View Full Version : nice camera for fishing?

07-27-2010, 01:26 AM
it is really irritable experience to do some fishing without camera. so many amazing sights, but i couldn't take a decent shot. in badly need of a nice camera for fishing. what do u think about this Sony Alpha DSLR-A330L 10.2 MP DSLR Digital Camera (http://www.dealstudio.com/searchdeals.php?type=id&q=d176825&ru=289885)?? looks great. kinda love it. but i am not sure it is that good. still, is it a good buy or not??

07-27-2010, 01:54 AM
Make sure it's waterproof.

I dropped my Canon A610 in a creek a couple weeks ago and now I'm stuck with my old Kodak 2 megapixel dinosaur till I can afford a new one.

Frank Whiton
07-27-2010, 02:20 AM
Hi flores81,

Sony makes some good DSLR cameras and you probably would be satisfied with the picture quality. The problem with DSLRs is they are heavy and bulky. It would be a choir to carry one on a stream. The digital compact cameras would by a much better choice for taking fishing pictures. There are some waterproof ones available and they also take good pictures. If it was me I would not consider a DSLR as a stream side camera.

07-27-2010, 09:01 AM
Hi flores81,

Sony makes some good DSLR cameras and you probably would be satisfied with the picture quality. The problem with DSLRs is they are heavy and bulky. It would be a choir to carry one on a stream. The digital compact cameras would by a much better choice for taking fishing pictures. There are some waterproof ones available and they also take good pictures. If it was me I would not consider a DSLR as a stream side camera.

Frank's right. A DSLR is too much to handle on the stream, assuming you wish to fish as well. A digital compact is the way to go. Pocket size for easy and quick access and one hand operation. Waterproof is a MUST and some degree of durability is equally as important.

I have an Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 (http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_section/product.asp?product=1448) and love it. May be a bit pricey and there are probably cheaper alternatives, but the Olympus is bombproof and gives me a degree of creative control that many compacts don't. It's a good pattern to work from.

Good luck.


07-27-2010, 09:16 AM
I dropped my old Canon digital in the stream while fishing on the Green River about a month ago and ended up buying a Pentax Optio W90 waterproof camera, mainly for the compactness, waterproof and macro capabilites. I'm very satisfied with it, but there are a lot of really nice digital cameras on the market these days. Clint (cromney uses a DSLR while fishing and he takes some amazing photos with it, but like others have said it is kind of bulky. There was a thread on waterproof digital cameras awhile back you might be interested in reading: http://www.theflyfishingforum.com/forums/other-gear/12104-waterproof-digital-camera.html


07-27-2010, 02:53 PM
I got my son a Pentax Optio WS80 for Christmas and he has been extremely pleased with the quality of the pics. This is a fully waterproof point-and-shoot, but the images are stunning and can be taken underwater. here are some samples:


The best place to look for deals on this camera is Amazon.com Good luck in your search.


07-27-2010, 03:42 PM
I will join the 'Don't get a DSLR for casual carry' group. If you fish from a boat maybe but if you wade go small and waterproof.

07-27-2010, 09:41 PM
I have 2 DSLR's and wouldn't dream of taking them on the river while fishing. There are too many things to have to be concerned with and too many slippery rocks to watch for. I've taken either one or the other but never both.

The images from that Pentax Optio are very impressive.

07-28-2010, 04:53 AM
thanks for all your inputs

07-28-2010, 04:56 AM
Another good camera that can be dropped (from a reasonable height with no adverse effects - field tested by me! :)) and that can be used to shoot underwater, is the Olympus Stylus 850SW. Both Marty and I carry one; fits in your pocket, light weight and takes great pics.


And, it won't set you back the price of a good rod.


07-28-2010, 10:46 AM
I'm with Sep on the Olympus Stylus. I have the 1050SW. It is WP, ShockP and takes great pictures.
after drowning a number of fine digitals and also using those WP bags...I find the Stylus to be the right choice.

