Time for a new backpacking camera

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Re: Time for a new backpacking camera

Post by SSSdave » Mon Apr 15, 2019 7:27 pm

All the low light blabber targets the large numbers of users that either only hand hold while shooting, never using a tripod, or shoot in dim conditions like at night at say indoor arena sporting events or inside dim rooms. I have about two dozen batteries with my A6000 and on 9-day trips need them all. Anyone with an ILC using just auto modes and not using a tripod might as well just use a smartphone with a good camera. My new moto g6 takes excellent landscapes for 1080p web display sizes. The serious limitations with smartphone cameras are they are fixed wide angle and one will not end up images that can be printed large with fine detail. That is where the GX9 and similar models have somewhat more value.








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Re: Time for a new backpacking camera

Post by Wandering Daisy » Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:03 pm

The two cameras that I ended up considering were the Canon G9x and Sony Cyber RX 100 (the first and oldest version).Either camera would be an upgrade from my old camera. Both were on display at Best Buy so I could compare both. The newer Canon version had a tilt screen, view finder and other fancy stuff, but cost $200 more. The newer Sony versions also had lots more stuff and $200+ more. I ended up getting the Canon. I ordered the silver version with the tan grips because the labels are easier to see. The one in the store was the all black version. I pick it up Friday. Thanks everyone for all the good advise.

A view finder would be nice, but I really did get used to not having one on my old camera. The tilt screen to me was just another moving part to break and I did without such before. I know this is a stupid reason to choose a camera, but it worked a lot like my older Canon so I would not have to start from scratch learning how to use it. Once I start using it I will let you all know how I like it, or not.

Frustrating, though, that the new Canon takes an entirely different battery than my old one, so my old spare battery is now useless. This time I am also going to buy (or sew) a very brightly colored case so I do not stupidly leave it on a rock!

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Re: Time for a new backpacking camera

Post by SSSdave » Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:43 am

One can charge those NB-3L batteries while inside the GX9 from a USB receptacle if it has the correct charging spec and one uses the a proper charging cable. Thus one can buy a lithium-ion power bank plus a single extra spare battery and use a power bank to charge batteries and other devices like a cellphone without needing to have a supply of several spares as I do.

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