SFR:cameras

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. Richard E

    Richard E 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.

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  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
     
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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...
     
  15. Jim Fitz

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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.