SFR Digital Cameras

Discussion in 'Photography / Video' started by jessejames, Nov 27, 2004.

  1. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    I am going to join the 21st century and get rid of the Kodak instamatic and buy a digital camera while the pre-Christmas sales are on.
    The advice I have gotten so far has been varied but the basics are:
    Get at least 3.2 megapixels?
    Optical zoom is better than digital is 3x enough?
    Ease of charging batteries (dock, internal charger etc)
    Size, good for packing in my waders or chest pack.
    Price of media, Sony seems to be the most expensive?
    How much memory is enough 128, 256, etc?
    I am going to use the camera for outdoor recreation and all around family use I am not interested in poster size prints. I have found some package deals with a starter kit and carrying case, extra batteries and even 4x6 photo copiers for around 300.00 I would like to stay in that range. (The dreaded budget constraints) I don't want to spend too much then the fishing trip budget suffers!!! ;)
    I see you guys and gals taking great pictures and publishing them on this site so I know there is a lot of expertise out there. Help this poor old dinosaur out please...
    jesse clark
     
  2. Nailknot

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  3. fishmagnet

    fishmagnet Bent rods and tight lines!

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    Here is my nickel.
    I own a 4 megapixel Olympus and a Cannon 20D DSLR ($1500.00 body only).
    The Oly is great because it is small and water resistant. I have used it heavy for over 2 years and in some tough weather and fishing conditions. It has a clamshell opening for the lense and it protects it well. It shoots great pics and you can enlarge without a problem. I like Oly because they are smaller than most and have better seals for weather.
    The Cannon is a digital slr with interchangeable lenses and 8.2 megapixel with great lenses from Cannon.
    If you want a good camera, a reasonable price, good weather resistance, then I would go with an Olympus.
     
  4. jackchinook

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    One thing you might want to consider, all brands and models aside is the ability to buy and use a compatible waterproof housing. I have a Canon S400 (digital elph), (which I really like by the way) and I also purchased a waterproof housing for it. They're pretty pricey ($99-175, depending on the model) but the peace of mind that they afford is incomparable when you're on the water. I work in the field and bring my camera with me 100% of time. Dedicated buttons allow for all camera functions and don't affect photo quality. In my line of work, I'm around rivers all the time and fall in several times a season. Without it, I couldn't bring my camera with me and I'd miss all sorts of cool shots. I believe manufacturers make them for most major brand cameras such as Canon, Nikon, Olympus etc.
     
  5. Davy

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    Well,based on my experience don't get a Nikon.Last spring on the McCloud river I went down netting a fish my wife caught and dunked my Nikon CoolPix3200 and it never worked again(shame too cause it was an easy to use quick little DC).On the same trip my son dunked his Sony Cyber-shot TWICE and it kept working-even with a bit of a foggy lens for a bit.He claimed to have dunked it 3 or 4 times in the previous year -- talk about an endorsment!!.Yeah, I know-you fall alot on NoCal rivers.

    Now I have a Canon 5.0 10X Optical Zoom and love it but it is bit bulky for carrying in vest but great for the boat.It will also shoot a 5 minute movie with sound.I bought the New Sony 5.0 mega with the 3 inch screen plus a viewfinder and it fits great in any pocket and seems to work great- I have not however dunked it(knock on wood) or even had it in the rain.Sony also makes a weather proof Cyber-shot that I have my other eye on for the tree.

    JMHO Davy
     
  6. jessejames

    jessejames Flyslinger

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    Thanks for the replies so far..I know there were threads for this topic and looked at them but the last real comprehensive thread was in Feb of 04 with the way the technology is advancing I thought some current information might be useful. :confused:
    jesse clark
     
  7. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Several additional thoughts on this thread:

    First, a reminder that digital cameras and immersion don't mix. Based on unfortunate personal experience and that of my fishing buddies, it'll cost more to fix a camera that's been dunked than to buy an exact replacement. If you're thinking of bringing it along on fishing trips for hero shots, it's not a matter of IF you'll get it wet but WHEN. Either get a submersible camera, buy a supplemental waterproof housing or don't bring it at all. I've got more than enough pics of me and my friends with fish so I rarely bring mine along unless it's on a very special trip. And then, it only comes in a clear waterproof housing with a neck strap so it stays tucked into the top of my waders.

    Second, there's absolutely NO advantage to buying one at your local camera shop.I just bought a Nikon Coolpix 3200 for my daughter for Christmas and saved 25% by buying it online instead of locally ($147 plus $7 shipping vs $199 plus $16 sales tax at Ritz Camera.) For both reviews and online price comparisons of all digicams, check out http://www.steves-digicams.com

    K
     
  8. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    For snapshots around the water many folks swear by the Pentax Optio 20wr I believe is the exact model. It is waterproof to about 10 feet as it comes out of the box. Takes excellent snapshots, is shirt pocket sized and is a true point-and-shot style camera. MSRP is under $250

    Regards,
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Well here is my input. I use a Olympus D-520 Zoom. It is a 2.0 megapixel. For me it takes the same pictures as the higher priced cameras. The pictures that I have posted are taken with that camera.

    Jim
     
  10. P.Dieter

    P.Dieter Just Another Bubba

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    JJ,

    One thing to add to your budget is post production software. If you limit yourself to only photos that are good straight out of the camera then you will be very sorry. I only have experience with Photoshop so I don't know what the cheaper alternatives are...but I do know you will want something that goes beyond croping and basic color balance.

    Have fun
    Paul
     
  11. Brian Simonseth

    Brian Simonseth Banned or Parked

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    I’ve been using Nikon Cool Pix 3200 for a year now, even went down (Skagit, Stilly, GR and Sandy) a couple times (I always kept the camera in a zip-lock bag) and have taken over 2800 photo’s with it with no problem. And like Paul said a good Photoshop Program is a most!
     
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    I agree with what Kent said. Check out the website he posted, lots of info. Once you decide on a model do an on line search and save a lot of money. I went through this process and bought a Canon A80 that I like very much and saved about $100.00 buying it on line instead of local stores. Good luck, Jim.
     
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    I have the olympus stylus 300 3.2 megapixels and i have had problems with it. by problems i mean my memory cards over 32mb have not worked. by this i mean i took a full cards worth of pictures and the card would not read in the camera or the card reader. but other than that it has been wonderful. take it fishing with me almost every time i go out and it has been soaked 3 times or so. Also when you buy the camera make sure your warranty covers everything. the warranty that comes with my camera will not cover it if it is found to have been submerged and that is the reason why it wont work even though it says it is weather resistant. also spend a couple hours on digital photography review and put in all you want and it should find you the best cameras to meet your needs.
     
  14. Peter Pancho

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    I saw on Walmart.com a Kodak 5.0 meg camera WITH docking station for only 190.00 !!! This is definately an awesome deal! I'm not sure if they still have anymore though. Good luck!

    Peter <><
     
  15. Steelie Mike

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    I use the Olympus Stylus 4.0 Megapixel. It is small and easy (1.5X3in). It can fit a Pelican Micro Case. This is an essential becuase these cases that you can purchase at REI are waterproof. I have dunked several cameras over the years and have found this case a great investment. Depending on memory the camera should fall under three hundred dollars. Two of my other buddies have similar Olympus cameras. Good luck! :thumb: