I'm a techno-idjit. Looking for an inexpensive digital camera to carry in my vest.
Want some I can drop in the water and comfortably say " Oh well."
Don't really care about how many images it can store, but I do want the images to be fairly large and very dense. Some kind of zoom would be good, I guess.
Check out the AW110 it is awesome and waterproof. This is what I use for fishing and around water. It has a ton of features and capabilities! I am also a pro photographer and this is my go to camera when I am out on the water the quality of the images is awesome and you can put it in the water when releasing fish and do a movie or take a photo I love it personally
I have an Olympus stylis tough 6000 that I never use and would sell for $125.00 has a case and a spare battery and the computer cord. I have never dropped it in the water but it is water proof I believe. Since I got an Iphone I quit carrying the camera. It takes great pics Archived Products > STYLUS TOUGH-6000 the one I have is gold in color. It is 2 years old and used very little
I bought a Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS2 and I gave both my Olympus Tough and Pentax Optio Cameras to my kids. The TS series is far superior because of the German Leica lens.
Fly photo with the Lumix-TS2. You can see the air bubbles in the cured UV acryic in the fly below.
Here is an underwater photo that my son took of his dog retrieving a ball thrown into his swimming pool. You can see the distorted reflection of my son with swimming goggles in the surface mirror. The detail in the original photo is crisp and even the small bubbles are clearly seen. Note the crisp printing on the front side of the ball, even with the resolution lowered for computer viewing.
I'm not sure what your price range is so I don't really think I can specifically suggest any cameras for you, but I'll just give you a general guideline for what you should look for.
You won't be looking for any cameras with changeable lenses, what you'll be looking for are cameras with "optical zoom." The power of these zooms is based on the size of the lens on the front, so 5x optical zoom isn't the same for every camera. That begin said, I would say look for cameras with optical zooms of 5x or higher (most now days are around this level).
Second is the "size of the pictures" you mentioned. This will be specified in MP (or megapixels). This allows for a picture to be blown up to a certain size without stretching any pixels and losing quality. I would look for a camera with at least 12 megapixels. Again, most camera now days are at least 12MP.
The last choice is waterproof or not? I can't tell from your post if you want a camera that is waterproof, so dropping it in the water is just an "oops, it will be fine," or if it's an "oops, it wasn't expensive anyways." Personally I would suggest a waterproof camera, but that definitely increases your price.
Quickly on the storage of images: usually the camera itself does not store the images, a small card called an SD card does. These cards are pretty cheap and you can usually find them on sale on Amazon, so image capacity most likely wont be mentioned on any reviews for cameras you read.
Hopefully this is helpful in narrowing down your options!
Many mid level and lower priced digital cameras have benefited from the advancements of the higher priced camera’s of previous years.
Ask yourself these questions:
Are you most likely going to be taking hero shots, photos of anglers and their fish?
Is there a possibility that the camera will be exposed to the rain, get an occasional dunking?
Are you going to take some landscapes too, but not likely to enlarge and make prints of them?
Are you looking for a camera for sharing photos via email or social networking?
Are you going to take the occasional shot of a stonefly on a boulder, a fly in a fishes mouth, your favorite reel for Ards epic “ Reel Love “ thread?
Possibly use it at gatherings with family and friends?
Then what you’re looking for is a glorified Splash-Proof Snap Shot camera.
For that, you don’t need to break the bank. Many under $200.00 digital waterproof cameras will fit that profile nicely.
If you read enough reviews on waterproof cameras, you’ll start to see a common theme in failures - that being, taking the camera diving, even for extended periods in a swimming pool. If that’s your intended use, buy a unit that has a more serious waterproof rating.
I’d be willing to bet that for most fly fishermen, who take tumbles hiking and wading. Who might well drop their cameras on the shoreline rocks or while unloading their vests or packs, a shock proof camera with an average waterproof rating would better serve them.
I picked up a simple Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS20 16.1MP Waterproof Digital Camera for $79 for my wife to carry in her fanny pack, when it was on sale at Fry's a few months back. It's twice the camera that my two year old Pentax Optio is, at half the price.
Pick a couple of contenders and then shop patiently for them. The camera business is crazy competitive.