I'm trekking to Everest Base Camp in October and want to buy a new camera for the trip, probably the Yashica T4 Zoom. As I can't find any advice on photography at high altitudes, would you recommend this camera or go with a digital? Thanks, Gear God. Adam Bethesda, Maryland
As for the right camera, well, the film-versus-digital issue remains a tough one to resolve. Yashica's T4 Zoom ($200; www.yashica.com) is a fine little number; it will give you good service and excellent photos from your trip. Digital cameras have a slight edge in that memory sticks are lighter than equivalent film canisters. There might be some issue with batteries, as digital cameras are real power-hogs compared to film cameras. Still, a digital camera such as Canon's PowerShot A75 (about $300; www.powershot.com) is an excellent alternative. Good lens, well-made camera, easy to use.
What would I do? If you forced me to make the call, I'd probably go with the T4, but it would be a close run thing indeed. Regular readers here know I'm still sort of an analog, film-based kind of guy. But I sure see the appeal of digital cameras, and their quality just keeps getting better.