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Who carries a small digital camera while on the mountain?

post #1 of 23
Thread Starter 
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
post #2 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
1 - Sony Cybershot DSC-P71 (3.2 megapixel)
2 - No - just loose in a jacket pocket. The case is too bulky.
3 - There's a short strap but it gets about as much use as my ski pole straps
4 - A minute or two. Take off glove, unzip pocket, take out camera, turn on, point, shoot, turn off, put in pocket, zip pocket, put on glove.

There are some pics from a day at Ski Butternut in the Resort/Conditions forum.
post #3 of 23
i keep a canon S330 in my backpacks. ITs a good camera with a quality video with audio segment to captue sequences such as snowboarding friends learning to ride and crashing and such. I keep it in a case as i myself as i am prone to crashing on the mountian. I take the pack off for terrain park hits. it has a built in strap so it dont get blown away or accidently dropped. takes about 30 seconds to take out and take a click and pack. Sometimes it doesnt take the pic immediately its warming up or something focusing so best suited for scenery pictures or still pictures. not for action photos.
post #4 of 23
I recently bought a Casio QV-R40. Basically, I was looking for something that was 3+mp, easily pocketable, light, used AA batteries, had 3x optical zoom, and wasn't really expensive. So far, very pleased. It seems rugged, time to first shot is very fast, time between shots is average at best. Image quality is good. Lows: Video mode is not nearly as strong as some other cameras (I didn't really care), no burst mode (which I'd like), lots of red eye in flash shots (typical of small cameras), the software that comes with it not the greatest. Not what I'd buy for taking indoor pictures of family/friends using flash. I'd probably prefer the Canon S400 but it's almost $200 more (and then I thought I'd need a 2nd proprietary battery). Nikon recently released a nice 3mp that I'd take a look at. I just throw it in my pocket. One cold day the batteries were pretty dead by the end of the day, probably should have had it in an inside pocket.
post #5 of 23
I have a Canon digital Ixus (it's called something else in the US). It's smaller than the Powershot, but has no video facility. I bought it primarily for ski shots. It is a small camera, but has a metal body which means it will take a lot of the abuse it gets when I fall while skiing.
I carry it in an inside pocket which helps keep the battery warm (lasts longer)
post #6 of 23
1) A Fuji Finepix A303. 3 megapixel. Consumer reports best buy I noticed a few days ago.
2) I keep it in the front pocket of my jacket. It's low on the chest. No case or anything. I have yet to really fall on it hard enough to hurt it or me.
3) I do not use the cord. I do check the zipper every lift ride. But on my jacket, the pocket is so deep I do not think it would come out with the zipper fully open.
4) When I stop to take a picture it usually takes 30 sec to a minute or so. I keep the lanyards on my gloves on my wrists. So I just pop one glove off (sometimes both) and let it dangle, pull the camera out, turn it on, and snap. I wear glove liners and they do not interfere with the camera operation and they prevent my hands from becoming cold while out of the regular gloves.
post #7 of 23
I carry the Cannon PowerShot S40 (4 megapixel) in my jacket's chest pocket. It is a little bigger than some, but it is a very sturdy camera. On big powder days, I put it in a case and through it in my pack. Very easy to take a photo with only one hand (30 seconds).

It does have a small strap and I always put my hand though it, just in case. I would highly recommend the camera for skiing photos. Works best for mountain scenery, but also takes decent action shots. I just make sure that the battery is not too cold before turning it on.
post #8 of 23
I just bought a Nikon CoolPix 4300. I have yet to use it on the hill, but I like it for it's size, 4MP, and the zoom. I wanted a bigger optical zoom, but the cameras get bulky. This one has a 3x zoom, but the range is 8-24mm. Most of the other 3x zooms are about 7-21mm. The 4x zooms were almost always 6-24. So while it can't zoom out as much, it'll zoom in as weel as a 4x, which is better for outdoor stuff. I couldn't find any digital that would take the picture at the instant that you push the button (like my 35mm SLR), but I think they work faster if you turn off the red-eye reduction and maybe change some other settings. This helps for action shots. Plus I got a 256MB card for it, so it can hold a lot of short movie segments.
post #9 of 23
I've been using the Sanyo VPC-350 for the past 4 years and it has worked great! The best thing about this camera is that it is SMALL and the case has a loop that goes through your belt so I wear it under my bibs on my waist. It takes stills and 15 sec video clips w/sound. I shot this picture last weekend...



