Olympus OM-D E-M10 Long Term Review

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*(Updated 8-31-17)20170822_205016

Here is a long term review (2 years) of my travel camera, the Olympus OM-D E-M10. There’s a newer model now available *E-M10 MRKIII just announced today (8/31/17)! which offers some slight upgrades from the E-M10 MRKII which is an excellent camera. So the OM-D E-M10 MRKII should be getting cheaper soon. Read on to the end to see what I liked and disliked about the OM-D E-M10 camera.

Before I begin, I would like to point out that Olympus cameras fall under the Micro Four Thirds (m43) format which is a smaller sensor than most mirrorless cameras and DSLR. However, I am happy to note that image quality is quite on par with these bigger sensor cameras so nothing to worry about. Let’s move along to the review!

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My Reasons to Travel Alone

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I use to travel with my parents at least 3-4 times a year before college and adult life hit me and now I rarely travel (once or twice a year)… 😦 Over the past few years, I’ve had the urge to just travel alone just as an experience to see how I would like it. I really do enjoy my parent/girlfriend’s company whenever we travel, but traveling alone allows me to be in charge of my schedule and work on my bucket list. I recently had a small experience traveling alone for a day in New Orleans and it was a great experience that makes me want to try it more often. I feel like it’s something everyone should try at least once in their lifetime. And NO traveling alone does not make you seem like a lonely person or have no friends. Even though, it might not be for everyone, here are some reasons why I want to travel alone. Continue reading

Digital Camera or Smartphone when Traveling?

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Due to the advancement of camera quality in smartphones over the past few years, they have been a lot of traveler’s go to device for photography instead of a digital camera. However, for the selected few like me, I prefer to take both when I travel for a couple of reasons. Read on to find out if you need to bring a digital camera on your travels or just rely on your smartphone.

First off, not all smartphone cameras or digital cameras are made the same. There are a lot of factors that determines how good a device’s camera is. For example: sensor size, megapixels, and optics are the few things that come to mind. I could go into detail about them, but for the purpose of this post we’ll assume readers here have a recent smartphone or digital camera.

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Accessories For Your Travel Gadgets: (Part 2)

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Continuing from part 1 here are some accessories that can help improve your trip. I will range them based on my priorities, but these recommendations will range from person to person.

  • Portable battery charger (Necessary) – A must have when you’re traveling! My recommendation is the Anker PowerCore 10000. It has a big capacity for me to charge my Note 5 at least 2.5 times, which is more than plenty for the entire day. It’s also light and compact size. The only issue with getting power banks that can hold a lot is the recharging time, which can sometimes take up to 6 hours to fully recharge.

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Traveling gadgets for your next trip: (Part 1)

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Deciding what tech gear to pick when traveling is a problem for many travelers. They’re expensive, fragile and prone to theft and can easily take away from your experience.

Here, are some of my recommendations for tech gears that will make your packing stress free. For this post, I will focus on the main tech gears (smartphones, tablets, and laptops)


Smartphones (Necessary)
A smartphone is easily the most important technology a traveler can bring along. It is an all in one device that can replace multiple devices to reduce space, weight and cost.

Pros:
+ Replaces the need for multiple devices (camera, navigation, web browser, calculator, flashlight and many other)
+ Easy to connect to the web
+ Plenty of useful traveling apps that can be used online or offline
+ Small and portable (less weight and space)

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