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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:12 PM   #1
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Default Rugged p&s for the rainforest.

My son is going to the Amazon to work in the rainforest in the fall. I am wondering what recommendations you good folks have for a camera that will hold up in that hostile environment. I am guessing some Olympus camera would be the best (given their reputation), but I welcome your advice.
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Old Jun 24, 2010, 8:46 PM   #2
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If image quality is a priority, the Panasonic FT2 is a better choice.

Check out this thread, it has some shots from the FT2:
http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pa...lumix-ft2.html

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Old Jun 24, 2010, 10:06 PM   #3
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Default Concern about availability of electricity

I don't know if he will have electricity on a regular basis, but it seems rechargable, proprietary, batteries are very popular. I would also like to get the price down a bit--below $200 if possible. The camera does not have to be submergeable.

Any advice for a camera with AAA/AA batteries OR a less expensive camera? Until I talk to my son, I don't know for sure about the recharging issue, so that is not a dealbreaker.
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Old Jun 25, 2010, 2:29 AM   #4
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Olympus Tough 6000
http://www.buy.com/listing/sellerlis...10658046&buy=0
or Tough 8000
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002XAY4T8
or Panasonic TS-1 (My pick)
http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-...7452397&sr=1-2

You can get a DC Charger for any of these and plug it into a cigarette lighter on an automobile or car battery which I would think will be available...

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It might be old-fashioned to suggest this but if he's going somewhere without regular electricity for charging and more importantly without the means to upload his images then you might want to consider film instead of digital.
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olympus tough 8010 has really good water seals. Better then the panny ts1. The Panny has an the edge in image quality.

even with film, you will need batteries. So it is not an advantage, as the camera will still need to forward the film and do all the other photo stuff. Push rewind. So a battery will shoot about the same amount of shots with film or digital
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But with the battery issue. You can always get couple of extra on ebay. They are about 15 dollars for 2 on ebay, so if he gets 4 and have them fully charge. That will be good for over 1200 photos.
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