And this video was taken last season with the camera. It can be picked up on eBay for about $100 used...it works great for what I use it for.

http://hyak.net/video/tracy1.avi
post #10 of 23
I carry a Casio EX-S3 in my jacket pocket at all times. An 8mm video cassette case protects the tiny camera. With 3.2 mega pixels, this unit delivers a fine picture. The video feature has allowed me to see myself skiing. A quick and easy camera to use, this little wonder is happy at the slopes, bike trail and family outing.
post #11 of 23
Thread Starter 
As for my own toy machine:

1. Minolta DimageX bought immediately when model came out in mid year 2002. Had made the front cover of major digital photog mag. At the time the tiniest slimest yet 2mp digital camera. Bought two 128mb SD flash memories and have 3 extra batteries all of which are teenee.

2. It is a quite tiny thing so I can get away with putting it in a lower zippered side pocket of a fleece inner garment instead of my coat. That is tighter to my body than the two coats I might wear thus does not bounce around. To get at it just requires pulling up which coat a bit at the waist then unzippering the pocket.

3. They make a case but I wanted something smaller and better for skiing abuses. Wandered about off and on for a week in stores looking for a container with snug dimensions. Bought a clear plastic bottle of Menon Skin bracer, poured out the strong blue after shave smelling stuff, cut a larger hole at one end to just fit the camera in given a small nudge. I can turn the squarish bottle upsidedown and the camera won't come out. Bottle must be squeezed slightly in order to bulge then camera is easily pulled free. Always take right hand glove off to pull out, shoot, put back.

4. I connect a 30 inch or so cord with clasp at one end to camera body and other end with clasp to pocket loop. Also another shorter cord onto above bottle case. Thus nothing can be fumbled into the white abyss which is a great advantage, especially on tricky steep slopes or in foul weather.

5. Can get at it out of pocket and case quite quickly. No lens to expand out of camera body since it is done internally with mirrors. To shoot press a couple buttons first then can shoot. Putting it back in pocket is about as quick. Being able to get at it. shoot, and put away quickly means I bother to use it often.

Some days I hardly use it while on others I'll shoot quite a bit. A good system for web sized fun shots.

[ January 01, 2004, 05:16 PM: Message edited by: dave_SSS ]
post #12 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
1. Olympus Mu400 (or Mu20 really - the Japanese model). 4MP 3x Optical. I got it purely because of skiing (else I'd buy something like a Canon G5 or 300D) - it's weatherproof and has a metal case. Downsides - little weak in low light and lens is a bit small (thus the first problem). But as a ski camera it is great as it is small, weatherproof and metal...

2. No - just in pocket.

3. No - just in pocket...MMMmmmm just thinking about that....if I was in deep light powder that could be bad....maybe I need an elastic strap tied to my jacket attached to it....

4. Depends on weather (and therefore gloves)....Powerup time is pretty fast.....

jdm
post #13 of 23
my friend uses the sony dsc-v1 (same specs as dsc-f717 but smaller) 5mp. takes about 1 min to pose, take a pic, put it away and ski again.

good camera, very high quality images. i'll try to post some pics later [img]smile.gif[/img]

melloboy
post #14 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
-Canon digital ixus V2 (2.1 mpixels, 128mb CF memory, 3x zoom optical, small viedos capability)
-Inside pocket of my ski parka, to keep the battery as warm as possible
-no
-no but it has a small hand cord to wear on the wrist (which I do)
-fast enough for pre-set shootings, for instant shoots well, I'm too slow anyway

Cheers.
post #15 of 23
Milolta Dimage X. Mine also takes a 30 second video. On the fine
setting it makes a nice 8X10 even though it is 2 megapixels. There is a newer one out that is 3. The thing is tiny and square and fits in my inside jacket pocket with the leather case. No lens comes out even for zoom. I just bought my son a factory rebuilt one on ebay for about $150.
post #16 of 23
Canon S110 Elph (the US version of the Ixus mentioned above). Then newer versions are even a little smaller and 3.1 or 4 megapixels. All metal construction, and a little ring on the end for a wrist strap. I have a case for it that I bought at REI that is made out of some sort of hardened woven nylon- brand is Accucase, about $15. Very rugged and nearly weightless, has a belt clip and zips open and closed, but does take up about 2x as much depth as the camera itself, so I usually only use the case in the summer when climbing and hiking (clipped to the waistbelt of my pack), and carry the camera in a pocket while skiing.

