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Buy before you go, also get a case/pouch with a neck strap or belt clip, these cameras are so small they can easily slip out of a pocket (as we found to our cost in a taxi in Sharm!) We also take 1 or 2 gb cards which can be purchased cheap on the internet. Always shoot on the best setting, it's pointless buy a high megapixel camara and then putting it on a low setting. We never delete until we can see the photos on the computer as you can crop and enhance on screen. Just keep snapping and enjoy the trip.
I would buy this before you go.
You can buy on board but they are propably more expensive. They did have photography course on a recent Ventura cruise and have seem them on other P&O cruises so they MAY be on Oriana but cannot say for certain.
Think of it this way. Will the ship have the extensive range that Jessops, Currys etc will provide? No! Are they selling to a captive audience? Yes! As for 'proper' if you mean 'rolls of film', I think these are rapidly going the way of the Dodo, if not already gone.
I would buy before you go and learn how to use it!!! Also the prices/selection on board are never as good as they like to imply...
Digital is the only way to go as it allows you to take photos at a whim and delete them if they aren't any good. Have a look at shopping websites such as www.pricerunner.co.uk to identify the most popular ones and read user reviews on them. Ignore any references to digital zoom performance as it is a waste of time, optical zoom is the important. If you are doing the entire world cruise and plan to take plenty of photos buy at least 2 memory cards at least 1gb capacity each (depends what megapixel camera you buy but go for at least 6). The Panasonic TZ5 gets good write ups as do most of the Canon's. As Aldrich has already said, buy before you go and learn how to use it. Also don't forget to take the charging unit with you!
Thank you very much! Don't understand much of what you write but will follow your advice to the letter! Thought there might be duty free bargains...
A friend of mine recently came back with a stopover at Dubai and found cameras more expensive at the airport there than on the internet in the UK (even before taking customs tax into account). You could save a little but you really need to practice before you go, particularly with the multitude of preset scene options you get with them. Another big benefit of digital is that you can also take video clips. I recorded a great informal russian dance troupe in St Petersburg a couple of years ago on my camera and the results were surprisingly good (another thing to practice!). Just remember to take the user manual as well. I forgot mine last year and couldn't work out how to access the preset scene options that I mentioned above - great for night shots, closeups, you name it there's a preset to cover it! One other thing to practice is deleting duff shots - make sure you know how to delete just one and not the entire 100+ photos on the card that you really don't want to lose! All this may sound complicated but most of the time the auto setting does everything for you. Have a good cruise.
Thank you very much Gentlemen! I had better get a move on to learn all that!
Digital is a new way with different options you will find from your film camera. It is important to purchase here there will be lots of websites with offers on for Christmas. Make sure you get one with a large lcd viewer so you can see the image well [min 2.8"], there is a facility on the camera to zoom into the view you are taking a picture off and they can be used to enlarge the image so you can see it in great detail on your lcd screen so it is clear if it is good or not no need until you wait to get home. If you are using A4 or larger prints then a minimum of 7/8MB, but if you are just using it for 6X4 or 7X5 then 4MB is ample and even less if you intend loading it onto a web page. Whilst the definaition is better it is the sharpness/camera shake that will let you down so whether you use 4MB or 10MB it won't matter that is why you need to shoot some photo's here before you go off on your cruise. If you did say use 7MB on a 1GB card you get 580 images but if you use the 4MB setting then you will increase your images to nearer 800. Finally have a look at http://billblyth.co.uk and open up one of the cruise options all these photo's were taken at 4MB resolution, so why use more space than you need to and good shooting it is a completely new world of photography. A funny story on a Caribbean trip 3 years ago we got friendly with two couples and they liked my digital video camera so whilst on St.Thomas they each bought the same model brought it back to the ship opened it up to read the instructions but they were all in Chinese, luckily I was able to jot notes down for them so they could use their cameras until they got a set of instructions downloaded from the web.