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Old 18 March 2007, 15:54   #1
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New waterproof camera

hi has anybody any experiance of this camera or the earlier version

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/29...W.htm?redirect

looks ideal for use on a RIB


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looks good , but the video mode is a bit poor.
best to hold out for the pentax w30 in a week or so..
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doesnt look as rugged to me

http://www.pentax.co.uk/_uk/photo/pr...&id=uebersicht

but i am probably wrong

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I have the 720 SW of that range.

I've literally kicked the crap out of it... and it's great. It is very very robust.... so the crush-proof and freeze-proof one must be amazing!

Sandy beaches. Bouncing RIBSs. Filthy floodwater. It's done it all with me.

Video quality is good, but not exceptional.... but it's a photo camera... if you want video, buy a video camera! Sound quality is poor.

The underwater snapshot mode works very well (the other two underwater modes are only if it's in the underwater diving housing)

I'd strongly recommend this kit with it:

http://www.olympus.co.uk/consumer/19..._725_770SW.htm

Particularly the bungee cord with the carabiner. I clip it to my PFD, wherever and I've no worries... it's very strong. I once handed the camera to someone to hold, and ran off (forgetting it was clipped to me) the cable stretched about 4 metres, so it's no problem with the weight of the camera.

Also very useful for clipping to my belt when I'm out on the piss... then I never lose it!

The software that comes with it is pretty good.

I did look at the Pentax before I bought this one, and I have a friend who has it. I would agree that it's not as solidly built, but I don't think there is really a lot to choose between them.

Hope that helps.
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re 770 sw

Thanks for that info WMM

I have a bid on one on ebay at the moment so will see how it goes if not theres some around for less than 250.0 so will bite the bullet

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Agree with WMM

I too have a 720 SW and its superb. Chucked it around in the back of a rib and on a J24, used it underwater in fresh and salt water for still and movies. All without a problem, and some great photos to show for it

Its the perfect camera for the way we live

Get one - you won't regret it!!

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I have a bid on one on ebay at the moment so will see how it goes if not theres some around for less than 250.0 so will bite the bullet
I got a factory refurb 720sw from here
http://www.camerasunderwater.co.uk/index.html
for 150 with 6mths warranty and looks as good as new.
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I have just ordered the Pentax w30 of ebay,
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/Pentax-Optio-W...QQcmdZViewItem
A good price for a cmaera that does it all......
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