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Old 23 July 2009, 08:08   #1
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Water proof camera review

Some new water proof cameras put head to head. DPreview is the best camera test site going.
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/

For those that need to know now.

Image quality: outdoors / daylight


  • Best of the bunch: Canon Powershot D10, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1, Pentax Optio W60
  • Middle of the road: Pentax Optio W80, Olympus Tough 6000
  • Bottom of the class: Olympus Tough 8000, Fujifilm Z33 WP

Image quality: Low light / High ISO


  • Best of the bunch: Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1
  • Middle of the road: Canon PowerShot D10, Pentax Optio W60
  • Bottom of the class: Pentax Optio W80, Olympus Tough 6000, Olympus Tough 8000, Fujifilm Z33 WP

Image quality / performance: Flash


  • Best of the bunch: Canon PowerShot D10
  • Middle of the road: Pentax Optio W60, Pentax Optio W80, Olympus Tough 6000
  • Bottom of the class: Olympus Tough 8000, Fujifilm Z33 WP, Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1

Image quality / performance: Underwater


  • Best of the bunch: Canon PowerShot D10, Pentax Optio W60
  • Middle of the road: Pentax Optio W80, Olympus Tough 6000, Olympus Tough 8000,
  • Bottom of the class: Panasonic TS1, Fujifilm Z33 WP
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Old 23 July 2009, 08:18   #2
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Just (literally) bought an Olympus 6000 Tough...looked at the Fuji Z33WP, but it seemed small in my hand and a bit low rent looking. Good price, but looks like a below average performer from John's note above.

All I can say so far about the Olympus is that when you plug it in it charges up...that's as far as I've got!
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With out sounding too geeky Olympus Jpeg compression gives very good results with out to many artefacts . With nice rich colours, Fuji are the same.
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With out sounding too geeky Olympus Jpeg compression gives very good results with out to many artefacts . With nice rich colours, Fuji are the same.
Failed. You sound geeky
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I know.
Want me to go into RAW files, Using TIFF instead of Jpeg, the best metering modes, in camera colour balance tricks and the maths behind using the right F stop over shutter speed at the right focal length to reduce camera shake?



I'll get my coat and gimp mask........
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I know.
Want me to go into RAW files, Using TIFF instead of Jpeg, the best metering modes, in camera colour balance tricks and the maths behind using the right F stop over shutter speed at the right focal length to reduce camera shake?
That's what I was hoping for How can I possibly establish the worth of my purchase if you don't go into the detail?

Update: I can now turn it on and off
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Work out how to use the timer, it's great for candid shots
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For what its worth, also consider getting yourself a good non-waterproof camera and adding a waterproof(dive) housing. I have found that you then get the best of both worlds, but it does require a bit of forward planing.
Most dive housing are good for 40m if you want to get it seriously wet.
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For what its worth, also consider getting yourself a good non-waterproof camera and adding a waterproof(dive) housing. I have found that you then get the best of both worlds, but it does require a bit of forward planing.
Most dive housing are good for 40m if you want to get it seriously wet.
Couldn't agree more. That way you can get yourself into the world of DSLR's. Olympus do a very good range of housing for the E serries cameras.
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I know.
Want me to go into RAW files, Using TIFF instead of Jpeg, the best metering modes, in camera colour balance tricks and the maths behind using the right F stop over shutter speed at the right focal length to reduce camera shake?



I'll get my coat and gimp mask........
That's the problem with digital - any idiot can do it - now when you start talking about reciprocity failiure and The Kron–Halm catenary equation it gets far more interesting...............
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