WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

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WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by packraftnewmexico » Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:45 am

Anyone have any suggestions on a waterproof digital camera that takes AA batts? Like around 300 or less? Any ideas. My little jaunt down the Rio Grande last week killed my last non-waterproof one. :D
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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by forrestmccarthy » Thu Feb 28, 2008 1:41 pm

I have a Pentax Optio waterproof digital camera and have been very happy with it. All the photos in my gallery and on Snapfish were taken with this camera.

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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by andrewallan » Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:02 am

I've also got a pentax optio W?20 which i got recently - wasn't all that impressed with the photos though. We used one of the olympus waterproof ones last year for seakayaking, and i thought the photo quality was a lot better. There's also a waterproof digital video camera out there (??sharp), which looked even more interesting to me. If you want me to think more specifically about all this I'm happy to, but these are the thoughts from the top of my head!


Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by smilewet » Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:09 am

Olympus has a really interesting looking waterproof camera the Olympus Stylus 770SW 7.1MP Digital Camera with 3x Optical Zoom. Looks like you can find one for around $250. Here's a little blurb they use: Shockproof. Waterproof. Freezeproof. Crushproof. Introducing the world's most durable digital camera -- the Olympus Stylus 770 SW. You can drop it (from 5 feet), dunk it (to 33 feet), freeze it (-10 degrees C/14 degrees F) or even try to crush it (up to 220lbf), and it will still take amazing photos. If I hadn't just sent my casio exilm in for it's yearly overhaul and I wasn't trying to save up for that new Sawyer Packaraft paddle I'd be all over this camera, I think.


Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by daa » Thu Apr 10, 2008 7:06 pm

I've used that camera quite a bit skiing (though I don't own one) and it's performed well both in terms of handling melting snow and taking good shots (as long as you're not expecting SLR quality). You can also fit it with one of those little rubber sleeves to add another layer of protection.

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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by packraftnewmexico » Wed Apr 16, 2008 1:36 am

I think that Olympus will be the one get, thanks.
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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by RyanMiller » Wed Apr 30, 2008 9:52 am

I'll second the Olympus stylus DC's, great pics. Picked up the 1030SW this Spring after dunking my cybershot last Fall. One thing to keep in mind is that they dont zoom much and appear(to me anyways) to shoot in a wider angle, prolly helps with the close underwater shots. But a bit of a different camera than standard point/shoot.

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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by packraftnewmexico » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:41 am

Oh ya, does that olympus use AA's batts? That's a must.
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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by RyanMiller » Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:53 am

ahh, nice marmot

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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by Shaggy » Fri May 02, 2008 7:45 am

Carol Crooker showed me a really cool digital headcam (video cam) she has that's waterproof, made by Oregon Scientific, and costs less than $200. I believe she said it can record over 100 minutes of high-quality footage. Carol, could give us more beta?
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Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by wfinley » Fri May 02, 2008 1:19 pm

The majority of my pix on http://www.peakaweek.com/ taken within the last 2 years were taken with a Optio W10. I have used it from 0' to 20,000', from -10F to 90F and in everything from water to snow to sun. I'm quite impressed... and recently have been leaving my big camera on days where I want to go lighter - something I never ever used to do out of fear of not getting the photo I wanted.

Color saturation seems a bit dampened due to JPG compression -- but that's what Aperture is for!


Re: WATERPROOF Digital Cameras?

Post by jshannon » Tue May 06, 2008 5:29 pm


those use AAA batts. For AA you might have to buy a several years old Pentax Optio


Oregon Scientific Helmet Cam $100

Post by cmcrooker » Sat May 10, 2008 5:23 am

Oregon Scientific ATC 2K
On sale at Amazon for $100 through May 18th.
http://www.amazon.com/Oregon-Scientific ... 619&sr=8-1
http://snipurl.com/287j5 [www_amazon_com]
Runs on 2 AA batts, 60 minutes recording on a 2 Gig card.
Water resistant - I've had no problems in splash/spray and submersed for a few seconds.
Video quality is good youtube quality. Audio is low quality (easy to overdrive/distort), but will pick up stream sounds and screams :)
All self-contained, no wires.
The hard thing is getting the angle right on your helmet so the shots aren't all sky or all water. Eyeballing it is pretty accurate, but the only way to carefully check the angle is to plug the camera into a computer and view the video.
The on/off and record buttons can be operated while the camera is mounted to your helmet, but only with bare hands and you have to push hard.

This camera is lots of fun and inexpensive. Just be careful getting the angle right before you hit the water.


