Sony A7S Survives Hkakabo Razi

Photo: Renan Ozturk from his Himalayan trip via Digital Trends.
Photo: Renan Ozturk from his Himalayan trip via Digital Trends.

In an interview with for Digital TrendsRenan Ozturk recalls the NatGeo expedition to climb the remote peaks at the far eastern edge of the Burmese Himalaya and using GPS technology, solve the mystery of the highest mountain in Southeast Asia: Hkakabo Razi. The trip was later documented in the embedded video, featured in the magazine, and this spring for the Explorer series.

The expedition team’s challenges included run-ins with warlords, having to cut gear in half (twice), running out of food and fuel, having all their spinning hard drives fail at about 13,000 feet, and then having to hike 100 miles through the jungle each way.

As you’ll read in the interview, they were crushed by the epic conditions of the adventure and so was their gear, except for the Sony A7S and SanDisc 512GB cards. As Renan says, “Being able to have a small mirrorless full-frame camera and reliable solid-state storage really made these extreme stories possible to tell, and tell in a cinematic way.”

If you have any concerns about mirrorless not being tough enough, Renan can reassure you.

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