Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip
My 15 year old son, is going on a 36 day outdoor adventure trip, with a company called "A Road Less Traveled". I want to buy him a new camera for the trip. It should be light weight, ready to shoot the second it's turned on, and have good image quality. Does anyone have any recommendations
#1. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 0MEMcD Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Sat 31-May-08 01:50 AM
If you are looking for a DSLR: the D40 or D60 with the 18-55mm lens is very small and compact.
If you are looking for a point and shoot: the Coolpix S52 is very very small. You may be able to find an S50 or S51 and save a few $.
I hope this helps. Good Luck.
#3. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 2dave_gt Basic MemberSat 31-May-08 01:00 PM
Good choice there...
As much as I hate P&S and the goofy "chimping" with no optical finder...this is a good choice where lightweight and weatherproofing is essential. Younger kids seems to like the "live-view" and the images will more than suffice.
I would not get a DSLR for that purpose...or a compact camera...just go with the P&S.
Hope he has a great time!
#4. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 3gwdave Registered since 24th Aug 2007Sat 31-May-08 09:18 PM
As to the above comments, I could not agree more. Keep in mind also on a 36 day outing you would need a way to charge the special battery in the D40 series, I would go with a camera that has "AA" 0r "AAA" batteries so he can carry spares. I would agree also that it should be water resistant or proof as a precaution.......
18-55, 55-200, 70-300
#5. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 4glennaa11 Registered since 27th Aug 2004Sun 01-Jun-08 12:22 AM
depending how many shots he is planning to shoot I don't think battery charge is really an issue with a D40. Mine lasts at least that long with moderate use as long as he doesn't leave it on all the time. Maybe he could find a solar charger system.
#6. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 2dave_gt Basic MemberSun 01-Jun-08 01:09 PM | edited Sun 01-Jun-08 01:26 PM by dave_gt
That Oly is one great camera!!!
This is all anyone needs for a backpacking trip, etc... (sorry Nikon but I don't see a Nikon P&S that has these specs) and I just may put that on my wish list for my upcoming birthday...er...29th, that is...
It could fill in where my D40 is too bulky but it can't replace it.
#7. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 2Cookies35 Nikonian since 17th Apr 2007Tue 03-Jun-08 09:41 AM
>If the D40 is dropped with the 18-55 lens on it the lens is
>not going to survive...color>
... unless it has some protection. I got a D40 for my ten-year-old nephew to use, and put it inside the Camera Armor. This was not instead ofcolor> teaching him how to look after it properly, but in addition tocolor> teaching him that a camera is a very sensitive, expensive, etc etc etc thing that he has to pay attentionto. I put the Armor on it just for those "just in case" moments, and to give me some peace of mind. It's pretty good for the purpose.
Putting the Armor on a camera for a first-time user does mean that you have to show him how to use the camera, on account of the buttons are all covered with rubber. What I mean is, I gave it to him with the Armor ON, but while I showed him how to use it I showed him the equivalent buttons on my camera (which had no Armor). That's because the buttons on the Armor are well-labelled, but in a kind of short-hand, so seeing the non-short-hand version once was enough to cement in his head what the button was meant for, but he didn't have to try to learn "his" camera "twice," first naked and then again with the Armor on it. He took immediately to "his" camera as though that's just the version I bought him, not as though there was anything weird about it, and he had no trouble at all using it by himself once I'd walked him through it. But I don't think that even I would have been able to learn on an Armor-clad camera by myself, without somebody to show me what was what.
(I'm not suggesting you dupe your son into thinking that his new camera "came this way," nothing of the sort! I just mention my version of "camera for the nephew" to let you know how easy it is to use this camera even when it's clad in Armor.)
Anyway, the Armor collects lint like you wouldn't believe, so I wouldn't send it on a trip in which lenses were going to be swapped. But then for a light kit, and for a first camera, you wouldn't be thinking about multiple lenses anyway.
None of this is to say that you shouldn't go with a P&S. Assuming that the kid has no SLR experience, then the P&S really sounds like the way to go. But if this is a kid who's been using somebody else's SLR and lovin' it, and you'd like to take this opportunity to get him his very own camera, then I'd say go with a D40 + Camera Armor, and make sure he knows that the Armor is a back-up for "just in case," NOT license to swing the thing around like he's some kind of Tarzan or something. AND that he know that the Armor protects against bumps, NOT against water.
A little knowledge is a dangerous thing
#8. "RE: Which camera to buy for a backpacking trip" | In response to Reply # 0
36 day backpacking trip? With no access to recharging batteries? If you went digital you might want something that runs on AA batteries and you should use lithium's as alkalines will drain very quickly. Either that or get him a film camera, something like one of the clamshell olys that may still be available in camera stores or on amazon. I don't know about other makes, but canon makes the "a" series p/s digital cameras that run off AA batteries. You can get a pretty decent one thats lightweight and runs off of 2 cells for around 150 or even less. Check Amazon for the models and for other makes as well. Or you could get one of the really compact p/s models and also pick up a few extra lithium-ion batteries for it. The batteries are very small and lightweight and you might be able to pick spares up cheap on that auction site. There are these new regulations about carrying lithium batteries in aircraft these days, so you would need to keep them in a proper "holder" to pass through security, just another complications to think about.