I want a new camera for hiking and backpacking, a small and lightweight camera with high resolution that offers me many options, one that I’ll actually take on the trail.
My Current Camera is Too Heavy and Bulky for Hiking
Why? I have a 10 MP Sony DSLR A100 with a 28-300 zoom lens, but it’s heavy and bulky and I frequently don’t want to lug it with me.
Furthermore, it’s always in my pack, so when I want to take a picture, I have to through a whole production of taking of my pack, pulling out the camera, using the camera, and then reversing the process.
2018 My Current Hiking Camera is a Sony RX100
A couple of years ago, after a lot of research, I bit the bullet and got the best pocket camera around: the Sony RX100, specifically the Sony RX100iii model. I’m very happy with the picture quality, and I’ve used it to take most of the photos for my two most recent hiking guidebooks (Day Hiking: Mount Shasta, Lassen & Trinity Alps, and 100 Classic Hikes: Northern California), including the covers you see in the sidebar to the right.
Continuing with the older post…
What I Want in a Hiking Camera
Specifically, I need:
- high resolution, 20 MP or greater
- many settings for different photographic situations
- good zoom capability, from wide angle to moderate telephoto
- light weight
- high quality
The Camera to Beat
Mark Stensaas, owner of Shasta View Gifts in Weed and a well-known outdoors photographer, recommended the Canon PowerShot G11 10 MP camera to me as the best compromise between portability and the ability to take high-quality pictures with a lot of flexibility.
Here are details from Amazon:
- New 10-megapixel High Sensitivity System; DIGIC 4 Image Processor
- Bright 2.8-inch Vari-Angle PureColor System LCD plus optical viewfinder
- Wide-angle 5x optical zoom (equivalent to 28-140mm); Canon’s Optical Image Stabilizer
- Improved Smart AUTO intelligently selects from 22 predefined shooting situations
- RAW + JPEG shooting and recording modes; capture images to SD/SDHC memory cards (not included)
- 4 GB Secure Digital HC Memory Card
- Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader
- Compact Deluxe Gadget Bag for Photo/Video
- Three Piece Lens Cleaning Kit and Mini Tripod