I looking at getting a waterproof point & shoot digital camera. Does anybody on here have any recommendations? Thanks.
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From my experience with them....|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-16-13 4:53 PM (EST)
they are only good if you are snorkling or scuba diving.
Posted by: kelvin1 on Feb-16-13 5:20 PM (EST)
We have owned a few waterproof point and shoot cameras and I read a lot of reviews before buying our most recent camera about two years ago. The Lumix takes much better pictures than our previous Sony and Pentax cameras.
Gopro Hero HD|
Posted by: bartc on Feb-16-13 5:20 PM (EST)
Yes, it's a video cam, but also takes high quality stills. To use it with a viewfinder at all you have to add the LCD back, but you can do that. The Gopro Hero isn't waterproof by itself, BTW; it's got a super waterproof housing that truly works. There are diving quality housings too, so you can go really deep if you want that.
Medium quality stills. Don't get their|
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-16-13 5:46 PM (EST)
hopes up. I'll bet even my 5 year old Canon Elph in its waterproof case can outdo Hero stills, and my new Canon G15 will pound Heroes into the ground.
Not so sure of that|
Posted by: bartc on Feb-17-13 4:18 PM (EST)
Check out the G15 lens specs. |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-17-13 7:04 PM (EST)
f1.8 to 2.8 over the 28-140 mm equivalent range of the lens.
OK, let's get real here|
Posted by: bartc on Feb-18-13 9:32 AM (EST)
It wouldn't do the job for me. But |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-18-13 3:26 PM (EST)
if I buy one and screw it on my skull, will I be a Hero and a Pro?
Right tool for the job|
Posted by: desertdave on Feb-18-13 1:17 PM (EST)
You won't get this shot from a hand-held. If it were a photo instead of a video screen shot the quality would be a lot better.
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Posted by: ShadyClip on Feb-16-13 5:52 PM (EST)
Monoprice is coming out with a cheaper version of the Gopro next month -- only $100.
A friend bought his wife a Go Pro, ....|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-16-13 6:35 PM (EST)
and for under water, they are not worth the money.
not for stills|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-05-13 7:52 AM (EST)
Panasonic Luminix TS |
Posted by: ShadyClip on Feb-16-13 5:34 PM (EST)
I have this one:
Second the Lumix no problems 2 yrs|
Posted by: ricknriver on Feb-16-13 5:35 PM (EST)
Very good pics. Splashed a lot but have not drowned it at depth yet. Bit bulky though. R
Nikon Coolpix AW100|
Posted by: abz on Feb-16-13 6:05 PM (EST)
I bought this at Costco before Christmas. It seems to be about $120 now. It is waterproof to 40 ft, freezeproof, and shock resistant. I rigged up a mount on the front of my kayak to take some video just after Christmas. The bonus feature is a built in GPS.
Where is it $120|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-16-13 6:31 PM (EST)
When I read your post I felt cheated because I paid over $200 for it.
Own both Nikon and Lumix|
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Feb-16-13 10:27 PM (EST)
The Lumix takes quality pictures given that you understand it's limitations. The Nikon is a better bet if you are snorkeling and taking pictures underwater. For taking pictures from your boat it is a toss-up. Understand that number of megapixels for current cameras does not matter. Buy the cheaper one.
California Kayaker Magazine review|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Feb-16-13 8:10 PM (EST)
California Kayaker Magzine ran a set of reviews on a few cameras (Pentax, Olympus, GoPro, and Oregon Scientific). The reviews are getting a little dated now, as most of these brands have newer versions of the cameras. But I think they are worth reading for the comparison of the pros and cons of POV versus handheld cameras.
Pentax Optio WG-1|
Posted by: eckilson on Feb-17-13 5:59 AM (EST)
I have had a bunch of waterproof camera over the years (they may be waterproof, but they don't float), and they have all been versions of the Pentax Optio. Pictures are good as along as the conditions aren't too bad - rainy days, shadows and snow are all problems, but you can usually fix things on the computer after. It takes surprisingly good video. For paddling, you really can't go wrong with this camera.
Posted by: dand883 on Feb-17-13 7:37 AM (EST)
I haven't looked at any of the newer generation of the Olympus Stylus cameras, but the one i got 4 or 5 years ago still takes great pictures, just remember to get a floating wrist band so you don't lose the camera
Lumix gets my vote but|
Posted by: yaakker on Feb-17-13 8:01 AM (EST)
remember, it may be waterproof but it DOES NOT FLOAT. I use a lanyard from my pfd
I have a year old one that is ..|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-17-13 8:33 AM (EST)
Posted by: Marshall on Feb-17-13 8:57 AM (EST)
In case you do, add a Lifeproof case to it and there's your point n shoot plus all the other iPhone-y things. It's also a real case to use terrestrially.
Its called not point and shoot|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-17-13 4:27 PM (EST)
but point, guess and shoot. I have lots of underwater pictures of nothing.
Thanks ! You got that right and....|
Posted by: jackl on Feb-17-13 5:26 PM (EST)
no one seems to understand it.
Posted by: willi_h2o on Feb-17-13 4:38 PM (EST)
Pentax Optio W90|
Posted by: VK1NF on Feb-17-13 4:39 PM (EST)
My wife used a Pentax Optio 43wr for years, and despite being the oldest model - just 4mp - it took the best pix - used 2 AA batteries and had a viewfinder! It finally died, and was replaced by a WPi that worked well, but was ripped off from my car. I now have a Pentax Optio W90, which is a decent point and shoot. As someone else noted, it doesn't do well in auto mode in tricky lighting situations - and I really, really wish it had a screen grid to help keep horizons straight - apart from that, it's been a trooper...
