The best lightweight beat-it-to-pieces climbing camera in my experience is the Nikon FM-10. It is a mechanical camera with an internal meter. It is very lightweight, can operate if the batteries die, and if you put some decent Nikon glass on the front of it (not the zoom lens it comes with), it takes great pictures. It is cheap, and if it ends up getting dropped or soaked, it won't leave you in tears. I carry one in my climbing pack with a 24mm Nikkor, and it is super reliable. I'm guessing you could probably get one on ebay for under $75 right now.
Originally Posted by glbeas