeda when I was switching my lenses around.
Anyway, I’ve also noticed that lately I’ve ended up just leaving my camera at the hotel when in foreign cities, especially in Europe. In Asia I can’t blend in no matter what, but in Europe I have a chance… until I pull out my huge camera bag and fanny pack (okay, maybe I made that second part up).
Anyway, it has occurred to me that I need a second camera. I’m not quite ready to retire my Digital Rebel, though I find myself in more and more situations where I need a camera that’s better than my iPhone but not quite as bulky as my Digital Rebel.
I’m hoping for a camera with a rechargable battery, that shoots well without flash (for all those hours I spend on airplanes), and has somewhat decent zoom. Most importantly, it has to be small.
With that in mind, does anyone have any suggestions? I’m open to just about anything. I’ll be buying one in the next month, so if anyone knows of any specials or anticipates any specials on a decent camera soon, I’m all ears. That being said, I’m more concerned about quality than price (within reason), so if there’s a great camera that’s not on special, I’m fine with that too.