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Camera for skiing

post #1 of 17
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I know this has been asked numerous times, but what is a great camera for skiing action shots with high detail? One that is tough enough to throw in my backpack and endure harsh temps as well.  My i phone takes better shots than the crappy camera I got for my 20-year annivesary at my job.    thanks!

post #2 of 17
Hey Pete,

I typically use a Nikon AW110. I'm sure some pros will point out some of the optical short comings, but it's sure bombproof and small. I don't like taking my larger $2000 camera/lenses on the hill daily. With 4 small kids I never know when I want to pull it out of my pocket for a pic or video (it does both). It's been dropped, thrown & taken a couple of years of abuse & shows nearly no signs of issues. Last year people in the cafeteria thought I was crazy when one of my kids spilled their hot chocolate all over it & I just walked over to the drinking fountain & washed it off. Good as new.

Underwater pictures are kind of a novelty, for us it's more about milk, hot chocolate, juice, etc proof. It's worth a look. Small enough to just keep in my front pocket for easy access. Large side button you could program for shutter & not even need to take gloves off. My biggest complaint (with many smaller cameras these days) is that you are forced to use the LCD screen to shoot video or pics. Not a big deal 99% of the time, but in bright sun on the slopes, it can be tough at times. I wish it also had a viewfinder.

There's a few others in this category as well that I'm sure are nice as well. Pic quality way better than any phone, does video, fits in pocket and no worries about breaking it on a fall or drop off the chairlift.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

And it looks cool too!

 

post #4 of 17

What do you want your camera to do?  Do you want poster sized shots or just a few 5"x7" shots for a scrapbook?  Do you want a viewfinder or not?  Do you want weatherproofing or not, interchangeable lenses or not, a sensor with great dynamic range, etc.? How much do you want to spend?

post #5 of 17

How about a Canon 40D with an EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS ($250 + $120 from KEH)?  It may not be small or light, but you can throw it in a backpack and treat it as practically disposable.  For good action shots, you'll need close to zero shutter lag, and you'll want to fill the frame with your subject.  The long zoom with image stabilization will allow that.  Finally, you'll want a true through-the-lens viewfinder.  I've yet to see an LCD that was usable in bright sun on a ski slope.

post #6 of 17
But can you fall on it?
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

But can you fall on it?

 

In a backpack?  Sure.

post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by quant2325 View Post
 

What do you want your camera to do?  Do you want poster sized shots or just a few 5"x7" shots for a scrapbook?  Do you want a viewfinder or not?  Do you want weatherproofing or not, interchangeable lenses or not, a sensor with great dynamic range, etc.? How much do you want to spend?

 

I want it all for the best price!  :D 

 

Actually I do want a viewfinder and weatherproofing. Probably don't need interchangeable lenses.

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by Xela View Post
 

How about a Canon 40D with an EF-S 55-250mm f4-5.6 IS ($250 + $120 from KEH)?  It may not be small or light, but you can throw it in a backpack and treat it as practically disposable.  For good action shots, you'll need close to zero shutter lag, and you'll want to fill the frame with your subject.  The long zoom with image stabilization will allow that.  Finally, you'll want a true through-the-lens viewfinder.  I've yet to see an LCD that was usable in bright sun on a ski slope.

I will have to check that out as well.  thanks!

post #10 of 17

Depends what you want that 40D/55-250 combo to do.  Is it gonna be in the pack and taken out at strategic or staged opportunities?  Sure, it'll do the trick on a budget.  But if you want to snap a quick shot of a fleeting moment, forget about it.  The time it takes to get it out of the pack, turned on, pointed, adjusted/focused (even if it's on full auto), the moment has long gone. 

 

Do you want ultimate portability and speed to capture "momentos" of your kids?  Get something small, portable, and sturdy.  Want to lug around a DSLR and long lens on the slopes for the day and hope to capture that portfolio shot with the kids?  Get the 40D combo.

post #11 of 17
I think that, finally, pocket-sized cameras, which have been an abandoning viewfinders like crazy (which is why I'm clutching into my Canon 990 IS tightly) are coming out with EVF's. At least, there's a Panasonic with one, the LF1. I was a little leery of the EVF at first because I need reading glasses to look at LCD's, but I find that for some reason, the diopter on the EVF actually does allow me to look through the little hole at another screen and SEE even in bright conditions. I have another, larger, Panasonic, with one now.
post #12 of 17
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But can you fall on it?


Can you drop  it from the lift?
 

+1 to the real viewfinders and not just a display screen.

 

Still holding on to my Cannon A430 hahaha.. that has also been dropped from the lift once..  Haven't taken a real camera skiing in a long time though, too busy skiing to take GOOD photos..

post #13 of 17

Good point. If I'm skiing, I'm skiing.  I MIGHT remember to snap a couple pics here and there, and usually on my iPhone (this, despite having expensive photo gear I could bring in a backpack).  However, if I'm there to take photos, I'm not skiing; I'm "working" and focusing entirely on getting the right shots, not on my pole plants for fore/aft position in the bumps.

 

I'd rather be skiing, for the record :D 

post #14 of 17

Well, as any visit to my "Locals Guide" will tell you, I manage to do a lot of picture taking.  (Gives me an excuse to catch my breath?)

post #15 of 17

It's really critical to know yourself, in terms of how and when you'll take photos on the slopes.  I would recommend the 40D (or similar) only when photography is your priority and quality matters.  It will not be safe to ski with such a camera "at the ready".

 

By the way, KEH is a good, reputable used camera dealer, but better prices are routinely found on eBay.

post #16 of 17
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I want it all for the best price!  :D

 

Actually I do want a viewfinder and weatherproofing. Probably don't need interchangeable lenses.

Viewfinder?  Easy to find but the better cameras do cost a bit of money.  Weatherproofing and viewfinder?  That is harder for a great lens/camera combo outside of a DSLR.  Check out the reviews on dpreview.com, which are pretty good.  Xela wrote about KEH, which is a competent store particularly when buying used.  Their prices are fair and they rate on the conservative side, so you should be happy with what you get. Perhaps you  can pick-up a FUJI X-100s and test it for us?   Another options is to rent for a long weekend from www.borrowlenses.com  so you can try out a camera or two.  I like the buying experience from B&H and Adorama, two highly reputable outfits.  Abes of Maine might list some cameras cheaper, but they are a rip-off (at least in the past) with accessories, warrantees, etc.

 

You have to remember that higher end camera sales are pushed by the over-50 crowd that came from film, loves the retro looking stuff, likes to dick around with the settings for everything because the green setting is for sissys, all to take photos that the kids will toss once we die.  So test a few cameras and get what you want, not what we like.  Your definition of a "sharp" photo may be a lot different than ours, as might your definition of a "great shot.".


Edited by quant2325 - 11/22/13 at 11:38am
post #17 of 17

I picked one of these up refurbished from BH Photo. The photo quality isnt going to match a true camera, however it does 1080p 60fps and the optical image stabilization is sweet. Ive been cutting stills out of the video and they look really nice, however they are going to be like 3 MP. With 60 fps you can snag a still literally at any point during a turn. The battery life has been great in the cold. Its really small.

 

160 with free shipping (shipping was free when I bought mine about a month ago)

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1011472-REF/canon_8155b020aa_vixia_hf_r400_full.html

 

Its not weatherproof or smash proof. I got one of these cases and it seems like it would protect the camera pretty well. I havent fallen on it yet :)

http://www.amazon.com/Case-Logic-MSEC-4-Molded-Camcorder/dp/B002DUEBIC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1385489925&sr=8-1&keywords=camcorder+hard+case

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