Fuji X-Pro2

This is my favourite camera. I have the following lenses a 10-24mm wide angle zoom lens, a 23mm F/2 a 50mm F/2 a 75mm F/2.4 by Handlevision and the 55-210mm zoom. This is a 24mp camera with an APS-C sensor. This is a large sensor, it is not the biggest on the market but it is perfectly adequate to be considered a "Pro" camera.

The camera is built like a tank at supports 4K video.

Panasonic TZ70

This is the lovely Panasonic TZ70 it is a pocketable camera with a 12mp sensor. The lens is the equivalent to a 24-720mm in 35mm equivalent.

This camera has a long battery life and the quality of the images is very good. Unfortunately with only 12mp it means that whilst the image quality is good you can't crop it without the images degrading. This will be the first camera to go.

The Video supports HD1080.

Sony RX100 MK1

This was and still is the most amazing camera. It is about 10 years old and they are still selling them new today. In V1 through to V6. The V1 has a 20mp camera with a 28-100mm lens. It is super small but battery life can be an issue.

What can't be faulted is the quality of the images and the pocket-ability of it. This is my second most used camera. My only problem with this camera is that 28mm is not wide enough for me.

The newer versions add a viewfinder and a tilt-able back screen. Whilst I would like the viewfinder (The rear screen is difficult to read in bright conditions for example when skiing) I have no interest in a back screen that tilts. Tilting back screens make the camera more bulky and are prone to breakages. However for bloggers I can see the attraction as you can look at the camera and frame your image.

Wish List

GoPro Hero 7 Black

The GoPro Hero 7 is the Marmite of cameras. It is so versatile with an ECO system that simply is second to none. It has probably the best image stabilisation of any cameras and for boat use they are very good. The are also waterproof and are great for filming visitors (Dolphins etc) and for checking out your prop etc. Not so good is the distortion and curved horizons.


The Ronin-S is a stabilising camera holder. If you are serious about wanting to make high quality videos for friends or family to watch this is the device that will change everything.

Do not buy this in the UK the price is a rip off it costs more in pounds than United States Dollars. The UK distributor has no excuse for this pricing structure. It is still much more taking into account duty in VAT.

DJI Phanton Pro V2

This is the best stabilised video drone available on the market. Again it is much cheaper in the USA than the UK for no particular reason. It has a flight time of 30 minutes which is more than enough and can fly at up to 6000 feet. It can also travel at 45mph which is important because if the wind pick up you need a drone with the capability to return to base against the wind.

Technically the camera is a 20mp which can record 4k/60fps.

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