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Old 01-11-2013, 10:10 PM
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Default Re: Waterproof camera/video recorder

I've been using an OLYMPUS TOUGH 800. It's a few years old. But it still works. I spent nearly $400 on it when I got it. The only good thing about it is, a) it takes pictures b) it's water proof.

It leaves a little to be desired when it comes to

a) startup speed...it takes a few seconds
b) aperture...this is the most important thing to me. I have a Canon 7d and fast glass lenses (f1.4, f2.8 L series etc). So I'm spoiled when it comes to fast lenses.
c) menus are complex and too slow

The olympus max aperture is f3.5...that's slow IMO. The Nikon AW100 is f3.9. I haven't used the latter so I can't speak for user experience, but that number tells me it's still slow glass...which translates into needing a lot of light to prevent camera shake and the need for a flash (flash shots can look kinda crappy and take more time for the flash to power and then fire). Maybe it has some Image Stabilization built in?

If you just need a decent photo for the record books and you have a decent camera phone then get a waterproof case for it.

I have a LIFEPROOF case on my iPhone 4S. It takes better pictures than the OLYMPUS I have. But I do fear dropping and losing a camera, a phone, game device, calendar, email etc in one spill (gotta love all-in-ones).

If that's not an option then anything in the $200-$300 range will work. If you're looking to take those awesome photos that you find in magazines and pro blog sites....those are most likely pro(sumer) DSLR setups.

I'm giving up on getting an awesome fast/startup/fast glass point and shoot that's waterproof. I just don't see it happening for a long time (does Leica make a waterproof camera?)

I gave my digital rebel away to my bro so I'm going to take the 7d out and pray I don't drop it in the water.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:42 AM
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I'm giving up on getting an awesome fast/startup/fast glass point and shoot that's waterproof. I just don't see it happening for a long time (does Leica make a waterproof camera?)
What about the Olympus TG-1?
Aperture =F2.0; HD Video; 12.7mp; ISO100-6400; Zoom 25-100mm (equivalent)
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Quality is never going to be in the same legue as a DSLR or M4/3rds.
I wish Nikon would bring out a new Nikonos Digital system!!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 06:38 PM
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What about the Olympus TG-1?
Aperture =F2.0; HD Video; 12.7mp; ISO100-6400; Zoom 25-100mm
HOLD THE PRESSES! I'd love to see some sample shots from this camera under real world conditions. If they can improve on that start up time I'd give this a go. f2.0, that's more like it.

Took the iphone out today, did okay with a little instagram effects.
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Hello,

I can really recommend the Canon D10. This camera is small enough to fit even into a small pocket and it makes great pictures. The auto focus of the camera also reacts very fast, which is important for a quick snap shot.
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There's a recent comparison here:

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Old 01-13-2013, 11:41 AM
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Wow. Thanks for this. I've bookmarked for further reading. The iPhone/waterproof case works okay but I'd definitely like to not have to depend on it.
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just got this for christmas....
have not used it yet but consumer reports gave it a super high rating

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