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Olympus Tg-1ihs 12 Mp Waterproof Digital Camera With 4x Optical Zoom,Silver

olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver

Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom,Silver

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  • 12 Megapixel BSI CMOS Sensor with Full HD Video with HDMI, Multi-Motion Movie IS
  • Waterproof (12m/40 ft), Shockproof (2m/6.6 ft) and Freezeproof (-10°C/14°F)
  • 8x Super-Resolution Zoom and F2.0 Hi-Speed Lens and 4x Optical Zoom,Dimensions: 4.5 x 2.5 x 1.0 Inches
  • iHS Technology, Dual image stabilization
  • GPS & eCompass, Color : Dark silver
  • Crushproof 220 lbf.
  • 3.0-Inch screen and 610k OLED

From the Manufacturer PRO IMAGE QUALITY FROM A WHOLE NEW PERSPECTIVEWorld's First f2.0 High-Speed Lens on a Tough Camera. Olympus' newest Tough model draws on their extensive history of creating rugged, durable cameras that take the worry out of life-on-the-go shooting. This revolutionary TOUGH model introduces the World's First Ultra-Bright, High-Speed f2.0 lens on a Tough camera allowing you to capture dramatically better images in low-light and fast action situations than any other rugged model currently on the market*. The combination of durability and outstanding image quality makes it possible to shoot in even the harshest of conditions. Just imagine: capture beautiful underwater scenes and aquatic life, snap photos of triumphant arrivals to dusk-lit peaks, record your ride down the rapids in dazzling 1080p Full HD Video. The possibilities are truly endless.*as of April 23rd, 2012 SUPERIOR OPTICSHIGH-SPEED, ULTRA-BRIGHT F2.0 LENSThe TG-1 iHS is the world's first rugged camera on the market* to include an ultra-bright, high-speed f2.0 lens so you can capture scenes that were previously \"impossible\" with a point & shoot. This new lens strengthens the camera's shooting capabilities making high-quality images and blazing fast shutter speeds possible even when a flash cannot be used or when shooting fast action or in low light.3.0\" OLED MONITORThis 3.0-inch high-resolution OLED display (610K dots) provides excellent visibility outdoors enabling you to compose the perfect shot even in direct sunlight. And several protective coatings help to prevent scratches and cut down on reflective glare from bright lights and sun. Awesome optics, both in camera and on screen. UNMATCHED RUGGED DURABILITYTHE PROOF IS IN THE BUILDWATERPROOF TO 40FT.The TG-1 iHS crushes the notion that cameras are easily damaged by water and humidity. The Olympus-original complete sealing system and double lock construction borrowed from Olympus' long history of manufacturing underwater housings ensures that the TG-1 iHS is completely waterproof down to a new depth of 40ft. Even on land, the TG-1 iHS ensures that you'll never miss an awesome shot just because of heavy rain or snow. SHOCKPROOF TO 6.6ft.The shockproof structure of the TG-1 iHS ensures that your investment is protected. Carefully sandwiched between two protective frames, the lens and camera unit remain unfazed by bumps, drops, falls and other impacts. Even after repeated drops, critical camera components and functions like the lens, shutter, aperture and auto-focus remain safe. Drop, pick up, and keep on shooting. CRUSHPROOF TO 220LBF.The TG-1 iHS uses a double-layer construction, consisting of a tough yet lightweight polycarbonate resin and a metal frame. The crushproof construction ensures that your camera – and screen! – won't break, even under 220lbs of pressure. No more cracked screens because you've left your camera in your back pocket or suitcase. FREEZEPROOF TO 14FKeep shooting outdoors even in the winter. The TG-1 iHS is designed to keep operating at below freezing temperatures, safe from the two most common problems when shooting in cold weather: lens condensation and auto zoom malfunction. Hit the slopes, fire up your snowmobile, or break out the skates, because with the TG-1 iHS by your side, you'll never miss those awesome wipe out moments. DUSTPROOFLife gets dirty. Between dusty fields and muddy trails, sometimes your camera doesn't stay as pristine as you'd like it to. But even in less-than-spotless environments, the fine protective sealing of the TG-1 iHS helps keep out dirt and debris allowing you to capture shot after shot even in the harshest environments. WATER-REPELLANT LENS COATINGSplash after splash, never worry about water droplets obstructing your images thanks to the water-repellent lens coating that prevents water from remaining on the lens surface. And because it's applied to the OLED monitor as well, composing shots in the rain or while riding the waves will be a breeze. DOUBLE-LOCK DURABILITYWith all the care that is put in to protecting the inner workings of your camera, it would be a shame for the system to fail because the battery door opens unintentionally. Thanks to the multi-directional, double-lock mechanism, your camera is protected from accidental openings under water. OUTSTANDING IMAGE QUALITYIHSA high-sensitivity, high-speed 12-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor combines with a blazing fast, DSLR-quality