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When I started to plan my upcoming hike a few months ago I naturally thought about which camera I should take along. I had two options: my Canon EOS 400D digital SLR camera, or my Samsung camcorder.

Canon EOS 400D digital SLR

Samsung videocam

I decided to take the Samsung instead of the Canon EOS 400D because the Canon is too bulky and I don’t want to carry an extra bag around with me. Besides, I wouldn’t want this particular camera to come to any harm. The Samsung, on the other hand, is much lighter and more compact, and I reasoned that I could grab frames from the video if I wanted still photographs.

However, after some experimentation it became clear that the resolution of still pictures obtained from video would be poor. So, I decided to get a camera specifically for hiking. I opted for the little Canon A2300, not only because of Canon being my choice of camera, but also because one happened to be available at a local photographic shop.

Canon A2300

The A2300 is an inexpensive entry level camera, but it has a 16 megapixel sensor and several features that give the photographer the freedom to choose camera settings; it also supports HD video. Being light and about the size of an average cellphone, I can carry it around in a pocket without the need for a camera bag.

One less decision to make…