Waterproof digital cameras (past and current)

Post by DaveCan » Tue May 13, 2008 9:53 am

Warning :-) - More info then you wanted to know...

Here is the info that I have gathered about digital waterproof cameras over the last few years (in no particular order).

"NoAA" means no AA or AAA battery abilities.
Therefore, these are your options for waterproof that can take regular batteries:
GoPro Hero 3=2AAA. Pentax 33WR=2AA. Ricoh 500G=2AA. Ricoh 500SE=2AA. Ricoh G600=2AAA.

"noIS" means no physical image stability (or "anti-shake").
Image Stabilization would be REALLY handy,.
Unfortunately, no digital waterproof camera has this feature (as of May 13 2008).

"noView" means no optical viewfinder - so you MUST use the LCD.
These cameras have an optical viewfinder window:
GoPro Digital Hero 3; Pentax Optio 33WR; Ricoh Caplio 500G; Ricoh Caplio 500SE.

The GoPro is the least expensive camera here.

Sorry for the dirty code, this is copied from a HTML file a keep. I did not activate all the links to reviews, only the links to press releases.

A little explanation:
The last bit of information for each camera lists the battery life / number of shots.
Within the <TT></TT> tyou will find 4 pieces of information:
[*] the 35mm lens equivalency
[*] the speed or aperture of the lens (smaller numbers are better)
[*] the number of Megapixels. More MPs does not mean better image quality.
[*] the date camera was introduced (as yymm). o7ja = 2oo7 January)

After reading the reviews, my personal choice would be the Pentax Optio W30 (#16 below).

1. GoPro Digital Hero 3
<TT>48 2.8 3 o7ja</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3"><A HREF="http://www.goprocamera.com/">GoPro Digital Hero 3</A></B> <A HREF="http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readf ... e=23083013">review1</A>|<A HREF="http://rambos-locker.blogspot.com/2007/ ... deo</A>|<A HREF="http://rambos-locker.blogspot.com/2007/ ... id2</A>|<A HREF="http://rambos-locker.blogspot.com/2007/ ... id3</A>|<A HREF="http://www.imaginginsider.com/?p=24088">2</A>|<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/4505-6501_7-32312327.html">3</A> (<I>noMan</I> 2<B>AAA</B> <B CLASS="cl-box1">Waterproof to30m</B>) - SD(notHC) __cmM <I>NoLCD!</I> opticalViewfinder 4.5oz 2.6x1.8x1.3" "LiAAA<B>1000shots</B>"
...Hero3 analysis: +($140) -(<I>noLCD! noFocus? noFlash iso50-200auto "Exposure:auto")</I>) 10sSelfTimer 16MBinside video30fps640x480 [VGA Digital Hero $80]

2. Pentax Optio 33WR
<TT>37-104 2.8-3.9 3 o3se</TT>
Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0309/03090 ... ax33wr.asp">Optio 33WR</A> <A HREF="http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_rev ... tml">rv</A> (2<B>AA</B> <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>NotToBeOperatedUnderWater) - SD 10cmMacro 86Kpx opticalViewfinder 5.6ozW/o 3.2x3.0x1.2" Cr-V3:540shots

3. Ricoh Caplio 500G wide
<TT><B>28</B>-85 2.5-4.3 8 o6my</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3no">Ricoh Caplio <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0605/06050801ricoh500g.asp">500G wide</A></B> (<I><B CLASS="cl-box3no">big!</B></I> 2<B>AA</B> <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1m) - SD 1cmM 153Kpx opticalViewfinder 14.1ozW/o 5.2x3.1x2.9" (<I><B>big!</B></I>) <CODE>c$900</CODE>@vistek Alkaline:80shots/db43:400shots(LcdON)

4. Ricoh Caplio 500SE wide
<TT><B>28</B>-85 2.5-4.3 8 o7fe</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3no">Ricoh Caplio <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0702/07020 ... h500se.asp">500SE wide</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.ricohsolutions.com/geo/">site</A> (<I><B CLASS="cl-box3no">big!</B></I> 2<B>AA</B> <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1m <B CLASS="cl-box3">GPS</B>(GIS) Bluetooth</B> WiFi</B>+$50) - SD 1(W)/10(T) 153Kpx opticalViewfinder 15.1W/o 5.2x3.1x2.9" <CODE>c$1129</CODE>@vistek ______shots

