I take my Canon EOS 6D full-frame camera on most day walks, with a Canon 24-105mm lens. Where possible, I also pack my Canon 17-40mm and Sigma 70-200m 2.8 lens.
These fit into a LowePro Mini Trekker AW bag. When I need more space f-stop have a range of camera bags that take different shaped inserts (the “Guru” bag with a Small Pro Internal Compartment Unit” allows for the camera gear plus space for food, drinks and spare clothing). Both bags have been used and abused for many years and still work well. If you’re looking for a bag there are many options on the market – make sure there is a sturdy waist belt, as this makes a big difference when hiking.
On overnight walks when every kilogram counts, I’ve gone through a few compact cameras over the years, and have settled (for now) on the Sony DC-RX100 III. It hasn’t got as large a focal range as other compacts I’ve owned, but it has 1″ CMOS sensor (the biggest for this size camera; the Canon GX7 II is very similar) and a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 Zeiss lens (a quality lens that works well in low light). There are later and more expensive models (IV and V) – they have the same lens and sensor, so I don’t see the point of spending more on a secondary camera.
I have started always shooting RAW (I didn’t for many years) – it provides a lot more flexibility when post-processing in Lightroom, especially with photos that contain a large tonal range.
I use the Routie app on my iPhone and Pebble watch. It’s simple but lets me look at speed and distance on my watch, and review track route and statistics later on my notebook. I’ve just downloaded the Alltrails app and will give this a go on my next long hike. There are some pretty cool things you can do with any of these apps, by importing the “KML” file (gps coordinates) into Google maps.
If I need extra power on a longer walk I’ll take a Roamproof SOS 20K portable solar battery. It’s a little on the heavy side, but has the benefit that it will slowly charge from the sun while I walk.
On more remote walks, the ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon gets packed – hopefully I’ll never have to use it!
I try and carry as little as I can on day hikes – a camera bag (see above) or a small 9L day-pack that I can take with me overseas in a bigger pack. I always travel overseas with only cabin luggage if I can.
I’ve still got a lot of hiking gear bought in my younger days when I had time to do longer hikes.
I replaced my overnight backpack with a Kathmandu 75L “Vardo X-Pac” a few years ago. I’ve only used it once (so far), but I’ve had issues with a few different Kathmandu products and won’t be buying anything from them again. An old MSR stove and set of pots is now looking rather worn and I’m looking around for what to replace them with, if anyone has any suggestions…?
A 20+ year-old North Face 2-person tent has lasted well. I’ve recently added a new ultra-light tent, the Big Sky Soul 1P tent (weighs just over 1kg) from Backpacking Light in Melbourne, who were very helpful.