waterproof digital cameras

#17
A vote for the Panasonic. I have the TS1, and like it. I would like the canon except for the zoom range and it's bulky size. Otherwise I generally like canons. The Panny isn't perfect, but I had the Pentax OptioWP (one of the very early ones), and battery on it was so horrible that it drove me insane. It drained a significant amount of juice while it was off, so between being too small of a battery and sucking the juice out, it was always on low battery when I needed it most. With the Panny, I can shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot--movies too--and not even think about the battery. On a recent fishing trip I shot 5 GB of data, and it took 1 of the 3 battery bars off. I just love having a camera that I can pull out and know it will turn on.
 
#18
my main objection to the d10 is it doesnt fit in a pocket well.
Exactly why I didn't get it in the end. I try to fish light, and the D10 wouldn't have fitted in a shirt pocket, for example.

I finally got the W60 because quite a few reviews said that it actually performs better than the W80 -- apparently due to the fact that the W80 tries to cram too many pixels into what is effectively the same sensor size. The W80 can go deeper, but since I also have a camera with a scuba housing, that didn't really matter. And the W60 was way cheaper.

The W60 has been great so far. It's really compact, slips into a shirt pocket, decent picture quality plus it really doesn't mind getting wet! One caveat: make sure you have more than one battery -- small camera equals small battery equals only about 200 pics or less before you have to recharge.

Here's a sample:
 

Richard E

Active Member
#20
One of my friends who is a pro photog shoots only with Canon, and I have always been impressed with image quality (granted we are talking SLR and not Point and Shoot). I have also been very impressed with my friends Canon point and shoots. They take good pictures in almost all conditions and always seem to produce brighter images. The term I have heard used is Canon Color.

For my next personal camera I am going to go with the Canon D10. I just wish they would slim it down a bit. One other thing that most of the newer Digital's have that the new Pentax doesnt is Image stabalization.
I have an Olympus, and in many ways it's a great camera. It takes very good, but not great, photos. My older Canon P&S cameras take more 'colorful' and vivid pictures. However, my Olympus is really sturdy/durable and certainly waterproof (I stick it in my swimsuit pocket when I swim). It's built like a tank (for it's size, it's quite heavy). One feature it offers that both of my little Canon P&S cameras don't is ease of using fill flash. Fill flash, to me, is a necessary feature when taking pictures, even in the sun, because most of us wear hats and our face is shadowed if no flash is used. It's super easy to set it on the Olympus, and it's a pain on the Canons (you have to set the entire camera to a manual mode instead of just a simple flash override like the Olympus offers). It's time limitation on video is the size of the card. It's an incredibly convenient camera, and I don't have to worry about it.

With that said, I still use my (older, but still good) little Powershot Canon for other non-outdoor/fishing/wet times. Those little Powershots just take beautful pictures.

Could be just me, but I find both my Olympus and Canon P&S cameras seem to shoot more 'blurry' pictures when the batteries are low on charge . . .
 

Rick Todd

Active Member
#21
A vote for the Panasonic. I have the TS1, and like it. I would like the canon except for the zoom range and it's bulky size. Otherwise I generally like canons. The Panny isn't perfect, but I had the Pentax OptioWP (one of the very early ones), and battery on it was so horrible that it drove me insane. It drained a significant amount of juice while it was off, so between being too small of a battery and sucking the juice out, it was always on low battery when I needed it most. With the Panny, I can shoot and shoot and shoot and shoot--movies too--and not even think about the battery. On a recent fishing trip I shot 5 GB of data, and it took 1 of the 3 battery bars off. I just love having a camera that I can pull out and know it will turn on.
Another vote for the Panasonic-I lost my Olympus waterproof on the Missouri in October and did a little online research and ended up with the TS1. Not only awesome pictures, but awesome 720i video! I have a great film of me with a tarpon at Isla Blanca and another of my wife with a 5 lb bonefish at Ascention Bay. Playing these on my 52" Panasonic HD TV is just like being there! Rick
 
#22
Thanks for the helpfull responses. One question I have regarding the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is regartding the flash use. I read on the digital photography review web site that the flash picture mode is not good To quote:

