I'm looking to upgrade my camera that I take on the water with me. I currently use a Pentax 710 which is not waterproof, just water resistant. It's 7.1 megapixels and does an adequate job. What I'm looking for is something that is completely waterproof, takes good resolution pics and can also be used for close-up fly photography. I also don't want to have to break the bank to pay for one. Is there such a camera out there and/or what do you use? The waterproof part isn't an option, but everything else may be.
I don't know about the cameras they probably introduced this week, but in the past Pentax had the best macro over the other popular point-and-shoot WP digital cameras.
I bought my bride the good waterproof Olympus last Christmas. If my trusty Pentax WR-33 ever dies, I'll buy another without hesitation.
They say the older digital waterproof cameras, though having less megapixels, had better CCD receptors and allowed for finer pics. I don't know the ins-and-outs and have a hard time telling actuality from marketing hype but I'm very happy keeping the antique Pentax that took these shots without any studio prep or special lighting.
I'm not the one to ask. Then why, you ask, am I posting in this thread? I'm posting to tell you my camera story. I swear I've had a camera with me every single day I've gone hunting or fishing in the past 30 years. This past Saturday I was able to go fish the Missouri for a couple of hours after I got off duty. On my first cast I caught a 27 inch (or more) rainbow. This was the largest fish I ever caught on a fly. I reached in my vest for my camera. It was not there. Doh!!!
After spending a good deal of time investigating waterproof cameras, I bought a Pentax W60 a year or so ago. At the time, its 5x optical zoom was the longest available, optical (as opposed to worthless digital) zoom being important to me, resulting in a 28-140 optical zoom range. The camera has a nice feel to it, is very light and has a small yet comfortable "footprint". It's taken excellent pictures for me - some underwater - and I've been very pleased with it. It's nice to have a small camera that fits easily in a vest pocket, takes nice pictures zoomed or not, and you don't have to worry about getting wet.
Like Fly2fish, i own a Pentax W60. It take very nice, high resolution pictures, and is very rugged too. My only complaint is that it's shutter lag is very slow, which makes capturing action shots very difficult, but not impossible
Hardly great photography......but the rod in one hand and the camera in the other....it'll do. The other isn't an action shot, but the res is pretty good.
Thanks, guys. The Pentax W60 is my first choice after doing some research, but I wanted to hear from those who are happy with their particular camera whichever brand it may be. ANyone else out there with an opinion concerning a good waterproof camera?