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Old 01-23-2009   #1
Carbondale, Colorado
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New Waterproof, Drop Proof, Perfect for the River Runner Camera!

Check out the new cameras that Olympus is putting out in the market this Jan. and Feb., the TOUGH series. They look perfect for anyone on this forum!

Since it seems like every two years my wife and I go through a camera on New Years Eve (2006 dropped one at String Cheese Incident show, broke, took our camera out for New Years this year and it wouldn't work!).

These look like the only way to go especially for capturing big holes and big waves!


Get one so we can see more action shots while in the action if you also experience broken cameras frequently, it may be the last camera you really need?

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Old 01-23-2009   #2
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looks like i need a new camera.

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Old 01-23-2009   #3
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I have the Olympus stylus 1030 sw. It must the predecessor to this new "tough" line. It is waterproof, shock proof, and freeze proof as well. It is nice to carry because it is so small and fits nicely in my PFD pocket or jacket pocket so that it is always handy for some shots. However I am continually dissapointed by the quality of the photos. Even at home under controlled conditions the photos are of poor quality. I used to have a Cannon Powershot that took excellent photos. Comparing the two is night and day. I have tried all of the tips to make the Olympus take better quality photos but things just really don't improve. I hope they improved the optics, but I doubt it as it looks like the same camera just dressed a little differently.
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Old 01-23-2009   #4
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i also have the 1030. just finished a grand trip and was impressed on the quality of the photos. i had to play with the settings a bit, but all in all i am happy with it. the only draw back is that the battery went dead in 6 days. that was after 200+ photos at high res and 20 degree temps at night, but still. next time i am bringing a charger for phantom ranch.
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Old 01-23-2009   #5
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I have the 1040SW and generally like it but on rare occasion it will video with static type vertical lines and it's kinda lame that it wasn't designed to zoom in and out when in video mode.
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As far as these types of cameras go ("tough" waterproof point and shoots) I would recommend the Pentax series (Optio - I think W60 is the latest version). The Pentax models seem to take way more quality shots. I do not work for Pentax.
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Old 01-23-2009   #7
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And it's a hundred bucks cheaper.
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Old 01-26-2009   #8
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Other reasonably priced waterproof camera set ups?

Taking into consideration the sub-par optics of these waterproof cameras, does anyone have a setup that has better optics with a waterproof case that works well for them? I see on some of the manufacturers websites that they sell waterproof cases for like $200+ to fit their different model cameras, etc. That seems like a pricey way to go. What might you have and how well does it work?

thanks for any input.

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