The top cameras, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on April 25, 2019. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
Recent Camera Reviews
Nikon Coolpix AW110. Tough proof, great image quality and video. Small. When I'm out for a hike or xc ski even in the bitter cold, this sweetie just runs. Bought to vblog my goal of doing the End to End backpack trip on Vermont's Long Tail. Though not yet done, my 110AW is terrific on winter hikes, snowshoeing, and xcountry skiing outings. Super handy and fits in my shirt pocket, or slip it inside my hardshell to keep the battery warm. I'm a guy with thick fingers so accessing the function buttons… Full review
Nikon 1 AW1
A trail-proof camera to capture your off-grid moments. The Nikon AW1 is a camera well suited to adventures. It's drop proof, bump proof, dirt proof, freeze proof, and fully waterproof down to 49 feet just as it is without the need for a bulky housing. So be it hiking, climbing, diving, kayaking... you name it, this little camera is up to the challenge of capturing your experience to share with others. I'm an avid kayaker and amateur photographer. Though I love my big expensive DSLR, for me it's… Full review
Sony makes some great little action cameras that are perfect for taking along on all your outdoor adventures. They are small in size, yet big on performance, and they easily fit in the pocket of a PFD or your hiking vest. When it comes to high-performance action cameras, GoPro is not the only game in town. Over the last year and a half I've been using a Sony AS200V action camera on all my canoe/kayak and backpacking adventures. This tiny camera records amazingly detailed HD video at a very high… Full review
The world's smallest ultrazoom camera. Compact but versatile with a x30 zoom and GPS—excellent for hikers and backpackers. Normally I take photographs with a digital single lens reflex camera or DSLR. DSLRs are unbeatable for image quality, but they're big and heavy. I decided that I needed a compact camera to take with me on camping treks. As I did my research I settled on the following requirements: Compactness. I wanted the camera to be small enough to fit in the hip-belt pocket of my rucksack. Full review
Great camera for backpacking! Not much heavier than my point-and-shoot, but takes pictures like an SLR. First, let me say I am not a camera-geek so if you have technical questions, you will need to look them up on the Sony website. I just love backpacking and was looking to upgrade my pictures. I got the Sony a5000 on Black Friday sale last year, as an upgrade to my point-and-shoot Nikon. I wanted the ability to do more with my pictures than I was able to with my simple camera, without hauling around… Full review
Olympus TG-830 iHS
Who wouldn't love a camera that tells you to sit it in a sink full of water for a hour to clean it? For a techie review please move on, I have simple needs as a camera user: nice pictures, ease of use and no breaking while I'm trying to document how rad we got this weekend! My last camera was killed by sand, a "lens error" it said. I loved that little thing but the repair was about 90% of the replacement cost so I wiped my tears and moved on. This was the display model so I talked the sales lady… Full review
Pentax Optio WG-2
I have gone through several cameras on my hiking and backpacking trips totally destroying them by getting them wet, dropping them, and having something dropped on them. Well, this camera was the exception! I read a review of this one and its twin brother that has GPS tagging and their successors in a magazine and thought I bet I can break that thing! One story of a gear tester claimed he drop his camera off a 100 foot ice cliff and found it again after the spring thaw at the base of the cliff. And… Full review
Olympus TG-2 iHS
Awesome little camera. Decent size, sharp 2.0/f lens, waterproof, full HD video. I bought this camera for a canoe/hiking trip in the Boundary Waters, and was not disappointed. It held up to a good beating, took great photos in the rain and underwater! And the battery (along with a backup) lasted a full week in the wilderness. I am a photography hobbyist and own some nice full body cameras. So I know my stuff well enough. But I couldn't take one of those cameras into the wilderness. So I bought this… Full review
Contour HD 1080P
The image quality of this camera is comparable too and possibly even better than what you would get from other 1080P video cameras I got my Contour camera as a Valentine's gift from my wife almost 2 years ago. I had spent a great deal of time debating whether to get a GoPro or a Contour. I found a sweet deal on a Contour that had been used as a display at a retailer. So that became one of the deciding factor on the purchase. Before I get too involved in this review I just want to clarify that I… Full review
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