View Full Version : What type of camera do you take fishing with you?

02-05-2009, 10:26 AM
I've got a few cameras, but most commonly I use my old Canon G5 when I go fishing. It's a 5mp camera thats 4-5 years old now, but it gets the job done!


02-05-2009, 02:00 PM
Canon as well, mine's the 6.0 Mega Pixel Powershot SD630 Digital Elph...It has the biggest screen on the back for the camera size (3 inch i think)...It is a fantastic camera that takes very nice photo's, the only downside is that the Macro zoom is Digital and not Optical so when i'm trying to take close up's of my fish at home, it's hit or miss whether they'll be any good or not! :scratch_ones_head:

02-05-2009, 08:17 PM
The Elph is a solid little camera. I picked up the 790 for my wife at Christmas - 10mp with 3 inch screen...something tells me she wont let me take it fishing.

02-05-2009, 11:48 PM
I've had my Canon Elph SD10 since 2003 I think, its a 4MP cell phone sized camera. It's the camera equivalent of the derringer pistol. Eventually you're able to shoot amazing photos without even using the screen. 90% of the photos you've seen on fishing fury that I have taken were taken with this little camera.


I've been meaning to replace it, but I've yet to find a camera as versatile in the same tiny package, not to mention the beautiful and simple styling (I have the black one of course).

02-06-2009, 04:18 AM
I only bought a Canon because when i 1st discovered this site i was reading about Camera's you were trying out and i remember reading something like , the camera wasn't bad but it wasn't like the Canon you had that saved all the settings and didn't need to be re-done everytime you switched it on...Something like that anyway, but i needed a new Camera so i went for one of the newest Canon's at the time, so because of FF, i 've got a very nice Camera now, cheers!

02-06-2009, 03:16 PM
I bought the new Sony Camera last year before my fishing trips, its 10mp with a nice big viewing back. Biggest reason I bought that digital was because it had great zoom on it, too many good pictures wasted because the bear/bald eagle was too far away. Love the camera, but I don't have a fancy screen shot like the FF guys!!! :sarcastic:

P.S. The pictures quality is awesome.

02-07-2009, 12:19 AM
I only bought a Canon because when i 1st discovered this site i was reading about Camera's you were trying out and i remember reading something like , the camera wasn't bad but it wasn't like the Canon you had that saved all the settings and didn't need to be re-done everytime you switched it on...Something like that anyway, but i needed a new Camera so i went for one of the newest Canon's at the time, so because of FF, i 've got a very nice Camera now, cheers!

Ya that was a Kodak v570 that I had. It was a neat toy for a while. It actually has two lenses, the ultrawide lens was great. Overall the usability of the camera was the failure in that as you recall every time I turned it on it kept changing modes (like portrait, night shot, sport, sport 2, whatever) or at least I could not get it to start in the mode I wanted. Which brings up another point, the camera had a ton of modes, most of which I found useless. I guess the camera was meant for a different crowd.

02-07-2009, 03:59 AM
Nothing fancy here, I've only ever owned one digicam, & it's a Sony Cyber-Shot 3.2 mp.
I bought it in May 2004 & it's still going strong!
I didn't realize I could even take video until 2006... :angry2:
I kinda remember what I paid for it then, & I see what camera's are worth now, & it makes me :bad:

02-07-2009, 03:16 PM
That Camera WAS meant for a different crowd Jonathon, the sort of people that take nothing but landscapes and have all day to set the thing up for the perfect shot...Not the sort of people that have a fish flapping and dangling about with only a short time to get it's picture before it has to be released again :lol:

02-07-2009, 06:06 PM
We are starting to get a nice collection of cameras around here. However which ones do I take fishing, umm that would be the camera on my Blackberry, lol.

Clive you should take a look at the G10, the replacement for your G5. Sweet camera forsure. Fuji has a nice point and shoot that comes with the underwater housing for under 200$ I've sold a few to the outdoors types. I like the Olympus SW series for any outdoor adventurer. They take nice photos and are affordable.

I guess the part I haven't mastered yet is using the camera when out, lol.

02-08-2009, 12:05 AM
There's no replacing the G5 mate!

