04-13-2013, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Southern Colorado
Re: Which camera?
Originally Posted by shotgunfly
Okay I'll chime in. Here is my experience:
I was using the iPhone for a while but it's battery kept dying when I was fishing in 20 degree weather.
Had a OLYMPUS TOUGH 8000 (gave it to a nephew) because it took tooooo long to start up, it had a SLOW lens...meaning it needed ALOT of light to take a decent picture or the flash would fire—flash photos suck and it's battery life was poor.
Enter the new OLYMPUS TG-2..why is it great? Here goes:
• FREEZEPROOF...battery stands up to cold weather
• FREEZEPROOF...so there is no fogging up of lenses and cases...not so with the iPhone in a water proof case.
• FAST startup time from SLEEP and OFF to shooting in about 2 seconds.
• FAST lens (f2.0) faster than the F3.8 (W) - F4.7 (T) of the Pentax cameras mentioned. Meaning if you want to take a photo in a shadowy canyon, under shade or cover of trees or even on a cloudy day (sorry but some of the best fishing is not on blue bird days)...then you need a camera that takes a photo in LOW light without needing to fire a flash.
• SUPER MACRO setting...okay this it probably a glorified zoom and some shallow depth of field action, but it looks like a macro shot.
• Shoots full 1080 HD video.
• GPS tagging..not that you'd want to give coordinates to your honey hole but you can if you wanted to.
• It ACCEPTS an optional FISHEYE lens so everything is sharp if you want to use it like a GOPRO camera.
I just stay in aperture mode and then jump to Super Macro.
The camera costs about $380, but it's worth it. Now the phone stays in the vest and the 7D sits at home.
I'll share some shots and video in a post here soon.
After reading through this thread, then doing my due-diligence searches on the reviews of waterproof pocket cameras, I found the "Olympus Stylus TG-2 Ihs" to be best suited for my purposes.
My ranch is located here in the mts of Colorado, and it's not unusual for me to take a couple of hard spills side hilling some of these trails when Elk hunting. Then there's the Kayak fishing, in the lakes & rivers here about, and there are always a few mishaps around water (at least for me!).
In any case, after reading through the camera reviews, I found this Olympus to be by far, the camera most able to withstand the abuse I lay on cameras, not to mention the exceptionally good reviews this camera received on the photos & videos taken.
So, for me the choice was relatively easy.