What Camera Is Best for an Adventure Trip?

When shopping for a camera to bring with you on your next adventure trip, it may be tempting to buy the cheapest point-and-shoot available. However, it's also important to remember that you generally get the quality you pay for--although you don't have to spend a fortune to take some great photos. A wide range of available cameras come in compact sizes and can endure the same environmental conditions you'll be experiencing.

Waterproof Cameras

If your idea of adventure revolves around water, consider investing in a decent waterproof camera. Quality waterproof cameras can generally be operated in up to three meters or 9.8 feet. Many waterproof cameras double as camcorders, being able to take HD video as well as still photos. Even if you're going into dry windy conditions rather than diving into the water, a waterproof camera can be great to have because the same technology that makes them waterproof also makes them dust-proof.

Durable Cameras

If you don't need your camera to be waterproof, look for cameras that offer some impact resistance. Most quality cameras will have recommended operating conditions listed in their spec sheets for humidity and temperature recommendations. Ideally, you should look for a camera designed to work in conditions between five and 85 percent humidity and temperatures ranging between 32 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 to 40 degrees Celsius. Few cameras should be used for long in temperatures outside of this range. Even if a camera could work well in extreme cold, the battery won't last very long.

Compact Cameras

Having a light camera with a small form factor is a crucial factor on many adventure trips, especially when you're trying to fit all of your gear in a single backpack. Point-and-shoot cameras are usually lighter and smaller than DSLRs, but an increasing number of cameras have replaceable lenses that are nearly as slim as a point-and-shoot and weigh only fractionally more. A flat Smart Camera with a 20 to 50 mm lens can usually be tucked away quite easily and brought out quickly when you want to capture a great shot.

Smart Cameras

Smart Cameras are a recent development in both point-and-shoot and DSLRs, in that they can connect to any Wi-Fi® network. These can be ideal for adventure trips because you don't have to worry about bringing a computer for downloading. Simply turn on the camera in your hotel or a local coffee shop with active Wi-Fi, and you can email the best shots to yourself or your friends and share them on social websites like Facebook. You then have the option of deleting the photos to make room for the next day's adventure.

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