We've got more cameras then we know what to do with already!

Canon G5, Canon S2, Canon sw790, Canon Rebel XS, Canon GL1 (Video), Flip Ultra (video, with underwater) not to mention the old cell phone camera!

My next fishing camera will be small and waterproof for sure. The G10 is a solid camera, but we're into the DSLRs now, theres no going back! (unless its a pocket camera of course)

02-08-2009, 06:15 PM
Agreed. I need an all around tough balls camera. Unfortunately Canon doesn't make one right now so I'm looking at the olympus series, too bad the camera is a bit of an eye sore.

I have a Nikon D70, but I need a new battery charger and a real lens.

03-23-2009, 01:14 AM
Well, I'm in the market for a new one now. I'll do a little research & see what I can afford.

Before I do that, does anyone mind telling me what I should expect for say, $250?

I need a good zoom, with a stabilizer, & something that takes videos, maybe 10 minutes tops. Anything come to anybody's minds that I should look at first?
I'm not worried about megapixels, as my current digicam takes great shots, & it's only 3.2. My bro just picked up a Canon whatchmacallit for $210 + & it's pretty sweet. It's 8.0 mp, got a big screen, & better video quality than my Sony.

03-23-2009, 05:21 AM
As said already above in my post...I can't fault the Canon Digital Elph, very small camera, huge screen, video with sound, fantastic looking pics, you can't knock 'em for the price tag!

03-23-2009, 12:21 PM
I picked up the Canon Elph above for 149 at Futureshop - it has 10mp and a 3 inch screen. Its really nice , but much zoom on it though. There are a ton of option for the $250 price range.

There are 4 solid looking cameras that can even shoot video and stills UNDERWATER that you want to consider - although they are a bit over $250. These would be my first choices as a fishing camera since they are shock proof, waterproof, and cold proof.

Olympus Stylus




Your cheapest option is probably to find them on ebay.

And http://www.dpreview.com/ is you best site for camera reviews.

03-24-2009, 01:11 AM
Awesome, Clive!

I see the D10 comes in a camo version. I'm in love already!

03-24-2009, 04:49 AM
Camo's no good Bill, what if you drop it on the floor while your shore Fishing, you might never find it again! :sarcastic:

03-24-2009, 10:27 AM
Another good point.... :good:

03-24-2009, 02:14 PM
Yeah, you better find a hot pink one...

03-24-2009, 04:05 PM
Yeah and while your at it, you could get one of those pink Barbie Rod's to go with it and then see if you dare send any more pictures in when you're next Ice Fishing, oh the shame, the shame!

03-25-2009, 02:14 AM
The only thing that I disagree with Clives advice on is buying it at futureshop, go to Best Buy (shameless plug) and they will match the price and beat it by 10 % of the difference. You may want to check out the new olympus series tho if you are going to spend 250 and get something that can handle a toss in the drink.

03-25-2009, 02:55 PM
The D10 does indeed look like a solid digicam, but I wonder about the zoom. My current cam has a 3x zoom, & it sucks, always blurry.
Maybe the D10's image stabilization would correct that, I'll have to see. My Sony doesn't have ANY stabilization.... :scratch_ones_head:

03-25-2009, 04:10 PM
The G10's zoom will blow away your Sony Bill. Not only is it a high zoom but Canon's image stabalization is optical as opposed to sensored (I believe on all models) which is a mechanism used in a still camera that stabilizes the recorded image by varying the optical path to the sensor. This is done in the lens itself rather than in the camera. When you zoom on a digital camera it amplifies the movement by something like 100% causing the blur we all hate. It is near to impossible to get rid of this no matter how good the stabalization is, hence a tripod will take care of it all. We sell a sweet little tripod that can help eliminate that in most situations.


I freaking love mine.

If you are looking to get a G10 shoot me a pm and we can talk ;)

03-25-2009, 08:15 PM
I've had a G5 since 2004 and its solid, I hear the g10 is every bit as good!

As a rule of thumb, any small camera will have low optical zoom. Don't be frightened by digital zoom either - most will tell you to avoid d-zoom because old digital camera were really bad quality. New digital zooms are great quality, especially with image stabilization.

