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donwinn
04-15-2014, 10:52 AM
Well, it looks like the life of my waterproof camera has expired. I need some recommendations on a good waterproof camera for under $300. Thanks for your help!

buckeyetrouter
05-15-2014, 05:13 AM
I cannot name a specific camera, but wanted to share a possible purchase location. I am addicted to Nikon and always purchased my new digital from our local Nikon shop. Now that the shop has closed and no authorized Nikon dealer is around, I have turned to B&H Photo on the internet. They give you the ability to filter by most any requirement including cost and need. If you search B&H Photo you can get their web addy. With that said, I still advocate buying local as long as a reasonable and reliable authorized dealer is available. Good luck in your search.

Bob
James 1:22

buckeyetrouter
05-15-2014, 05:17 AM
Here is the addy, bhphotovideo.com Hope this helps.

MadisonBoats
05-15-2014, 07:09 AM
My buddy Ray has a Pentax and I think they are superb for fly fishing. I like this new one:
http://waterproof-camera-review.toptenreviews.com/pentax-wg-3-gps-review.html
http://www.toptenreviews.com/i/rev/prod/ce/57372-pentax-wg-3-gps-box.jpg

duckypaddler
05-15-2014, 07:57 AM
You can spend $300, but I suggest you just spend less than 20% of that:biggrin:

I have had good luck buying used off ebay. The Pentax W10, W20, and W30's can be had at really good prices. If you are worried about getting a bad one you can buy a 2 year warranty for $15 or so. The only difference I see is whether you have a 7MB or 12 MB image. Since 7MB images have enough resolution to blow up to huge prints, I have no idea other than selling hard drives why you would want a 12MB camera unless is was a full DSLR. I have extra batteries and chargers for W10's and W20's if an auction is missing these.

I just looked on ebay. Here is one $40 to your door:biggrin:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentax-Optio-W20-7-0-MP-Digital-Camera-Silver-bundled-with-case-/331200622144?pt=Digital_Cameras&hash=item4d1d186e40

imnohero
05-15-2014, 03:02 PM
I have a Olympus Tough. Great little camera, it has a macro that can't be beat, instant HD movie recording, no need to scroll through a screen to do a little clip just push the red button.

http://www.amazon.com/Olympus-TG-830-STYLUS-Digital-Camera/dp/B00BMWUPC8

I heard about it on a Orvis Fly Fishing Podcast. A pro photographer had one that was a guest on the podcast. Had lost it in the woods one day hunting, got home found that he lost his camera. Couldn't go back that night, went back a week later to where he thought he lost it. There it was in a puddle under a inch or so of ice. Broke the ice out, grabbed his camera and turned it on. Went bling as it turned on and it has been fine ever since.

I dont think they sell it any more but its a very nice camera. Panasonic make a cool waterproof/shockproof/freezeproof camera too. It had wi-fi so you can share pictures from the camera as well as gps on the pictures to tell where they were taken.

Good luck.

Stonefly
05-15-2014, 03:43 PM
I have the Pentax Optio WG-II after good luck with an earlier model Optio. This one with the stylized exterior is more grippy, works well. When I have issues getting the shot, it's usually 'cause the fish escaped the net or some such. The camera itself has all the usual functions, more than I know how to use really. Pretty well recommend it.

steve

FOX
10-14-2014, 01:09 PM
I have tried gopro hero 3 black, nikon aw120, and olympus tg-3.

The Olympus TG-3 is by far the best camera for close up fishing shots. Naturally being a compact point and shoot the drawback is limited long distance photos. The macro however is the best in class as of the date of this post. Fast AF too.

Breck
10-14-2014, 09:43 PM
donwinn,

Canon Powershot D20.

http://www.eskilltrading.com/sites/default/files/product-images/Powershot%20D20%20Blue.jpg



http://im1.shutterfly.com/media/47a4d709b3127ccef76c4fa4dcc300000010O00AYs2jZy3Ysm gPbz4S/cC/f%3D0/ls%3D00402179643120130813213005210.JPG/ps%3D50/r%3D0/rx%3D550/ry%3D400/



You won't regret it.

P.S..... I hope you can see the camera.

Breck