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Offline philjo

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Waterproof cameras
« on: January 06, 2013, 01:21:10 PM »
I am thinking about buying one of the waterproof campact cameras so I can use it when out walking - the last few walks have been very wet so the NEX 5 stayed firmly inside the rucksack!

Any recommendations of models to consider?
I looked at a few in Jessops yesterday.  mainly the Nikon AW100 and Pansonic ones.
There is a Sony one (DSC-TX20) with a CZ lens but Jessops did not have that on display (Sony website says it is out of stock so it may be replaced shortly?)

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2013, 03:03:24 PM »
I also have been considering a "tough" camera and have looked like you at the Nikon AW100 and the LUMIX DMC-FT4 which are similarly priced?

After extensive review reading I ruled out the AW100 as it seems to suffer from lens fogging issues so that was enough to put me off that one?

The Panasonic one also seems to have a fair share of bad reviews and the image quality compares to a much cheaper none tough version?

Finally like you I looked at the DSC-TX20 which is a nice pocketable size and seemed to tick all the boxes? The only downsides that seem apparent are that you could get sand/grit caught in the sliding mechanism if you use on a beach etc which could scratch the camera? Also it not exactly rugged build quality?

This doesn't bother me as I won't be throwing it around and just want a camera for when out walking the dogs etc that will stand getting wet etc ?

The reason I have not bought it though is it not physically in stock anywhere to see it in the flesh? Also there is a new model apparently being launched next week at the CES show called the DSC-TF1 ( rugged, 16MP, 4x zoom )

So I am waiting to see what price point it is set at and if the other one drops in price making it a bargain? :-)

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2013, 02:28:49 PM »
Hi guys

For what it's worth. I purchased a Canon D10 before going to Cuba last month. It is rugged and the IQ is acceptable. It performed well underwater and took decent dryland shots. The flash in the dark is accurate. It seems rugged. In addition to being used occasionally underwater, it will be my main fishing camera where there is always the chance of getting wet. 

Downside is that it is not thin ... has a bump where the zoom lens is. So not great for a shirt pocket, but good for a jacket pocket. I rec'd the dedicated camera case for C'mas. It was on sale at Amazon.ca and delivered to my door for $215 all in. ~ £135-140. EDIT: Gak! The price is way up both here and in the UK. Must be a hot camera because it is almost the same price as the D20, its replacement.

Took this video with it as well.



Taken with flash ... always tricky underwater...if there is any "murk" in the water, images get washed out.






Not in Cuba ...

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2013, 05:29:23 PM »
That one I never considered will have to admit? It certainly won't win any beauty contests that for sure LOL! Have to admit after watching a couple of video reviews though the look sort of growing on me?

But the important thing is the IQ and from your images it doesn't look half bad at all?

As you point out it not pocket friendly and other than that it seems to get very good reviews?

Definitely on the maybe list? Just waiting to see what Sony pull out of the bag at CES? I am expecting just a revamp of there DSC-TX20 but we will find out soon enough?

So thank's Clive that made it even harder to decide which to get ;-)
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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2013, 05:44:59 PM »
Thank you for your replies.

I have found this page showing details for the DSC-TF1 on Best Buy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Cyber-shot+DSC-TF1+16.1-Megapixel+Digital+Camera+-+Black/7595093.p;jsessionid=C8BCE94C6A24F3A7947376AD16EB5094.bbolsp-app05-41?id=1218853501986&skuId=7595093

The Canon one Clive mentions looks quite good depending on the size (i.e. if it will fit into my jacket pocket)
There is a Fujifilm model in Jessops heavily discounted at £99 which is a lot cheaper than the others but I wasn't sure about it when looking at it in the store.



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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2013, 06:01:13 PM »
Thank you for your replies.

I have found this page showing details for the DSC-TF1 on Best Buy

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Sony+-+Cyber-shot+DSC-TF1+16.1-Megapixel+Digital+Camera+-+Black/7595093.p;jsessionid=C8BCE94C6A24F3A7947376AD16EB5094.bbolsp-app05-41?id=1218853501986&skuId=7595093

The Canon one Clive mentions looks quite good depending on the size (i.e. if it will fit into my jacket pocket)
There is a Fujifilm model in Jessops heavily discounted at £99 which is a lot cheaper than the others but I wasn't sure about it when looking at it in the store.

Nice find of the DSC-TF1! Will have to wait and see now availability of this and if it brings the old model down in price?

Regarding the Fujifilm the IQ is meant to be terrible and worse than a cheap point and shoot? I think if you used to the NEX this would greatly disappoint? I read a few reviews and looked at sample pics and this was never one I would personally consider?

There more reviews on the XP100 than the XP50 which is identical specs but has GPS? (if you want to read reviews you will find more results on this one?)


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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2013, 07:08:04 PM »
I would not suggest to buy an extra underwater camer but would instead opt for an underwater housing for your Nex 5. There are numerous alternatives out there and I bought one for my Canon G10. You then have the quality of your fantastic camera and if it is a specific underwater housing for your Nex camera then you will be abler to use all the buttons.

Look i.e. here:
http://www.linkdelight.com/C5P-40M-Underwater-Camera-Case-f-Sony-NEX-5-16mm-F2.8-Lens-Camera.html

http://www.fun-in.com.tw/oc/index.php?route=product/category&path=177_180

You just have to check which of your buttons will be available with each of the housings. Sometimes i.e. the movie button will not be accessible.

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #7 on: January 08, 2013, 03:53:25 AM »
Thanks Stef. I agree that since philjo has a NEX 5, this might be that way to go.

For my fishing needs a small P&S is better...fits in my fishing vest. (The few times I've wanted high-end on-stream photos I've taken the DSLR anyway.

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #8 on: January 08, 2013, 06:07:39 AM »
Thanks all of you for the usefull information's
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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #9 on: January 14, 2013, 08:18:59 PM »
Hello Everybody.

I have the Nikon AW100, and made my choice based upon some reviews. It hasnt been underwater yet, but came close a few months ago when there was an Octopus in the rock pool that I was swimming in. Unfortunately the camera was in the car, and it dissapeared before I could get the camera.

I have found it to be a good little camera, and useful to grab if I need to in a hurry. It also shoots full HD video.

One day I will give it a dunk and see how it goes. Better than testing the weather resisitance capabilities of the A77 or the A100

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Re: Waterproof cameras
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2013, 10:23:40 AM »
If it is just for rain why don't you buy one of the cheap plastic bag type housings. There are heaps of different brands. Never used one so don't know how much they effect iq. http://www.digitalcamerawarehouse.com.au/category43_1.htm
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