07-28-2010, 10:50 AM
I also highly recommend getting a waterproof compact. When wading I keep mine on a 3' parachute cord lanyard, slipped in my pocket. (the lanyard is because waterproof doesn't mean sink-proof) Comes out and turns on easily for pictures of fish, slips back in when I'm done. I even wade wet in saltwater with it and its going strong for about 4 years now. (older pentax)

Popular options are Canon's D10- Canon PowerShot D10 12.1 MP Digital Camera (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=waterproof+digital+camera&cid=6278743392474071983&ei=VFBQTOS3DZXMNb7R4YAF&sa=title&ved=0CAcQ8wIwADgA#p)

the Pentax and Olympus options mentioned, and if you really don't want to spend much, there's this Fuji for about $100- Fujifilm FinePix Z33WP 10 MP Digital Camera (Green) (http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=waterproof+digital+camera&cid=12344409406864897376&ei=VFBQTOS3DZXMNb7R4YAF&sa=title&ved=0CCsQ8wIwAzgA#p)

07-28-2010, 10:59 AM
If I were in the market for a waterproof camera, I'd go to Amazon and do a search for waterproof cameras and then find one in my price range that has at least a 4 star rating. Once found, I'd check the features and make sure it's what I want.

08-03-2010, 08:12 PM
A nice option somewhere between all of the compacts recommended and a full blown SLR are the Micro Four Thirds camera. DSLR adjustability and speed but in a smaller package.

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08-03-2010, 11:40 PM
dpreview did a waterproof camera group test last year. theyre due for a new one soon, so perhaps in a month or so they'll have results for more recent cameras, but heres a link to last years test: 'Waterproof' Camera Group Test (Q2 2009) Review: 1. Introduction: Digital Photography Review (http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/)
I think anything bigger than a pocketable point and shoot would be a major hassle, especially if you're wading or doing anything that would limit the amount of room you have.
I took my camera on a recent fishing trip and took a bit of a dip where the water was too high and teh waders took on a bit of water. got my non waterproof camera wet and it was bunk for the rest of the trip. Having something big like a dslr that isn't waterproof would be a hassle, actually, even having anything not waterproof i wouldn't do again.

08-04-2010, 12:25 AM
ssjchar is absolutely right. While I never dunked my non-waterproof camera, I spent so much time worrying about it and not taking chances that taking it along half-ruined my fishing. Best move I ever made was to buy a Pentex W60 a while back. Besides being waterproof, the main priority was a small form factor, allowing it to be easily stowed in my vest when not needed, and a good fit in my hand in the usually-hectic moments when it is needed and my hands are otherwise full with a net, rod, etc. There were several Pentax and Olympus waterproof cameras that fit the bill, but at the time only the Pentax W60 had the optical zoom range that I also wanted.

A small waterproof camera was one of the best buys I ever made in my fly-fishing. Now I don't worry at all about the camera getting wet, and I'm not even aware I'm carrying the camera until I need it.

08-05-2010, 01:33 AM
yup, i'll go with a small waterproof camera . thanks

08-05-2010, 02:01 AM
Compact & waterproof is definitely the right way to go. I have the Pentax W60, and my son has the Olympus Tough8000 - only complaint I have is the LCD screens all seem to wash out in bright sunlight. Someone needs to make a compact waterproof with an LCD and a viewfinder for bright days, or find a better viewfinder technology that does not wash out in the sunlight.

08-05-2010, 02:45 PM
I bought a Pentax W80 last month and I love it its small enought to fit in any of my pockets and takes great pictures.

08-06-2010, 12:31 PM
I just picked up one that I didn't see mentioned. A Fuji XP10.
Water/shock/freeze/dust proof. 12mp, 5x optical zoom, 2.7" LCD. Reviews seemed a little mixed, but overall positive.
Battery is charging for the 1st time now.
1st impressions, very compact & light, nice design, & doesn't look bad. On sale locally for $139.
I'll let you know how it works.