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cbiegel
02-18-2010, 06:58 PM
Hey guys, Iím looking for a recommendation on a small, inexpensive, waterproof, point and click camera to take fishing. For example, I currently use a digital elf but am constantly worried that Iím going to splash it let alone drop it into the drink. My only other concern is good battery life.

So, any tips on a simple digital camera that wonít die when it gets wet?

Clive
02-18-2010, 10:45 PM
This is one of those items you cant go cheap. I picked up a Pentax w80 last summer but took it back almost right away. We also have an Elph, and despite being newer, the images on the w80 were nowhere near the quality of the Elph. The images weren't terrible, but I just expected better.

My suggestion is the Canon d10 - haven't used it, but it gets the best reviews out of all of the underwater POS cameras. Its pretty ugly (especially compared to the Elph series) but it is a great performer.

Here is a site that reviewed all of the underwater cams last year.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/

Clive
02-18-2010, 10:47 PM
The other option is an underwater casing for your current camera. Canon offers cases for several models, and there are third part offerings as well. The arent cheap, but are cheaper then a whole new camera would be.

pierre
02-19-2010, 01:19 PM
Olympus 850 SW was a great camera and not so expensive normally it's chock proof and water proof till 3 meters but i'm not sure any more mine broke during my trip to the Andaman but the quality of under water picture was nice and it was really easy to use

jwm
02-19-2010, 01:30 PM
I've heard some great things about the olympus, but the price was too much for me, and the camera was super ugly. I also didnt like the idea of paying for features I thought were mostly unnecessary like the ability to tap the sides of the cameras to change settings underwater. Probably great if your a parent taking pictures of your kids underwater in a pool or something, but most of my shots are quick and spur of the moment. I dont have time to change settings in most cases.

If you already have a camera you like and trust, I would recommend getting a case for it. Unfortunately the cases can often run as much as the camera, and sometimes more.

If you're looking for a video camera thats waterproof you should checkout the Sanyo WH1, both Clive and I have one now. I love mine!

cbiegel
02-23-2010, 12:22 AM
A friend of mine has one that is pretty simple but does take ok video and cost less than $250 I believe. I'll ask what it is and let you know. Hopefully you've heard good things because that's right around my price range. I'll also look at your recommendations because no one said what they considered expensive/inexpensive (including me ;) )

pierre
02-23-2010, 01:04 PM
mine was arround 100 euros it was one of the first series but as the quality of the picture was good it just break last week when i was on the Andaman. I've cheked the new version bu they are way more expensive.

cbiegel
02-24-2010, 01:25 PM
This is the one they have Pentax Optio W80 Kit though I think it's silver.

http://pentaxwebstore.com/detail/PTX+17771

At $250 it's not dirt cheap but doesn't seem crazy either. What do people think?

jwm
02-24-2010, 09:14 PM
This is the one they have Pentax Optio W80 Kit though I think it's silver.

http://pentaxwebstore.com/detail/PTX+17771

At $250 it's not dirt cheap but doesn't seem crazy either. What do people think?


I'm pretty sure Clive bought one of those and returned it. If I recall correctly the image quality was very grainy. Dont think there was any problem with it getting wet though, heh.

Clive
02-24-2010, 10:09 PM
Yeah thats the one I mentioned above - like I said it wasnt terrible, but I was not impressed enough with it to keep it. The camera was also very light and felt pretty cheap. I have never had any such complaints with Canon's build quality.

cbiegel
02-25-2010, 03:15 PM
Yeah, I can't believe I missed that. Oh well, the Canon looks like a winner. I guess the video isn't as good but that wasn't even a feature that I was worried about anyway. Thanks for the tips!

jwm
02-25-2010, 03:20 PM
For what its worth, or just to confuse you more, Pentax is coming out with the W90- a more rugged version of the W80 we discussed above.

http://cache.gawkerassets.com/assets/images/4/2010/02/500x_pentaxw90.jpg


http://gizmodo.com/5479741/pentax-w90-rugged-camera-is-a-little-tougher-and-brighter
(http://gizmodo.com/5479741/pentax-w90-rugged-camera-is-a-little-tougher-and-brighter)

That said. I still recommend the canon.

Clive
02-25-2010, 03:30 PM
The 720p feature on the Pentax W80 is the reason I got it, but the video quality was about the worst 720p I've seen.

jwm
02-26-2010, 01:24 PM
Yea but think about how much the image quality will have improved now that the camera has a carabiner! :fool:

cbiegel
03-02-2010, 01:07 PM
I have to admit, it does look pretty cool....