View Full Version : Compact for mountain hiking advice...

15-02-10, 12:02 PM
Hi folks,

First of all, hello to everyone! New here, and good to be here also, as Im sure Ill have many questions to ask in the coming months....

For now, Im really after some advice on buying a compact. It will be a present for a friend. Their main hobby is mountain/hill hiking (they are currently training for the 3 peaks challenge), and would really like a compact that can cope with the conditions. Apparently it can get quite wet at the top of Snowdon, so I was wondering if their is anything splash-proof on the market that is also very small (luggage space being at a premium for hikers). Im suspecting that image quality may be compromised for something that is more robustly built, but I think durability is the main driver here.

Any suggestions would be gratefully received...



15-02-10, 07:54 PM
Hi there
I have a Fujifilm Finepix F40fd which is a great little camera, compact and light. I have used it when walking in Spain and it produces nice quality pictures. The zoom isn't powerfull but it is only a compact camera.

Nigel Atherton
02-03-10, 01:22 PM
Sorry for the tardy reply. Waterproof cameras are not necessarily any bigger than regular compacts. We tested five last year, with underwater shooting very much the focus, and produced a video of our conclusions (http://www.whatdigitalcamera.com/videos/reviews/344032/waterproof-digital-cameras-group-test.html).

There has been a couple of new models since then, including one from Casio which we're testing at the moment, and a new version of the Lumix (FT2).

Some of these cameras are shock/drop proof, others just waterproof. If you don't need the 'tough' features, just the water resistance, the fuji is vey small, compact and easy to use with gloves on. Relatively cheap too.