DSLR or Micro 4/3? Olympus TG-4 or GoPro?

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#1
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Joined Mar 2016
I will be cruising to Bermuda this July on the Breakaway. It will be our second cruise (first was last year to Alaska). My primary camera is a Canon d70. Last year, I purchased the Tamron 16-300 to use as a walkabout as well as zoom lens for the trip. It worked well enough: got some really good whale watching shots, and my Glacier Bay pics are not bad.

I've never loved this lens--it's convenient, but it's not great in low-light, and isn't spectacularly sharp in general. Would it be worth considering renting a micro 4/3 camera for my still photos since I'm not loving this Tamron lens? Would there be something smaller/lighter/better quality that I could try out? Or should I just stick with what I have and consider a different walkabout lens.

For a water/sports camera, I currently have an Olympus TG-4. This is a great little camera for the beach/under water. We will be doing some active tours: parasailing, cave exploration/swimming, and cliff jumping (some small cliffs). I wonder if the Olympus Tough would be a good choice for these tours, or if a GoPro would be a worthwhile investment. The video quality on the TG-4 is poor (would do a lousy job for parasailing), though it does take decent stills.



TIA for any suggestions.
#2
302 Posts
Joined Mar 2016
I see that the TG-5 is just coming out--seems to have better video capabilities. So I guess that would be an option as well. My TG-4 is only a year + old, so I would feel a little bad about replacing.
#3
LI NY
484 Posts
Joined Oct 2009
I'm a little biased - but I would recommend micro 4/3 cameras just for the reduction in body & lens size. The image quality is comparable to APS-C form factor SLR's - but both the image stabilization and electronic viewfinder offer advantages over a typical SLR setup.

The blogger / photographer Robin Wong has an overview of the OMD 10 mark2 - his site also features street photography in and around Kula Lampour

Check with sites like lensrentals and borrowlenses - they may have a package with body & lenses [OMD EM5 mark 2; Olympus Pro 12-100 f4 would make a nice walk around combo]
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#4
Southern California
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Joined Jan 2003
You might consider the Sony A6x00 caneras for a DSLR alternative. Same size APS-C sensor as the DSLRs (D7x00, etc.) and actually larger than the Canon Rebels' sensor. 50% larger than the M4/3 sensor despite the body being significantly smaller than all but a couple of the lower-end M4/3 cameras. With the 16-50PZ kit lens (performs way better than the somewhat misleading reviews) it is jacket pocketable and produces excellent image quality. Add class-leading low-light capability and you have the reason I retired my DSLR and switch to these cameras.

Here's a link to one of our recent cruising galleries shot entirely on my A6000/A6300 cameras: http://galleries.pptphoto.com/paccoast2016

Whatever you end up with, enjoy your trip!

Dave
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#5
49 Posts
Joined Dec 2015
I'm taking my Micro 4/3 in preference to my large bulky Nikon. It's a Panasonic G7 also taking a couple of lenses 12-60 and 45-150. It's a great small camera with excellent photos and 4K video.

Last year I only took my Panasonic TZ40, pleased with the photos but in the intense South Pacific sun having no viewfinder was a real pain. Chose the G7 because of its viewfinder and Raw capability.

Intense sun shouldn't be an issue this year as we are off to Norway


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