I've always wanted to take great photographs, the kind that grab your attention and think, "that's beautiful." I could never afford a great camera and multiple expensive lenses and filters, not to mention none of this would fit on our motorcycle. It didn't help when someone told me, "it's not the camera, it's the creative eye!"
I thought, oh great, I have about as much creativity as Mr. Spock from Star Trek. I can't draw a circle, I'm probably colorblind and even my deaf dog has asked me not to sing. So with all that encouragement I had no choice but to forge ahead and buy a better camera.
I'm not suggesting I've become a great photographer, although I've improved techniques through many excellent free lessons found on the internet......creativity? We'll see.
After our first long motorcycle trip we realized we had far too few photos; and as you know, photos remain when memories fade. We can remember last summer's trips, but will we 5 years from now??? Not without lots of photos. So we gathered some new gear and made a decision to stop more often and linger, rather than just slow down as we passed interesting sites. Returning from that 1st long trip of 2015 to the National Parks of Utah, we had 1200 photos.
As a side note, this improved our experiences from start to finish. When someone pulls up to a National Park sign, rolls down the window and snaps a photo before speeding off........we say, "That's how we used to be." Now we stop, we explore, we talk to more people (the best part of motorcycle travel) and we take lots more photos.
We choose a Nikon S9700, 16 megapixel point & shoot, over our other consideration the Canon SX 700. The two are very close in features, almost identical, Canon lacked GPS for geo-tagging, which we thought we would use.....Amazon Link $329
The built in Wi-Fi has been one of the most used features for us, as we take so many photos of ourselves, and now instead of hitting the timer and running into the shot, we have an app. So you get the shot mostly set using a tripod and framing one of us, and then the app controls zoom, but mostly just lets you see what the camera sees, so you can rearrange a little when needed.