Anyone using these in salt water?|
Posted by: thirstyturtle on Feb-17-13 8:00 PM (EST)
I have an mid price range Olympus and it works terrible after a few outings in salt water. Always rinsed with fresh water after salt water use etc... Fresh water is a different story though. Trying to zoom in will leave you dissapointed with mid price range Olympus.IMHO. It's tough one, depends on what you want to use it for. I will also be in the market for one soon i think.
Coolpix aw 100|
Posted by: captainsmollett on Feb-17-13 8:26 PM (EST)
I have one and have shot freshwater stills under about 8 ft of water with great success. I paid about 250 for mine.They work well above water too, I use a uv filter and it seems to help in bright light
Posted by: Dr_Disco on Feb-17-13 9:42 PM (EST)
You have to be very careful to not get any salt water into the battery/card area. The terminals corrode and/or get coated. The terminals that contact the battery and the card are easily bent and cleaning them without breaking them is difficult. All this depends on maintaining the o-rings so nothing leaks in. So the real answer is both cameras work fine but if you use either in salt water you have to be super careful.
Re Salt Water|
Posted by: VK1NF on Feb-18-13 9:57 AM (EST)
All three of our Pentax Optios - the 43wr, the WPi, and now the W90 - have been used mostly on salt water. I load fresh batteries and a card before heading out - so there is no need to open the battery compartment while paddling. Back ashore, I rinse the body in fresh water, dry the exterior with a soft towel, then open the battery compartment and carefully dry off the seals. I then leave the compartment open for an hour or so. Have never had a hitch with water penetration...
AW 100 and salt water|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-18-13 10:10 AM (EST)
I admit to only rinsing it off with freshwater twice in an 11 day Everglades trip as fresh water is too precious.
AA Bats & Optio WR|
Posted by: booztalkin on Feb-18-13 2:54 PM (EST)
I'm with VK on the old Optio WRs. I've just sent mine to the box of electronics waiting to go to the landfill. It never really did die, it just stopped taking good pictures, due to wear on the lens cover. I used to carry a piece of shammy cloth to wipe the lens with, since it was always exposed and would get drops of water on the lens cover. Over thousands of shots, I ruined the lens cover with tiny scratches.
What I've done with the lens covers on |
Posted by: ezwater on Feb-18-13 3:33 PM (EST)
my ancient Minolta Weathermatic 35, and on the waterproof case for my digital Canons, is to blow really hard on them and then give them a moment to dry. In bad circumstances, I clean them with the tip of my tongue, slosh the camera in the river, and then blow to clear off residual drops. I haven't had a problem with the lens covers wearing, not even the coated cover on the Canon waterproof case.
Posted by: civengine on Mar-04-13 7:35 PM (EST)
I used a Sony tx-10 for three days in Florida bay. It worked flawlessly and still does. Not bad image quality. I wore it on my PDF and didn't wash it off until day 4. I'm getting a contour roam this week. It should be better at just turning it on and getting a picture every 5 seconds. IQ will probably be worse.
How will you use it?|
Posted by: wavespinner on Feb-18-13 1:49 AM (EST)
If you're shooting surface stuff in relatively controlled conditions, I'd go with a Canon Powershot SX200, or whatever the recent version is, with a waterproof deck box. It isn't a waterproof unit but is very compact and boasts a 12x zoom which is great for nailing wildlife shots.
Withdrawing endorsement of AW100|
Posted by: wavespinner on Mar-10-13 11:55 AM (EST)
Six months old and it leaked and fried first day of a five day kayak/snorkeling trip last week. Was salt water but was only snorkeling depth.
Panasonic Lumix TS|
Posted by: jimyaker on Feb-18-13 3:57 PM (EST)
new Canon Coolpix AW 110|
Posted by: harlingford on Feb-28-13 6:50 PM (EST)
as soon as you buy it it becomes|
Posted by: kayamedic on Feb-28-13 7:03 PM (EST)
Did Canon buy Nikon? -;)|
Posted by: Kocho on Feb-28-13 7:14 PM (EST)
Olympus all the way|
Posted by: old_user on Feb-28-13 9:09 PM (EST)
I've been using my underwater olympus camera thats shockproof, freezeproof and waterproof. It's gone under many an ocean on snorkling, scuba and kayaking trips. I've also had it for years and it's still going. Good luck!
Posted by: Yanoer on Feb-28-13 10:28 PM (EST)
Old school - film...,.|
Posted by: fatelmo on Mar-01-13 8:10 AM (EST)
Olympus Stylus 1030SW|
Posted by: TommyC1 on Mar-03-13 4:12 PM (EST)
I've used this camera for roughly 5 years.
I also have an Olympus 1030SW and |
Posted by: shirlann on Mar-04-13 6:04 PM (EST)
Can't say much about Olympus|
Posted by: rival51 on Mar-04-13 9:48 PM (EST)
My 310 (I think) woke up dead a week before a trip. No good excuse - It had never been really wet or dropped. Maybe a little splash. Under time (& $ ) pressure I ended up with a base Fuji. Works pretty good if you understand that it isn't really built for low light & will blur if you don't pay attention. The snow mode worked ok on our Ausable trip a week ago. 20 deg weather didn't seem to bother the battery.
things to consider besides waterproofnes|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Mar-05-13 7:54 AM (EST)
Most important feature|
Posted by: vic on Mar-05-13 8:17 AM (EST)
My experience after five years with a Pentax Optio W10 is that after waterproof the most important feature is a good image stabilization feature - especially when shooting from a canoe on moving water.
More things to consider. Fast startup. |
Posted by: ezwater on Mar-10-13 5:37 PM (EST)
Short picture to picture delay. Wide angle lens.