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We used a Canon point and shoot for many years, but a few years ago we decided we wanted something a little nicer, so we bought a Canon DSL. I am definitely an amateur, and tend to use the automatic setting most often, but it does get some really nice pictures.
I have a few different Canon SLRs that I have used in the parks. I usually take a bag with the basics to make it as light as possible. The last trip I said we were going without the camera and depend on out cell phones. I hated it! I like the flexibility of the SLR especially at night and we get much better photos.
I usually use my iphone to take fireworks photos. The come out really nice!. I also have a canon DSL which I take if there is something special going on, like the Flower and Garden Fest or nighttime at pandora when I need the full settings and zoom.
I'm living the dream 20 minutes from Disney! Next trip...tomorrow.
I have a Canon DSLR, but I only took it to DLR when I was working on the Guide. I hate carrying that weight and bulk if I don't need to.
My phone has the same resolution (16 megapixels) and takes fabulous photos, so that's what I use at the parks. I only use the Canon when I know I'll need a zoom lens. Its telephoto lens is pretty awesome.
When I travel to Disney I take my Kodak digital camera (its old like 8 years old, but it takes great shots and videos) and my iPhone which also takes great pictures & fireworks too as I used it for this past trip.
Kate in PA All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them- Walt Disney
The answer to this question is simple. What kind of pics do you want? What do you want to do with them? Most of the time a Cannon power shot will do nicely. I have used a good DSLR and have some great pics. My wife uses a power shot. When all is said and done. Hers were as good as mine. Now I carry a power shot, a lot easier and I always have it on me. Carrying a good DSLR can be a bit of a pain. And you have to know how to use it to get anything better than a power shot. As for me the only time I carry my DSLR is for the flower show or for Castle pics. Also the new phones take some great low light pics. Keep in mind at all of the Disney photographers they will take a pic with your camera/phone as well as with theirs. There is a strong argument for just getting the memory maker and stop at every Disney photographer, plus you get all the extra pics on the rides etc. Hope this helped.
My husband has a fancy Nikon with all the bells and whistles but doesn't always feel like hauling it to a park. Even then, he rarely takes more than one lens, usually bringing a second one if we are going to Animal Kingdom where he tends to take lots of animal pictures. I have an old Nikon Cool Pix pocket camera that still works fine and I've gotten some great pictures with it. Last trip we ended up with NO camera, so I bought a disposable in our resort shop, just like the old days. We also get Memorymaker; it is so worth the money! This past year, the Disney photographer snapped several pictures of me talking with my adult son who has autism while we waited for Goofy and Pluto in Dinoland. What a wonderful surprise when I opened the pictures! Made the MM all worthwhile just for those shots.