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Old 10-15-2015   #1
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Best Waterproof camera recommendations

What is the best waterproof point and shoot or small DSLR?

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Old 10-15-2015   #2
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Have a almost 4 year old version of this:

Submersible Underwater camera in pool water and sea | DSC-TX30 | Sony US

Been real happy with it, only use it as point and shoot. Can speak to it being durable as I beat it up pretty bad - snow/water/dust/crush proof. Without having a professional eye for photography I have been happy with its picture quality.

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Old 10-15-2015   #3
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Cannot say enough good things about the Kodak Zx3 or Zx5 Playsport series. Granted it does not have the bells and whistles of the GoPro and other more expensive cameras but for sheer durability, ease of use and reliability, they are unbeatable. I have used mine on 3 continents in temps ranging from below zero F to a humid 100 degrees and never been let down.

Whatever you get make sure the slot covers for batteries, SD cards and stuff have a foolproof locking system so they dont spring open at an inopportune moment.
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Old 10-15-2015   #4
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I personally think that for whitewater to get any thing that good you should avoid the waterproof cameras and just go with a better quality dslr (you can get entry level models for like $500 or less if you buy used) they take so much better photos, most of the point and shoot action shots are complete garbage.
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Old 10-15-2015   #5
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I used to think that too but the newer waterproof cameras have come a long way in short time. I've been very happy with the Olympus tg-4. The microscope and time lapse modes are surprisingly fun and it can capture raw.
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Old 10-15-2015   #6
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X2 on the t.g.-4
It takes good underwater video too
more snow = more water
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Old 10-16-2015   #7
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I have the tg4 also and it doesn't come close to the dslr in quality and I don't really like the manual settings but if you want an easy to.use camera it's decent to keep in your life jacket. I got it for traveling and taking underwater pics, which doesn't really come in handy kayaking
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Old 10-16-2015   #8
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They are a bit pricey but worth it if you value high quality images.

Waterproof Camera Covers from Outex
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Old 10-16-2015   #9
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Nikon AW130 has been great for me.

Key features that i find useful:

USB connector for charging - so, you can use a solar or power pack to refill the battery on multi-day trips.

Built-in WiFi - so, you can transfer photos (but not videos) to your smart phone.

Overall good photos, intuitive controls, and a silicone bumper case is available.
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Old 10-16-2015   #10
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Water Sealed DSLR

Pentax has many water sealed cameras and lenses. The K-30, K-50, K-3, and k-5 series are all great! I use the K-3 professionally, and love them. Do some research on: Compare digital cameras - Snapsort to compare different cameras.

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