I just returned from a weekend trip and my Panasonic "waterproof to 40'" camera did not survive. There is water behind the lens, even though the battery compartment seems dry. Yes, the door was closed and locked, yes, the seal was clean, and no, I didn't take it below 40'. In fact, it stayed at the surface with me during a few swims. Of course, I had owned it for 2 years and the warranty was 1 year.
I just purchased the new Pentax (I've had good luck with the previous Pentax cameras I've owned - both broke but both entirely my fault and under conditions that would break most things). It looks like a children's toy, but hopefully it will hold up to field conditions. I'll let you know how this one works out.
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Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-16-13 1:31 PM (EST)
Sometimes hot cameras in humiditiy develop condensation behind the lens when dunked and that can show up as points of water.
Posted by: BelchFire on Jul-16-13 1:37 PM (EST)
I agree with Kayamedic. Open the camera up and put it in a bag of dry (uncooked) white rice. It's a wonderful desiccant and it's cheap.
another who concurs|
Posted by: Peter-CA on Jul-16-13 9:58 PM (EST)
I also concur. I had a Pentax Optio camera get foggy on the inside after about 6 days of living in a wet PFD on a trip. I left it win the sun with the hatch open, and it dried out. Camera still is fine, even though it is almost 10 years old now.
Deep in the fine print for some |
Posted by: g2d on Jul-16-13 5:56 PM (EST)
waterproof cameras, one may find that the manufacturer expects the camera's gaskets to be tested and replaced at intervals as short as a year.
Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS|
Posted by: usantigoon on Jul-16-13 7:06 PM (EST)
I have one of these and I am very satisfied with the video and still quality (considering the compact size) Had the camera in the water a few times and the seals work perfectly..I always have it on my SOT kayak..rain or shine...
Hmmm, Look At Olympus|
Posted by: wildernesswebb on Jul-16-13 8:13 PM (EST)
I have an old Olympus 850 SW that's survived several swims, numerous drops, 1/2 a tree and a chainsaw falling on it. Despite the USB port door being secured with tape, it took a few more decent pics on the river today. It doesn't have the best zoom for wildlife shots, but the macro is excellent. My nice Canon, non-waterproof camera can't take a flower picture that would hold a candle to the waterproof Olympus. Heck, I've had several P.net "Photo of the Week" or runner-ups with this camera. I'm certain the newer Olympus waterproof cameras are probably even better than my old "Workhorse," but for now it's like the Ever Ready bunny; it keeps going, and going, and going.......
my WP philosophy|
Posted by: edzep on Jul-16-13 8:13 PM (EST)
...is that I don't expect that even the best or most expensive consumer grade WP camera will function as long as I believe it should. (No, I'm not going to be changing the gaskets every year.)
"as long as the light is good." Yes, |
Posted by: g2d on Jul-16-13 10:52 PM (EST)
that's the key. Back about '90 I bought a Minolta Weathermatic 35. Fastest shutter speed 1/350. Lens f3.5. If the day was very cloudy, I might as well have left it in the car. But with sunny conditions, I got dozens and dozens of great photos. Those I took in Slickrock Canyon of the Dolores are as good as I could do with my new Canon G15.
My Olympus 1030|
Posted by: Tommyc1 on Jul-17-13 3:33 PM (EST)
My 5 year old Olympus 1030 seems to be Tommyproof.
Ol' Pentax Optio Wpi working fine|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Jul-17-13 8:14 PM (EST)
Love Pentax and have beat the snot out of my camera
Cheap WP cameras|
Posted by: Ted_from_Crockett_CA on Jul-17-13 9:26 PM (EST)
I bought a used Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 camera that had the USB access door snapped off it. I filled in the missing part with Goop and the camera lasted for thousands of photos on the water.
Nice scrounging. |
Posted by: edzep on Jul-17-13 9:39 PM (EST)
That's the way to beat the system.
I've had good luck with Pentax Optio|
Posted by: eckilson on Jul-18-13 5:54 AM (EST)
I've had a WG-1 for a couple of years. It has taken plenty of swims, and I have never had a problem. Pictures are OK (much better since I started using a good photo editor - Aperture for Mac). Video is great for a small camera. I agree that you really don't need to buy the "latest and greatest" - you can save a few bucks by buying an older version.
Been through many|
Posted by: wavespinner on Jul-18-13 8:51 AM (EST)
Iíve been through a number and have come to regard them almost as disposables. The early Optios served well but along came competitors that I felt were better. Iíve had the best luck with Panasonic and Olympus. Not so much with the Nikon.
Yeah, I've abused our Kodak H2O Sport|
Posted by: onerailunder on Jul-18-13 4:54 PM (EST)
a ton for a few years. I keep expecting it to fail, but it continues to take great underwater photos.
I gave up on "waterproof" cameras..|
Posted by: mikehenebry on Jul-18-13 6:18 PM (EST)
and now use my iphone5 in a Lifeproof case. It takes great photos and videos and so far seems completely waterproof. I also like that the now waterproof phone also is my mapping GPS, my emergency strobe, and even has bluewater charts installed, and I never have to worry about forgetting it since it is always with me.
How about Fuji Finepix XP60?|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-22-13 12:37 AM (EST)
Anybody tried one?
bought one a month ago.|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Jul-22-13 8:57 AM (EST)
Thanks for the feedback.|
Posted by: Yanoer on Jul-22-13 1:51 PM (EST)
You got a picture of my weekend home :)
What did your come with?|
Posted by: Jaybabina on Jul-24-13 7:00 AM (EST)
I got the crew of 4 plus the chef and house cleaner.
When is the cedar stripper version|
Posted by: kayamedic on Jul-24-13 7:29 AM (EST)
coming out? And what length GP?
Posted by: belchfire on Jul-22-13 3:10 PM (EST)
I told 'em to scrub those WINDOWS! Heads will roll.......