Since our first trip together, the Bo & I always have a habit of bringing TWO cameras along for our trip. He’d bring his and I’d bring mine so that we wouldn’t get annoyed learning how to use each other’s cameras and fight over one at a certain moment. Eventually we also realised that it was rather nice seeing varying perspectives of our holiday through our individual styles of photography.
When a freak incident happened during our first holiday together – Bo’s camera suddenly malfunctioned during its most picturesque moments at Monterey Bay due to freezeproof incapabilities; and our 2nd freak incident happened shortly after during our holiday in Rome – the screen on my compact camera suddenly went blank as I captured shots of the colosseum; bringing two cameras along for our holidays became a mandate.
During our recent trip to Phuket, I deliberated long & hard if it was necessary to bring along 2 cameras. While I wanted to capture as many photos of our first family vacation overseas, the idea of toggling between two cameras in addition to managing a potentially excited toddler travelling for the first time and having to shoulder a diaper bag everywhere with a rather heavy pregnant belly seemed cumbersome.
I did so anyway. I lugged along my trusty 4.5 yr old DSLR because I didn’t want to have regrets of not being able to capture our first vacation with the sort of depth & colours that I like in my photos despite its weight. But because I knew our travel destination would filled with lots of water & sand activities and I wanted to snap away without worrying about dirt or water entering and ruining the camera; I decided that our 2nd camera couldn’t be a delicate one – one which we obviously didn’t own (yet) but was starting to shop for.
So when Claudia mentioned that Canon was happy to loan their cameras for a better user experience during a recent Canon event she co-orgranized, I jumped at the opportunity to try out it latest Powershot product – the D30 – a camera I was particular interested in due to its improved waterproof, freezeproof and shockproof capabilities.
And while the D30’s is not one of the best-lookers in the compact camera range, I found myself using the camera 70% of the time throughout our trip over the DSLR due to the ease of use and waterproof features. Even Liam had a go at it and really enjoyed fiddling around with the clunky buttons. For the first time I didn’t have to worry about him accidentally dropping the 2.0m shockproof camera too (which he didn’t, in case you’re wondering :p)
We know how much Liam enjoys the beach and how little he gets to go to one in Singapore. So throughout our entire stay in Phuket, we would head to the private beach which was literally a stone’s throw away every morning after a hearty breakfast for a good 30-45 minutes to have some sand and water fun.
The sunlight mode on the enhanced LCD of the D30 was particularly useful during our mornings at the beach.
Even my mum had no problems being trigger happy with the D30
In the afternoons, we’ll be back at our beach resort having water fun with our little water-lovin’ dude.
For the first time, I could finally see how Liam looks when he’s underwater 🙂 Even the $99 life proof iPhone case which Bo bought for me some 9 months ago (when I wanted to capture Liam’s water moments at POLW) wouldn’t let me capture photos so easily due to its touchscreen functions. The control buttons on the D30 were so easy to control that I could click away and get the shot I wanted without frustration.
While the resolution on some images and depth of field on the compact can’t be compared to a DSLR obviously when the photos are enlarged, I’m pretty satisfied with the results I got out of the D30. Although I did wish it came with a wifi for quick uploads and multi-focus functions so that I could play around with the effect of the photos. That said, I’d still consider investing in a waterproof camera for all future beach/pool vacations!
p/s: Want to read more about our first family vacation or about Phuket? Check out Part 1 – how we decided on Phuket as our first family trip destination