So now that the dumb question is out of it's way, let's go onto specifics. What do I look for in cameras? Megapixels, optical zoom, and recording resolution as a bonus? Anything else I should be aware of? I'm leaning towards Canon or Nikon for companies, no strong particular reason though. I like P&S cameras for the portability. I don't really want to carry a big lens around. If you feel you want to steer me someplace else though, feel free too.
Like I said, I've been pretty satisfied with my current camera. My 2 complaints though are (1) Image stabilization seems to be a bitch sometimes. If the flash is on or there is proper daylight, there is no problem. But when you take the flash off and you're indoors or something, its hard to not get a blurry photo. Is there something I should be doing differently? And will a new camera be any better? (2) Sometimes it looks like certain pictures have like....a bunch of very small dots in them. It only seems to show up sometimes. And like I said, from afar they look fine, but if you zoom in(not past 100%), you see the dots. Again, ideas/tips?
Now as far as camcorders, I've never had a modern one. What do I look for? Companies I should look towards? Again, I want something nice and portable but HD capable. What are the best options for storage media?
Thanks in advance for any replies. First big trip, so it's a good excuse to finally get a camcorder and/or upgrade my camera.
Yeah so I've done a lot of research, I'm going to wait until it gets closer to the trip date though, since new models will be out by then too. I'm thinking of going with the Sony HX9V P&S camera though. Basically the upgraded version that ParanoidFreak suggested earlier. It's going to be a new model, so it'll cost like $350, but the main reason I want it is for 1080p@60fps recording. It may seem silly, but I don't really want to buy a camcorder. I'd rather have a great camera (which I assume most out there will do just fine), but also be able to quickly record some HD video if needed as well. The HX9V is 15.9MP with 16x optical zoom. And yeah I'd rather get it before hand than directly in Japan, not a bad idea though!
" Are you coming to Tokyo? If you swing by Akihabara here (district of Tokyo on the Yamanote line, super easy to get to), a lot of times you can get really good deals on camera equipment, if you don't want to go all out before you get here. Yamada Denki, Bikku Camera, and Yodobashi are huge chains that sometimes have stuff really cheap. I generally dislike going to Akiba, but it's the place to go if you want camera/electronics stuff. If you just want to do some video cataloguing type stuff anyway, you probably don't need the full on camcorder. You could use it of course, and you'll get better video out of it than you probably would out of a P&S, but for just basic 'this is what I did on my trip video' you can probably get by with a simpler camera. I recently played with the Nikon Coolpix S9100 and it was a really nice little camera, light and portable with pretty solid image quality. It's just above $300 in suggested retail, but may be a pretty good fit for what you need. "
You're right, and you know what? Sometimes, you just gotta download, because that's the only logical thing to do. Not kidding. Otherwise you're spending hundreds on CDs that you'll burn once and then never look at again. I don't get into any Japanese music at all, but I dig korean hip hop a lot. I'll buy the CDs of my absolute favorite artist or two. But other than that, sorry. I can't buy all that. I'm all for supporting the artist, but at a certain point, it just isn't logical when it comes to foreign music. Not to mention that musicians make more money on doing live shows anyway.
" @Addfwyn: It's difficult otherwise to support bands that don't have the resources to release their music on online shops, or find old originals :( "