Originally Posted by thatcoolguy_22
I'm spending a month back packing through Europe in May. I know nothing about photography other than to click the button. I'm loooking for something I can use without needing to spend a month leveling up my photo skills but can still take quality pics. Luggage space will be an issue so I will probably not opt for anything needing me to carry multiple lenses. If I gave you a budget of 500$ what would you recommend for me?
I honestly wouldn't even know where to begin on something like that. I haven't used a "point and shoot" camera in probably 5-6 years. Just know that more megapixels don't always = better quality photos. Pixels themselves are different sizes in different cameras and the pixel size can change the quality of the picture at 100%, though if you aren't going to be printing/framing any of your pictures any larger than 8x10, this won't come into play at all.
I would suggest being sure you get a camera that supports SDHC cards instead of just SD cards. I don't know if that is a standard on all newer point and shoot cameras though, so be sure to ask when you are shopping. SDHC = SD High Capacity. They are cards that are over 4GB and with a trip that long, you might need as much space as possible. SDHC cards are cheap these days. I would also recommend buying a San Disk brand memory card. If you camera shoots HD video, you will likely need a card that is at least a Class 6 or higher card so the buffer rate can keep up. If you don't plan on using the video function, or if your camera doesn't support it, you should be fine.
As for the camera, I would suggest figuring out what you want out of it, then scouring the internet for cameras with those options. Look at Amazon.com and check out the reviews for those cameras and look at the submitted images taken with that camera.