TruePic VI image processor resulting in high-speed autofocus, enhanced Intelligent Auto for spectacular scene and subject recognition, and 2x Super-Resolution Zoom to produce jaw-dropping images in locations that make even the most seasoned photographers cringe. This family of technologies conquers challenging shooting conditions with improved light condensing efficiency, less noise and quick response time – twice as fast as traditional cameras – for definitively unmatched image quality.SUPER SPORT MODEDesigned specifically to keep up with life-on-the-go photography, the new Super Sport Mode combines high-speed autofocus with extra fast shutter speeds – up to 1/2000 – to freeze the action. Conveniently located on the dial, this mode captures 5 shots in a high-speed burst to ensure crisp shots of even the most extreme action sport settings. LOW LIGHT MODELow Light Mode is perfect for capturing the mood of low-light indoor scenes, beautiful sunsets, or late night outdoor festivities without ruining the ambience with a bright flash. Forget about subject blurring or camera shake ruining the shot – Low Light Mode has you covered.FULL HD VIDEO WITH HDMI OUTPUT & CONTROLWith the TG-1 iHS, you can shoot 1080p Full HD videos (1920x1080 pixels) at 60 frames per second at the touch of button, allowing for slow-motion playback. Thanks to iHS Technology, your videos will get the VIP treatment with excellent color reproduction and faster processing speeds, while Multi-Motion IS compensates for user movement creating smoother videos. Linear PCM Recording, an audio technology pioneered by Olympus for professional voice recorders, records your videos with high-definition audio for optimal playback results. HDMI output and control makes playing back videos on your HDTV a breeze. HIGH-SPEED SEQUENTIAL SHOOTINGShoot like a pro! With 10fps high-speed burst shooting, nail the perfect shot by taking a quick sequence of images at the touch of a button. Still afraid you'll miss a moment? At 3MP, the frame rate increases to an astounding 60 shots per second. You'll have so many great shots, you won't be able to share just one!ENHANCED IAUTO (INTELLIGENT AUTO)In iAuto mode, the camera automatically detects the subject, lighting and situation to identify the scene you're shooting – up to 30 different scenes including Night, Sport, Beach and Snow, Underwater Snapshot and Backlight HDR – and adjusts the settings for ideal results. Leave it up to the TG-1 iHS to choose optimum settings so you can focus on capturing that amazing shot. SYSTEM EXPANDABILITYLENS ACCESSORIES THAT TAKE FUNCTIONALITY TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL.FISHEYE CONVERTER LENSAchieve panoramic wide-angle shots without sacrificing the brightness of the f2.0 lens. Even in darker underwater scenes down to 40ft., you can shoot wider, more dynamic images that beautifully reproduce underwater scenery. Waterproof to 40ft.TELE CONVERTER LENSTelephotography of 1.7x extends your optical zoom from 4x to nearly 7x. Get highly artistic shots that draw attention to the subject by blurring the background, and achieve higher shutter speeds while zooming in close on a subject on the move. Waterproof to 40ft.LENS CONVERTER ADAPTERDon't forget the adapter for your Fisheye or Tele Converter Lens! Already have a stash of favorite lens filters? The converter adapter can accommodate any 40.5mm filter.UNDERWATER HOUSING40 feet not deep enough for you? Dive to depths of 135 feet (45m) with the new Olympus PT-053 underwater housing, designed specifically for the TG-1 iHS. Featuring a large, responsive shutter button, precision zoom lever and a tight O-ring main seal with safety lock, the PT-053 allows divers, from beginner to dive master, to capture worry-free images of unique underwater scenes.EXTREME VERSATILITYGPS & E.COMPASSThe ideal travel guide. With the GPS and e.compass functions on the TG-1 iHS, location and landmark information will be displayed and recorded along with the image. The TG-1 iHS is also equipped with a logging function so you can track the route taken from recorded images by using applications such as Google Earth and Picasa. And with the brand new LI-90 battery, you'll worry less about battery life and more about your next destination.MANOMETERMark your spot on the map with the built-in manometer. Records elevation & water depth and even displays a warning when the user approaches a depth of 40ft.AUTOMATIC UNDERWATER BALANCEThe Olympus TG-1 iHS boasts 4 different underwater scene modes -- Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2 and Underwater Macro -- each carefully calibrated to allow for optimal color balance, exposure and flash so you automatically get the best results. Beautiful underwater photos made simpler.LED ILLUMINATORAn LED Illuminator is like a mini-flashlight on the front of the camera to enhance focus and exposure for macro shooting – great for underwater close-ups where light is scarce. The LED illuminator also works in conjunction with the flash to help illuminate your subject in low-light conditions.MAGIC ART FILTERSExpress your creativity with 12 different special effects for your photos and HD videos. Olympus' Magic Art Filters infuse familiar scenes with new and unexpected moods ranging from the excited to the serene and from the whimsical to the mysterious. Choose from Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fisheye, Soft Focus, Punk, Sparkle, Watercolor, Miniature, Reflection, Dramatic and Fragmented. (Some effects apply only to still photos. Effects may reduce image size).Included Accessories :  A/V cable, USB cable, AC power adapter and Wrist strap

