The cameras I brought on my 2016 Hawaii Trip

Na Hoku II on Waikiki Beach - Honolulu, Hawaii

Na Hoku II on Waikiki Beach – Honolulu, Hawaii

Last month, I was in Hawaii with my family for a week and a half. We go to the same area in Waikiki every couple of years, and each time, I bring a different set of cameras. How do I decide which cameras to bring? Part of it is based on what I’m planning to shoot, but equally, it depends on what’s my camera de jour. When you own an embarrassing 40+ cameras, it’s like choosing an outfit from a closet full of clothes.

In 2014, I used three cameras. The Fujifilm X100S, the Olympus PEN E-PM2 and the Olympus TG-2. The Fuji was my primary where I shot documentary as well as family snapshots. The TG-2 is my waterproof camera which I brought to the beach. The E-PM2 was my tripod mounted landscape camera.

This year, I brought what I call my Photo Sketchbook, the Panasonic ZS50 travel zoom, the Olympus TG-2 again and finally the Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Yup, amazingly, two point and shoots and a mirrorless. Many years ago, I used to lug around a big DSLR with multiple lens. No longer. I travel light and enjoy my vacations.

The image quality of the E-M5 Mark II is the best and I took most of my family snapshots with it. The TG-2 again served as my beach and water camera and the Panasonic was the carry all compact camera.

Unsurprisingly, I shot a lot of images. If you remember any tallies from my other trips, you know that I’m a prolific shooter. Here are the final counts.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II 3,298 photos
Panasonic ZS50 3,067 photos
Olympus TG-2 598 photos

As usual, I often shoot bursts and keep the best image out of a set. For people shots, that usually reduces instances of closed eyes and goofy expressions. For action or low light, I get to throw away camera induced blurs and other undesirable images.

Most of my memorable and truly important images are of my family, that’s why I used the E-M5 Mark II for those. However, there are a few noteworthy non-family photos that I’ll post in the coming weeks.

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