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Old Jul 23, 2003, 8:17 PM   #1
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Hello:

I hope no one has asked this question. I've gone through most of the messages, so here goes.

I'm in the process of buying my first digital camera. I currently own a Minolta Weathermatic APS Camera. I have taken this camera everywhere and have not had any trouble with it. The only downside is I'm tired of paying $200.00 for film developing. It's time to go digital.

I'm currently looking at three options, (Or more, if someone can come up with something else) I need a camera that I can take rafting, hiking and somewhat durable. I will not be diving with it. The options that I can see are:

Richoh 300G Camera. Not sold in the U.S.A. I just discovered this camera. It is extremely expensive. I hope someone on this board has experience with it.

Olympus Stylus 400 (With or w/o under water housing). Can you use a under water housing out of water?

Well, any advice, comments would be appreciated. Thank you.

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Old Jul 23, 2003, 8:46 PM   #2
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Sony DSC-U60.
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Sony DSC-U60.
http://www.steves-digicams.com/digin...03.html#u60u30
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 12:07 AM   #4
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We'll be posting a Sony U60 review soon, it's waterproof to five feet. The Olympus Stylus Digital 300 and 400 can get wet without any housing required - see my reviews.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_...stylus300.html
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2003_...stylus400.html

Also the Casio GV-10:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2002_reviews/gv10.html

And the Kodak DC5000 - probably hard to find now:
http://www.steves-digicams.com/2001_reviews/dc5000.html

There are small housings available for all of the Canon Digital ELPH cameras and a lot of the Olympus andPentax cameras too.

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The Sony looks good, but I don't know how well I would get along with the rotated lens.
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 2:11 AM   #6
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To answer one of your original questions, yes the underwater housing can be used above water as well as below. I personally like the canon a70 with an underwater housing. It's 3mp, has an af-assist lamp, takes regular aa batteries and compact flash cards. Best of all it has full manual and automatic controls.
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Old Jul 24, 2003, 7:46 PM   #7
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Thank you everyone for your advice and comments.

After reading the reviews, I think I'm just about sold on the Stylus w/housing, (just in case). The Ricoh sounds good but at $800.00, it is a bit much for a camera that I can't even touch before buying.

I'm going to hit the photo stores to test it out, but it looks like a go for the Stylus.

I guess my last question is, if I use a underwater housing above water, what am I losing in photo quality? How do I compensate for it, if at all? I plan on going to a sand tourney in November and this will be the first opportunity to use the camera and I don't want to end up with a paperweight.

Once again, thank you.

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