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Photography and binoculars

For many of us, photography is a natural part of travel. Some of you are professionals, but for those of you who are not, we have summarised the most basic recommendations regarding photography. Please also note our policy regarding UAVs/Drones and read more about what binoculars to bring. 


Equipment: Whatever type of camera you use, make sure it is working properly before you leave home. If you have a new camera or have a camera that has not been used for a while, it is a good idea to take some pictures before travelling to ensure that it works properly. Also remember to bring your camera manual.

Batteries: Bad batteries account for the largest percentage of camera problems on expeditions, especially in cold climates. For this reason, please bring extra camera batteries with you, even if the one in your camera is new. 

Memory cards: Rule of thumb is to bring more memory cards than you believe you will need. 

Tripods: Tripods, which are often used to steady cameras with large telephoto lenses, are not useful on ships, as they tend to transmit the ship’s vibrations. 

Maintenance: Particles or water can easily stick on the camera lens, which can reduce the image quality. For this reason, we recommend you bring a microfiber cloth designed for optics.

Storage: Cameras are in general sensitive to water, moisture and shock. A bag/backpack for protection is recommended.


Please note! Regarding unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), commonly known as a drone: Unless otherwise agreed, PolarQuest do not allow any general use of UAVs by passengers. 


Good binoculars are highly recommended and will add quality to your travel experience.

All binoculars are listed by power and brightness, e.g., 8x32 or 10x50. The first number indicates magnification and the second the diameter of the front lens. At least 8x-power is recommended, 8x32 or 10x42 binoculars are good choices.

“Wide-field” binoculars allow you to see a wider area making it easier to spot wildlife.

Compact models, in the 8x25 range, can fit in a pocket and are very lightweight, but sacrifice brightness and field of vision.

Rubber coated models are generally more shock resistant and some of these are also waterproof.

A spotting scope, just like binoculars, is a fantastic tool for experiencing wildlife in a more detailed way. Please note that spotting scopes are not suitable on board our ships because the tripod generates vibrations, but they are, of course, excellent equipment to bring along during our landings.