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Old Aug 28, 2009, 7:08 PM   #1
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Hi,

Seems the canon D10 and Panasonic FTI (TSI) get the best reviews. Sorry if I'm saying something stupid here.

Want to take sub water surface pictures in forest streams and in rivers, kneeling beside the water or using very high rubber boots. Often the water is running very fast at my locations

Don't know what camera to get. Any advice?

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Old Aug 28, 2009, 10:05 PM   #2
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Torgny, I could find no info on the Panasonic, but the specs on the canon look very good for your intended purpose as well as your location in the world. The canon is waterproof to 33 feet, shock proof, and will withstand temps as low as 14 F. Any colder than that, and I'm indoors! And I haven't been deeper than 33 feet, so that would be adequate. For you, maybe, maybe not. But I like canons so I may be biased in that regard.

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Imaging Resource had this to say about the Panasonic Lumix TS1

Pro:
  • Waterproof to 10 feet
  • Shockproof from 5 feet
  • Dustproof
  • HD movie mode
  • HDMI output
  • Wide-angle 4.6x zoom lens
  • Optical image stabilization works very well
  • Mode dial serves as thumbgrip
  • Substantial build
  • Wrist strap with locking slide
  • Switch instantly between still and video recording
  • Good battery life
  • Camera zooms optically while recording video
  • LED illuminator for closeups and Macro movies
  • Intelligent Auto mode selects Scene modes for you
  • Fast autofocus
  • Face detection works well
  • Excellent printed results
Con:

  • Detail is somewhat soft, even at low ISOs
  • No optical viewfinder
  • Zoom is too fast for video mode
  • Flash is easy to cover accidentally
  • Flash fires in Intelligent Auto mode even when subject is way out of range
  • LCD doesn't show movie aspect ratio until you begin recording
  • Face Recognition is if limited value (Face detection is quite good, though)
the Panasonic Lumix TS1 goes down as the best waterproof digital camera we've reviewed to date.
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Old Sep 14, 2009, 4:03 PM   #4
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Digital Preview did a round-up of underwater p&s cameras. The only two that they liked were the two that you mention. Their attitude was that the Panasonic was the best all-around camera, but was worse for underwater photography. Besides not being able to go as deep, they found the color balance for underwater was significantly less acurate than the Canon's. FWIW
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hawgwild,

ennacac,

tclune


Thank you very much for your replies. Much appreciated. I bought the Canon D10. Hope I can get some help from you and others on the basics of underwater photo. So far just a couple of acceptable pictures from underwater/near surface

Used it in rain, got some pictures I otherwise wouldn't have gotten

Hope I can get some help from you all at this part of the forums

Thank you

Torgny

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