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Cameras tough enough for the canyons

Discussion in 'Tech Tips and Gear' started by Alane Urban, Jun 15, 2013.

  1. Alias_Rice

    Alias_Rice

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    Thanks guys, seems like the TG-4 is the way to go.
  2. Dan Ransom

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    Ha. I will say in hand that TG-4 is really a nice camera to use. I did just review all the RAW photos from it from our Mexico trip though, and it is not a magic bullet by any stretch. But, no P&S is.

    I'd love to play with an AW1 for something a bit bigger. Might have some advantages over the A6000/housing I'm using now. The A6000 is super burly, waterproof, and the whole kit is like 800 bucks with the chinese housings from amazon. I did just decenter a lens though in Mexico because the guide threw my pack off a 15 foot jump. At that height, you probably want to start lowering stuff that has moving parts.

    I also used to shoot a canon powershot in a waterproof housing, and that image quality is very good as well (better than a TG-4), and fairly compact, but not nearly as small as a TG-4.
  3. Canyonero

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    One other option is to take your iPhone. I put mine in a dustproof, waterproof, shockproof case and tuck it in the top of my wetsuit. The pictures aren't the best, but I get plenty of them because I can keep it so handy.

    No moving parts to get gummed up with sand and you can drop it a long way and still have a working camera.
  4. ratagonia

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    Helps to attach a float to it, so WHEN you drop it, it does not sink out of sight.

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  5. Canyonero

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    You haven't lived until you've gone diving in potholes for dropped cameras!

    My last drop was actually a water pocket. Who knew they didn't float? :)
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  8. Sutitan

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    Heres an early review I found

    https://www.techradar.com/reviews/panasonic-lumix-ts7-ft7

    Im in the market to buy one of these camera really soon since lugging around a dslr in a pelican case gets old fast. With this being recently announced, Im a bit on the fence, but im just slightly leaning towards the TG-5. The TG-5 can shoot raw, smaller pixels (typically low light), and a wider aperature. The OIS and viewfinder are nice on the TS7, but I didnt see anything that would push me over the edge to consider the TS7 for almost $100 more.
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  9. W.B.

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    Does the newest Olympus still make zoom and focus noise during video recording?

    The new Panasonic lacks GPS.

    I've had a number of Pentax and Panasonic waterproof cameras through the years. I suggest taping over any access doors/latches to reduce the chances of water ingress.
  10. Sutitan

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    I believe folded optics still tend to have issues with focus noise and strange glaring from time to time. I dont the the TG-5 has fixed either of those "issues". In regards to GPS, alot of canyons have bad GPS signal to begin with, and it tends to drain batteries a bit quicker. I guess it could be a useful feature if you want to try set up waypoints for a canyon or something, but I dont find it a deal breaker by any means.

    As I mentioned, ill probably be getting a TG-5 hopefully before memorial day to bring into some canyons with me this memorial day weekend in Zion. Hoping it preforms well in low light.
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  11. Tom Collins

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    I’ve got a tg 5, I haven’t done a lot of low light work with it, but it does seem to do better than the Panasonic ts 6 I had.
  12. 2065toyota

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    I've been using a TG4 which just broke and it was replaced with a TG5.
  13. Yellow Dart

    Yellow Dart It's only hubris if I fail.

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  14. townsend

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    Yep. I was getting ready to add, and will now, that Dpreview -- as the titles suggests -- previews cameras before they are released. And after they are released, it chooses some to review.
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