Water Resistant Digital Cameras

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by M Wilson, Dec 6, 2003.

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    M Wilson Guest


    I need some opinions on purchasing a camera. I want a water-resistant
    (mild rain, occasional splash on the boat, etc. etc. no
    diving/snorkeling) camera, preferably 4 megapixels or better. I have
    been looking at the Olympus Stylus 400, and the Pentax Optio 33WR
    (3.2mp). Does anyone have any opinions on these cameras, or any
    suggestions on other cameras? Any input is appreciated. I like the
    Olympus, but I hear the indoor photo quality is not too hot (however
    you might be able to adjust it?)


    M Wilson, Dec 6, 2003
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    LauraK Guest

    Does anyone have any opinions on these cameras, or any
    The Oly Stylus is based on the time-proven design of the film Sylus.
    I've owned several Oly digitals and have never had a problem with them on
    indoor shots. There's no reason the Stylus should be different, unless you've
    got the flash set wrong. A lot of people use flash when they shouldn't or don't
    switch to red-eye.
    Oly was a leading developer of anti-redeye flash and theirs usually work better
    than other brands.
    It's a handly little camera. I like the design because the clamshell closes up
    and covers not just the lens but also the auto focusing window and the
    viewfinder. Which means you can throw it in a backpack or pocket and not worry
    about getting those windows scratched up.
    It also has rounded corners so it doesn't poke you when you sit down with the
    camera in your pocket.

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    LauraK, Dec 6, 2003
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  3. I'm using an Olympus C-5050 in a PT-015 housing. It's very water-proof.
    I think it's rated for use at depths of about 130 feet underwater.
    Fantasy Fotos, Dec 6, 2003
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    MikeWhy Guest

    I have Canon's waterproof housing the Canon S30; the S50 and siblings
    supposedly fit, too. About $200, but I don't clearly recall. Clear optical
    glass in front of the lens. Big buttons on the outside to work the controls.
    The only control you can't work is the lens cover to turn off the camera. It
    powers itself off after a few minutes.

    MikeWhy, Dec 6, 2003
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    Buster Guest

    In addition to the waterproof housing already mentioned for Canon,
    they also make a weatherproof housing for many of their cameras which
    sells for a little over $100 (I think).
    Buster, Dec 7, 2003
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    M Wilson Guest

    Basd on the fact that I can only find the two cameras (Pentax &
    Olympus), I will have to look for the weatherproof cases. I have seen
    the waterproof ones, but they seem to be designed more for diving, and
    are therefore expensive. All I want is to keep the spray/rain off the
    camera, no underwater use.
    M Wilson, Dec 15, 2003
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    Bill Guest

    Sony has a rather funny looking digital that is supposed to be exactly what
    you are
    asking for. Check their web site.
    Bill, Dec 16, 2003
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    Chris Quinn Guest

    Have a look at something called the Aquapac - details are on
    www.maplin.co.uk - search for part no A74AB

    £14.99 in the UK (about $20) - I assume you could find something similar in
    the US
    Chris Quinn, Dec 16, 2003
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    Michael Guest

    Michael, Dec 16, 2003
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