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Ruggedish camera needed for good scenery shots

Discussion in 'What Camera Should I Buy?' started by CLeonard, Jun 21, 2013.

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  1. CLeonard

    CLeonard Digital Camera Review Site Admin

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    I'm going to be walking the Northumberland Coastal Path in a few weeks and am looking to upgrade my camera. I have a small point and click, but am looking for something that can do long distance vistas, more than close ups of people. Since I do a lot of hiking and back country hiking, I need something of a rugged camera. Where I'm heading, it's not unusual to have big temperature swings and bright sun to rain to bright sun a few times during a day - and I do a lot of winter hking in situations where -20 F is not unusual.

    Budget

    I'd like to stay under $800.

    Size

    I don't want a honking monster, nor do a want a tiny camera that will fit in the palm of my hand. Would prefer to keep it in the 3 lb range or less.

    Features

    High image quality, and some serious zoom ability would be nice. I'm not looking for a camera where I need to change lenses.


    Do you care for manual exposure modes (shutter priority, aperture priority, manual)?


    I prefer automation.

    General Usage

    * What will you generally use the camera for?
    - hiking, backwoods traveling, vista shots, distance shots, zoom in on distances.

    * Will you be making big prints of your photos or not?
    Not a concern

    Will you be shooting a lot of indoor photos or low light photos? Low light probably (dusk & very early morning), but indoors is not a concern.

    Will you be shooting sports and/or action photos?
    Maybe some wildlife shots, but overall not a high priority.

    Miscellaneous


    Are there particular brands you like or hate? Open to all brands

    Are there particular models you already have in mind? No

    (If applicable) Do you need any of the following special features? (Wide Angle, Image Stabilization, Weatherproof, Hotshoe, Rotating LCD) - wide angle, weatherproof

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    Rugged point and shoots are not made to operate at -20 degrees F and don't have long zoom lenses.

    Your best bet is to buy a good ultrazoom with a long lens and carry it in an insulated, waterproof bag with heat packs. Keep in mind that cold weather shortens battery life drastically.
    You might want to look at the Panasonic FZ200, an excellent ultrazoom with an f2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. It "only" has 24x optical zoom so if more zoom is needed, the Canon SX50HS, with 50x optical zoom, might be a better choice.
     
  3. CLeonard

    CLeonard Digital Camera Review Site Admin

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    Hi Andy,

    Thanks! After looking at the specs, I decided to go with the Canon SX50HS. I like the 50x zoom, especially for where I'm headed.

    Thanks again!
     
  4. CLeonard

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    Got it last night. I'm going to do some testing on the 4th and then use it on my trip. Expect a lot of pictures when I get back.
     
  5. Andy Stanton

    Andy Stanton Super Moderator Super Moderator

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    I'm looking forward to seeing them!
     
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