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Old July 12th, 2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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What's out there?

I want something durable - ish (I realize its an electronic Device)
I want something small - I would like to be able to shove this in my jeans pockets, or my camelbak for mountain biking or backpacking trips, etc.
I want something cheap $200 absolute max, target $100
I want quality pictures, I have a fujifilm fine pix s700 7.1 mega pixel 10x optical zoom that takes good pics now, but it is WAY too bulky, we leave it behind more than we take it with us due to this.

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I am liking the finepix xp60, another *want* is burst mode shooting.
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My compact camera is my phone, and I have a panasonic lumix lifeproof (TS2 I think). I like the panasonic, shoots nice underwater and as an outdoor camera.

Wife as a Canon digital elf, we don't like it at all, way too slow of focusing, even in modes like kids & pets.

Spend some time on steve's digi-cams, usually pretty good starting place.
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I really like my Polaroid id640 Digital camcorder
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Be careful with the Olympus "tough" cameras. Most people I know have had good luck, but we are on our third one... this one actually outlasted the warranty.

The first one the auto-focus motor was messed up, the second one had software issues. The third one the trim ring around the lens comes off.
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G9 or higher.
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My compact camera is my phone, and I have a panasonic lumix lifeproof (TS2 I think). I like the panasonic, shoots nice underwater and as an outdoor camera.

Wife as a Canon digital elf, we don't like it at all, way too slow of focusing, even in modes like kids & pets.

Spend some time on steve's digi-cams, usually pretty good starting place.

I have the TS20,


like it so far.
Shock resistant, waterproof (only to like 5m though) dust resistant. HD, good quality.

http://www.amazon.com/camera-photo/dp/B00728ZC1U
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My phone battery doesn't last long enough to use as a camera on a backcountry trip for 7 days. Also doesn't qualify for all mentioned features.
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My phone battery doesn't last long enough to use as a camera on a backcountry trip for 7 days. Also doesn't qualify for all mentioned features.
Thats easily fixed, though, especially since on a back country trip, having batteries charging capabilities is peace of mind. I have a small rechargable battery charger I use on my trips, hold 4 full phone charges. But not all phones take good pix, so not for everyone, and no optical zoom.

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I have the TS20,


like it so far.
Shock resistant, waterproof (only to like 5m though) dust resistant. HD, good quality.

http://www.amazon.com/camera-photo/dp/B00728ZC1U
Mine is rated for 10m, and I have had it down close to that deep, never any problems.





For me, small cameras are all kinda the same, in terms of picture quality. Small sensors mean bad low light performance, small aperture, etc, they all kinda look the same. If you shoot videos, might want to check the video format and capabilities, those can vary quite a bit from camera brand to camera brand on the bitrate and format used. Not all of the video editing stuff (especially windows products) can correctly deal with MOV files, and AVCHD / AVCHD lite. For example, WIndows movie maker can read my AVCHD lite 720p videos, but they come out as half size. And windows never likes MOVs. I use Adobe Premiere now, works better.
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Thats easily fixed, though, especially since on a back country trip, having batteries charging capabilities is peace of mind. I have a small rechargable battery charger I use on my trips, hold 4 full phone charges. But not all phones take good pix, so not for everyone, and no optical zoom.

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Yes, because I want to carry a battery charger with me.

I want a camera, I don't want to use my fucking phone knuckle head.
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I have the TS20,


like it so far.
Shock resistant, waterproof (only to like 5m though) dust resistant. HD, good quality.

http://www.amazon.com/camera-photo/dp/B00728ZC1U
Does that have a burst mode? I like that the fuji can do 10fps or 60fps, kinda nice when you're trying to get an action shot of something. It's a hair smaller than the fuji which is a nice option, when I have more time later today I will havet o compare specs side by side.
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My phone battery doesn't last long enough to use as a camera on a backcountry trip for 7 days. Also doesn't qualify for all mentioned features.
Put it in airplane mode
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Put it in airplane mode
I won't be on an airplane, and I don't want to use my cell phone as a camera.
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I won't be on an airplane, and I don't want to use my cell phone as a camera.
I know that, I just like airplane mode
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Does that have a burst mode? I like that the fuji can do 10fps or 60fps, kinda nice when you're trying to get an action shot of something. It's a hair smaller than the fuji which is a nice option, when I have more time later today I will havet o compare specs side by side.


just looked, does have a burst mode and a ton of other settings i have yet to explore lol
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I am liking the finepix xp60, another *want* is burst mode shooting.
Picked one of these up at Costco for $180 a couple weeks ago and haven't been disappointed yet..
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We have an Olympus TG-610. and it is so beat to crap and still works like a charm. I am not sure if they make them anymore. But it is water proof to like 5 meters. We have had it in both salt and fresh water... It has been white water rafting, sup, kayaking, water skiing, hiking, biking, climbing, jeeping.

It is 14 Meg camera so even if the optics don't zoom you can digitally zoom quite a bit. We have had this one since 2010 and have not killed it. I think it was a touch over $300 but I would think the price would drop since then.


We just bought our daughter a Samsung hmx -w300... But her birthday is Friday and that will be when she uses it for the first time... Jury is still out on this one. I think it is 5 Meg, is very small and pocketable. It is also just $100 at target abotu 2 weeks ago.

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I was going to recommend the Olympus TG1 or TG2, they have a good reputation amongst many of the hunters I've talked to. FWIW, I've had 2 Fuji cameras and the picture quality was shit on both of them.
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