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Buying you're travel camera when you get to you're destination.Good idea??

Im heading off to Thailand in November but wondering if it might be best to buy the camera I want when I get to Bangkok.
12 years ago, September 20th 2009 No: 1 Msg: #86786  
Hi all. Ok,Im now getting a little more excited as my departure date is soon to be not to far away.The "final list" of things that I want to take is eventually becoming smaller and smaller as my little purchases have been done over these past few weeks,but one thing that is still up there is "BUY CAMERA". I am taking my Cannon DSLR 300D along with me as I do with every trip,but Im also looking for some pocket size technology for when a smaller "discreet" camera will be more suited.

Before I ask,I have been a bit of a boffin and done all the research I could possibly do before I made up my mind on which camera I thaught was suitable for what I want.
I have chosen the Panasonic Lumix FT-1 purely for its durability,HD video capabilities,waterproofness and handy rough and ready aproach,that is going to be needed for all round whenever the moment picture taking.

My question is. . . . is it possiable to buy one in Bangkok when I get there and maybe save a bundle or to purchase one before I go??

Has anyone else baught there travel cameras in Bangkok or know of any stores that stock a decent selection of modern cameras or will I be wasting my time?

Any info will be appreciated.

Thanks, Andy Reply to this

12 years ago, September 24th 2009 No: 2 Msg: #87217  

Sorry it took me so long to respond. I've been busy with grad school homework. Its a killer!

You can certainly buy a Nikon or Canon in Thailand but it is no cheaper than buying one at home. I actually found, when I was there in '06 that it was cheaper to have my parents buy me one and ship it to me. (that is until I had to bribe an official to actually deliver it out of customs) The big question is, will you find exactly what you want and where? It can be difficult to find real camera stores in new countries until you get acclimated and how much time do you really want to spend on a vacation/holiday looking for a place to buy something instead of experiencing the world around you?

Hope that helps...

Mike T. Reply to this

12 years ago, September 24th 2009 No: 3 Msg: #87218  
Hey Mike.

Having time to think about it now,I think I might just find something before I go.You're right about why bother spending time in the shops looking for cameras when I should be out and about anyhow.The thaught was if cameras were available at really low prices then I would be able to save a load. . . but its not the case.

Thanks for you're reply

:-) Reply to this

12 years ago, September 25th 2009 No: 4 Msg: #87319  
Enjoy your trip!! Reply to this

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