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Brand : Olympus
Category : Electronics,Camera & Photo,Digital Cameras,Point & Shoot Digital Cameras
Rating : 4.2
Review Count : 228
Auto Focus Technology : Center, Selective single-point, Face Detection, Tracking, Multi-area, Contrast Detection
Photo Sensor Size : 1/2.3-inch
Photo Sensor Technology : BSI CMOS
Effective Still Resolution : 12 MP
Camera Flash : F2.0
Video Capture Resolution : 1080p
Model Name : Olympus TG-1iHS
Model Number : TG-1iHS
Best Sellers Rank : #405,275 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics) #2,751 in Digital Point & Shoot Cameras
Number of Items : 1
Color : Silver
Included Components : Wrist Strap, Battery, USB Cable
Age Range (Description) : Adult
Lens Type : Zoom
Optical Zoom : 4 x
Compatible Mountings : Micro Four Thirds
Screen Size : 3 Inches
Batteries Required? : Yes
Number of Batteries : 1 Lithium Ion batteries required.
Are Batteries Included : No
Rechargeable Battery Included : No
Battery Cell Composition : Lithium Ion
Battery Weight : 1 Grams
Target Gender : Unisex
Connectivity Technology : USB, HDMI
Continuous Shooting Speed : 10 fps
Special Feature : Image Stabilization
Skill Level : Professional
Form Factor : Compact
Hardware Interface : HDMI
Display Resolution Maximum : 610000
White balance settings : Auto
JPEG quality level : Fine
Image Stabilization : Sensor-shift
Video Capture Format : AVC
Display Fixture Type : Fixed
Item Dimensions LxWxH : 4.41 x 1.18 x 2.64 inches
Item Weight : 0.51 Pounds
Maximum Aperture : 4.9 f
Minimum Aperture : 2 f
Zoom Type : Optical Zoom
Focus Type : Auto Focus
Maximum Focal Length : 100 Millimeters
Minimum Focal Length : 25 Millimeters
Metering Description : Multi, Spot
Shooting Modes : Underwater
Battery Description : LI90B
Wireless Communication Technology : gps
Flash Memory Type : SD, SDHC, SDXC
Water Resistance Level : Waterproof
GPS : Built-In
Max Shutter Speed : 1/2000 seconds
Min Shutter Speed : 4 seconds
Processor Description : TruePic VI
Digital Zoom : 4
Battery Life : 350 Photos
Aperture Modes : F2.0
Audio Recording : Yes

olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver
olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver
olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver
olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver
olympus tg 1ihs 12 mp waterproof digital camera with 4x optical zoomsilver

Olympus TG-1iHS 12 MP Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom,Silver

  • As a current owner of the Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 for the past several years, I have experienced all the great, and not so great, things about owning a rugged camera. The Tough 6000 is most certainly a tough little thing. It has survived many many lake and ocean swims, including long snorkeling trips and pool days, a Vegas bachelor party where it was dropped several times on the ground and had beer poured on it, been on multi-day snow skiing trips in sub zero temperatures, and even survived for over 20 minutes in the blazing heat of the clothes dryer when I forgot it in my shorts pocket (which also means it survived the wash cycle prior to the dryer!). While its toughness is certainly excellent, there are some things it needs improvement on. Start up speed, speed between taking pictures, shutter lag, difficulty in finding focus in low light, poor quality in low light, non-HD video, and xD picture cards were all things on my wish list for improvement. Thankfully, the new TG-1 iHS has resolved all those problems, which I will detail below.- Start up speed: Using a stopwatch, I consistently was able to hold down the shutter button while pressing the power button and get the camera to take a picture in around 1.5 seconds while in Program mode. This is way faster than the Tough 6000 could ever manage and find it quite satisfactory.- Speed between taking pictures: There really is no lag between taking pictures anymore. The camera will take pictures as fast as you can repeatedly press the shutter button. In the dedicated Sport mode the results are even more impressive. At full 12MP, the camera is taking about 10 frames per second, but if you knock the image size down to 3MP it will capture an insane number of pictures per second. Olympus rates the highest speed at 60fps, but I have not confirmed this. I did test it out on my friend doing jumping jacks and it\'s really pretty nuts. It is very slow motion on the order of frame by frame video. (I have experience with video editing, so I am not just throwing that term out there blindly.) The sport mode is really cool for capturing people jumping in to a pool, doing cart wheels, or any other action where a set of high speed sequential shots is desirable. Olympus really did a good job on improving this aspect from the Tough 6000. (NOTE: the sequential shooting speed appears to depend somewhat on the speed on the SD card being used as, after a few seconds of taking pictures, the SD card logo on the OLED monitor turns from white to red and the camera stops taking pictures. The picture counter will catch up to the number of pictures taken and then the SD card symbol will turn back to white. I am using a 16GB SanDisk Ultra II class 4 card rated at 15MB/s. I would imagine higher speed cards would enable the camera to take either more pictures per second, take sequential pictures for a longer period of time, or even perhaps both.)