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Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby MountainMedic » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:37 pm

Hey All,

I've been using the same crappy Canon Elph SD1000 for all my 14ers, and think it's finally time to upgrade. It does fine for closeups, but just doesn't do any summit shots justice. I'm looking for something small and durable yet capable of making some of these mtns look like the goliaths they are rather than measly anthills. I'd say my spending limit is around $400 tops. Any ideas, or am I asking too much? Thanks.

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby highpilgrim » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:46 pm

Canon S95. Lots of options in capability and it fits in my pocket comfortably. Durable and good battery life too.

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby GregMiller » Sun Jul 08, 2012 4:53 pm

I'm quite happy with my Panasonic DMC-TS3, produces pretty good shots while being friggin indestructible. I got it for $330 or some such last year, and there's a newer model (the TS4) out this year. Might give that a look. I certainly like having one that I know will take shots just fine in winter weather, plus the geotagging is nice.
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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby Fiemus » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:45 pm

MountainMedic wrote:Any ideas, or am I asking too much? Thanks.

If you're used to the Canon then the SX230 HS would be a reasonable choice. I've been shooting with the SX200 as my lightweight camera for a few years and it produces some surprisingly good shots:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vsbh53taxmrxo95/IMG_1820.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0320hiofuqy7nrf/IMG_1038.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx60jxuv8t9yhvf/IMG_1024.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmrto4cvit6vblc/IMG_0999.jpg

Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby bergsteigen » Sun Jul 08, 2012 5:57 pm

I just upgraded from the Canon S90 to the S100. I use a polarizer for many of my landscape shots. Amazingly, I can get better shots with this tiny camera than my DSLR, a Canon 30D (or maybe it's because the DSLR is so old - 2006).

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby MountainMedic » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:06 pm

Fiemus wrote:
MountainMedic wrote:Any ideas, or am I asking too much? Thanks.

If you're used to the Canon then the SX230 HS would be a reasonable choice. I've been shooting with the SX200 as my lightweight camera for a few years and it produces some surprisingly good shots:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/vsbh53taxmrxo95/IMG_1820.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/0320hiofuqy7nrf/IMG_1038.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/gx60jxuv8t9yhvf/IMG_1024.jpg
https://www.dropbox.com/s/qmrto4cvit6vblc/IMG_0999.jpg


Nice photos. The real Q...where were all those taken?

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby Fiemus » Sun Jul 08, 2012 7:17 pm

MountainMedic wrote:Nice photos. The real Q...where were all those taken?

I could run a little competition and see who can guess! Slightly unfair as none of the shots is from CO. Rather than derail your thread on cameras:
(1) Summit ridge of the Gran Paradiso in Italy a couple of weeks ago
(2)-(3) On the way up Radio Control Tower, Southest Fork of the Kahiltna Glacier in Denali NP (just above Denali Base Camp)
(4) Looking over at avalanche on Mt Foraker from Radio Control Tower

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby SkiBikeClimb99 » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:09 pm

highpilgrim wrote:Canon S95. Lots of options in capability and it fits in my pocket comfortably. Durable and good battery life too.


I'll second the S95. I just got back from 4 days in Chicago Basin and took almost 500 photos on a single battery. I'm still learning the ins and outs of photography, but I love this camera. It is pretty damn pricey, but I hope it will last many years to come.

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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby Toobin Tobin » Tue Jul 17, 2012 8:21 pm

Another recommendation for the S95 or S100. If you're thinking of getting into DSLR photography, this is a great starter camera. The G12 or the G1X are also are both a little bigger than the S95/S100 but great starters for DSLR photography. With all of these you are able to fully control ISO, aperture and shutter speed or just leave it on full automatic similar to your Elph. It's can be as automatic or manual as you want it to be.

I have the S100, G1X (used to have the G12) and 7D (small, a little bit bigger, Large). I really dig the G1X (also the G12) as it has a viewfinder that folds which allows you to shoot from high and low angels as well as self portraits.

Wilsons with the G12:
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Chisos in Big Bend with the S100:
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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby HuskyRunner » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:07 am

In the same boat, Canon Elph SD 1300 just doesn't do the trick, looking at the Olympus XZ1, found it for ~$320 and has good reviews, anybody here on 14ers have any experience with that camera?
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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby Bean » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:44 am

bergsteigen wrote:I just upgraded from the Canon S90 to the S100. I use a polarizer for many of my landscape shots. Amazingly, I can get better shots with this tiny camera than my DSLR, a Canon 30D (or maybe it's because the DSLR is so old - 2006).

Lenses are probably the limiter with your 30D.

The Olympus Tough TG-1 is intriguing. Might not have to decide between nice photos and durability, having trouble finding a proper review though.
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Re: Decent Lightweight Camera

Postby alsrun » Wed Jul 18, 2012 8:48 am

After following all the talk on this site about cameras, I finally bit the bullet and went S100. It'll be on AUTO for a while until I learn how to use it.

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