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Old 08-22-18, 02:20 PM
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Camera recommendation

This would be for short up to a week CC toiring, what's your recommendation for a good camera and what accessories to go with it please? Thanks all.
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Still camera or video?
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To look at scenery, or to document possible "incidents" while out on the road? You aren't giving us much to work with here.
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most seem to bring a phone, anyway .. they take pictures, these days ..





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I highly recommend this one, small, compact as it folds down to a reasonable size, great image quality:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Gra...0AAOSwyXVbcJ9a


and for accessories, extra bulbs and this snazzy mutli shot back: No more limits of only 2 shots, but six, yes 6!! one after another!! I know, amazing.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Graflex-Graf...wAAOSwqbVbSW2U
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Originally Posted by Eds0123
This would be for short up to a week CC toiring, what's your recommendation for a good camera and what accessories to go with it please? Thanks all.
For a week you could probably get by fine with one of the better imaging smartphones. For a dedicated camera, the Sony APS-C mirrorless cameras are a good choice - excellent image, lightweight, compact, not too expensive. Alpha 5100 or 6000 both highly rated - 6000 adds electronic viewfinder (better for sunny conditions where LCD displayed image is hard to view). Both are excellent in low light. Add a polarizing filter, remote shutter control, tripod, external flash, lenses...

https://www.sony.com/electronics/int...t&sensor=aps-c

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Originally Posted by djb
I highly recommend this one, small, compact as it folds down to a reasonable size, great image quality:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Gra...0AAOSwyXVbcJ9a


and for accessories, extra bulbs and this snazzy mutli shot back: No more limits of only 2 shots, but six, yes 6!! one after another!! I know, amazing.

https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Graflex-Graf...wAAOSwqbVbSW2U
Mmm, yes. The troll game is strong and funny with this one.

Seriously though - Cellphones, Go Pro, Go Pro Session, something cheap from eBay. Nikon makes a $110 waterproof point and shoot.

If you want to spend some coin, the Nikon AW-1 was pretty cool mirrorless weather (read as NOT WATER) proof crop frame camera. Pretty much anything Sony these days (5000-series on up to the A7- series). Canon and Nikon too, if you prefer traditionalé.
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Originally Posted by Eds0123
This would be for short up to a week CC toiring, what's your recommendation for a good camera and what accessories to go with it please? Thanks all.
Not trying to advertise or anything But I wrote a post on photography on my blog. It's called Mastering The Lens: Bikepacking Photography.. Check it out here if you'd like... Bikepacking Photography - Mastering The Lens

Besides that. I recommend the Ricoh GR. Depending on your budget. It's small, light and a work horse. You can stuff it in your jersey pocket, MTB shorts or frame bag or even around your neck. The new GRII has the wifi addition which is also nice.This is one I'm going to pick up soon. Hope this helps.
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depends....
where are you riding?
what type of scenery?
how many photos?
for what purpose?

some folks don't bother to take pictures, others just download
from the interwebs, figger their state line sign photo would be
just the same as everyone else's.
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Originally Posted by Paul Barnard
Still camera or video?
Yes, Preferably something that can do both better than my still very good Samsung S5? Good question, teally, thanks but at the end I would put more value on a good still image than on a movie, let the audience interpret the scenery based on their own experiences and tastes rather than me forcing a narratibe through a movie, right? I don't know,
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Originally Posted by Colnago Mixte
To look at scenery, or to document possible "incidents" while out on the road? You aren't giving us much to work with here.
Yes, sorry, not so much for incidents for insurance claims but capturing of a Coyote crossing the trail just before I hit him? or her? would be nice too to have something like that mounted on handle bar too i guess,
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Originally Posted by biketocamp
I recommend the Ricoh GR.
Looks insanely high build quality at a reasonable price. How does it do against the Sony RX100 series?

My only criticism is the F2.8. It's good, but I feel like they might have been able to push for a lower minimum F-stop.

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Even though you can hardly see these numbers in the photo below, and it is enlarged to the point of pixelation; you can still read the numbers.



I think one has to know cameras to appreciate this. Assuming no doctoring, it's impressive.

