Today you can find slim and lightweight digital compact cameras from a number of manufacturers that perform well in the mountain environment. Competition in the compact market is fierce - which means for a relatively modest outlay you can get your hands on a camera that will deliver good quality images from your hike or climb.
The good news is that technology from the high-end professional DSLRs has over time trickled down to more affordable compact cameras - technologies such as image stabilization, high speed continuous shooting modes and minimal shutter lag operation. These 3 features in particular can play a major role in ensuring you get the shot you're after. Image stabilization helps ensure your photo is crisper, sharper by compensating for any camera shake if it's freezing cold and you can't quite keep that camera perfectly still in a buffeting wind. High speed continuous shooting, which allows you to take upwards of 3-4 shots per second, helps ensure you capture that fleeting moment. It's especially helpful when taking action shots where the subject is fast moving or a little unpredictable. For the same reason minimal shutter lag is also handy - it allows you to capture the exact… continue reading..