The flash shots from the TS1 were some of the worst of the bunch. It produced a sharp, detailed and noise-free image by selecting ISO 100, but it also captured the least amount of ambient light of all the cameras in this group. In fact it was the only camera for which the subjects of our flash test complained that the flash was too bright, and they needed a moment to recover between test shots. From http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/page8.asp

What does this mean- particulary " capturing the least amount of ambient light" and
for people who have used this camera how do you find the flash photos come out. (I do like to use the flash)

Thanks
Mike
 
#23
Thanks for the helpfull responses. One question I have regarding the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is regartding the flash use. I read on the digital photography review web site that the flash picture mode is not good
I wish I could give you more feedback on that, but I don't use it that much w/ flash. I'll likely do a whole ton of that this weekend (Fri-Wed), so maybe I'll have more to say when I get back. Most of the time I've used flash it's been for pretty close range, not more than a few feet away. (And it's worked fine for that.)
 
#24
The flash shots from the TS1 were some of the worst of the bunch. It produced a sharp, detailed and noise-free image by selecting ISO 100, but it also captured the least amount of ambient light of all the cameras in this group. In fact it was the only camera for which the subjects of our flash test complained that the flash was too bright, and they needed a moment to recover between test shots. From http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/page8.asp

What does this mean- particulary " capturing the least amount of ambient light" and
for people who have used this camera how do you find the flash photos come out. (I do like to use the flash)
OK, ambient--existing--light is going to be better captured by using a higher ISO. Combining a higher ISO w/ a properly-balanced flash lets you capture both some of the room lighting and the flash lighting. IOW, the room behind the subject(s) doesn't turn into a giant black hole in the photo.

Again, I haven't messed around with it a ton, but the correct option would be to turn off "intelligent ISO" and set the ISO from "auto" to a higher ISO like 400 or 800. Always defaulting to 100 makes sense for a strictly image quality standpoint, but it doesn't always capture what we're looking for aesthetically.
 

chrome/22

For him there whould always be the riddle of steel
#25
Been waiting for a tough waterproof digi cam w/ a wide angle lens @ least 28mm. Gonna take a hard look at that new Olympus when it comes out.


Might be a good one to pack around, the D-10 is a bit thick for carry, good for just tossing in the boat & going thou.



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#26
the 720i video feature is VERY nice. I wish i had it. Having a waterproof compact video camera is great for fishing, esp when it fits in your pocket.

I have 5 batteries for my Olympus and get about 200 shoots per battery, but the battery is light and small so its easy to carry spares.
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#27
...One question I have regarding the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 is regartding the flash use. I read on the digital photography review web site that the flash picture mode is not good To quote: The flash shots from the TS1 were some of the worst of the bunch...Thanks Mike
I read the same review that concerned me too. I shoot a fair amount of low light shots and like to use fill flash. The Canon D10 takes good flash photos and fit's fine in a zippered slash pocket on my vest or the bellows pocket on my old TCU jackets or any of my other fishing shirts. I wish the lens had a wider range, but I knew what the trade-off was.
 

Upton O

Blind hog fisherman
#28
I bought the D10 and have used it for four months. I like the camera, it's simple, waterproof to water deeper than I'm ever going to take it, and shockproof (always a good thing for me). I rigged a quick release tether using a magnetic landing net holder so I can quickly access the camera, take the photo, put it back on the tether and I can also drop the camera into the water if I need both hands or just get clumsy. The tether allows me to retrieve it. I posted some photos in the "trip" section of the forum taken in Belize.
 
#29
A thought. Costco carries the Olympus. And, they take them back. I gave my son one last year. Indoor pics are good, not great, but they love the water usage--they have shot some great video under water of my granddaughter's waterbaby class, and just posted some great hiking video. This camera will get wet (they live in Charleston and have a boat and kayak) so it is perfect for them.

I have been looking at the Canon for me this year, as pic quality is huge. It is bulky though, and a bit pricey. I'm a camera nut, so maybe the Oly and the Canon?
 
#30
You should take a look at the Fujifilm XP10, its shockproof, waterproof, coldproof and dustproof. I have the older version, the WP and I love it. It's also very cheap, you can get it for only 179.99 $.