Cameras for Backcountry Photography

Yes, I love my heavy cameras—I just hardly ever carry them anymore. Compact size and low weight trump just about everything else when I'm climbing and skiing in the backcountry.

For my YouTube videos I'm using a Hero 8 Black and a Hero 10 Black. Image quality for these isn't great, but GoPro's Hypersmooth stabilization is outstanding—and motion matters a lot.

I also use a Sony RX100 MIV, which is quite small yet offers very good still and video quality (though the stabilization for video is poor). I also have a Panasonic G9, which is a formidable 4k video tool, but alas is also big and heavy.

For still photography, my full-frame A7S continues to delight, though it is now quite antiquated in terms of its video capabilities. I also have a Nikon D5600 which I primarily use whenever I need telephoto (still) shots, paired with a Nikon 300mm zoom.

Current Kit

Sony A7S


Venus Optics Laowa 10mm Lens

Compact Reviews


Action Cams

DSLRs & Mirrorless