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Best Hiking Camera - Top 3 Cameras for Hiking and Backpacking

It’s good to take a camera to record your trip. In this article, we’ll introduce you 3 best hiking cameras. They have different highlights for different uses, but all these cameras are good for hiking, backpacking or other outdoor activities.

By Niko | @mycoollife

Updated on Nov 14, 2019

If you like to go hiking or backpacking, then you definitely enjoy the pretty sights during the trip. In addition to those essential gears, it’s good to take a camera to record your trip: beautiful sceneries, children’s smiling faces. In this article, we are going to introduce you 3 best hiking cameras. They have different highlights for different uses, but all these cameras are good for hiking, backpacking or other outdoor activities. Let’s check one by one.

*This time, we only focus on the best compact cameras for hiking or backpacking.

Canon PowerShot G9 X - Fashion Design 

Compared to many other compact hiking cameras, Canon PowerShot G9X looks cooler (especially the sliver one), don’t worry, it offers powerful and useful features. Firstly, this hiking camera has 3-inch display, image stabilization, 20.1 megapixels optical sensor resolution, 3x optical zoom, FHD 1080p video capture resolution and fixed LCD viewfinder.

It provides 4 useful modes (auto, fine details, monochrome and portrait), and you can pick your style to help you take the best photos. As for recording videos, a Time-Lapse Movie function provides a fun creative option, letting you condense long stretches of time into short, compelling videos with high resolution and lifelike clarity. Finally, this camera is Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth enabled.

But it is NOT waterproof. If you already have this Canon PowerShot G9X, and don’t want to get another waterproof one, you can consider a waterproof housing for the camera.

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GoPro - Size is Everything

Most of the time, you try to get your package as light as possible when you prepare a hiking trip. By the same token, you’ll need a very light and tiny hiking camera. If the size is your top consideration, you go with GoPro Hero 7. *Although GoPro Hero 8 is available, its overall rating is lower than Hero 7 so far, so here, we recommend you go with GoPro Hero 7 for the best result.

The dimensions of GoPro Hero 7: 2.4 x 1.3 x 1.8 inches, and the weight: 4.2 ounces. Perfect size, isn’t it? The best hiking camera provides you with a tiny 1/2.3in sensor, touchscreen, RAW support, 12MP photos & 4K60 video. Even better, it predicts your movements and corrects for camera shake to deliver insanely smooth footage. So, GoPro Hero 7 can maximum ensure you the best photo and video quality even when you are moving.

Besides, GoPro Hero 7 is waterproof , and supports voice commands, rechargeable battery & Wi-Fi connection. It’s convenient for you to live stream your photos and videos to social media platforms. Generally, it can be a great option, if you are looking for a tiny camera for hiking or backpacking (or any other adventure), go with GoPro Hero 7.

There is one thing you need to notice. The tiny size of the camera decides GoPro Hero 7 has a very small screen. In terms of the zoom feature, it acts like a digital zoom, maintaining output at 12MP, which degrades the quality.

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Olympus Tough TG-6 - Best for Waterproof

You’ll confront with poor weather sometimes while going outside, or you are planning a hiking or backpacking trip by the brook or near the ocean. You need a waterproof hiking camera. No matter for a rainy day or even you go deep underwater, you can still take amazing photos.

Here is Olympus Tough TG-6. It’s waterproof (50ft/15 m), dustproof, shockproof, crushproof and freezeproof. You can take colorful underwater images at all depths, and achieve vivid color with its 5 underwater shooting modes (including underwater microscope) and the 3 available White Balance Modes. In addition, this waterproof hiking camera offers high resolution F2. 0 lens, maximum 8x zoom, back illuminated CMOS image sensor. It not only allows you to take high-quality photos, full HD 120fps high speed movies and 4K movies can also be recorded.

Compared to the previous generation Olympus TG-5, this TG-6 has more pro features like image stabilization, optical sensor resolution and 4K, 2K video capture resolution and etc. And you only need pay more $50. Now, the price of Olympus TG-6 is $399 on Amazon.

In fact, as one of the best waterproof compact camera options, Olympus Tough TG-6 is goes beyond the waterproof norm, and it can endure all the extreme environment. It is perfect for outdoors, such as hiking steep mountain trails, backpacking through a desert Canyon, climbing in the Andes or skiing in the wilderness.

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