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This looks like a great option - I'll try and find one to play with
I bought one of these on eBay for just £95.
Panasonic DMC-TZ60. As for shooting RAW, I think both the RAW file and a full JPEG are saved to the memory card - you'd have to check on that. Practical Photography review HERE
Light, very compact, electronic viewfinder for when the screen is useless because of glare (very useful) and a surprisingly good 30X zoom.
Plus, being an older model they can be picked up cheaply, used for the challenge, then bunged back on fleabay again when you've finished with it!
This looks good too, thanks!
If you want interchangeable lenses have a look at this Panasonic GX800 https://www.panasonic.com/uk/consumer/cameras-camcorders/lumix-mirrorless-cameras/lumix-g-cameras/dc-gx800.html
Sadly, the control of A and S settings are fiddly, but the auto is pretty good. I have an earlier version GM1 and it has been my go to camera for 5 years.
Another shout for the little Panasonics; I have a couple, including the TZ70 which shoots RAW, has a Leica lens and easily pocketable. I got mine for £250ish, great results.
Lots of votes so far for the Panasonics/ I’d not considered them until now but I’ll definitely be having a look.
Has anyone had any experience with the canon gx7? As I’m familiar with canons it looks good and I love canons colour tone
Hi Tim - yes, I have a G7X and it is an excellent camera. Bought mainly for its low light ability (I don't like using flash) I have never taken it on the Challenge as it is quite heavy and overkill for the sort of pictures I am likely to take. I have used an older Powershot S90 and this is more than adequate, lighter, and now practically worthless so I don't worry about damage. That said, it has got pretty wet on occasions and come through fine after some TLC. Coming up to 4,000 shots taken since new. If you can find a good used one on eBay it should cost about £50. The newer S95 or S100 are improvements to widen your search, but you may pay more (+£10!) because they are newer.
The camera arms race is similar to that being run by mobile phones, better spec, higher price, pressure to upgrade etc. Stuff that was very good a few years ago, is still very good now.
Thanks Andy, really useful
Haven't bought camera for a few years but current one is a Panasonic Lumix which is not the lightest but does a good job on backpacking trips. Previously had Canon Power-Shot, simpler but adequate. One make to avoid is Konica - it was my first compact and died on first wet day even in poly bag inside liner inside rucksack.