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Old Dec 8, 2010, 1:59 PM   #1
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Hello Camera experts -
I am looking to replace my Olympus 790sw and am looking for advice.

The 790sw used to be my primary camera on outdoor trips but I am getting increasingly unhappy with its photo quality after I started taking a cheapish non waterproof point and shoot (a Cannon sx 120) on trips in addition to the 790sw. I discovered that I am much happier with the photos taken with the cannon and increasingly unhappy with the photos I get out of the 790sw. Alas, the cannon is not waterproof, so I don't use it while boating or while raining, and I have to be a lot more careful with it.

So - I am hoping to find a rugged and waterproof point and shoot with better image quality than the 790sw so I can scale back to only one camera on trips. I am currently looking at Panasonic DMC-TS2, the Pentax W90, or possibly the Sony TX5. I would prefer something that did automatic exposure bracketing. Fast auto focusing is important, a wide angle zoom would be nice. My photos mainly end up on the web in various forms (picasa, blogs).

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

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Old Dec 8, 2010, 2:13 PM   #2
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I have also been looking at a waterproof camera. Based on reviews it would appear that these camera stack up like this:

#1 Sony TX-5
#2 Panasonic TS2
#3 Pentax W-90

Currently I am leaning toward the TX-5.

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If you liked your Canon, check out the Canon PowerShot D10. Great little rugged camera.

Here's our review: http://www.steves-digicams.com/camer...10-review.html

Also, Panasonic's "TS" series of lifeproof cameras perfom quite well. I preferred the DMC-TS1 or DMC-TS2 over the newer DMC-TS10.

Pentax's Optio W90 is pretty cool, along with Casio's Exilim G1, however I feel the Canon and Panasonic models capture better photos.

Lastly, Sony's Cyber-Shot DSC-TX5 seems to be a real nice camera, but on the top end of the price scale. We haven't reviewed that model yet, unfortunately.

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Thanks Billy-

I read the review in detail, and feel that you are correct and that the line up should be revised as follows.

#1 Sony TX5
#2 Canon DS10
#3 Panasonic TS2
#4 Pentax W90

The IQ on the Canon DS10 are high quality, but the price is also high. Clearly, the Pentax W90 is the low price leader and the 3 LED lights on the lens mount are interesting.

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I will check out the Canon DS10 . How do the newer Olympus tough style cameras stack up image quality wise? I am very happy with my 790's robustness, just not with the quality of the images I get out of it - are the newer ones much better?

Thanks for the advice!
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Fujifilm has the XP10. I think there is also a review of it on Steve's.
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I will check out the Canon DS10 . How do the newer Olympus tough style cameras stack up image quality wise? I am very happy with my 790's robustness, just not with the quality of the images I get out of it - are the newer ones much better?

Thanks for the advice!
It's The PowerShot D10, not DS10. Sarah made a small error there.

Image quality of the Tough 8010 for example was pretty good, however the shooting performance was another story. The camera was a bit sluggish, especially the shot-to-shot times.
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It's The PowerShot D10, not DS10. Sarah made a small error there.

Image quality of the Tough 8010 for example was pretty good, however the shooting performance was another story. The camera was a bit sluggish, especially the shot-to-shot times.
The 8010 might be the ticket. I have played with the D10 before, and the problem I had with it is the lens is uncovered while the camera is off, making it a bit tricky to keep water droplets off it.
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I feel compelled to reply, because for 13 months ending this past October, I had a "waterproof" camera--Lumix TS1. I have no complaints about the camera itself; it was pretty much as I expected (i.e. was satisfied, if not thrilled).

I will not buy a waterproof/shockproof camera in the future, and it's not even really because I'm upset that my camera broke a month after the warranty expired (basically failed in underwater use). I think the waterproof feature is quite overrated. It is fun to imagine taking it in a waterslide, shooting pictures at the beach, etc. But the fact is, unless you are quite hardcore in your water activities, I don't think it's necessary at all to have a waterproof camera.

I would actually consider the shockproof nature of it to be a more useful feature actually. And I never even dropped my camera, to test that feature!
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