Due to its' sealed zoom lens, ability to use RAW format and a rather compact rugged design it was the perfect choice to learn and become familiar with manual digital photography controls. As one photographer commented "it's the type of camera that reminds us it's not about how many megapixels create the image but lens and overall camera quality".
That having beens said at 3.2 mp it was often difficult to obtain a good quality image particularly under low light conditions so a camera with a better sensor was in order. An excellent social media and blogging camera but I would eventually want a more versatile modern camera for other considerations such as high quality prints and stock photos.
Canon G 16. A full featured digicam with manual capabilities and some other fun additions. At 12 mp and ability to create RAW images it has been an ideal camera for bike touring considering its' compact size and shape.
A couple other must have requirements when I was comparing products was a built in flash and optical view finder. Many other cameras I considered didn't provide the built in viewer option which has been very good to have when the battery begins to deplete at the end of a long day. I was able to turn off the LCD viewer screen and use only the view finder. It is not the best optical quality and composing an image with the lens in the way can be a bit annoying but it is better than nothing and in a couple instances was the difference between continuing to get some photos or packing it up for the day.
Battery life of this camera is awesome! I picked up a generic battery as a back up to the original Canon battery which by far outperforms the off brand. After Canon got the wifi app glitches worked out I am even more pleased the added efficiency of use for sharing photos via my phone and tablet for stock sales, blogging and social media. Note that RAW files cannot be transferred via wifi and I have since added an OTG cable for use with an RCA Voyager Pro Tablet and Photo Mate App for RAW file import and basic photo editing. This has been one of the wisest purchases and investments I have made as part of my bike touring pack kit. All of my photography gear including the camera, tablet, cables, spare battery, optional USB battery charger for the Canon G 16 and Zendure power bank easily fit inside the handlebar bag pictured below with tripod.
|Size, weight and versatility of the Slik Mini II Tripod for bike touring and bike packing|
|From Right: Canon G 16 connected to RCA Voyager Pro Tablet with OTG cable from importing and editing RAW files via Photo Mate App for Android|