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    Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 9:56am
i'm looking for a new point and shoot to take up when i ride, and i was looking for a waterproof one...anyone have a recommendation? i'm also looking for it to shoot HD video, thanks for the help!

any review of that new casio EXILIM EX-G1? looks interesting, but i don't think it shoots HD video
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 9:59am
I know E13 has one, but I can't remember what model it is.  I'm sure he'll chime in once he sees the thread.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 10:01am
I've got the Olympus Stylus Tough and I bring that snowboarding, it has like a 6 foot shock proof limit and a 10 foot waterproofing as well, ive dropped it in the snow and thrown it around a bit and it's still in perfect shape.

It takes video and pics, it's a 10mp, I don't think it takes HD film though, but it's a pretty cheap camera and has served me great so far, it has become my every day camera as well.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 10:10am
I know it's not a standard point and shoot, but the new GoPro's shoot video in HD.  And you can also take still pictures with them.  And if you've got it in it's protective case it's automatically waterproof.  Mine is only the standard def one but I've taken it in a swimming pool and hot tub before, and yes, completely underwater.  Worked out quite nicely.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 10:48am
canon powershot d10, waterproof, shockproof. was looking at these the other day online, seemed pretty good for under $300.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 11:19am
If you're willing to ditch the HD, the Fujifilm Finepix Z33WP is a great camera to have out on the mountain because you don't have to worry about it getting wet. My friend has it and I went snorkeling with it; so awesome. It's under $150.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 12:56pm
Originally posted by octopus

canon powershot d10, waterproof, shockproof. was looking at these the other day online, seemed pretty good for under $300.
 
Got this shortly before the New Year and it worked out nice for my trip to Heavenly. Doesn't have HD video though...
 
I am headed to Breck in Feb and will find out if it is truly freezeproof. Weather forecast looks to be frigid.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 1:13pm
This: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002ECF3HW/ref=pd_lpo_k2_dp_sr_1?pf_rd_p=486539851&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=B002ECF3I6&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=0AG1JM39AXS39VR7EWCN

The Pentax W80 is what you're looking for.  A point-and-shoot under $200, that shoots video in full HD - one of the ones I know of that does so.  Also water, shock, duct and freeze proof.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 2:30pm
Have a look at the Panasonic Lumix range.  Tough cameras with good stills images and 720p HD video.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 3:35pm
i heard the Lumix cameras were pretty good, i just needed a starting point to start comparing cameras. i took my old point and shoot up last weekend, and it was snowing so much, water kept getting into the lens area and messin up the camera...thanks for all the input...any more suggestions are welcome!

i'm also gonna look up that pentax and canon, thanks!

so no one tried that casio?

i guess i can do without HD, i was just hoping to find suggestions


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 4:41pm
dpreview reviewed a number of the cameras discussed here...
http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/25/2010 at 6:56pm
i have an old pentax w10 (4-5 years old) and it still works quite well. I never had to replace the o-ring (even though they recommend it every year), and have taken it surfing, snowboarding, snorkeling, with dolphins, kayaking, water parks, etc. its been through a LOT to say the least. I was looking at upgrading, but I honestly can't see the need to do so yet, but if I were, here are the things i would want:

sdhc memory, wide angle lens, HD video (with a good file format), optical stabilization, face recognition (just a cool feature), hdmi output, and portability.

Based on these, I would personally go with the w80 or the panasonic ts1. I came really close to getting the TS1, but I decided I should use my money for other things.

To be honest, my 640x480 videos at 30fps look pretty dag on good to me.But, the main reason I could talk myself into upgrading is for the hd video. For me, I get about an 15 minutes of film for a gb. With the newer stuff they can put much more video into the same space, but it still eats up lots of precious space. I would check to see what the estimates are for an hours worth of video just to have an idea of what to expect. Also sdhc is a must, just because i have these and they are cheaper than other formats.

I would really want an hdmi output just for ease of access to display that days session or whatever.

A con about the video for all of these is that the audio will suck. some are worse than others, but dont expect miracles from the little internal mic's that pick up so much static, etc. I don't think the waterproofness is that important. It is better for ease of mind, but how often do you plan on going deeper than 10ft? My camera is rated to 5 feet or so, and I took it to 9-10 feet several times and it came back up just fine.


After i thought about all of this, i decided i really dont need to upgrade yet as the technology hasn't improved THAT much IMO. I guess I am waiting for a camera that can also pop out waffles, but you are in a different situation. Something else to think about are the cheaper hand held video cameras that are coming out. i saw a commercial the other day talking about a new hd waterproof video camera (flip video camera'ish)


check youtube for video samples of the different cameras too










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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/26/2010 at 8:14am
i've been reading through reviews, and i think i'm sold on the Panasonic Lumix TS1! it has HD video, and after watching some sample videos, i was blown away...gonna go check it out at best buy or something to i can get a hands on with it
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/26/2010 at 12:04pm
adorama.com has the w80 for $150, which is about half of the ts1, but it isn't quite as good as the ts1.

I am probly going to wait til I find the ts1 for ~$200 before I finally get one, but $150 for the w80 is pretty nice. note the video file for the w80 is avi (Motion jpeg) while the ts1 has a more compressed avchd format (and another type that you can choose from, which is also pretty cool)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Jan/26/2010 at 12:29pm
I have an Canon SD900 and a waterproof case for diving to depth of up to 130ft. Although the case makes the camera a little bulky.
 
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