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What camera do you use?

CaptainAmerica

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Do you bring a camera apart from the one on your phone? If so, what kind? Do you use a wearable camera like a GoPro?

If you have a phone with a really great camera for taking pictures on the Camino, which phone is it?

I ask because I see a lot of people posting really beautiful pictures from the Camino here and on Facebook, where the colors really are vibrant etc and I'm just wondering what equipment people around here use for photos and video on the Camino.
 
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My partner used a Nikon P900 back in 2019 and whatever the latest iPhone then. There are later versions of the Nikon but they are bigger and heavier.
I used my Canon EOS 200D and my then Motorola phone.
Current phone is now a Samsung S22 Ultra. Partner uses the latest iPhone.
Not sure what I would take for my camera. I have a Canon R7 now which I love but I'm hardly going to take my big lens as much as I love it for wildlife.
 
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Here's a youtube video from Hank to this general topic... it is about 5 years old... so his arguments should be true even more today.

What my daughter missed on her camino for here fotos ( or short videos ) was the very lightweight tripod, that Hank mentions as well.
 
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I have used a Panasonic DMC-TZ100 on all my caminos and I'm very happy with it for this purpose. I bought it for my first camino because I didn't want to carry a larger camera and it was the only compact camera on the market at the time with both a full-size sensor and significant optical zoom (10x).

If you want to see the picture quality, here is my Camino de Santiago Collection on Flickr.
 
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If you are interested in the data of a particular photo that you like - to the right of the photo is "Image metadata". Most photos have device information (phone or camera) and all other information -Apertures, Focal length, Exposure time, ISO, File size, Date taken
 
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Do you bring a camera apart from the one on your phone? If so, what kind? Do you use a wearable camera like a GoPro?
I mostly use my phone camera, a Galaxy Note 20, image quality wise it still goes toe to toe with my wife's latest iPhone. I've taken a large sensor point and shoot (Fuji X100v) that fits in my waist bag, but it hardly gets used except in the evenings. If you're doing video, then a GoPro or and Insta360 X3 wouldn't' add much weight. In most videos I see, the action camera is mounted on a selfie stick, so you'll want to bring along one of those as well.
 
I mostly use my phone camera, a Galaxy Note 20, image quality wise it still goes toe to toe with my wife's latest iPhone. I've taken a large sensor point and shoot (Fuji X100v) that fits in my waist bag, but it hardly gets used except in the evenings. If you're doing video, then a GoPro or and Insta360 X3 wouldn't' add much weight. In most videos I see, the action camera is mounted on a selfie stick, so you'll want to bring along one of those as well.
Ivar was using some new toy in one of his latest video’s, insta360, and that footage with an invisible selfie-stick looked great!

I contemplated taking my Nikon d750 with my holy trinity (24mm, 50mm and 85mm), but after putting them on the scales, I opted for my iPhone 6 (in 2016) and iPhone 11 in 2019.

Buen Camino
Miguel
 
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@CaptainAmerica, I used a GoPro and my iPhone - it's an old i7 so the photos are nowhere near as good as Nick's for example.
My GoPro kit including case weighs something like 500 grams : backpack mount, mini stand/ selfie stick, cable and 2 spare Longlife batteries. ( 1 would have sufficed however I bought a pack of two because per battery it was a hell of a lot cheaper, and I also took the original battery. Next time I think I'll just take the two long life batteries).
The case, whilst relatively bulky ( and a little heavier than I would like) was quite convenient because I kept all of my electronics in it, (chargers, Powerbank, cables, Mighty et al) along with a good amount of hikers wool - it made it easy to find and stopped everything rattling! Super easy for airport security too.
 
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I just walk. I take some photos of people I meet at night. Might take a photo if the weather really sucks and I want to show my pals how rough and tough I am ;). I also suck taking photos. But I have some and when I look back they all kind of look the same and I rarely remember where a photo was taken. So 99% of the time I walk. see, listen and hear. Oh yea and think as little as possible.
 
Do you bring a camera apart from the one on your phone? If so, what kind? Do you use a wearable camera like a GoPro?

If you have a phone with a really great camera for taking pictures on the Camino, which phone is it?

I ask because I see a lot of people posting really beautiful pictures from the Camino here and on Facebook, where the colors really are vibrant etc and I'm just wondering what equipment people around here use for photos and video on the Camino.

+ 4 rolls of film.
 

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I just walk. I take some photos of people I meet at night. Might take a photo if the weather really sucks and I want to show my pals how rough and tough I am ;). I also suck taking photos. But I have some and when I look back they all kind of look the same and I rarely remember where a photo was taken. So 99% of the time I walk. see, listen and hear. Oh yea and think as little as possible.
But you do enjoy your friend’s photos! 😘
 

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I have used a Canon G9-X compact since 2018. It has a larger than normal image sensor than most compacts so is very good in low light with an f2 lens. This is important inside of cathedrals where flash is typically a no, no and high contrast between light and shadow is typical. It also has the ability to shoot in camera HDR which again is useful in high contrast light situations found in cathedrals.
Optical zoom is useful as as opposed to digital zoom only from smart phone cameras.
To me it is worth the small extra weight penalty to carry a 'real' camera.
I carry it in a small pouch clipped to the front of one of my backpack straps so it is easily accessible in an instant which is important when walking, otherwise you miss alot if shots if your camera is hard to get to.
 
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Well I left Australia with grand dreams of capturing my trip on film. A Day in each major city taking in the sights on my black and white obsession. In preperation I bought film and set up my kit and got everything ready. Okay i would suffer with 2-3 kg of cameras and film but my addiction needed to be filled.

I I took my 35mm panoramic camera - it broke after 6 rolls of film
I took my 120 film camera - it broke after 7 rolls of film.
After shedding fillm canisters, extra film, dry bags and then both my cameras at a municipal hostel I relied on my mobile phone.

All in all I doubt I will ever take film again and will always embrace the ultralight backpacking method.
 
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