We started with what we had, Karla‘s point & shoot. That was OK and we took a couple hundred photos that first summer of travel. It lacked any significant zoom power and sometimes we’re pretty far away from our subject. We set out to find the best compromise of, quality, size, zoom and cost. That’s a lot of compromising to figure out. We wrote a blog post about photography too.
What we found was the Nikon S9700. It’s small, takes 16 MP photos and has a 30X optical zoom. I think it was around $300. We now take thousands of photos every summer. The compromises are many, and you have to figure out what fits you best. For instance, the aperature range of this camera is; f3.7 – 6.4 which is pretty narrow. I would love to have f22.
The 30X optical zoom is more than you should expect from a point & shoot, it’s amazing. Hand-holding at that level of zoom is pretty much impossible, so it was time for a tripod. Gear designed for backpacking fits in nicely on the bike. If you can carry it in a backpack, surely it will fit on a motorcycle.