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Hi all,
Looking for a waterproof (up to 10 meters) digital point & shoot camera for river rafting. Any experience with the Canon powershot d10 or olympus stylus tough 8000? Other suggestions? Would be nice to have video capability as well.

by michael christopher brown at 2010-04-30 18:01:16 UTC | Bookmark | | Report spam→

dont even….

by Kenneth Dickerman | 30 Apr 2010 19:04 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→
My (brief) investigations suggest your best bet is a waterproof housing for a model that will let you shoot raw. I haven’t found a waterproofed camera that shoots anything other than jpegs although I would be interested to hear if anyone has found one.

by DPC | 30 Apr 2010 21:04 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
for video check out www.goprocamera.com They are awesome

by Ethan Knight | 30 Apr 2010 21:04 | christchurch, New Zealand | | Report spam→
i suggest you pick up a disposable camera.I bought one in Australia for 5$ and shoots on film and would suffice for your basic underwater needs!

by Aditya Kapoor | 01 May 2010 01:05 | New Delhi, India | | Report spam→
Check out this review. Don’t be put off too much by the flippant tone,there’s actually some useful info there!

by BignoseTW | 01 May 2010 02:05 | Taipei, Taiwan | | Report spam→
G9/10/11 or S90 with Canon waterproof case…seen the G10 used with it and it did very well

by [former member] | 01 May 2010 02:05 (ed. May 1 2010) | Washington, DC, United States | | Report spam→
I’ve used the Canon D10 on several river trips, good images so far, though only jpegs as mentioned above.
It’s handy to have in the PFD for quick shots when there isn’t time or there’s to much water to pull the SLR out of the pelican case. It’s a point & shoot, so it’s got it’s limitations. 1 annoyance is, it doesn’t have a lens cap, concerned about a scratched lens & it tends to water spot. Hope that helps.

by Robb Goodell | 02 May 2010 04:05 | Bozeman, Montana, United States | | Report spam→
Hello Michael,
It depends on what kind of camera you want to have and the type of pics you want to shoot. I have the chance to test (and write about) almost all cameras (DSLR & point and shoot) for my publication and have reviewed this type of cameras.

If you’re looking for a camera waterproof itself, be aware that they have a periscopic zoom and the picture quality is average. I suggest you to try the Panasonic FT2 (FT2 is the name in Europe, TS2 in the US) as it has a wide angle , is able to shoot movies in AVCHD 720p and is 10m waterproof (you’ll be able to see what it looks like here, the first product reviewed in the video : http://www.01net.com/editorial/514599/coulisses-du-01lab-panasonic-ft2-asus-cine5-samsung-navibot/). No comment about my tie…

The build quality of the Olympus Mju tough 8010 is excellent but the picture quality is a little bit under the FT2/TS2 of Panasonic.
Unfortunaltely none of this cams can shoot in RAW.

You may consider buy a S90 and it’s case, as the optic and the sensor are better and you’ll be able to shoot in RAW. But it’ll be bulky and won’t fit in your pocket. And it will cost you a lot of bucks…

Be also aware that point and shoot waterproof cams are bad in low light conditions : better shoot in a coral reef at 1 AM than in the baltic sea at 7AM…

The D10 from Canon is too bulky and the picture quality is not satisfying.

by Adrian Branco | 02 May 2010 13:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
And I wonder if – considering how little they sell for nowadays – you wouldn’t be better of with a used Nikonos V and then scan the negs…

by DPC | 02 May 2010 17:05 | Paris, France | | Report spam→
The Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 (not worth updating to the TS2) gets my vote. Similar IQ to the Canon D10 and isn’t shaped like a submarine.

by [former member] | 02 May 2010 22:05 | Columbus, OH, United States | | Report spam→
I would get what ever point and shoot camera you like. Canon s90 or G11 for example, and then buy the housing made for that camera. I have a canon housing made for the old s70 and it worked well (though you must be super anal about making sure there are no hairs or pieces of crap on the seal ring – same with all water housings), although takes some getting used to operating the thing underwater. I myself am about to drop serious coin on a real housing for the 5D, but I’m in or under the water as much as I am on land these days.

by [former member] | 03 May 2010 04:05 | Kandahar, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Thanks all for the info. I have a gopro chest strap that I’ll use with one of these P&S’s, prob a canon and might look for a 5D housing as well. Eros where can I find one of these?

by michael christopher brown | 04 May 2010 16:05 | seattle, United States | | Report spam→
For all interested in 5D housings:

by michael christopher brown | 05 May 2010 00:05 | seattle, United States | | Report spam→
They are not cheap, probably 2 g’s all said and done. I have done a lot of research, and for my needs: surfing, free diving, general shallow water work: Aqua tech, sturdy as hell, not meant for scuba diving. depth rating upto like 35 feet. You might want the dome port too for over under shots, but certainly a port for whatever lens you will use.
for river rafting, if you have a descent point and shoot , I’d just get a houdsing for that. $250 or so for Canon G11.

by [former member] | 05 May 2010 07:05 | Kandahar, Afghanistan | | Report spam→
Hi Michael, i have some experience in this kind of pictures, so
The first thing is that NEVER use anything like ewamarine waterpoofcase is too delicate.

The second one is that if you are good in hand jobs, you can try this:

The best option is something like spl o exxes waterproof case, but it will be a expesive item.

Best regards.

Tarek Halabi

by Tarek Halabi | 06 May 2010 19:05 | Asturias, Spain | | Report spam→

by teru kuwayama | 07 May 2010 07:05 | Palo Alto, California, United States | | Report spam→
Looked into the Canon S90 as it has the same CCD chip as the G11, with half the cam size and bigger LCD screen. With the water housing the S90 is pretty light and compact but am also working out an alterna, hands free setup to paddle the boat while taking pictures. The Gopro straps for head, chest and boat are looking good and apparently there’s a way to hold a gorillapod in the mouth while mounting a small Pentax optio, or similar, to the pod – though I might need to breathe occasionally.. Teru, why can’t the gov understand that this is a matter of national security…

by michael christopher brown | 07 May 2010 16:05 | seattle, United States | | Report spam→
No one has mentioned it but the Pentax is supposed to be awesome both under water and on dry land. Also shockproof. Take a peek: http://bit.ly/9VCpUn

Have a safe trip : )

by [former member] | 17 May 2010 16:05 | NYC, United States | | Report spam→

by Paolo Patrizi | 18 May 2010 11:05 | Tokyo, Japan | | Report spam→
I would recommend something like a Canon G9/10/11 series camera, with the Canon water housing. You can get some great bundle deals on this setup on eBay, will be able to shoot RAW or even video too. Great quality files. Shots from these cameras sell as stock, as billboard sized prints [both from personal experience, mine did], and in news and editorial. Highly recommended.

by Ando Perez | 20 May 2010 12:05 | Praia Da Luz, Portugal | | Report spam→

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