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Old 06-25-2014, 08:37 PM
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Backpacking photography and videography

I have been debating on what kind of camera I would like to get, as I think I would like to do some hiking videography. So, I wanted to ask what kind of cameras do you guys use? Do you take a camera with you every time you go hiking? Do you shoot stills, video, or both?

Dan Randazzo
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:01 AM
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Wildfield Wildfield is offline
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I take a digital camera (Nikon P7100) with me on any and all hikes. I've only taken stills but my camera does have the capability to shoot video. Not sure how good the quality of the videos would be with the P7100 but since I only shoot stills, it hasn't been an issue.

Which video cameras are you considering? Are there lightweight options available? I imagine along with weight, battery life/run time and image quality are important considerations.

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Old 07-21-2014, 09:26 AM
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My wife is the photographer and we'll be doing multiple trips coming up and she purchased us a camera just for backpacking. We are doing the Camino in Spain in 2 years (it'll take a few trips to do all of it), I'm doing mountain hiking next month which is 7 nights out plus we'll likely do some overnights in RMNP next fall.

She (and her photo club) decided on the Nikon Coolpix AW just because it's easily slipped into the leg pocket of my cargo pants. Plus it's freeze (14f), shock (5+ ft) and water (30+ ft?) proof. 16 mp with full HD video. So it's good enough for non-professional work. If I'm looking for a quality shot that I might enlarge, I'll hook it up to my hiking pole for better stability. She bought an extra card and 2 extra batteries for longer trips.

I used the video to shoot my nephew when he gave a graduation speech. Everyone seemed very impressed, especially since I was sitting in a crowd and holding up the camera without any supports for a 12 minute speech. Couldn't even put my elbows on the rests because of the people in front.
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Ya gotta go with the end result that floats your boat...

Decide what end result you're really after, and collect gear that will get you there.

I personally am after black-and-white realist inkjet photographs that are perfectly rectilinear and which I can hang on a wall for 10 years without getting tired of them. For me, a 13-15lb. medium format view camera rig is what works best. (I take this rig on more trips than I should.) Most people, not so much... They say less is more.

Define the videography and display medium you're after (what-ever-tube, large format HD TV screen, etc.), and get the gear that makes that happen. The only thing that gets you over hills and vales with serious weight is passion for the end result. So define what you want, and totally and without question, go for it. (This is perhaps beyond classic backpacker advice, but true nonetheless.)

By the way, what is the end result you do want? Some people here might be doing that, and can give you more specific advice.

One funny thing about all serious photograhpy - you will only see it once, so you can only photograph it once. Can't tell you how many photos I've tried to re-take without any success. I'm not alone. Get a rig you can carry every time without fail. You will get that first shot you can't get later. You will get further if you do.
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