Inspiring images are, for many, a draw to the mountains. Perfectly captured alpenglow in the Tarentaise, pictures of snowflakes the size of your hand in Hakuba, or a shot that perfectly summarises hut-life will get the heart of any mountain enthusiast racing. The mind will drift to that cold fresh mountainside, a pang to return will follow.
We sat down with the Ski Club of Great Britain’s video and photo guru, Jonny Cass, who picked 5 compact cameras perfect for recording your next adventure.
Olympus have developed a reputation with their TOUGH camera range as the 'go to' for adventurers that demand their kit stands up to the elements and any takes any knocks along the way. For fast access, the robust camera can even be attached externally to a backpack, or your harness, without the worry of damaging it.
Don’t let the name let you think that this camera is a one trick pony though, the TG-5 takes a mean photo thanks to a stacked spec. and enough accessories to keep kit nerds satisfied. The compact camera snaps happy at 12megapixels, records 4K video and can capture up to 120frames per second for those moments where only slow motion will do.
Jonny says: “If you are looking for a rugged and bombproof setup, you’ve found it”
For years, GoPro have been the clear leader in the wearable camera market, but Sony’s FDR-X3000 action camera has quietly built up a following in the background. What has impressed us, is the camera’s stability when filming in 4K, one of Sony’s flagship features on this model.
The ‘R’ variant comes with a handy watch-sized remote that can be mounted anywhere for convenient previews of what you are shooting as well as controls for all of the cameras functions.
Jonny says: “This is the perfect camera to share your trip through your own point of view”
Whilst Fuji’s X100F camera may not have many features that were specifically designed for outdoor use, its build quality and features lend it particularly well to travel and adventure photography. The F stands for 'fourth', and like it’s three predecessors, this camera is particularly popular with street photographers and film purists. The analogue style controls lend themselves to those with some prior photography knowledge, whilst new features like the electronic viewfinder and improved autofocus make this camera a true joy to use.
The fixed-lens no-frills setup might not be for everyone, but for traveling photographers, in particular landscape and street photographers, this simplicity can prove liberating.
Jonny says: “For an analogue feel with a hefty DSLR punch”
Sony have dubbed this camera a “palm-sized all-around all-star” and we are inclined to agree with them. Video or photos, this camera consistently performs to the highest standard, contained within a compact chassis, although the not-so-compact pricepoint may turn some away.
The auto-focus on this model sets it apart from the rest, focusing on subjects in 0.05 seconds - the fastest auto-focus speed in the world, controlled through touch screen. The auto-focus tracks subjects to an exceptionally high level of detail, ensuring that fast-moving mountain wildlife and fellow adventurers are clearly captured.
Jonny says: “If you are a budding professional photographer or videographer - then look no further than this jack of all trades”
The latest mirrorless camera in Panasonic’s DC series, part of the LUMIX family, picks up where its predecessors left off. The nifty new tilting viewfinder is the main upgrade users will notice (mirroring the tilting LCD screen), it makes shooting a doddle in awkward and cramped conditions – perfect for a mid-climb snap! To make sure you get the perfect shot every time - the 4K Photo feature shoots a rapid burst of 30 frames a second.
Jonny says: “A true jack of all trades with particularly impressive 4K capabilities”
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Nick, Olly and Matt are all fully-qualified UIAGM Mountain Guides and members of the British Mountain Guides Association.
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