After using the first version of the Sony Action cam and also having a older Olympus TG camera, I find that the action cameras are quite worthy now and would be my choice for my next trips as my adventure camera. I'd still bring a DSLR or M4/3 to capture more landscape shots, but if it's more for adventure perspective, the action cameras are great given you can mount them, put them underwater, support up to 4K(most), fairly small and discreet if you plan to vlog the trip, etc.twitchyzero wrote: ↑Feb 5th, 2017 6:01 pmamz155,
i'm bringing the Sony X3000 action cam also for my upcoming trip to South America (not Galapagos though...Rapa Nui and Patagonia)
hoping to do some easy diving with it (housing is rated 60m)
I haven't quite figured out how I will attach it when diving...probably just get an adapter and use a gopro mount.
I have a dedicated camera for photos, I can't think of one camera that does rugged video AND photos without sacrificing image quality.
Good luck on your search and have a great time in Galapagos...after watching the BBC documentary on it it's definitely on my list
I recently bought the new Sony FDR X3000 after reviewing it to the GoPro and other action cameras. If you are planning on making a small edit video of your trip, the stabilization on the X3000 works great out of the box. Of course a gimbal would make it better, but the BOSS(Balanced Optical Steady Shot) system that Sony advertises seems to be really work. The steady shot has been around on their video cameras for years now.
I'm quite excited to use it for an upcoming Hawaii trip and making a similar vid that Ancaster did(great job btw). But for the OP, if you still need a camera for everyday use, then go with a P&S like an Olympus TG or the Nikon AW, but if you already have something like that and rather take great videos, I'd stick with a GoPro or Sony IMO.