What’s the best camera for traveling?

I often get asked what the best camera is for different topics and today’s question asked which camera would be best for a backpacker travelling?

Generally for backpacking, smaller more lightweight cameras are best, so that you don’t have to lug around a heavy camera. But I do know a lot of photographers find it hard to let go of their trust DSLR’s, so in the video above, I’ve also include a number of smaller DSLR’s that could do the job.

These are some of the cameras I talk about in the video (links to Amazon):

✅✅ Panasonic GM1: http://amzn.to/2rugwvi
✅✅ Nikon D3400: http://amzn.to/2qUNdVq
✅✅ Canon T6: http://amzn.to/2ruc7bp
✅✅ Canon G7x: http://amzn.to/2qUWCfA


Dolica AX620B100 Tripod Review

Click here to buy the Dolica Ax620b100 Tripod

If you’ve been following my blog lately, you’ll know that I recently reviewed my favourite travel tripod (the velbon ultra maxi L) which I’m incredibly happy with. It’s lightweight, versatile and quick to set up.

I’ve now found what I believe to be the best cheap tripod that you can buy for under $50, the Dolica AX620b100. Now don’t let the word ‘cheap’ fool you, this tripod is built well!

I bought the tripod off amazon after reading the reviews (there were a lot) and I’ve found it to be a real find. It’s got some nice flip lock legs, a good metal ball head and it’s pretty light to travel with.

Anyway, the best way to find out more about this is to watch my full video review, or check out the other reviews on amazon :)


Hide your mic with the Rode Invisilav

Click here to buy the Rode Invisilav

I’ve always been a big advocate for using lavaliere microphones. I find them convenient, easy to use and they always produce great sound. One thing I’ve never really liked is having them in shot.

Over the years I’ve tried different ways to hide them, including a cheap DIY way using velcro (see the video I made here), but it seems that I now have found my solution.

I got in a set of Rode Invisilavs (the 3 pack). They’re essentially a piece of moulded rubber, which allows for you to insert 2 lav mics and connect it to your skin under your shirt. It works great.

As you can see in the video above you can’t see the invisilav when you’ve got it on, something I love. The tape that comes with it sticks fantastically, but it absolutely sucks trying to get it on! I’d recommend getting some cheap wig tape to stick it on, works better and is much easier to get it on and off.

One more thing, the Sennheiser G3 Lav mics which I and a lot of others use does fit with the invisilav. A tight squeeze, but fantastic news!


Cheap video monopod with feet

I’ve been a big fan of monopods with feet ever since I tried one out in NY at B&H a few years ago. There are quite a few options out there for them, including a few from manfrotto which seem to be the most popular, as well as some new offerings from Benro. They all have pretty similar features: twist lock legs and 3 feet.

Unfortunately they’re all pretty expensive. In fact it seems that adding a set of feet really increases the price quite a lot.

Until now, I found a fantastic video monopod which looks like it’ll do the job just as well. As you can see in the video above, it looks pretty similar to the manfrotto and bento monopods, but comes in at less than half the price of either of them.

Throw a video fluid head on it and I think you’ve got yourself a great package.

You can find this cheap monopod on Amazon or on eBay.


My favorite Tripod (Velbon Ultra Maxi L Review)

If you’ve been watching my videos for a while, you’ll know that I tend to go on about my Velbon Ultra Maxi tripod a lot.

I love this thing!

For me it’s been a game changer. I never think anymore that I don’t want to take a tripod because it’s too heavy or too bulky. The Velbon tripod is incredibly light, small and quick to get set up.

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Have a look at the video above to see just how quickly the twist lock legs can go up and go down.

I’ve paired it up with an awesome fluid video head from Velbon (FHD 52Q) as well. It’s not super heavy duty, but works just fine for a dslr or micro four thirds camera.

Guys I can’t recommend this tripod enough, go out and buy one if you’re in the market for a lightweight tripod.

:) Chris