The Canon G cameras big, but worth it...on the same note, they are pricey for what you get, and for a little bit more you can get a DSLR camera like the Canon Rebel. I've got 5 Camera of various sizes and features, and for fishing I'd stick with a smaller underwater capable cam.

04-07-2009, 09:50 AM
I use a Nikon Coolpix S700 (the brandname/number may be different outside Japan). Compact, quite hardy and quick on-time. Always accompanies me on my fishing trips.

Master Basser
04-07-2009, 02:00 PM
I take with me my Nikon Coolpix L4...not the best, but it get`s the job done. Thats if my wife isn`t using it, then I am %$^# outta luck!

04-07-2009, 09:07 PM
Hopefully I'll have the charger for my Nikon D70 soon. I'm still looking for a new point and shoot camera to replace my current one, I'm looking for a nice waterproof camera and I haven't found one I liked enough to buy. I really think the Olympus, despite being very good I'm sure, is just plain ugly..



Speaking of waterproof have you guys seen these? They go for about 400 bucks I think.

04-08-2009, 04:18 AM
That last one is so good, I love bright colours on things like that (Black or Silver are just playing safe and boring!) I also love the big screws holding the lens in keeping it waterproof, it reminds me of the window that the diver looks out from in an old fashioned divers helmet!

04-08-2009, 06:44 AM
I just get my dad to take them for me :lol:

04-08-2009, 03:12 PM
I've been wanting the Olympus for years! Hopefully now that there are a handful of other underwater capable cams the prices will drop!

04-17-2009, 01:22 PM

I've just bought the OLYMPUS-MJU850SW :good:
It's water proof and he can resist a fall from 6 foot.
I hope it'll be more resistant than my last cell phone who gave up the fight after taking a dip. :bad:
I hope this ll be a good fishing partner


04-17-2009, 07:19 PM
Looks like a great choice Pierre, let us know how it is, I've been wanting one myself!

04-18-2009, 07:48 AM
And me i've got a Nikon Coolpix S4, it is very usefull...

04-20-2009, 03:22 PM
i went fishing today so that was a good opportunity to test the OLYMPUS-MJU850SW.
That's an easy to use camera nothing difficult to understand to start to take picture quickly.
It looks well design and can go in your pocket without problem.
As i didn't catch anything interesting i've tested the macro mode on various flowers and the result is really.
The result with picture of landscape isn't as good but for a fishing camera i think that's a great investment.


04-20-2009, 04:45 PM
Well, only have one Digital at the moment which is a Canon 20D SLR, lol

I havn't done much fishing out in a boat, but I never take it in a boat anyways.. When the camera and lenses cost more then the boat your in, you have second thoughts. haha But looking to get something
more compact for my fishing outings thats easier to handle especially when Im fishing alone.

04-20-2009, 05:42 PM
Thats a solid camera Miller - what type of lenses do you have?

04-20-2009, 10:10 PM
You could always just get a cheaper Rebel, maybe even a second hand XT/XTi as your camera you're not afraid to break. And it will fit all your d20 lenses when you're on land.

04-23-2009, 01:53 AM
yeah that camera has served me well so far, have to have Canon service it thou, Ive past the 100,000 shutter mark a few months ago, and have had it for 3 1/2 years..

I have no interest in going down to a rebel, too small and not durable. Im aucuatlly working to get a underwater case for my 20D.. Going to get into underwater photography..

I will probly go with one of the Olympus cameras, they are waterproof, dust proof and drop resistant.. I used to work at Henry's and there was one there the reps threw ACROSS the store about 20 feet and out the front door! lol bounced a little into the parking lot! barely a mark, and still worked like it was out of the box! they are a durable camera, and being waterproof to 30 feet, if it goes overboard in shallow water.. as long as i feel like diving after it, then its all good haha, and they have a clear photo with good color! Plus I would rather have something that someone with me can operate if need be. lol and that fits easier in my pocket!

Clive: my Current Lenses consist of 18-55, 55-200, 28-135, 50 1.8. and next purchase is Sigma 170-500, due to plans to heading north to work on more wildlife photos, and I don't feel like getting all that upclose and personal to bears and wolves and Lynx.. lol