Camera for cycling travel

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madem New Member • Posts: 2
Camera for cycling travel

Hi,

I'm preparing a cycling travel around Europe and Asia for 2021.
In order to capture some cool moments during my travel, i want to bring with me a camera. The idea is to produce some Youtube videos (like a video travel diary) that looks like classic vlog we can found on Youtube.

I already have a GoPro Hero Black 8 which is awesome for filming when there is a lot of movement (when cycling or climbing).
To complete my GoPro, i'm looking for a camera to vlog all the other moments of the journey. It can be face-cam (filming and speaking while walking on the street for example). And all the other classic scenes when i'm behind the camera.

  • As i will travel by bike, i'm looking for some specific characteristics
  • the camera need to be small and light (easy to transport)
  • i will take photography but mostly use videos functionalities
  • good autofocus (especially for vlogging parts)
  • possibility to use an external micro
  • reverse screen
  • budget >= 1000 €
  • resistant (bad weather incoming and i will sleep everyday outside, in my tent)

I already spend a lot of time searching for the more adapted camera and i found 2 interesting products :

  • Sony ZV-1
  • Canon Powershot g7x Mark iii

After comparing them, it appears that

  • Sony ZV-1 have a really better autofocus (a lot of people complains about how bad autofocus is on mark iii, same after the update).
  • Sony ZV-1 have better color (without editing on post production). It is my personal opinion, but for two identical scenes, color on ZV-1 are more beautiful.
  • Sony ZV-1 standard stabilization is really bad comparing to G7x Mark iii. I know we can activate on the stabilization but when if we do it, it will crop the images (and it start to be really small for vlogging).

I was first pretty sure to buy the Sony ZV-1 but after watching several reviews on, the bad stabilization make me doubt.
What do you think about this choices ?
I know there is no perfect camera, but which one seems to be the most useful for my travel (this will be my first "good" camera so i really want to make the good choice) ?

Cordially

Canon G7 X III Sony ZV-1
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YWG Contributing Member • Posts: 890
Re: Camera for cycling travel

madem wrote:

Hi,

I

  • As i will travel by bike, i'm looking for some specific characteristics
  • the camera need to be small and light (easy to transport)
  • i will take photography but mostly use videos functionalities
  • good autofocus (especially for vlogging parts)
  • possibility to use an external micro
  • reverse screen
  • budget >= 1000 €
  • resistant (bad weather incoming and i will sleep everyday outside, in my tent)

I feel like a highend smartphone meets those requirements.

The Sony and Canon you mention are not weather sealed. I have no experience with this but I often wonder when I jog through the woods if the vibration is compromising my camera. There would be a lot of bike vibration.

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Olympus Stylus 1s Canon PowerShot G5 X Olympus E-M1 Olympus E-M1 II
Anders_K Contributing Member • Posts: 890
Re: Camera for cycling travel

YWG wrote:

madem wrote:

Hi,

I

  • As i will travel by bike, i'm looking for some specific characteristics
  • the camera need to be small and light (easy to transport)
  • i will take photography but mostly use videos functionalities
  • good autofocus (especially for vlogging parts)
  • possibility to use an external micro
  • reverse screen
  • budget >= 1000 €
  • resistant (bad weather incoming and i will sleep everyday outside, in my tent)

I feel like a highend smartphone meets those requirements.

The Sony and Canon you mention are not weather sealed. I have no experience with this but I often wonder when I jog through the woods if the vibration is compromising my camera. There would be a lot of bike vibration.

Watch the actual dpreview video "Best gimbals for smartphones"

OP madem New Member • Posts: 2
Re: Camera for cycling travel

YWG wrote:

madem wrote:

Hi,

I

  • As i will travel by bike, i'm looking for some specific characteristics
  • the camera need to be small and light (easy to transport)
  • i will take photography but mostly use videos functionalities
  • good autofocus (especially for vlogging parts)
  • possibility to use an external micro
  • reverse screen
  • budget >= 1000 €
  • resistant (bad weather incoming and i will sleep everyday outside, in my tent)

I feel like a highend smartphone meets those requirements.

The Sony and Canon you mention are not weather sealed. I have no experience with this but I often wonder when I jog through the woods if the vibration is compromising my camera. There would be a lot of bike vibration.

I don't check for smartphones alternatives. Maybe it could be interesting. I need to check it.

The lack of weather sealed is a bad point. I will try to do my best to keep my equipment safe. Unfortunately, i didn't find

Bike vibration it is not a problem. As i said, i will use my GoPro when filming from my bike. The GoPro stabilization is enough. I already tested it and the quality video is great.

The camera will be to film all scenes except when i'm cycling or climbing.

mtnroads Regular Member • Posts: 110
Re: Camera for cycling travel

Olympus E-M5 III, with 14-150 (28-300 equivalent) premium zoom, both weather sealed. On sale now for $1199. Excellent image quality and rugged. Your use case is exactly what it's intended for. Check  getolympus.com

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Fujifilm X-T2 Olympus E-M1 II Fujifilm X-H1 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 14mm F2.8 R +6 more
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