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Fri Jan 18, 2013, 04:56 PM

any ideas? waterproof?,

very lightweight, chargeable using usb, photo (and video?), decent p&s camera...

I am preparing for my hike and am trying to decide on electronics. I have a Brunton Solar charger and do want a decent camera and a cell phone with me. I will be getting resupply boxes about every 2 weeks or so, along the trail, I can swap out the card in camera for new one sent by my support person (my partner of course! ) Anyone have ideas?

I have been busy dehydrating food, making toothpaste dots and sewing stuff sacks...

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Reply any ideas? waterproof?, (Original post)
handmade34 Jan 2013 OP
Whovian Jan 2013 #1
handmade34 Jan 2013 #2
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #3
handmade34 Jan 2013 #5
alfredo Jan 2013 #6
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #7
alfredo Jan 2013 #8
handmade34 Jan 2013 #9
alfredo Jan 2013 #11
justiceischeap Jan 2013 #15
DrDan Jan 2013 #16
handmade34 Jan 2013 #17
DrDan Jan 2013 #24
Whovian Jan 2013 #4
handmade34 Jan 2013 #10
bluedigger Jan 2013 #14
Earth_First Jan 2013 #12
handmade34 Jan 2013 #13
Earth_First Jan 2013 #18
handmade34 Jan 2013 #19
Earth_First Jan 2013 #20
handmade34 Jan 2013 #23
ChisolmTrailDem Jan 2013 #26
handmade34 Jan 2013 #21
Solly Mack Jan 2013 #22
rdking647 Jan 2013 #25

Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:02 PM

1. Capabilities of the camera? Price range?

 

There are a lot of waterproof point and shoots that run the gamut from mediocre to very good. Without more info I would suggest looking at Nikon, Cannon and Olympus offerings as their quality is very good or even consider a cell phone with a 10 megapixal camera if all you want is a clean shot as some of them do very well for web based publishing.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:12 PM

2. weight is most important

I am ultra lightweight camping (under 5oz would be good)... I know I won't get quality but just want something good enough to keep journal of my adventures. Price? I'm not working so I can't spend a fortune but I know the photos will be priceless when I'm back home (wishing I was on the trail again)... I just want some specific cameras to look at that others might recommend (would love to take my Canon 7D, but it weighs almost more than the rest of my gear all together ) waterproof is not absolutely crucial but I know that it rains very often through Georgia and North Carolina during March...

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:24 PM

3. Some info

Nikon COOLPIX-AW100...edit because the link keeps redirecting to the Nikon homepage and not the camera specs page.

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer/products/cameras/digital_cameras/powershot_d20


Best buy at under 200.00

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 ...small and compact, only 5oz

http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2402916,00.asp

I've been looking to buy one myself. Still deciding.

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:45 PM

5. thanks for the links...

will check them out... I just need to be sent in the right direction at this point... partner wants me to take his iPod Touch but I don't like the photos much and I worry about getting it wet...

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Response to alfredo (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:48 PM

7. Thanks!

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Response to Solly Mack (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:52 PM

8. It's a touch over the max weight at 6.9 oz

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Response to alfredo (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:11 PM

9. I like the looks of the Lumix

have heard good things... if I decide on it, may have to buy kit... don't know whether it would be better to depend on Solar Charger or switch out batteries??



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Response to handmade34 (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:47 PM

11. Take two batteries. Use one while the other is charging.

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 10:42 PM

15. I'm a big fan of the panasonic lumix line

I own 3 of them.

The LX7, the GX1 and the DMC-TZ5.

Also, a great site to check out is dpreview.com, here's a link to their review of waterproof P&S's.

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q311waterproofcompactgrouptest

The DMC-TS3 gets good reviews.

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #9)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:03 AM

16. another vote for a lumix

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Response to DrDan (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 10:46 AM

17. love the orange color!

don't think I'll be underwater much... unless it rains a lot more than normal along the trail, ...but the Lumix is what my son just suggested also (for on the trail) thanks!

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #17)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 07:59 AM

24. I hear you . . . but it would be protected in terms of rain

I cam considering getting one. We hike and kayak quite a bit - and do not like the extra weight of my Nikon DSLR nor the chance of dropping it from a kayak. I was considering the GoPro but this is a bit cheaper.

