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Old 10-06-2008   #1
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Camera recommendations?

I'm thinking of buying a new digital camera, and wondering if there are any that work especially well with kayaking/rafting. I currently have a canon with a waterproof case, but it was more designed for scuba diving so it's pretty bulky and not great to use for boating.

I remember seeing a post about some compact camera that was water proof down to 15m or so a while ago - anyone know of any models like that, especially if you own one that works well for boating trips?

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Old 10-06-2008   #2
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Here's what I'm using and I like it.

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Old 10-07-2008   #3
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Buy an Olympus. They are the only ones worth the money. I bought the Olympus Stylus 850 SW and I love it. I purchased it to be able to be secured to my PFD and survive. I think this model is water proof down to 10 feet and shock proof from 5 feet. I used my camera all summer and never had a problem. A friend actually dropped his camera of the same make, year older, into a beer and was still able to use it.

They make a more expensive one that is more water proof and more shock proof. The lens is also a little bit better on it as well. I don't know what they cost but I wouldn't even look at any other water proof cameras.
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Old 10-07-2008   #4
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another one worth looking at is the pentax w60... has a wide angle 28mm lens,ect

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Old 10-07-2008   #5
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+1 on the pentax w60... Great camera and waterproof..
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Old 10-07-2008   #6
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We just returned from a Grand trip and my son carried a Pentax W60 in his PFD and took some awesome shots. He often pulled it out as we were dropping into big rapids and got some nice shots. Landscape shots were nice and he took some incredible marco photos of flowers and insects. Just make sure there is no water on the lens before shooting. A simple wipe with the finger usually works.

There were also people on the trip that were using the Olympus and they seemed to be happy with it. So I think one of these two will be your best option.
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Old 10-07-2008   #7
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Olympus 770

I've got a 770 and I love it. It fits into my pfd or small drytop pocket, take good pictures for a camera of its type and takes decent video with sound. I especially like the rapid fire setting for boating. Overall great camera!
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Old 10-07-2008   #8
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Pentax optio is great but....

it has no view finder so hard to compose pic on sunny day. also it'll sink like a rock if you drop it, a design flaw for a wp camera. keep it tethered to you pfd.
here's a pic with optio of hells canyon from last month
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Since we have the new Pentax W60 and an older Pentax version, I can tell you that with the W60, the screen is much easier to see while in the sun than the older version. I don't think that any of the smaller waterproof cameras have a viewfinder, but I could be wrong.
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Old 10-07-2008   #10
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I have read reviews from several sources about the Pentax and Olympus cameras- the general conclusion is that they are both good for their intended purpose photography in wet environments, but trail in image quality compared to other compact cameras. Also apparently the Olympus is supposed to have it's seals changed every year. The Pentax W60 has a bigger zoom range 28-140mm.

So it sounds like 2 choices: have the small Canon with good image quality in it's somewhat bulky diving case which is good for over 100+ft so you can dive with it, or get lower image quality in a more compact package with the Pentax or Olympus. Hopefully Canon or Nikon will take a serious stab at this market sometime soon.

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