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Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by chromeseeker, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. chromeseeker

    chromeseeker Where's the Bucket?

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    I'm in the market for a good (less than 500 bones) camera that takes decent pics but is water and shock proof. It's sole purpose would be to take fishing trip pics and be able to stand up to minimal and unintentional abuse.

    What are some favorites out there?

    Cheers,
    CS
     
  2. Denny

    Denny Active Member

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    Olympus SW series. Waterproof, shockproof, takes video, compact, affordable.

    I just attended a presentation by Brian O'Keefe, and he packs an Olympus SW series camera around with everywhere. To me that says a ton; Brian is an incredibly gifted and knowledgable outdoor photographer. I have the 725SW (sold by Costco, and has been model upgraded since), and it's a tough little camera. It takes good picture, has video, is waterproof (I swim with it), and small enough for shirt pockets or pants rear pockets.

    Downside: no view finder, so it can be tough in bright light using the screen to set up pictures. Also, though it takes good pictures, I find my non-waterproof cameras (say, Canon) take better pictures. However, the water-resistance, compactness (word?), and the toughness of the Olympus make it a great outdoor and fishing camera

    Do a search on this site; there have been several threads about this topic, and you should find useful information there.
     
  3. Dustin Bise

    Dustin Bise Active Member

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    You gotta love modern camera technology! The point and shotos cameras have come along way. Get one that is comfortable to you!
     
  4. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Guess what? You're not the first person to have that question.

    This is a subject that comes up about every 2-3 weeks. Every question you can possibly imagine has already been asked and answered and discussed thoroughly. Use the Search function above and type in 'waterproof camera' to find what you're looking for.

    K
     
  5. chromeseeker

    chromeseeker Where's the Bucket?

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    Thanks for the input (the input that was actually helpful to me, that is). I'll look into the Olympus series. They sound like just what I'm after.

    I can't believe I'm not the first person to inquire about cameras on this forum. How arrogant of me to be so presumptive! :beathead:

    CS
     
  6. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Sorry my earlier post came off a bit harsh.

    Not only is this one of the world's most popular flyfishing forums, all previous threads and posts are immediately available by simply through searching the archives. Chances are excellent someone here has exactly the kind of expertise or input you're looking for.

    K
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Shit Kent, you beat me to the punch. It's easier to just got to the cameras web site as there is a lot more info there thatn you can gleen out of here.

    Newbies?????????????????????????????????????

    Jim
     
  8. Itchy Dog

    Itchy Dog Some call me Kirk Werner

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    Be nice ; ) We were all newbies at one time.
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I try to be nice but after a while it all went out the window. I guess that me being as old as I am that all of this stuff coming up lately was what I went thru before this thing call the internet came about. I'd rather do it for myself instead of asking 1000 dumb shits how to do it.

    I'm just trying to live up to being myself.

    Jim
     
  10. Runejl

    Runejl Josh

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    Check out the Pentax Optio WP ? Im not sure what model number is most recent, but I have been happy with mine. Waterproof etc... I treat it like crap and it keeps on loving.
     
  11. sothereiwas

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    We have been looking at the same type of camera. There are really only 2

    Pentax Optio W60
    Olympus Stylus 850,1030,1050sw

    The biggest difference that I noticed was the Pentax had a 5x optical zoom, compared to 3x. Other that the review on all of them are good.
     
  12. Bascoe

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    "all previous threads and posts are immediately available by simply through searching the archives"

    Very true. A wealth of information. In fact I don't think there has been anything really new for a few years now
     
  13. Daryle Holmstrom

    Daryle Holmstrom retiredfishak

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    Quite wrong, better check out the camera sites Bascoe
     
  14. jkold

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    I vote for the Pentax Optio - I like the wide angle lens that it has that the others don't. You'd be amazed how useful it can be. Otherwise I think most cameras are basically the same these days unless you get down into the professional grades...
     
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    Chromeseeker,

    I am going to buy the Pentax W60 after comparing to Olympus 1030 but they are very similar. I pulled up all the old threads on this topic and looked through Steves digicam reports and it boiled down to these two cameras for me. Of course as you look through the old threads you start to see model numbers that are not their latest and greatest offerings because they change so often. It gets a little confusing when trying to compare similar products that each has its pros and cons. What I really wanted was someone who really knows digital photography and these two camaras to tell me - This One simply takes a superior photograh. That is hard to find but a lot of people say good things about the Pentax quality (as can be said about the Oly) but I think the Pentax features were better for me (e.g. previous comment, type of memory card, etc.)

    I have an older model of the Pentax WP series and it never failed me but I want to upgrade all the same. Good luck.
     
  16. Bascoe

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    I was referring to all topics, not specifically cameras. My point was there hasn't been a new, not already covered fishing or SRF topic on this, or any other fishing board, for a few years now.
    Just the same recycled questions and answers.
     
  17. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Good point. Some topics sure do seem to be as predictable as a sunrise. Besides "What's the best underwater camera?", here are some others that I seem to see a lot:

    What (insert number here) weight rod should I buy?

    Should I over/under line my (insert name and/or rod weight here) rod?

    Are (insert maker's name/model here then choose one: reel/rod/waders/boots/jacket/vest/float tube/pontoon boat/etc) any good?

    Is (insert name of river/stream/lake) fishing any good right now?

    I don't have any money. Where can I get a high quality (choose one: reel/rod/waders/boots/jacket/vest/float tube/pontoon boat/etc) for next to nothing or free?

    I was just standing in the river minding my own business when somebody (choose one: lowholed me/crossed my line/floated over my line/shot at me/mooned me/etc) What should I have done?

    And my all time favorite:

    I want to catch lots of big fish without investing any time or effort. What river or lake can I drive right up to, what rock should I stand on, what pattern should I use, and how should I cast it?

    K
     
  18. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Kent you forgot the line about what is your favorite song/band/hard rock music to listen to when you are on your way to your favortie stream.

    Jim
     
  19. rick matney

    rick matney Active Member

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    Alright who ruffled the old birds feathers? You grumpy old sons' of ......Jim it's cold out. I am comming over! I'll bring the hooch. I can get to your house in about an hour and a half.


    Warm up your vice and tell the wife to get dinner going. I'll keep you occupied so you leave the poor guys alone on wff! :D
     
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    Not to hijak a hijak, but:

    I had the original Optio WP. It failed after...what I think about four seasons or so. Not bad, but not great. The battery is (was, sniff sniff) horrible. And I don't think they've done anything to change that. The image quality is pretty mediocre compared to a lot of other cameras (like the better p&s cams that aren't waterproof), but the point of this camera is that it'll be there when you need it.

    Since the camera finally died, I'm pretty sure I'm going with the Olympus for the next round. Why? Mostly battery life and the "shock proof," which the pentax doesn't reallytalk much about in the same way olympus does. Pretty sure it's not up to the same level. Not that I intend to put 200 lbs of weight on the camera, but it'll take some bumps before it's all said and done.

    I really like the 5x zoom of the Pentax, and I like the price. But I was never that happy with the camera, especially the battery situation. It sucked juice (at a pretty high level) while the camera was off. So if you didn't use it for a few weeks, and then went fishing it was basically DOA. That is lame. I don't know if they've fixed that with more recent models, but that kind of battery draw (just to remember some setting in the camera) is pretty poor. Defeats one of the bid advantages of Li-Ion batteries.

    One thing to note: all the camera manufacturers recommend sending to the factory and having the rubber seals changed out. I think they both specify once a year. That's not a cheap thing to do. I'm not sure if it needs once a year or if you'd get by with it every couple of years...but keep it in mind. They won't stay waterproof forever.
     

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