Canon G11 – The perfect mountain camera?
February 4th, 2010
So what is the definition of a perfect climbing camera? The feature that is foremost in my considerations is image quality. Also the ability to operate the camera easily in extreme conditions and while wearing gloves. I wanted to give my new Canon G11 a test in challenging conditions and the Norwegian winter is fairly severe. The temperatures ranged from -10 to -20 and there was heavy snow fall. I prepared the camera for the colder temperatures by taping, hoping to add some insulation to the camera body. I also adapted the camera to use a lanyard rather than a neck strap, This enabled me to attach the camera to the zipper on the pocket of my jacket.
The main problem was dealing with the failing snow, this prevented use of fill-flash as the snow flake showed up as white blobs. I shot RAW but amazingly the images required minimal adjustment, the G11 seemed to cope with predominately white scenes extremely well.
One piece of advice on taking pictures in snowy and icy conditions. Never go on a ice-climbing trip with climbing partners who only wear black. As can be seen in the picture above red works much better.