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- April 27, 2012 at 6:12 pm #576890Bean DawgParticipant
Planning a big trip down south to Bariloche this summer and wanted a digital camera to document it. What cameras are you guys using and what do you suggest i get. Not looking to do any professional photography, just want good quality pictures and a camera that wont break.
-samApril 27, 2012 at 6:33 pm #655702nickstaynerParticipant
Canon S100. The closest to DSLR quality processing and sensor size you can get in a point-and-shoot size. Check some of my recent TRs/blog for photo examples. Shoots 1080p HD video too. I have absolutely no complaints with it other than the battery gets used up quickly as a consequence of its killer technology, small size, and slim profile. But I just carry a backup.April 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm #655703philip.akParticipant
I’ve been shooting a lot of my backcountry stills with my Gopro Hero 2 recently. It’s actually a great camera for on-board action shooting (in decent light), does ok with scenics, and is very easy to work with. The downsides are a slight magenta hue in snow scenes (that I sometimes correct, sometimes not), no view finder (you need experience to predict what you are going to get), and no ability to zoom. Those caveats aside, I really like the results.
Couple of examples:
Otherwise my fav is my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. A small camera with a big zoom, and brilliant quality pics. I’ve abused the crap out of it (tons of days snowboarding, XC skiing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, etc) and it refuses to die. Love that thing.April 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm #655704HikeforTurnsParticipant
The s100 is a good bet. I have the Nikon P7000 and really like it when I’m not carrying the 40D. I would also check out the Nikon coolpix P510April 28, 2012 at 12:31 am #655705nickstaynerParticipant
Otherwise my fav is my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3. A small camera with a big zoom, and brilliant quality pics. I’ve abused the crap out of it (tons of days snowboarding, XC skiing, mountain biking, sea kayaking, etc) and it refuses to die. Love that thing.
That’s what my girlfriend shoots with and we both love it. The Leica lens is a nice feature.
BTW, your GoPro stills are really nice!April 28, 2012 at 3:43 am #655706barrowsParticipant
I have been frustrated with cameras with no viewfinder in terms of getting riding shots, but I am not willing to carry a DSLR and a couple of lenses. My shopping has resulted in wanting to purchase a Nikon P7100, but I have not yet made the purchase, gonna try and sell some film cameras to fund it.
The P7100 has a nice lens, and very good zoom capability for a relatively compact camera. It also shoots 720p video, and one can use the zoom when shooting video (which Canon’s G12 does not allow). The P7100 also has a good burst mode for riding shots, squeezing off a few frames every riding shot gives one a much better chance of getting a decent shot.April 29, 2012 at 12:20 am #655708Matt WoodParticipant
I use my crappy phone. Wife wont let me bring any of “our” cameras 😥 The Lumix is badass though, or so I have been told.April 29, 2012 at 2:02 am #655709philip.akParticipant
The thing that impresses me most about the gopro stills is how well it controls lens flare. With such a wide angle it is hard to keep direct sunlight out of the frame. Luckily it is never an issue.April 29, 2012 at 7:47 pm #655710ehcarleyParticipant
I was gonna say the Canon G12, but I didn’t know about the lack of video zoom.April 29, 2012 at 10:26 pm #655711maniacdaveParticipant
I’ve got the Canon G10 which I don’t really use enough to justify having. In fact stopped bring it on tours altogether when I got an iPhone. It needs a photographer (the G10) which I am not. I’m a point’n’shoot kinda guy I guess, though I do appreciate have a view finder on a camera.
That was PontusMay 1, 2012 at 4:54 pm #655707bcriderParticipant
I had the G9 for a couple years till I broke it, now I have the G12. Really great point and shoot cameras in a small package. Get yerself an Osprey Digistow for your chest strap and its always just a sec away. 🙂May 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm #655712TEXParticipant
What is your budget?
Bite the bullet and get a Canon T2i or T3i stock 18-55mm lens
Look around, you should be able to knock about 200 dollars off the above price
Is a very light , fast shooting digital camera and an excellent video camera also.May 2, 2012 at 2:26 am #655713whistlermaverickParticipant
It finally got released in North America last month.
Cheap($350), compact, GPS enabled, 18x Optical zoom amongst other options.
I’ve read a lot of good things about it.
@j.memayMay 2, 2012 at 4:20 pm #655714JimmyCParticipant
What size Osprey Digistow is that bcrider?May 2, 2012 at 5:14 pm #655715Jason4Participant
I have a Canon 7D that I shoot with when I want to get serious and I have a subject to shoot that’s worth carrying the extra weight. I also have a G12 that I always have in my touring pack and have shot with a lot more since I got it than my 7D. I’m pretty sure that the frame count is higher on the 7D since it isn’t unusual to shoot ~1000 frames in a busy day but the number of days and the personal memories captured on the G12 in the last 18 months is higher. My room mate has the Canon S100 and it’s a great camera, pretty much the same internals as the G12 without the hotshoe for an external flash and with less external dials. With the S100 you have to navigate through menus instead of using dials which slows things down a bit if you make lots of changes but also makes a big difference between the 2 cameras in terms of size.
I tried out one of the Panasonics but returned it to get the G12 instead primarily because I was already familiar with the Canon menu structure and because I already had a Canon flash that I wanted to be able to use with my little body too.
If you go with Canon and have the money for a nice P&S then pick between the G12 and S100 based on the requirement for an external flash (G12 only), the size (advantage S100), and the speed/convenience of changing settings (advantage G12). I have made good use of the articulating screen on the G12 to shoot pictures of entrances to lines with the camera held out over head and alse to frame self portraits in front of backgrounds that I like. 🙂
One other consideration if you’re traveling in areas that you aren’t familiar with…a P&S is far less conspicuous than a DSLR. I was in London just before I got my G12 and after a scary incident on the tube I didn’t feel comfortable getting my big kit out in Camden Market and missed out on a lot of good pictures but I wouldn’t have had a problem shooting with a G12 or S100.May 2, 2012 at 10:58 pm #655716bcriderParticipant
What size Osprey Digistow is that bcrider?
Medium fits the G12 perfect. It’s a little snug at first but after a couple days it fits like a glove! The best position is with the lens outward, power button on the rider’s left side.
:thumbsup:May 3, 2012 at 4:33 pm #655717JimmyCParticipant
Cool—thanks bcrider!May 7, 2012 at 2:48 am #655718strainParticipant
The Olympus OM-D looks sick. First mirrorless camera I’ve seen that wouldnt sacrifice much from my Nikon SLRs. Stoked.May 7, 2012 at 3:53 am #655719tiltedworldParticipant
The Olympus OM-D looks sick. First mirrorless camera I’ve seen that wouldnt sacrifice much from my Nikon SLRs. Stoked.
Ditto – Getting ready to sell my Canon 40D for that one. Doesn’t hurt that the same effective reach is half the glass length.May 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm #655720ColinParticipant
have either of you actually held one of these? Sounds rad, but most 4/3 bodies so far haven’t quite lived up to the hype, at least for shooting action. Would be very interested in getting my hands on one if the performance was there… hmmm…
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