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Old Dec 4, 2005, 12:16 PM   #1
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I have been using an Olympus C2100UZ for the last three years. When I purchased it, I envisioned myself taking up photography as a hobby.

Of course that has not happenned, nor will it ever probably.

Although I am VERY satisifed with the picture quality, the size of the camera makes it inconvenient for me to use it for what I typically us it for now.

I spend a fair amount of time fishing (often saltwater) and it is only a matter of time before IT happens............submersion or a bad splash.....or beach sand, etc.

Sooooooooo.........I would like some advice in selecting a reasonably priced water/crap resistant camera that is compact enough for casual use (read small enough for pocket). I will not be entering any pictures in the county fair, but will typically frame 5 x 7 prints of nicer fish, etc.



Any advice is appreciated.
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 4:07 PM   #2
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Andy,

I was in the same boat (OK a different boat) as you a couple of years ago...looking for a decent water resistant/waterproof digicam to take out on the boat fishing. I quit in disgust because all of the "water resistant" cameras I found weren't very good cameras (they also weren't very waterproof). The alternative was (and still is) to buy a decent camera, then spend another $200 or so and buy a waterproof housing for it (no money left for bait). I opted for a good, non-waterproof camera that I store in a waterproof bag on the boat. Of course I don't take many pictures when it's raining outside.

There are a couple around now that may interest you. Olympus has several models (called Stylus) that are called "weather proof", whatever that means. Pentax has their Optio 43WR , which is waterproof to JIS Class 7, which means it can be submerged up to 1 meter for up to 30 minutes, or something like that.

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2004_...optio43wr.html

http://www.steves-digicams.com/2005_...stylus800.html

Post some fish pictures with the new cam.

Tight lines.

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Old Dec 4, 2005, 7:43 PM   #3
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Thanks Hun! (hope that didn't sound funny).



That Pentax looks pretty good, but I know nothing about these cameras.



Anyone using these????????
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 8:46 PM   #4
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I would probably use a disposable film camera in that environment.
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Old Dec 4, 2005, 8:58 PM   #5
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A friend of mine brought one of those disposable cameras out with us once...it blew off the console and landed in a puddle of water sloshing around the cockpit - they're not waterproof.

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They do make waterproof disposables, some with flash. A google search will find them quick enough.
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