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LastchanceJune 27th, 2009, 5:49 am
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
Well, I made a decision to go with either an Olympus or Pentax waterproof point and shoot digital camera for my trip out West in August. I decided ease of transportation and the fact that it would be too risky to carry an expensive professional model in my pack while I'm wading the rivers. I'll make a nice Pro SLR my next purchase.

Jason and All, I'll take your advice, Pentax or Olympus?

TroutnutJune 27th, 2009, 11:55 am
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
I don't know. Neither waterproof camera is spectacular in terms of image quality or photographic features, but both are sufficient, and the convenience of a small waterproof camera is really, really great. I'd suggest the camera reviews at to clarify any differences between models.

For what it's worth, I have an older-generation Pentax waterproof that I like, but I imagine I'd be just as happy with an Olympus.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
WiflyfisherJune 27th, 2009, 7:22 pm

Posts: 663
The next point & click, underwater camera I purchase will be...

I have seen some great photos from these cameras.
John S.
LastchanceJune 28th, 2009, 4:57 pm
Portage, PA

Posts: 437
I really am torn between a camera with better image quality and the two point and shoots. I'm afraid if I take a $400 camera I wouldn't be able to properly take care of it while I'm wading.
TroutnutJune 28th, 2009, 6:14 pm
Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2737
It's ideal to have both, but if you're just going to have one and it's mostly for fishing, I would definitely suggest the waterproof point & shoot. The convenience of always having your camera when you want it (and being able to take pictures near/under water without worrying) will mean you get some great shots when you wouldn't even have brought the other camera along. The image quality differences aren't all that noticeable under most conditions.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
UPTroutBumJune 28th, 2009, 8:29 pm
Marquette, MI

Posts: 33
I just bought the Olympus 850 sw or something like that. I really like it, again image quality is not as good as a point and shoot Nikon, but nice enough to capture photos of decent trout and landscapes. Took some underwater and it takes some practice of settings, but turns out decent. No waterproofing problems. I got mine on ebay for $150 and it was a factory refurbished model.
" The true fisherman approaches the first day of fishing season with
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RoygpaJune 29th, 2009, 4:31 pm
USA Southwest PA

Posts: 1
I just bought a Pentax w60 and so far I like it.


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