This dynamic compilation includes ultra-compact, high-tech cameras as well as action cameras built for versatility. Depending on your preference, any of these cameras will meet the needs for photographing/recording your backpacking trip with stunning clarity.
Best Lightweight Action Camera
The GoPro HERO Session plus SMART Remote is the perfect high-tech, super-compact camera for folks wanting something very lightweight. Weighing nor more than 2.6ounces(76g), it will rest perfectly on your backpack strap while you make your way through the trails. With its’ simple grab-and-go design, the user can easily press the one-button control system to automatically snap photos or video. This ultra-compact camera is waterproof to 33‘(10m) without the need for a housing unit. It is built with weather-ability and durability in mind, so it can withstand harsh conditions and extreme environments.
The GoPro HERO Session is equipped to record video resolutions from 720p to 1440p. The HERO delivers excellent, high-quality photos due to the 8megapixel capacity and 10 frames per second continuous burst shooting. The long-range remote control delivers full operation of camera functions from distances as far as 600‘(180m) with line-of-sight. It even works if you have multi-cam setups because the remote is equipped to handle up to 50 GoPro cameras simultaneously.
Backpackers loved that the GoPro HERO Session was so lightweight and versatile. It was super easy to travel with and delivered stunning photos regardless of wet, cold, rainy conditions as well as humid, hot, or dry situations. Many users were impressed with the waterproof build, relieved that they could still retain all their shots whether the camera got rained on or dropped into a puddle. Many recommended the HERO for first-time users of GoPro action cameras and perfect for backpackers that are passionate about preparedness and minimalism.
Best 360 Degree Camera
Another versatile camera is the 360fly 4k 360-degree Camera. It is equipped with a 16megapixel image sensor that is capable of increasing resolutions to 2880x2880pixels without seams/stitch imperfections in the photo. The 360fly 4K is capable of reaching these amazing high-resolutions while capturing 360-degree 10 MP panoramic shots. The perfect backpacking camera to capture your surroundings at the mere touch of a button and capture every detail within its’ 360-degree view.
Additionally, the camera is equipped with first-person point-of-view which enables the user to transfer from 360-degrees to 16:9 point and shoot mode. Other features include the built-in accelerometer and non-assisted GPS sensors. These are used in tandem with the built-in e-compass and gyroscope to provide the user with great geo-tagging benefits. Not only can you take excellent shots while backpacking, but never get lost with the 360s GPS features.
Many users were highly impressed with the quality of video and photo they were able to capture, seemingly hands-free while on an outing. The footage gained from all angles gave them an amazing account of their journey. Users were happy with the versatility and durability of the camera, because of its’ water-resistant, dust-proof, and shock-proof build. The non-slip and soft-touch outer coating made the camera easy to operate as well.
Best Digital Camera with Full-HD Video
The Canon PowerShot G16 is equipped with a 12.1megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers high performance and optimal images consistently. It comes highly recommended by backpackers because of how sophisticated it is in capturing the right amount of light for any given environment. Perfect for any low-light situations on your trek through the woods. The G16 is equipped with a DIGIC6 Image Processor which enhances the image quality of each still photo or video recording. Despite dark shooting conditions, it is capable of reducing noise and maintaining higher resolutions.
The Canon G16 also features Dynamic IS system that helps to detect and correct movement from tilting or shifting. With this intelligent Image Stabilization system, you can shoot using 6 different modes, from panning and hybrid-macro to powered and tripod modes. These help to reduce blur and prevent distortion in your images and videos. You can utilize the wide angle 5x optical zoom to get more in every image you take. It is equipped with a bright f/1.8 wide to f/2.8 T lens, which is the ideal lens for low-lighting conditions.
Customers were very impressed with the high-performance and picture quality of the G16. They were able to take stunning footage and photographs of their surroundings, managing the aperture to gain shallow depth-of-field for softer backgrounds. They could not believe the quality of the images they captured during the early morning, low-lit hours as well as the later dusk hours. Other users were very happy with the high-speed autofocus and shooting lag times. It made continuous shooting a breeze with full-resolutions each time.
Top Rated Waterproof Action Video Camera
The Ricoh WG-M1 is an excellent durable, action video camera perfect for backpackers on all types of outings. It sets very high standards with its waterproof design, capable of depths as much as 32 feet without utilizing a protective housing unit. On top of that, it is shock-resistant and can withstand a fall from 6feet and cold-resistant to as low as -10 degrees Celsius/14F. With the ultra-tough design, the WG-M1 fits the bill for those hardcore explorers who are ready to tackle any kind of outdoor conditions, while gaining the benefits of high-quality photos.
The Ricoh WG-M1 features 14.0 megapixels CMOS sensor that delivers excellent high-resolutions. It also features an ultra wide-angle f/2.8 160-degree lens and can continuously shoot while capturing up to 10 frames per second. When utilizing the full high-definition video functions, you can record in widescreen resolutions as high as 1080p.
Many backpackers were fully satisfied with the high-performance of the Ricoh and the quality of photographs and videos it could produce. They were especially satisfied with the rugged build and waterproof benefits, amazed that it could withstand being underwater for as long as 1 hour.
Not only did they love that feature, but the dedicated APP allowed them connectivity to their smart mobile devices so they could easily share their adventures.