5. Fujifilm FinePix Big Job HD-3W
<TT><B>28</B>-84 _._-_._ 6 o7je</TT>
<B><A HREF="http://www.fujifilm.com/">Fujifilm</A> FinePix <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0706/07062 ... b.asp">Big Job HD-3W</A></B> (<I>noMan?</I> noAA? <B CLASS="cl-box1">"Waterproof"</B> hotShoe) - <I>xD</I>?|SD? __cmM ___Kpx <I>NoView</I> _._ozW/o _._x_._x_._" _____shots

6. Olympus Stylus 720 SW
<TT>37-111 3.4-5.7 7 o6ja</TT>
<B>Olympus <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0601/06012 ... _720sw.asp">Stylus 720 SW</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O ... rv1</A>|<A HREF="http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotogra ... /B></A>|<A HREF="http://www.steves-digicams.com/2006_rev ... ">2</A>|<A HREF="http://www.photographyreview.com/sf-1/b ... ">3</A>|<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/Olympus_Stylus_ ... ">4</A>|<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/Olympus_Stylus_ ... vid</A>|<A HREF="http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... t-20">5</A> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof to3m</B> <I>slowFocus</I>) - <I>xD</I> 8 <B>Wide</B>115 <I>NoView</I> <B>3.6</B> 3.7x2.2x0.8" (<I><B>Never shows shutter|f!</B></I>) 180shots

7. Olympus Stylus 725 SW
<TT>38-114 3.5-5.0 7 o6au</TT>
<B><A HREF="http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29_mj ... Olympus</A> <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0608/06082306oly725sw.asp">Stylus 725 SW</A></B> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> <B CLASS="cl-box1">Waterproof to5m</B>) - <I>xD</I> 7cmM 115Kpx <I>NoView</I> 5.3ozW/o 3.6x2.3x0.8" <I>only</I>180shots

8. Olympus Stylus 770 SW
<TT>38-114 3.5-5.0 7 o7ja</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3no"><A HREF="http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29_mju_770_sw.htm">Olympus</A> <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0701/07012 ... sp">Stylus 770 SW</A></B> <A HREF="http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readf ... rv1</A>|<A HREF="http://www.trustedreviews.com/digital-c ... >1b</A>|<A HREF="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O ... ">2</A>|<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/Olympus_Stylus_ ... ">3</A>+<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/Olympus_Stylus_ ... vid</A>|<A HREF="http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/defa ... ">4</A>|<A HREF="http://www.pbase.com/cameras/olympus/stylus_720_sw" TITLE="Pbase ability to search images by Specific Model based on EXIF info">eg</A> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> <B>manometer</B> <B CLASS="cl-box1">Waterproof to10m</B> (<I><B>poor images & UI</B></I>)) - <I CLASS="cl-box3no">xD</I> 7 230 <I CLASS="cl-box3no">NoViewfinder</I> 5.5 3.6x2.3x.8 <CODE TITLE="u$360@bhphoto">$360</CODE> 220shots

9. Olympus Stylus 790 SW
<TT>38-114 3.5-5.0 7 o7au</TT>
<B><A HREF="http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29_mju_790_sw.htm">Olympus</A> <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0708/07082 ... sp">Stylus 790 SW</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.pbase.com/cameras/olympus/stylus_790_sw" TITLE="Pbase ability to search images by Specific Model based on EXIF info">[eg]</A> <A HREF="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O ... HTM">rv</A> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> noManometer <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof toOny3m(A step backwards from their 770SW)</B> (<I>poor images & UI?</I>)) - <I CLASS="cl-box3no">xD</I> 7 230 <I CLASS="cl-box3no">NoView</I> 4.8 3.7x2.4x.8 _____shots

10. Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
<TT>28-102 3.5-5.110 o8ja</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3no"><A HREF="http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29_18 ... Olympus</A> <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012 ... series.asp">Stylus 1030 SW</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.pbase.com/cameras/olympus/stylus_1030_sw" TITLE="Pbase ability to search images by Specific Model based on EXIF info">[eg]</A> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> <B>manometer</B> <B CLASS="cl-box1">Waterproof to10m</B> (<I><B>poor images & UI?</B></I>)) - <I CLASS="cl-box3no">xD</I> 2cmM 230 <I CLASS="cl-box3no">NoView</I> 6.1ozW/o 3.7x2.4x0.8" _____shots

11. Olympus Stylus 850 SW
<TT>38-114 3.5-5.0 8 o8ja</TT>
<B><A HREF="http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29_18 ... Olympus</A> <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0801/08012 ... series.asp">Stylus 850 SW </A></B> <A HREF="http://www.pbase.com/cameras/olympus/stylus_850_sw" TITLE="Pbase ability to search images by Specific Model based on EXIF info">[eg]</A> (folded-optic <I>noMan</I> noAA <I>noIS</I> noManometer <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof toOny3m</B> (<I>poor images & UI?</I>)) - <I CLASS="cl-box3no">xD</I> 7cmM 230 <I CLASS="cl-box3no">NoView</I> 4.8ozW/o 3.7x2.4x0.8" _____sh

