We have done our fair share of trial and error when it comes to working out precisely what works for us when it comes to the 'best' camera gear to take when we head off travelling.
Now everyone has their favourite cameras, and we are not for one minute going to try to persuade anybody what is the best camera gear for you. We just intend on sharing what we use, and how we have found that product to be during our travels.
First off, we got the Panasonic Lumix FZ2500 or as it is known in Europe, the FZ2000 as our main video camera.
The FZ2500 is known as a bridge camera. A Bridge Camera is a general name for digital cameras that have some degree of manual control, a long range zoom lens and a viewfinder – but usually not interchangeable lenses. They are somewhere between a point and shoot camera, and a full DSLR.
We use our FZ2500 primarily as a video camera, and it is absolutely awesome. The quality 4k raw footage is exceptional and makes work in post a much better experience. Even in standard HD this camera will give you fantastic quality. It also shoots well in slow motion and can be cranked up to 120fps.
We are not professional photographers, yet we find the FZ2500 to be a great user friendly camera for video and for photography. The only downside we have experienced (if there is one) is the weight of the camera.
It weighs around 915 grams, so if you are 'travelling lite' this camera is going to add some bulk. Regardless, we love the FZ2500, and we look forward to many more happy days, and nights, shooting with this camera.
As far as action cameras go we use the Go Pro Hero 7 Black. We also find this camera absolutely awesome. With it's hyper smooth settings, shakey video's are a thing of the past. We often attach our Rode Video Micro microphone to the Go Pro to produce awesome audio quality.
The Go Pro also shoots wonderful slow mo footage which you can watch back on the LCD screen on the back of the camera.
Capturing great audio for your video's is so important when you are travelling. It's oh so annoying trying to watch someones video when the wind noise is wrecking the audio output.
We use the tried and tested Rode Video Micro on both our FZ2500 and our Go Pro. It works equally as well on both and with an added 'dead cat' to reduce noise further you end up with more than acceptable audio quality for your videos.
As far as tripods go, we use Inca tripods. We have three of these and they are very easy to assemble, light, and versatile when it comes to setting up a shoot. They are a little bit big to lug around on flights so please consider this
We also have a Joby Gorilla Pod that we use for more adventurous settings as it has a great ability to be able to wrap itself around an object like a tree, or on a sailboat. As you can see in the picture opposite the Pod have bending "lego" like legs that can be twisted and turned to suit whatever object you want to try and hang it too.
In addition to another two order model Go Pro's we also have a Pansonic Lumix TZ90 as pictured here.
This fantastic compact digital camera with a 30x can shoot video in 4k. Obviously being this small the camera is great to put in your backpack and head off for the day.
One down side we have experienced with this camera is that it does not have any external microphone jack, so getting good audio with your video shots is a little more difficult with this camera.
Our aim is to keep increasing our skills behind and in front of the camera as we continue our global journey. It really is fun getting to know new camera gear and taking your game to a new level. Don't be scared to experiment, that's the only way you are going to improve your photographic and video making capabilities. Among all else, have fun.