A Good Travel Camera?

I just got back from my trip to France and Morocco! I’m so eager to tell you about it, but I need to get over jetlag, go through and edit my photos, and of course cobble together a few cohesive thoughts on the whole thing. So today, can I ask for a recommendation? I’d love a good camera for traveling. Something between my iPhone and my DSLR.

I brought my Canon 7D with two lenses (a wide angle 10-22mm, and my favorite, the 35mm f/1.4L prime) in a leather camera bag from ONA. Altogether, my camera gear was at least 10 pounds which I’m normally happy to carry for the sake of better quality photos. While six months pregnant though? I was jealous of my travelmates with small lightweight cameras. And really, I’ve been looking for a good travel camera for a couple of years now — it just took this trip to really make it seem like I ought to finally find something.

Traveling With My Camera Bag

I’m aware of a few options… Jordan bought a Sony NEX on the recommendation of a friend, and coincidentally it was the same model that both Carol and Dave were using, though theirs were provided to them by Sony. I was sent a Samsung Galaxy Camera to review for Babble in 2012, and I had high hopes for it but it was buggy and not as great as I’d hoped. I liked the quality of the Canon G10 that I used to own (I gave it to my sister a couple of years ago, but it looks like the new G16 might work for me now), and I’ve heard great things about the Fujifilm X100S, but I worry that the fixed lens is limiting and it’s expensive.

Since I’m not a professional photographer and I don’t need to carry all of my heavy, expensive gear with me, I’m still looking for the magic camera I was two years ago. Good in low-level light, wifi or bluetooth connection with my iPhone (or maybe just Eyefi compatibility?), manual and a variety of automatic modes (shutter or aperture priority), nice depth of field, a wide optical zoom range, and of course, something that can take good quality photos. Do you have any recommendations, or an impartial review site to check out? Thanks in advance for your help!

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Chicago Picks from Chairish

This is so brilliant. Chairish has launched a Chicago City Guide! You don’t have to be in Chicago to shop from these pieces, of course — Chairish will ship them across the country. If you are local though, you can go pick them up and skip the shipping fees. See? Brilliant.

I’ve chosen a dozen of my local favorites to feature below, and I have even more Chairish picks from Chicago in my collection on the site.

Chairish Chicago Faves from Making it Lovely

  1. Eames DCM Style Bentwood & Steel Chairs – A Pair
    Two of these cuties flanking a credenza would be perfect.

  2. Chromcraft Smoked Lucite and Chrome Dinette
    Kinda weird, but in a really good way.

  3. Four Post Gold Leaf Table Lamp
    The rectangular support structure is fantastic, and the shade of top is just the right proportion. So good!

  4. C. Jere Style Brass Faceted Pedestals – Set of 3
    Because I’m sure you need some super shiny brass pedestals, right?

  5. Industrial Desktop Lighting
    The adjusting mechanisms on this look super cool.

  6. C. Jere Brass Double Shade Floor Lamps – A Pair
    So sleek! So mod! Would be perfect juxtaposed with a more traditional tufted chair, tucked away in the corner as a spot for reading.

  7. Black and Gold Distressed Tuxedo Side Table
    Simple in its lines, but with just enough detail to add interest.

  8. Iranian Flateweave Kilim Rug
    Sometimes these rugs are teeny, but this is a decent 8.5″x5.5″ size, and in great colors.

  9. Milo Baughman For Thayer Coggin Button Up Sofa
    Hello, beautiful.

  10. Bassett Faux Bamboo Dresser
    How I wish I had a good spot for this! Ah, but maybe you do?

  11. Starburst Sculpture on Marble Stand
    When you wish upon a star…

Chairish makes it easy to sell and browse from their iPhone app, and I’m loving the addition of City Guides like this one for Chicago. And as always, in addition to the local pickup option, they can help arrange for shipping cross-country with a 48-hour return window. You know, so you can give that table and chairs set a try. Someone’s gotta be into them besides me, right? But if not, there’s always
all of my other favorites to check out.

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