As Chase Jarvis says, “The Best Camera is the One That’s With You“. For me, the primary camera for the trek was my iPhone 4. It worked great and am pretty happy with pictures. However, as there wasn’t any recharging provision (or phone signal, for that matter), the battery was dead at the end of Day 3. Then came out an SLR, my secondary camera.
SLR might any day be a better camera than the one in-built in a phone, if you know how to put it to good use. However, with a decent piece like an iPhone, I won’t miss SLR much. Images are clean, sharp and colors are good. If I had an option to recharge the iPhone battery, I would have not carried an SLR. I learnt just a day before we started that there are solar chargers for iPhone. Not the 7 day warranty ones on eBay but real authentic branded ones on Amazon. Have to shop for one for future use. That could have saved SLR’s weight on my back!
But again, there were moments when we had a beautiful sight in front of us and a quick photograph is not going to communicate the feel to others who were not present there. Those are the moments and places that should be experienced and not looked at as part of a slide show. Sometimes, we just had to put the camera off and savor the beauty and serenity of nature. We were trekkers more and photographers less sometimes!