I did get the exact one for my daughter for Christmas after quite a bit of research into P&S's. Got her the orange one.

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 05:43 PM

4. The Olympus TG820 might be a good choice.

 

I don't know if it will charge through the USB cable or not, you might have to make a call or download the manual to find out for sure but it does have USB connectivity. You might consider an extra battery to swap out with your cards at drop off points. ($199)

Have used this vendor many times all with excellent results: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16830111519

It's 7.5 oz but will fit in a front pocket so you probably will never notice the extra 2 oz.

Good luck! Sounds like a great adventure.

On edit, the Canon Solly Mack suggests would be more bang for the buck IMHO if you can afford the 90 extra for the GPS and anti vibration features.

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Response to Whovian (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 06:44 PM

10. another nice one...

includes "USB Cable & Charger" ...might be a serious consideration, although all the extra 2 ozs add up... amazing task trying to put 5 months of your life on your back

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Response to Whovian (Reply #4)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 08:29 PM

14. I have an Olympus 810.

Charges through the usb/download cable. Indestructible. Possibly on the heavy side, but the only accessory you really need to bring is the usb cable.

eta: It shoots nice video, too, but I would avoid doing much of that on your trip as it will fill your memory card pretty quickly.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:28 PM

12. Have you considered a GoPro or Countour?

They both do HD video and still photographs. Not sure on the specific tech specs, just throwing out an option...

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #12)

Fri Jan 18, 2013, 07:34 PM

13. If I could do all this...

wow!


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Response to handmade34 (Reply #13)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 11:33 AM

18. Indeed.

Where are your travels taking you...?

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #18)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 01:00 PM

19. 2,185.9 official miles

step by step from Springer Mountain, Georgia to Mount Katahdin, Maine... got my plane ticket headed out March 12...

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #19)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 02:31 PM

20. Been a lifetime goal of mine for a long time... (33 now)

Fiancee says that I can take a serious look at it when we are married, August 17 this year.

Are you going to hike the approach up to Springer or take the shuttle?

A good friend of mine is writing a book (shocker) on his class of 2011 thru-hike.

Damn it! Now I've got the bug again!

Good luck, friend...someday I'll join your ranks!

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Response to Earth_First (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:55 PM

23. I have always

wanted to hike (anywhere and everywhere) and the AT seemed just a pipe dream and then when my partner retired (and I had to quit because we worked as a team) he said it is now or never... he and the kids are almost forcing me to go ( thanks kids )

I have a difficult time believing it is really happening... but I've got all my gear (except camera) and dehydrated food put up, etc., etc... plane ticket bought and reservation at first hostel!!

I will not take the approach trail because I hiked up Amicalola Falls and the trail up to Springer a few years back... I have a ride up to the parking lot at USFS 42 and will just have to backtrack about a mile to start

Yes, I will need lots of good luck and good fortune... dealing with ticks and no see'ums

**the bug is always there we just have to stuff it aside at times

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #23)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:44 AM

26. Still a dream of mine. May I ask how old you are? I am 48 and I am

worried whether or not I'd be able to handle the trek due to arthritis. I think I can do it.

Do you have a list of the things you're taking? My biggest problem when taking a trip is always being worried I forgot something.

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:44 PM

21. Thanks guys, for all the input

I'm pointed in the right direction at least... I know I would always regret not taking a decent camera

((just got done making my footprint and bag liner, making hardtack and putting a first aid kit together))

maybe I can look around to get a shot for the contest... I see there is a space

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Response to handmade34 (Reply #21)

Sat Jan 19, 2013, 03:46 PM

22. Please do!

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Response to handmade34 (Original post)

Sun Jan 20, 2013, 11:53 AM

25. instead of a gopro look at a delkin wingman

i played with one on my photo expedition. cheaper than the go pro and people on the trip who had go pro's had a ton of problems with them starting with the menu system on the camera being crap...
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/896876-REG/Delkin_Devices_ddwm_hd_WingmanHD_Waterproof_3_Ounce.html

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