Best vacation DSLR under $700?
My questions are:
1. How hard is it to learn how to use the thing? How durable is it?
2. It doesn't look heavy, but if I'm hiking or walking for hours at a time, is the weight going to be a pain?
3. Are the pictures worth the added hassle over my waterproof 16MP Nikon?
I'm really excited for this trip to see the one of a kind outdoorsy things that especially Iceland has to offer. I have to imagine that the $600 or whatever I spend on the camera is going to make awesome pictures, but I don't want to constantly be frustrated trying to learn how to use the thing. Couple that with the thought of missing out on moments (and shots) because I was fiddling with the settings or tired because the camera is so much bigger than what I'm used to.
Also, I did a project on the Lytro and love its form factor so much that I've been waiting for other high end cameras to shrink to pocket size. That's why I don't currently own a DSLR.
After saying all that, I recently visited Yosemite and probably 80% of my photos were shot with my iphone, due to ease of use and speed. So it's up to you. As the saying goes: the best camera is the one you have with you.