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Edward Hasbrouck on "The Amazing Race 3"

Episode 8: Wednesday, 27 November 2002

Füssen (Germany) - Freidrichshafen (Germany) - Romanshorn (Switzerland) - Schaffhausen (Switzerland) - Zurich (Switzerland) - Grindelwald (Switzerland)

Travelling with a Digital Camera

This has been the breakthrough year for digital camera sales, and tomorrow is the "official" start of the holiday gift buying season in the USA. A camera is the most expensive thing in most travellers' packs. The contestants on "The Amazing Race" may be in too much of a hurry to take pictures (even in an episode like the one this week, when no one was eliminated), but almost every other traveller does. The best way to get yourself taken for an expatriate, rather than a tourist, is not to carry a camera. (Since all tourists carry cameras, a person without a camera must not be a tourist, most people assume.) Even the host of the "The Amazing Race", Phil Keoghan, has started posting his (digital) snapshots from the route of the race each week on the CBS Web site.

So it should be no surprise that advertising on the broadcasts of "The Amazing Race 3", and on the CBS Web site for the show, is dominated by ads for digital cameras from Kodak and T-mobile.

Advertisements and hype aside, what should you look for if you are buying a digital camera for international travel, or planning to take one with you on a trip abroad?

Have fun, but don't get carried away. Reality is in front of your eyes, not in the viewfinder, Experiences and memories can be more valuable than any photograph.

Happy travels!

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