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« on: August 24, 2019, 17:31 »
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I've decided "maybe" I want a compact camera that sort of fits in my pocket. Right now I'm looking at the Sony RX100 VII https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPQV7BY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I'm not concerned about costs. I just want high quality and fit in my pocket and I definitely like the 200 zoom.

Thoughts on this or another camera? This camera would become a travel camera. I'm allergic to carrying around my big DSLR with the huge lens.

Edit:I just saw that this camera does not have GPS. Given how often I travel and the wide distance that I often cover, I have a hard time keep track of locations. With the iPhone all photos have GPS built in. So far it seems the lack of GPS might be a deal breaker.
« Last Edit: August 24, 2019, 18:07 by charged »


« Reply #1 on: August 24, 2019, 22:09 »
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Just an idea. Old school...Write down on a sheet of paper Who, What, Where ,When. Take a photo of the sheet of paper with your group of photos. Just a simple idea.

« Reply #2 on: August 24, 2019, 23:57 »
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Just an idea. Old school...Write down on a sheet of paper Who, What, Where ,When. Take a photo of the sheet of paper with your group of photos. Just a simple idea.

That would work.

Alternatively, look for signs that give your specific location. Try to shoot them at the same point in your visit either at the beginning or at the end (or both if you really want to be certain) and also in the middle to capture specific details you want to remember. You'll always have a record right there with your shots.

I do this routinely. It's easy during the shooting stage and and effective during the processing stage.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 00:02 by marthamarks »

« Reply #3 on: August 25, 2019, 03:27 »
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You can also use an app on your smartphone. Its name is Geotag Photos. It keeps track of your localization each N minutes (you can choose the interval). When you are back at home on your computer you will be able to store the GPS localization in your RX100 photos.
I use it with my APS-C camera and it work great.

Edit: It is all automatic (nothing to write on a paper) and use no rooming data (track is kept on your smartphone). The only inconvenient are that it drain the battery ans that you need to synchronize the time between you camera and your smartphone.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 04:03 by Groucho »

« Reply #4 on: August 25, 2019, 03:32 »
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Why not just put a pin in Google Maps at your iPhone?
This shows the coordinates and you don't have to use roaming data for that.
Then, you could print screen it but it might just be easier to take a photo with your camera,
right after the taken pick of the unknown place you are.
True, you will have to manually write a long number again but if you save it with a star on Google maps when you are there,
you just return home, open the maps and see where you have been.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 03:36 by bestravelvideo »

« Reply #5 on: August 25, 2019, 08:32 »
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Those are all great ideas, thanks for sharing. I use to just take a photo of my phone with google maps loaded up to see where I was. Then at some point I switched to not bringing my big DSLR with me and just using my iPhone and have since gotten used to just looking at the GPS data. Now that I'm used to looking at the GPS data, I'm not keen to go back. So maybe I'll look around to see who else sells a compact camera with GPS built in.

Also I'll check out geotag photos that Groucho mentioned. Thanks.

Edit: I just downloaded geotag photos, it is failing to find me on the GPS for some reason, that is disappointing but not a huge big deal at the moment. What I don't like is that I have to remember to turn it on, as oppose to it being persistently on and tracking (I don't mind being tracked 24/7). If it is possible for me to forget to turn it on, then I will at some point forget to turn it on, and it will tick me off when I realize that later on. Same thing with writing it down where I was or even taking a photo of google maps as I go, if I can forget, I will forget some of the times. I really do cover very large distances when I travel, so it does really get hard to remember all the random locations I might take photos at. So maybe I'll just wait till the new iPhone get released this year and see what the photo quality looks like and see if I want to upgrade my 2 year old phone. I do like the 200 zoom on the Sony I was looking at.
« Last Edit: August 25, 2019, 08:51 by charged »

« Reply #6 on: August 25, 2019, 15:45 »
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I've decided "maybe" I want a compact camera that sort of fits in my pocket. Right now I'm looking at the Sony RX100 VII https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07VPQV7BY/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1

I'm not concerned about costs. I just want high quality and fit in my pocket and I definitely like the 200 zoom.

Thoughts on this or another camera? This camera would become a travel camera. I'm allergic to carrying around my big DSLR with the huge lens.

Edit:I just saw that this camera does not have GPS. Given how often I travel and the wide distance that I often cover, I have a hard time keep track of locations. With the iPhone all photos have GPS built in. So far it seems the lack of GPS might be a deal breaker.

Im going with the iPhone XS Max


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