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I have a Panasonic 5MP digital camera with optical zoom, but am afraid of taking it along for fear the trail may beat the heck out of it, and the motorized lens. Am curious to hear what digital cameras people bring with them on rough trails for pics. Am thinking of buying a cheap 3-4MP digital camera w/o an optical zoom for this purpose.

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brianthebiker said:
I have a Panasonic 5MP digital camera with optical zoom, but am afraid of taking it along for fear the trail may beat the heck out of it, and the motorized lens. Am curious to hear what digital cameras people bring with them on rough trails for pics. Am thinking of buying a cheap 3-4MP digital camera w/o an optical zoom for this purpose.

Thoughts?

TIA
I take my Canon 520 with me on every ride. Of course I have an expensive GPS monuted on my handlebars too. They give me the ability to post rides with geocoded photos. The camera seems pretty well protected in my CamelBak; I don't tend to fall on my back too much! :D

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You could always buy a hard shell case, that way you don't have to worry about it if if falls, or if you wreck. I got one at Wallyworld for less than $10. But I also only carry a cheap camera with me on trails, a samsung I got once more at wally for around $120.
 

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we prob have the same camera. The fz-5, yes it gets put in the back of the camelback for all but the roughest rides. It has a soft case and always a filter. For a bang around, we have a canon a70 that's been snowboarding, biking etc. I bought the ext. warranty on it though knowing it would lead a rough life.

brianthebiker said:
I have a Panasonic 5MP digital camera with optical zoom, but am afraid of taking it along for fear the trail may beat the heck out of it, and the motorized lens. Am curious to hear what digital cameras people bring with them on rough trails for pics. Am thinking of buying a cheap 3-4MP digital camera w/o an optical zoom for this purpose.

Thoughts?

TIA
 

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I have an FZ5 as well, and thought about taking it but was a little worried.
 

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My friend carries his digital in his pocket mostly and we do epics. I would have in better protected though. you can buy padded casings and stuff in your pack. His camera is compact and pretty thin and fairly lightweight. The case will keep it from breaking on any routine stack. if you stack royally and flip, u should be worried about worse things than your camera. i.e. bones. good luck.

b.t.w. we have great pics of our trips. makes for great memories to have a digital recording.
 

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Purchace cameras from Overstock.com. You can get a great deal on a refurbished cam and save a ton-o-$$$.
 

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I carry a Cannon A70 as well...

got a nice Minolta for the tourist thing. But the A70 is the work horse. It gets tossed in the camel back or the seat bag. Never had a problem with it and as a previous poster said, it leads a hard life. But it still takes great pics as long as you are not looking for 8X10 blow ups or posters or something like that. They no longer make the A70, the A510 has taken it's place. If the 510 is built to the same standards as the older A70, it'll take a beating. And it does take great pictures. So if your worried, yeah a 3.2 megapixle camera in the $120 to $150 range would be a good idea. It depends on what you spent on the Panasonic.

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Pentax Optio WP. Lens is optical zoom, but moves entirely within camera body (behind glass lens cover, even) so it's never exposed. It's also completely waterproof--you can even take pix under water! Extremely durable camera, very small, decent picture quality.
 
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