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Old 12 August 2013, 09:12   #1
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Waterproof Camera - Not GoPro

Hi all

Thinking of buying a new camera and wondering whether it's worth buying a waterproof one.

Need it to be multi-purpose, not just for out on (or in) the water, so am looking for something that offers good quality images in a variety of conditions, including indoors/low-light situations.

Does anyone use the Fuji XP200 or similar, and if so what are your thoughts, please?
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Afully waterproof one of any quality would be costly, my advice would a compact weatherproof one (splash/water resistant) and a waterprrof action vid camera for mounting on rib. All depends what you might be taking pictures of I guess. I went through similar thoughts a few years ago. I purchases a weather proof compact one to take out most days and a drift action cam for video, plus a nice nikon SLR which sits in a nice camera bag and only goes out if its a good day and there is something I want to take good shots of (air shows etc)
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kodak playsport zx5 - I filmed this 12mile assault course with it in june



and the earlier playsport zx3 attached to my windsurfer on the one below



the underwater quality is superb - any questions just ask, shock proof too

make sure you watch the videos in 720p HD otherwise it'll look naff
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Afully waterproof one of any quality would be costly, my advice would a compact weatherproof one (splash/water resistant) and a waterprrof action vid camera for mounting on rib. All depends what you might be taking pictures of I guess. I went through similar thoughts a few years ago. I purchases a weather proof compact one to take out most days and a drift action cam for video, plus a nice nikon SLR which sits in a nice camera bag and only goes out if its a good day and there is something I want to take good shots of (air shows etc)
Thanks for that. I wish I could justify having more than one camera. Trouble is, I can't, and with a limited budget (of circa 200) I have to accept a 'jack of all trades' compromise, or concentrate on what is most important.

I've narrowed it down to one of these three.

The Fuji XP200 - gives me the waterproof (to 15m) that makes it usable afloat or on snorkeling trips in Sharm and the like, but has the worst image quality of the three and only 5x optical zoom. Has Wi-Fi capability but no GPS tagging.

The Canon S100 - offers by far the best image quality (particularly in low light) both for stills and HD video (full 1080p), but offers no weather-proofing and is again only 5x zoom. Also captures RAW and has GPS but no Wi-Fi.

The Canon SX260 HS - Sits between the other two in terms of image quality, but has 20x optical zoom, 1080p HD and GPS but no Wi-Fi and again not weather-proof.

If I have to sacrifice something then it will probably have to be the water-proofing, and hope that I can get a waterproof case at some point in the future.
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Neat. At 60 that may be an option.
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kodak playsport zx5 - I filmed this 12mile assault course with it in june



and the earlier playsport zx3 attached to my windsurfer on the one below



the underwater quality is superb - any questions just ask, shock proof too

make sure you watch the videos in 720p HD otherwise it'll look naff
Nice videos. Six guys from HMS Collingwood ran the Tough Mudder for the charity I run. Can't believe there are so many people willing to put themselves through such tests of physical/mental endurance.
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The Fuji and Olympus water and shockproof compacts are really good bits of kit. Try them at a store first.
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