The best cameras for hiking and backpacking in 2024

Best cameras for hiking - woman sitting on mountain looking at her Sony camera
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The best cameras for hiking mean thinking about more than just which produces the sharpest images. A camera you’re going to carry while trekking over hills and rivers – potentially for hours – needs to have a fair few qualities. 

It should be reasonably light, for one. Everyone has a different threshold for the amount of weight they’re willing to carry, but no matter who you are, you’re going to notice the weight of something around your neck for hours while you’re physically active. Even if you’re storing the camera in one of the best camera backpacks (which is a good idea for hiking) its weight will be a factor.

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Jon Stapley

Jon spent years at IPC Media writing features, news, reviews and other photography content for publications such as Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera in both print and digital form. With his additional experience for outlets like Photomonitor, this makes Jon one of our go-to specialists when it comes to all aspects of photography, from cameras and action cameras to lenses and memory cards, flash diffusers and triggers, batteries and memory cards, selfie sticks and gimbals, and much more besides.  

An NCTJ-qualified journalist, he has also contributed to Shortlist, The Skinny, ThreeWeeks Edinburgh, The Guardian, Trusted Reviews, CreativeBLOQ, and probably quite a few others I’ve forgotten.