As much as I like this camera, I saw one last week that is what I would get now instead (if I could justify getting a new camera, which I can't!) I don't remember the model number but it's made by Pentax, 4 megapixels, metal construction with 3x optical zoom (the digital zoom numbers are meaningless, since they do nothing more than effectively crop the image), and is half the thickness and weight of the Canon. Uses SD cards, which appear to be the wave of the future. The guy who owned it could not stop raving about it, and it was certainly the most elegant thing I've seen yet. I think it ran about $375 via internet.

[ January 04, 2004, 06:54 PM: Message edited by: dp ]
post #17 of 23
last season had a Fuji Finepix 2600, which I sold to a friend so that he could take digipix of the tattoos he does on folks. this season I have a Canon G3 and plan to start bringing it when I ski. Last Friday when I skied with two friends on snowboards, I missed several chances at incredible photos. I won't make that mistake again. I'll probably get a chest pack for it and carry it under my shell.

Later this season I'll be using a Viosport remote camera lens and a Canon digicam (movie) of some sort.
post #18 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
I bought my husband a digicam for xmas [img]smile.gif[/img]

1. Canon s50 (smallest, best quality 5mp I could find)
2. Only skied with it once, he kept it in his pocket - he has a protective case but says it's too bulky
3. it's on a cord but I don't think he uses it
4. Pretty fast!

it's really a sweet camera. I also do something I NEVER do - I bought the extended warranty. All I need is for him to drop it in the snow or fall on it.....

this is from this weekend:
msn

[ January 05, 2004, 06:14 AM: Message edited by: MtnBikerChk ]
post #19 of 23
Just got an Olympus Stylus 400 for Xmas. Easy to use. I tried it out on the slopes and it takes me less than 30 seconds to get it out and be ready to shoot. I keep it in an inside pocket, no case. My wife got this one for me because it's supposed to be weatherproof. A good idea.
post #20 of 23
i have a cheap HP digicam i bought at a walmart about 2 yrs ago for a little over $100. it's a little clunky and has modest resolution and storage, but at that price i stow it in outer coat pocket and frequently whip it out onslope with little worry about loss/damage. won't win me any photojournalism prizes, but once i learned to use only lithium batteries it's worked well for email ski photos and such. can take a few better pics in hi-res mode.
post #21 of 23
Canon Powershot A40. At 2 megapixels I can take 325 pics with the memory card I installed.
In warm weather wearing thin gloves, a take it out of my inside pocket and shoot in about 20 seconds.
I have fallen on this camera; banged it against rocks; and dropped it... it takes a licking and keeps on...
Using the lowest power settings, the rechargeable batteries last all day, with enough power to take a lot of flash pictures in the bar after skiing.
post #22 of 23
Quote:
Originally posted by dave_SSS:
What model? Where do you put it, as in coat or pack?
Do you keep in in a protective case?
Is it on a cord or such to protect from accidentally dropping it?
How fast can you take it out for a shot then put it away? -dave
Sony Cybershot. I put it in a ziplock bag and keep it on an inside pocket. If I am carrying a pack I keep it there. I make it a habit to put my wrist through the strap before taking it out of the bag. Usually takes less than a minute to be ready to shoot.



Here is what I see when I walk out my front door onto the street.
post #23 of 23
I have a little 3.2Mp Cannon, but I rarely bring it anywhere. I have a cheapo Logitech 0.6Mp no zoom, no flash, credit card sized deal that I've carried all over the place...powder days in NM, Ice days in VT, car wrecks, 16 penny nails through thumbs, girls flashing me on the highway...you name it. Crappy resolution, but hey! I pull it out of my pocket, slide it open and snap the picture. If I've got the light, I;ve got it. If not, hey, I tried.

It even survived both the washer AND the drier once! Whaddaya want for $100?
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