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Water proof, impact resistant cameras


Cape Coral, Florida, US
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snegron Silver Member Nikonian since 05th May 2007
Sun 28-Jun-09 01:28 PM | edited Sun 28-Jun-09 08:06 PM by snegron

I have noticed that a few manufacterers (except for Nikon)have recently released a series of water proof/shock resistant point and shoot cameras.

Olmpus released the Stylus Tough 6000 and 8000 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0901/09010703olympusstylustough.asp

Pentax released the Optio W80 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0906/09062501pentaxw80.asp

Canon released the Powershot D10 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/09021805canond10.asp

Fuji released the Finepix Z33 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0902/09021705fujifilmz33.asp

And Panasonic/Lumix released the TS1 http://www.dpreview.com/news/0901/09012705panasonicft1.asp

It would be nice to see all these cameras compared to see which one produces the best image quality and which one is truely the toughest.

I can comment on the TS1 as this was the one I ended up purchasing.
I get better images when I shoot at the widest angle. For some reason the telephoto images look a bit soft and lack sharpness and detail. My guess is that while the lens does not extend from the body (making it ideal for true pocket carrying and possibly better in the water resistance department), the internal optical folding technology/noise reduction function doesn't yeild sharp results. I tried taking it out in the pouring rain yesterday while at the zoo, but the rain stopped the moment I took the camera out. I am planning a day at a water park and a day at the beach soon where I wil subject the TS1 to underwater test shots to see how well it performs.

Does anyone have any of the above mentioned cameras? If so, please share your thoughts, experiences and some images with us.

Here is a link to a shot I took with my TS1 yesterday. I did a bit of PP to enhance colors (it had stopped raining, but the day looked dreary). ISO was 80, more EXIF info posted under the image.