12. Pentax OptioWP
<TT>38-114 3.3-4.0 5 o5ja</TT>
<B>Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0501/05010 ... ptiowp.asp">OptioWP</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.trustedreviews.com/print.asp ... 63">rvs</A> (noAA <I>noIS</I> 1cm <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1.5m) - SD 10cmM 85Kpx <I>NoView</I> <B>4.8oz</B> 4.0x2.0x0.9" 180shots

13. Pentax OptioWPi
<TT>38-114 3.3-4.0 6 o5au</TT>
<B>Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0508/05083 ... tiowpi.asp">OptioWPi</A></B> (noAA <I>noIS</I> 1cm <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1.5m) - SD 10cmM 115Kpx <I>NoView</I> <B>4.8oz</B> 4.0x2.0x0.9" 200shots

14. Pentax Optio W10
<TT>38-114 3.3-4.0 6 o6fe</TT>
Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0602/06021503pentaxw10.asp">Optio W10</A> <A HREF="http://www.imaging-resource.com/PRODS/O ... rv1</A>|<A HREF="http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/defa ... ">2</A>|<A HREF="http://reviews.cnet.com/Pentax_Optio_W1 ... html">3</A> (noAA <I>noIS</I> 'folded-optic' 1cm <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1.5m) - SD 1cmM 115Kpx <I>NoView</I> <B>4.9oz</B> 4.2x2.1x0.9" (<I><B>no lens cover</B></I>) 240shots

15. Pentax Optio W20
<TT>38-114 3.3-4.0 7 o6au</TT>
<B>Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0608/06080701pentaxw20.asp">Optio W20</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_rev ... rv1</A>|<A HREF="http://www.popphoto.com/popularphotogra ... /B></A>|<A HREF="http://photokayaker.fit2paddle.com/C560 ... ">2</A>|<A HREF="http://www.pbase.com/cameras/pentax/optio_w20">eg</A> (noAA <I>noIS</I> 'folded-optic' 1cm <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1.5m) - SDhc 1cmM 115Kpx <I>NoView</I> 5.3oz 4.2x2.1x0.9" 240shots

16. Pentax Optio W30
<TT>38-114 3.3-4.0 7 o7fe</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box2set">Pentax <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0702/07022103pentaxw30.asp">Optio W30</A></B> <A HREF="http://www.steves-digicams.com/2007_rev ... rv1</A>|<A HREF="http://www.digitalcamerareview.com/defa ... ">2</A>|<A HREF="http://www.digicamera.com/reviews/penta ... ">3</A>|<A HREF="http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readf ... ">4</A>|<A HREF="http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readf ... 8408">5</A> (noAA <I>noIS</I> 'folded-optic' <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof to3m</B>) - SDhc 1 115 <I CLASS="cl-box3no">NoView</I> 4.9oz 4.2x2.1x0.9" <CODE TITLE="u$262@bhphoto">u$262</CODE> <CODE TITLE="c$350@henrys">c$350</CODE> 210shots
...W30 analysis: -(<SPAN CLASS="cl-box3no">no3:2</SPAN>, <SPAN CLASS="cl-box3no">noIS</SPAN>; <SPAN CLASS="cl-box3no">noViewfinder</SPAN> & NoAA & only 210shot/$70 batt; noExpControl; only 38-114; <I><B>better photo & UI than Oly 770</B></I>, but over compressed&sharpened)
...W30 analysis: +(Waterproof and small - therefore o.k. as a Everyday Everywhere camera; but not as an only camera)

17. Ricoh Caplio G600
<TT>28-140</SPAN> 3.5-5.510 o8ap</TT>
<B CLASS="cl-box3no">Ricoh Caplio <A HREF="http://www.dpreview.com/news/0804/08042201ricohg600.asp">G600</A></B> (2x<B>AAA</B>s if emergency, <B CLASS="cl-box2">Waterproof</B>to1m; 37mmFilters; hotshoe; <SPAN CLASS="cl-box3no">noIS</SPAN>) - SDhc 1cmM 230Kpx <I>NoView</I> 9.1oz 4.6x2.7x1.3" <CODE>c$_00</CODE>@vistek db60=360shots/alkaline=60shots

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