04-11-2013, 05:53 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: West Slope Sierra Range, CA.
Re: Which camera?
Hey Random User,
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.
Good luck out there, TT