(NFR) Waterproof Camera

Pentax is the most established with the W series,



Olympus 720 SW. Runs a little more, but is "shockproof", a little smaller, and has the lens in the corner which helps with one handed shots such as when holding a rod or a fish. The pentax does have a shorter focal length on macro mode, which can help taking pictures of flies if you are afly tier.

Both the Pentax W series and Olympus 720 SW represent the Creme of the crop of "fly fishing" cameras.

I have the Olympus....


Oncorhynchus clarki clarki
Another vote for the Pentax Optio. I have heard good things about the Olympus as well, but the Pentax was cheaper and takes great pictures so why spend the extra money. If you are getting this camera mainly as a fishing camera I wouldn't get a camera then waterproof housing because of extra cost for the benefits that just don't match and also because it just makes it bulky. The Pentax does a great job for just a point and shoot, it is small so if fits in a pocket and it is really durable. I use it for fishing and work. If the picture quality was really important you wouldn't be putting a limit of $500 for camera stuff, unless you are considering used film as well. If that is the case, size better not be a factor to get good pictures, and if you don't need underwater shots then I would look at getting a used FM2n by Nikon. Really weather resistant, only thing that it uses batteries for is the meter, the shutter and everything else is mechanical. It is a great camera, and built like a tank. You could probably use it as a hammer. That matched with some nice glass, and some slide film is a great setup. It is what I used to use all the time, I still do when I want more control over the picture, but don't want to worry about the weather. If you can't tell photography comes second to me, but only after fly fishing.

Really consider what you want out of this camera. How important is picture quality? How important is size? Do you need to get underwater shots, or just use it with wet hands while raining?

For a small underwater camera that doesn't cost much, but still takes great picture I put my money on the Pentax, but I think you would be happy with the Olympus as well.

I have a Pentex Optio W20 and Its great. Its small- fits in my shirt pocket, you can't do that with a camera and case. I've taken underwater pic's of fish with the fly still in the mouth- it looks cool. At 7 meg pics it has great clarity. After dumping 2 other digitals in the river and having them only partialy work after they dry out, this one is perfect for me. On a rainy day it still hanges outside my raincoat with no worries.
The optics are also next generation. Most point and shot will go this direction.
I give it a 9 out of 10 for the average fly fisher

Old Man

Just an Old Man
I have a Olympis Stylus 500 which is an all weather camera. It could be waterproof but I'm not to sure. I dropped it in the Yakima about a year ago and it laid there about 30 minutes(it took me that long to find it) under water. Took the battery and card out and let it dry out for two day and it is still working fine.



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P Optio but recently had to return it since it wasn't taking good photos and the flash wouldnt go off when the lighting conditions told it to. I will replace it with another Optio, good price, features and convenience.

Willie Bodger

Still, nothing clever to say...
I have done both teh Canon with a housing and the Olympus Stylus 720SW. While the Canon was perhaps a better picture taker, the Olympus is definitely more durable. My 4 year old dropped the Canon, hence the need for a new camera. (BTW, I have an underwater housing for a Canon Powershot S30 as well as a 1 Gig CF card, two batteries and a charger for sale!). So, it still comes back to what you are looking for. If this is a camera to take on the river, in the salt, on the lake etc. or an all around camera that you will take fishing with you sometimes, then your choice will likely differ. The Elph with a housing is a nice option, just not as convenient and still more susceptible to being broken witha few bumps along the way. When I asked about the 'shockproof' on the Stylus, the salesman held it up to his eye and dropped it on the ground (carpet covered cement) and then handed it to me. Still worked fine. Canon still doesn't work after a 2 foot drop...

OhioOutdoorsman said:
Pentax is the most established with the W series,



I have the Olympus....
No intent to 'pee on your shoes,' but I've had two 'Oly's,' both are a piece of shite. E mail into them now .. 'ok, had this xxxx for a couple of years, and downloading photos (blury as they may be) has come to a stand-still. Think 'bolos' with me swinging the strap around in front of a brick wall.:rofl:

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