Whether you have just started hiking or are looking to buy your first hiking camera, there are four great options on the market today: The Sony RX100 IV, Canon G7 X Mark II, Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (TZ80), and Nikon COOLPIX P900. They all vary in price range from $650-$1200, but each has its unique features, making them worth checking out.
Sony RX100 IV ($1298)
The Sony RX100 IV is a unique camera because it has interchangeable lenses and an electronic viewfinder. It’s also tiny and easy to carry around while still offering 4K video. This version of the camera is best for those that want a lightweight photographic solution without sacrificing features or picture quality. It’s also got an outstanding low-light performance, so you don’t have to worry about using it at night or in dark conditions. Plus, this camera is water-resistant!
Canon G7 X Mark II ($899)
The Canon G7 X Mark II is a small camera with a 1-inch sensor, which is pretty tiny. It’s great for hikers that want a lightweight camera without sacrificing too much image quality. This camera also has a 180 degree swiveling LCD screen, so you can easily take shots from different angles, and it is really easy to carry around!
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 (TZ80) ($650)
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS60 is super small and lightweight, which makes it great for hiking. It also has an all-weather exterior, so if you’re leaving on a camping trip for a rainy area, then this camera is a good option for you. While the 4k video and photos are great, the camera does have a smaller sensor which means fewer megapixels (16.6megapixel).
Nikon COOLPIX P900 ($1200)
The Nikon COOLPIX P900 is one of the most expensive hikers’ choices, but it offers some cool features. It has a ridiculous 51x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent of a 26500mm lens), making it great for wildlife and nature photographers or people who like to take photos of far-off things. The P900 also has two 1/2-inch sensors offering 2560 x 1920 resolution images.
You really can’t go wrong with any of the four cameras mentioned in this article. They each have unique features and characteristics that set them apart, but they all offer excellent image quality for your hiking photos.