- Shutter Lag: Shutter lag is pretty much non-existent. I have been using film and digital SLRs for years and am used to the instant shutter speed of such cameras and the TG-1 compares quite nicely to them, especially for a \"point and shoot\" style camera.- Focus hunting in low light: I have taken several pictures in low light settings, some with flash and some without, and found the auto focus speed to be vastly improved from the Tough 6000. You will no longer have to tell a group of people to hold still forever while the camera is attempting to focus on them.- Low light quality: The F2.0 lens really makes a noticeable difference here as low light quality is so much improved over the Tough 6000. Quality low light pictures can be obtained, even without using the flash.- Video: The HD video, both 1080 and 720, comes out nice considering this is primarily a still camera. It is certainly not as good as the video from my Canon Vixia HF10, which is a purpose built camcorder, but that is to be expected. I do like that the video is started and stopped using its own dedicated recording button on the back of the camera. That way the camera can be set up in whatever still shooting mode you find desirable for the moment, but start shooting a video literally at the press of a button if the moment calls for it. The camera allows you to zoom during shooting and adjusts exposure on the fly in the middle of recording. This is very nice as you are able to reframe your videos and not worry about exposure changes while in the middle of shooting a video. The one main negative I can point to about video is that the zoom motor noise is clearly audible in the recording. This is unfortunate, but considering the camera\'s core mission as a rugged still camera, it is acceptable. The noise is not loud enough to drown out all other sounds, but is certainly noticeable. The camera records video in the Apple mov file format, which may be good or bad depending on your preference.That pretty much does it for the comparison between the older Tough 6000 and the new TG-1.Other things to note about the TG-1 are:- The strap is quite beefy for a point and shoot strap and is more like the one I have on my camcorder. I find this to be good though as the traditional point and shoot straps are always so thin it makes me nervous when the camera is dangling by it over a precarious position.- The screen is quite large, has great quality, and has an excellent viewing angle.- I like the lens being in the middle of the camera as it reduces the odds of getting fingers in the shot and is just more natural for framing shots in general.- The mode dial has dedicated spots for Sport, Low Light, and two Custom Setup options allowing you to save custom set ups that are quickly accessible.- The access doors are now double locked, meaning they have a slider that shuts the door, then another slider that keeps the first slider from moving. This added security is certainly welcomed.I have not tried out the GPS function or the manometer function, so can\'t really comment on those. They aren\'t terribly important to me, so that\'s why.Finally, some negatives:- As others have stated, the button layout is a little cramped. I don\'t have a problem navigating around the button layout, but those with clumsy and/or large fingers may find it a tad challenging perhaps.- Like the Tough 6000, the TG-1 still uses the lame proprietary USB port that Olympus for some reason insists on using. This forces you to carry around the included proprietary USB cable they provide to hook the camera up to a computer and to charge it.- Speaking of charging, the camera does not come with an external battery charger. This forces you to keep the battery in the camera to charge it via the aforementioned proprietary USB cable connected to either a computer\'s USB port or the included AC adapter. As of right now, 6/28/2012, there is no external charger available for purchase. This is incredibly lame as it makes it impossible to charge a spare battery and use the camera at the same time; which is something everyone wants to do on a multi-day vacation. Hopefully Olympus will come out with one soon or perhaps a third party will.Overall I think this is an excellent rugged camera that really nails all the features necessary to excel in this camera segment. The TG-1 is most certainly a big step forward from the Tough 6000 and I am very glad I purchased it. Besides the relatively minor negatives mentioned above, this is a sure fire winner for anyone looking for a rugged camera.