Choosing The Right Camera to Capture Your Adventure
If you believe in the old hiking and backpacking adage; take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but footprints, kill nothing but time, then you are a you are a trekker after our own heart. And you probably need a good camera.
The worst feeling ever is being on your great adventure, seeing the best picture in your mind and not having the right gear to make it happen the way you want to preserve that memory. This is where choosing the right camera is critical. Choosing the right camera for your adventures is no easy task. Cameras are expensive, and if you’re going to be packing them for hiking, camping, or other outdoor activities, you have to consider many things, like weight, durability, power usage, and just general camera-ness.
Earth Gear is here to help by taking the massive amount of information and dialing it down to our three preferred camera choices to capture your adventure. Just remember, taking pictures is great, but experiencing the adventure is always better.
Point and shoot cameras light, relatively cheap, and still quite popular. If you want something easy and practical to use while not risking dropping your mobile phone into the river or down the side of a mountain, point and shoots are the best option and the Canon Powershot G16 is your high end point and shoot champion.
The Powershot G16 is small and lightweight, perfect for stuffing into a pack and quickly grabbing when you see the shot you need. It makes unlimited imaging portable and wireless. The G16 not only has built-in Wi-Fi®, you can now upload stills and video to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Flickr as well as send to email.
It is stupid easy to learn and operate, has stunning 1080p/60p Full HD video capacity and a 12.1 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 6 Image Processor. Together they create the Canon HS SYSTEM for significantly improved resolution in an expanded ISO range of 80-12800. At less than $500 the G16 provides just the right bang for your buck. A 5x Optical Zoom offers excellent shooting versatility, and the bright f/1.8 lens performs brilliantly in low light. Continuous shooting with full resolution has been boosted up to EOS-caliber speeds, and High Speed AF puts images in focus almost the moment the camera is aimed, so you can freeze that perfect shot.
Mirrorless cameras are relatively new and definitely worth a look. The mirrorless configuration means there are less moving parts, which can be good and bad, and opposed to point and shoot cameras, offer many lens and accessory choices that are just now starting to become widely available.
The Alpha a6000 is a surprisingly compact camera, smaller and lighter than traditional DSLR cameras and, at less than $600, can be seen as an affordable option. Since there is no mirror, the electronic viewfinder shows you what the final image will be and the digital focus is the best on the market, so the pictures you take have a great chance of being what you want. However, because they use smaller image sensors, these are not as good in low light-high ISO situations and, maybe most importantly for the outdoors, because everything is electronic, battery usage is at a maximum.
The Nikon D810 is the big dog in this fight of cameras. It offers the highest resolution for your images and, being a high-end member of the Nikon family, is compatible with tons of lenses and accessories for the advanced photographer that needs very specific tools.
At 36MP and an ISO range that can reach 32-51,200, this camera can offer one of the greatest resolutions of any camera on the market today. It has sharp viewing and is awesome in low light and in action sequences, not to mention shooting in 1080p video. It’s heavy, though, and at over $2000 for the body alone, this camera is maybe more suited for the experienced photographer with time to learn the ins and outs.
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