Going on holiday, something I simply cannot live without is a Camera. But this holiday I found myself in a difficult position, having to chose which of my two loves I would take with me, my Canon S95 Point and Shoot or my Canon D600 DSLR.
To be honest I hadn't really given it much thought, as I felt the Point and Shoot was the obvious option. Not only is my DSLR a lot bigger than my point and shoot, but it's also a lot more expensive especially with a lens attached. So expensive in fact, that it cost more than our whole holiday combined. I knew losing it, or more likely it being stolen, would ruin my holiday and I just didn't want to take the risk.
Enter Mike, my photography teacher, who almost fell of off his chair when I told him I wasn't going to take my DSLR. "Why not!?" He exclaimed in confusion. And pointed out the fact that I bought the camera to take awesome pictures with, so why would I not take it with me going on an awesome overseas adventure, where there would surely be countless awesome photo opportunities?
Lets face it, he made a pretty valid point, so I took it with me instead of the Point and Shoot.
The Bottom Line
DSLR's and Point and Shoots serve very different functions in my opinions, I mean obviously they both take photographs, but it's likely with the proper lens and maybe a flash the DSLR is going to take substantially better photo's. That being said a point and shoot is a lot more practical and easy to carry around.
I don't for a second regret taking my DSLR, it was so much fun to experiment with and take some great quality photos, but I definitely missed the convenience of my point and shoot, especially when I wasn't in the safest of areas.
For me, the next time I go on holiday the choice will be obvious, I'll take both. Like Mike said, "Why have a camera if you're to afraid to use it," but there were times that I just wanted to take a quick snap of something and almost couldn't be bothered to take my big DSLR out of the bag, put the strap around my neck, take the lens cap off, turn the screen around, turn the camera on and adjust the settings.
So there you have it, my two cents, TAKE BOTH!