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Waterproof Digital Cameras

Does anyone have a good recommendation?  We need to replace our P&S digital camera and want a waterproof one.  I'm not interested in a case for a standard digital camera, as I've had really bad luck with those in the past.
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Re: Waterproof Digital Cameras

  • The only thing I can say is NOT Olympus stylus tough. We've had two ( in two yrs) and both have failed. The first one was the second trip and the second one was the first trip 2nd day. Luckily the second one Olympus fixed for free but I'm still buying the underwater housing for it because I don't trust it.
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  • we got the vivitar one from my IL's and it worked well... until it leaked on our honeymoon! we didnt lose any pictures fortunately and they replaced it.  I think we may not have closed the latch correctly or sand got in it. I haven't tried the new one yet. 
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  • I don't have a rec since we use a waterproof housing, but here's a thread from the Travel board that discussed this recently.

    http://community.thenest.com/cs/ks/forums/thread/57299888.aspx

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  • We bought the Panasonic Lumix last month for our recent trip to Australia.  It took really clear pictures and we had no problems with leakage.  It does HD video as well as 3d pictures.  
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    We bought the Panasonic Lumix last month for our recent trip to Australia.  It took really clear pictures and we had no problems with leakage.  It does HD video as well as 3d pictures.  

    We bought this same camera for snorkeling in Cozumel.  We used it 8 times in the water, including after opening it to charge the battery, and we had no issues.  I was surprised at how clear the photos were considering it's pretty cheap for this type of camera (we got it for $150 on Amazon).

    I recommend getting a larger memory card, though.  On the highest-resolution setting (which the camera was already on), it only holds something like 8 pictures.  We lowered the resolution and we were able to get 100+ photos, and they look good, but it would be nice not to have to worry about space and have the option to take higher-res pictures if we wanted to enlarge them.

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  • The Lumix is actually the one we're considering now, based on all the positive reviews online.  But most sites sell it for about $300!  How did you find it for $150?  Was it refurbished or used?

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-TS3-Waterproof-Stabilized-2-7-Inch/dp/B004KKZ0KG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314877764&sr=1-2

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    The Lumix is actually the one we're considering now, based on all the positive reviews online.  But most sites sell it for about $300!  How did you find it for $150?  Was it refurbished or used?

    http://www.amazon.com/Panasonic-DMC-TS3-Waterproof-Stabilized-2-7-Inch/dp/B004KKZ0KG/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1314877764&sr=1-2

    Mine was a different Lumix - I had to look it up, but it's the DMC-TS10.
    Here is the link:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003WJR68A

    It must have been more reduced than that when I bought it, because I spent $20 less than the reduced price listed according to my order history.  I believe they had the same model on Target's website, too, but we needed it ASAP and weren't sure if we had time to make it to the store.  You might want to stop by there if you want to check it out in person.

    It got only 4 stars, but when reading the reviews I was pretty sure it was worth the money so I went ahead and got it.  There were a few low-star reviews that pointed out things that were a non-issue for me, IIRC.

     

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  • i have a lumix DMC-TS2 (i think it might be last year's model) and it's a great little camera. took some fun underwater photos/videos with it. it's also nice to have just on the beach and not have to worry about getting sand inside if the wind blows.

    i highly recommend getting a floating strap for it (i got the olympus floating strap), especially if you're taking it in the ocean, and remember to wash the salt water off with fresh water before letting it dry.

  • I have a Lumix also and just love, love, love it!

    As pp said, you'll need a bigger memory card--I bought a high speed 8 GB so it can write the bigger mp pictures fairly quickly and store a ton.

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