Nikon Coolpix P6000 Camera – Great Photos and Geotagging Too
Continuing on with our choices for the best camera to take backpacking, we move on to Nikon now. The hardy, feature-laden Coolpix P6000 was designed with the rugged backpacker in mind because first of all, it's designed to withstand a pounding either rattling around in the pack or even dropping it (although they do give a four foot maximum). The internal GPS geotags every picture you take with a digital stamp so you know exactly where it was taken. Then, when you return from a trip, it's a breeze to download all your pictures to Google Earth, the post-a-trip feature on Backpacker.com, or Nikon Picturetown. It's a fantastic way to photo journal every trip you take by integrating the pics with maps. Even when the camera is off, it’s little electronic brain updates and locks your GPS position. You might want to take a look at this great review of the Coolpix 7000 too, for comparative purposes.
This compact and lightweight (8.5 ounces) digital dynamo has a 13.5 megapixel capacity with a 2.7-inch LCD screen that takes stunning pictures that capture the subtleties and shadowy features of the natural world better than most point and shoot offerings. To zero in on distant wildlife, it has a 4x zoom optical lens that never protrudes from the camera because it’s internally stacked. When the sun is too bright, you have the option of using the additional viewfinder to frame your images. From those mountain peaks, treasured by many backpackers, this camera has a mode for panorama stitching mode to recreate that breathtaking view. The only downside is the 11 hour battery life you get with the rechargeable cell battery. The experts at Backpacker Magazine gave this the Editor's Choice Award for 2009 which speaks volumes about its prowess in the field. At the time of this writing, it’s on sale for $650 on Amazon.com. But you can find it for a lot cheaper than that with a little searching of your own.
So there you have it, three models you can’t go wrong with that will all withstand any conditions you might encounter, but they also offer some different features that might appeal to you. So get out there and enjoy the wild reaches of this world to get in tune with your true self. And take lots of pictures to remind yourself of that feeling back in this silly world where having to go to jobs is the best we could come up with in 4000 years.