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Old Sep 14, 2010, 1:22 AM   #1
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Default Help with purchasing a rugged/waterproof camera

I was hoping someone could give me some insight as to which rugged camera would give me the best photo quality? I understand these designs often have worse performance than a regular point and shoot, but I am guessing some are better than others.

I think any waterproof/shockproof/freezeproof design would work fine for me. At this point I am more concerned about image quality. Also, it is important for the camera to have good battery live.

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Old Sep 14, 2010, 1:34 AM   #2
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sony tx5 would be the best iq for a rugged waterproof camera.
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but the most rugged design is the olympus tough 8010 but not as good image quality as the sony.
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The sony looks really nice. I was picturing something a little more durable, but it would probably suite me fine.

How does the panasonic ts2 stack up?

Also, when do new cameras usually hit the market? Would it be worth it to wait for 2011 models?
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Old Sep 15, 2010, 4:02 PM   #5
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Just read a nice review here
http://www.lenstip.com/index.php?art=125

The Panasonic seamed to fair very well.
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The TS2 is just as good as the sony tx5, but still behind the olympus tough 8010 in ruggedness. But only second to the sony in iq.
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Thanks for you help. Im probably going to go with the TS2.
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I have a TS2/FT2 and it does great, I don't have to worry about what I do with it or where I take it. It's spent most of its shooting life in water or on the beach and hasn't complained at all. Even at ISO 400 I've printed standard photo sizes (5" x 7" with no worries at all) and for web and sharing it's just great. The Sony was my other consideration (the Oly didn't do well enough for my taste in image quality) but I wanted the more rugged option so the Panasonic won as a compromise.
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Ya, that was pretty much my though process too. I think the ts2/ft2 will work prefect for me.
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Hope so and the videos (probably what I use more than anything) are very good too. Spent a few hours snorkeling in the red sea while on honeymoon, lots of video of fish
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