I am going to buy a digital camera. I want soomething small and portable as most of the places that I would be shooting are playa-like. Any recommendations from those of you in the know? I hate waiting for the flash too. Definitely want to be able to override that little feature. Thanks, gonna go shower with my new playa-met girls now. peace.
Just before Burning Man I picked up a Toshiba PDR-M25 on eBay for about $100 (would have spent more, but didn't want to risk heat and dust damage to a more expensive camera). Though it's a cheap model, it does have lots of features including the option to turn off the flash.
Here are some pictures I took at night this year:
With a tripod I would have had even better results when using the longer exposure times (1sec and 2sec), since that would have eliminated some motion blurring. Also, large objects on fire are the easiest to photograph at night.
None of the pictures I took using a flash look as good as the pictures taken without a flash.
Feel free to check out 220 of my BM03 photographs here: