- Best compact digital camera for use during MTB rides?
What is the best compact digital camera to user during MTB trips? My aging Canon IXUS 400 doesn't perform well in low light and there is no sports mode or continuous shooting – typically I get a nice shot of a moving rider framed, press the shutter and nothing happens for about 2 seconds, by which time the rider has gone.
All reviews and forums seem to love the Panasonic Lumix TZ7 – any STW members use one? If so what do you think? If not, what else do you recommend?
ThanksPosted 8 years ago
i'm going for one of these – love Lumix cameras. this is tough, waterproof and shoots HD – do some vimeo or youtube searches to see mbt footage!
i know you didn't ask for tough ones, i just thing it would be prudent – happy to let the kids mess with it also.Posted 8 years agobelgianbobMember
Canon G10 or, for those with a bargain-hunting streak, the G9.
Heavier than your average point-and-shoot, but makes much, much better pictures, faster, at genuinely higher resolution, and built to last.
Olympus also do properly waterproof Mju which, while it won't be optically as good as the Canon or employ any fancy software or hardware to make better pictures, can actually take more than acceptable pictures underwater.Posted 8 years agokimbersSubscriber
my olympus mu sw is tough as boots and takes good pics
you can take lots of pics on multiple shot mode tho this aint great in low light but only a problem on multishotPosted 8 years ago
white balance is ok but perfectly useable
antishake lets you take pics as you ride which is nice
the underwater pics are excellent too very impressed with that
overall i freakin love it!
as a destroyer of electrical kit it is as tough as you can get imho
Had a TZ5 for over a year. Great camera, pretty good on burst mode, HD is pretty good but the sound is 8khz mono – I know the TZ7 is stereo which would make a great improvement. A little bulky for pockets but I use the soft case and fit that on my camelbak belt.
The tough Lumix looks more user friendly for MTBing. If you can keep it in a chest pocket or something you'd use it more often. Haven't seen image/vid quality though. Mine has 10x zoom which is great – wouldn't want less than that now having got used to it.Posted 8 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
TZ7 is brilliant for performance. I like my slightly out of date Canon Ixus 800 though, because it's completely unkillable- titanium shell and decent water resistance. It's been down the front for Bad Religion gigs, left out in a field at Tyndrum overnight in the rain, dropped out of my pocket on Spooky Woods, then my brother took it round the world and filled it with australian sand fines and cuban rain. Still works a charm. But, the pic quality isn't up to the same standard as some of the newer offerings, and it's a little slow.Posted 8 years ago
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