***UPDATE JULY 6th, 2012***Just got a new SD card and tested out the difference in speed, with emphasis on the sequential sport mode.Before I present the data, here are the cards being used:- OLD: 16GB SanDisk Ultra II Class 4 rated at 15MB/s- NEW: 32GB SanDisk Extreme Class 10 UHS 1 rated at 45MB/sSport mode results:- 12MP Sequential: - OLD: 100 frames in 30 seconds, 3.33fps (frames per second) - NEW: 100 frames in 20 seconds, 5fps- 3MP Hi 1 Sequential: - OLD and NEW: 100 frames in 7 seconds, 14.29fps (no difference between cards)- 3MP Hi 2 Sequential: - OLD and NEW: 100 frames in 1 second, 100fps; yes one hundred frames per second! (no difference between cards)As you may have noticed, all the tests involved shooting 100 frames. This was not my choosing, but appears to be the maximum allowable sequential images the camera will take at a time. For each of the tests I held the shutter button down until the camera stopped taking pictures, so it was not my choice to stop at 100. You will also notice that the only speed increase is in the 12MP sequential test, whereas the other two modes have the same speed.While not recorded for time, I would like to note that the time it took the camera to process and save the images after each burst mode seemed to me to take less time with the newer card, especially in the Hi 1 and Hi 2 modes.***UPDATE May, 2014***Our TG-1 now exhibits the continuous clicking noise during video recording that many others have reported with the TG-1 and TG-2. Up until this point, the camera did not have this problem, so am not sure why it just started. From everything I\'ve read online, it appears it is the autofocus (AF) making this noise. I believe this to be true because the noise stops if I put the camera in Underwater Wide 2 mode or if I hold down the zoom out button, both of which temporarily stop the AF from working.I was excited to hear that Olympus is coming out with the TG-3 and hoped they would fix this AF clicking noise during video, but it appears not. In the comments section at the bottom of an article written by William Brawley at, he confirms that his sneak peak trial version of the TG-3 has the same AF clicking noise during video. It is really unfortunate and disappointing that Olympus couldn\'t resolve this issue by the third generation of this camera line, for it makes any video shot with these cameras almost unwatchable due to the annoying constant clicking noise. I had actually planned on buying the TG-3 because I figured they would have fixed this glaring defect by the third model version, but now I am strongly considering not doing so because of this. I\'ll wait to read some reviews after the camera goes on sale next month to make final judgement though. Perhaps William just got a faulty pre-release model and the final production versions will not have this issue.Link to article: [...]
  • This is my 3rd dedicated waterproof point and shoot and counting cased cameras the 5th waterproof camera I\'ve used. As far as the dedicated WP cameras I do think this one is the best so far, but there still seems to be a lot of compromisesThere is a great review on CNET that I thought was pretty helpful. (Can\'t put in links so would just Google CNET waterproof camera).As far as the Olympus TG-1The Olympus TG-1 is a little bulky but it is very fast and appears very tough. So far it has survived several surfing trips and a trip to thailand. There is very little shutter lag (fastest of any point and shoot I\'ve ever used), so taking pictures of action is very easy. The burst feature is very good (very fast actually, if it is on burst, it is difficult to take less than 3 pictures). The photoquality is good, but intermittently the pictures are a bit soft (look a little like 1980\'s era wedding photos...not great)--especially skin tones, this is intermittent although does happen frequently. One other issue is that often the pictures are a bit dark and shadows have a lot of contrast. Often they look better after some reduction of shadows or contrast in photoshop or iPhoto. The window for the lens is much bigger so the problem with water drops in the field of view when transitioning from water to air is reduced, but still present. The locking mechanism for the waterproof doors on the TG-1 is very nice. Having one camera lost to the hatch opening, I really like the double locking mechanism. I wish there was only one door, but these appear to be very well secured compared to everything else. There are several manual features, and while a little gimmicky, the preset creative modes are actually fun (I thought I wouldn\'t like them, but they actually are pretty neat).I haven\'t used the attachments or the deep water case, and I\'m not planning to since this is largely used for shallow water. Also, I don\'t shoot video so I haven\'t run into the commonly cited problems of poor audio. The lack of a charger and the proprietary cable are big drawbacks. It is really annoying to have to carry the cable traveling and always worrying about losing it. The larger aperture is nice for decreasing the need for