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Looking for suggestions for a sturdy point and shoot

Asakalaskas
I'm looking for suggestions for a sturdy, all around decent point and shoot to use when I'm on vacation in areas where it's not practical, or smart for me to lug around my giant DSLR. I'd like something shock or waterproof, at least water resistant, and small enough to fit in my pocket.

I've read tons of reviews and although Olympus certainly does a lot of advertising for their "Tough" line, the reviews are pretty dismal. Canon's "waterproof/shockproof" line racks up much better reviews, but with a size thats less than ideal. (All my expensive gear is Canon)

Looking for reviews from people who actually take a lot of pics like myself and aren't just wanting to get a camera their 6 year old won't break, I actually do value picture quality.



Canon 5D Mark II; 16-35 f/2.8; 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8
Posted: 11/03/2011, 18:54:11 PM
Bradcalkins
I think the main issue is that to make the optics flat (so you don't have the seal the lens) pretty much all the compacts that are waterproof use the smallest size sensor around. The only way to really do better is to get a housing around a better camera - but they are pretty bulky. Looking at the output from this set of compacts, it is pretty unimpressive. I have got some underwater shots accepted, but it required downsizing and I definitely wouldn't describe the output as high quality!



All that said, I basically only have experience with the cheapest of the cheap - when it comes to waterproof cameras...
ZD 50mm Macro f/2...
Edited: 11/03/2011, 22:46:55 PM
Alan49
I wanted last summer a decent waterproof camera, i ended buying a panasonic FT2. While i got a few nice photos, i see more this camera like one that will bring me photos i wouldnt have got otherwise, like when i packraft.



But to compare to my other P&S a LX3, there is a huge gap between the 2.



Olympus "though" seems even worse.

I too hesitated with a canon D10, and waited till the last moment for Canon to release a new model.







F2.8 Older :EM5, Pen EP2, E420 ...
Posted: 11/04/2011, 10:01:36 AM
Asakalaskas
Thanks for the suggestions, I didn't even think of the Panasonics. I agree, this would be a function of giving me more access to shots I wouldn't otherwise get.

I'm not really planning on submerging something under water, but I suspect it could be subjected to fairly drastic temp differentials as well as high humidity. I'm starting to lean towards just getting a higher quality P&S and putting a plastic bag around it!!
Canon 5D Mark II; 16-35 f/2.8; 24-105 f/4, 70-200 f/2.8
Posted: 11/04/2011, 12:59:48 PM