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Hike Ultralight
(HikeUltralight) - M

Locale: Southeast
Backpacking Camera on 10/24/2010 15:31:55 MDT Print View

I am looking to get a camera for backpacking. I already have a Rebel XSi which is great for other uses, but I do not like lugging a DSLR backpacking. The only thing I really need is the best image quality I can get for the price, and HD video option. Zoom is important as well. My budget is around $250 or lower. Thanks in advance.

I am currently eyeing the Panasonic Lumix ZS7

Jolly Green Giant
(regultr) - MLife

Locale: www.jolly-green-giant.blogspot.com
Re: Backpacking Camera on 10/24/2010 18:16:44 MDT Print View

Andrew Skurka, who should be able to make a very educated suggestion about backpacking cameras, suggested a Canon S90 and said it was better than the famed LX3. It's only slightly out of your budget, but might be affordable during a Christmas sale...

Hike Ultralight
(HikeUltralight) - M

Locale: Southeast
S90 on 10/24/2010 18:19:38 MDT Print View

I looked at that one, the two things that made me pass it up were the price and the fact that it does not do video.

Bob Gross
(--B.G.--) - F

Locale: Silicon Valley
Re: S90 on 10/24/2010 18:27:04 MDT Print View

The Canon S90 has already been succeeded by the S95, which does do HD video.

Don't think so much about how much it costs. Just think what it would be worth!

--B.G.--

Eric Lundquist
(cobberman) - F - M

Locale: Northern Colorado
Re: Backpacking Camera on 10/24/2010 18:30:30 MDT Print View

Ditto the S90, but for video take a look at the current model the S95 which does 720P HD video, 28-105mm and an excellent low light lens at f2.0-4.9. It doesn't fit your budget ($400 MSRP) but is an excellent camera based on reviews and sample images.

Hike Ultralight
(HikeUltralight) - M

Locale: Southeast
S95 on 10/24/2010 18:30:34 MDT Print View

Is the S95 any better than the Panasonic Lumix ZS7?

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: Tokyo, Japan
a better camera on 10/24/2010 18:47:19 MDT Print View

The Samsung HZ35W has received some praise and can be had for under US$300 on Ebay I think.

Matthew Marasco
(BabyMatty) - F

Locale: Western/Central PA, Adirondacks
re: zs7 on 11/13/2010 21:31:21 MST Print View

I use the ZS3, and love it. The 12x optical zoom really comes in handy (think wildlife), and the image stabilization is superb. Most shots I take even when using digital zoom come out crisp. It also handles low light pretty good for a point and shoot, and has a wider lens than most.