a slow shutter speed, but one interesting problem is that sometimes it does limit the depth of field, which can make pictures interesting creating nice bokeh in the background, but often in a point and shoot with little control it can make some of the aspects of the photo appear blurry when you don\'t want it. It is a little double edged. Also, the autofocus does frequently focus near (often on water) which is a little bit of a problem when the depth of field is a little more narrow than the usual point and shoot.Also, I\'m not sure if this is an apple issue, but I cannot get the GPS to work correctly even after installing the software. I don\'t use it, but if I did I\'d be pretty upset. It is not intuitive to get to the data, and is not easy to use. I find it nearly useless, but potentially I just haven\'t spent enough time figuring it out (although I feel you really shouldn\'t have to spend so much time).Overall I do really like the camera, far from perfect, but I do think the best one so far.Pros1. Very fast, almost no shutter lag.2. Great Burst feature.3. Good photoquality to great photoquality (not excellent, and sometimes bad)4. Appears very tough, and has been so far.5. Larger aperture, faster shutter speedCons1. Big, bulky.2. expensive3. Proprietary cable, no charger.4. Inconsistent photo quality, sometimes too soft, sometimes too much contrast. Frequent need for correction with post processing software.5. GPS is not intuitive if it really works at all, ends up being not useful.In the end: While this is the best to date (in my opinion, and at least the best I\'ve used), it still may be better as far as photoquality to buy a regular point an shoot and a waterproof case. I do have to say that for my hopes for this camera, I am pretty disappointed. It is very good, but I guess I expected more. It\'s not that much better than others, and there are some features of others that are more convenient. The Sony Cybershot is a very close second so far, and does have some better qualities at least for how I use the camera. It might be a better deal although has its own problems.Just for information, in comparison with other cameras (just to demonstrate issues with other cameras):Most WP cameras eventually fail. So far The cameras I have used, have about a 3 year life, with very regular use. Reading reviews it appears that should probably be the expectation.Previously tried the Olympus Stylus Tough 720, (from 2006) which took very good pictures, but shutter lag was a problem and burst was very slow. it was difficult to take action shots. After 3 years of using the camera largely for surfing (which I think is harder than most uses), it did finally leak and fail, but it did survive a long time and made it through a few drops. I did like it a lot though, and it is why I tried olympus again.Next was the cased Fuji FinePix F200EXR. Good camera, interesting sensor technology, but while it does sometimes take great pictures, it often takes very noisy pictures even at low ISO. Too big to fit in a wetsuit sleeve when cased, so not really useful when surfing. This was largely replaced with DSLR when not in the water, and I had to find another WP camera. Great point and shoot most of the time, but can have very noisy images.Next the Sony Cybersthot DSC TX10 WP. This is by far the smallest of the WP cameras and very sleek. Works great outside of the water, good low light function, great burst feature. Nearly no shutter lag. The problem is the photo quality. It is incredibly variable (the much cheaper canon digital elph is consistently better). Sometimes just moving the camera, changing the angle will change the metering in the camera and the photo will come out completely different, and there aren\'t many options for manual settings. Still, the photo quality is good to very good, it is very handy and easy to use. Very nice in the water because it is so light, small and easy to put away when waves are coming. Drawbacks were that it was difficult to get drops of water off the lens in the transition from water to shooting in the air, but this appears to happen with all of them. The paint came off the front cover after 1.5 years (kind of strange and a bit annoying), and after 3 years the battery compartment sprang open in the water and it died. I would consider getting the newer version of this camera mainly due to size, ease of use and speed, but variable photoquality was a drawback.Others tried: Canon digital Elph SD1300, which can be used with a case. Honestly, while fairly inexpensive, I think this is one of the best point and shoots there is. Very good quality photos, consistent, and very easy to use. Minimal manual options, but it\'s not really used for that anyway. Cases tend to be very bulky, and they are expensive. Camera + Case is the same price as most WP cameras if not a little more.I have not tried the Nikon, Canon, Pentax, or Panasonic. Nikon and Panasonic appear to have good reviews, although variable (especially nikon). The older Canon WP camera is pretty bulky, and there were a lot of waterproofing failures in the reviews. The newer one may be better.

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