For the OP - www.dpreview.com - it's the www.gsmarena.com of photography. Lots of info on anything you're likely to consider.

Again to the OP - you might want to look at a go pro session. Depending how rough you are with your gear, this type of product might tick a lot of boxes for you. Particularly if small and tough are on your list.
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You need to include more about how you intend to use the camera e.g. features, and the conditions and/or type of riding you do.

Irrespective of any of that, you need to at least include a budget. You can purchase an action cameras for as little as $50, and others that look similar but cost over $800.
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Originally Posted by Bang0Bang00
If you want to spend some coin, the Nikon AW-1 was pretty cool mirrorless weather (read as NOT WATER) proof crop frame camera.
It's actually waterproof to 49 feet without a housing. The Nikon 1 mount is dead though.

The only advantage of cheap compacts over a phone is the optical zoom. Any of the 1" sensor compact (Sony RX100, Panasonic LX10, ZS100/200, Canon G7X) will give better quality in a small package. For interchangeable lens, look at micro4/3 (Panasonic and Olympus) and Sony, Canon or Fuji APS mirrorless.
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Good info, Erik!

Now I'm curious what the current weather resistant/ tough mirrorless (or similar) is. Guess it's back to dpreview.com for me.

On one hand, there are some solid bang for buck options if quality is your priority.

On the other hand, everything works in one fashion or another. So if quality isn't necessarily your top priority, almost anything will work.

I saw a music video shot at night using the car headlights and a modern cellphone. It looked pretty professional, amazingly.

Modern tech is insane!
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Panasonic with a Leica lens.
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Get something like one of the Olympus Tough point and shoot (or similar water and shock resistant camera). Keep it in your jersey pocket. You can grab a shot within a few seconds, with practice. Water resistant means you don't worry about sweat corroding the camera, shock resistant means there's a decent chance it'll work if you DO drop it. Point and shoot cameras generally have better optics for zooming in than your cell phone -- and almost everything I want to shoot is further away than ideal, so I need that zoom capability. YMMV, of course.
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Yeah. Zoom is important. I bought a Sony RX100 II without putting enough thought into the zoom capability. It does not have enough for my liking.
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ultimately Eds, it comes down to how much you want to spend, how big (heavy) a camera you want to carry, not to mention worry about.
There are tons of smallish pt and shoots, some with reasonable zooms, some with more, some waterproof as mentioned.
Personally, I prefer a pt and shoot rather than a dslr or even a 2/3rds, more from the size and weight factor, but am realistic about the limitations of a pt and shoot vs a nicer camera.
I also prefer to have a not particularly expensive camera simply because I dont worry about it overly. Dont get me wrong, Im careful with it, but I dont worry about being held up or a worst case scenario situation happening.

there certainly isnt any clear answer here
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Originally Posted by Eds0123
This would be for short up to a week CC toiring, what's your recommendation for a good camera and what accessories to go with it please? Thanks all.
Unless you plan on printing large images, your smart phone should be fine. If you want to get something better, it will cost you. I chose the Canon G9X Mk II (1 inch sensor). It is super small, has a great image quality.
There are a number of cameras in the same category. I decided on the Canon, based on reviews, price and size. It is USB chargeable and does about 250 shots per charge
The only accessory I bring is a small table top tripod for selfies and such.
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This is another picture taken with the Sony a6000. It is light and compact while performing well. I'm not sure I included the camera make and model in my last post.





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I use a Fuji XT-1 with a short tele prime. Extra lenses are cumbersome so I don't bother taking more than one. I use my phone for architecture interiors, etc.

I think any modern camera would be fine for your needs. Weight and bulk are the major considerations, trading off against image quality. It's a personal decision how much you are willing to lug around.
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Originally Posted by djb
there certainly isnt any clear answer here
Thank You djb; Yes I see, yes there are choices and considerations and budget levels,

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Wow, another person that knows about the Ricoh GR!! Great piece of equipment, my friend!
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Sony A6000 looks very impressive (24 mega pixels?) for the price, cnet.com review says it's the best value for the price ($450-500ish) or the Rico GR, thanks for pointers to dpeview.com everybody, haven't had a chance to check it yet out fellows but thank you,
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