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    Default Camera Purchase

    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!
    Last edited by donwinn; 04-15-2014 at 02:26 PM.
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    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.

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    Here is the addy, bhphotovideo.com Hope this helps.
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    Post Pentax WG-3 GPS

    My buddy Ray has a Pentax and I think they are superb for fly fishing. I like this new one:
    http://waterproof-camera-review.topt...ps-review.html

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    You can spend $300, but I suggest you just spend less than 20% of that

    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
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Pentax-Optio...item4d1d186e40
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    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.../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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    donwinn,

    Canon Powershot D20.









    You won't regret it.

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

    Breck

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    The Olympus TG-3 is my first Olympus camera I have ever used. So far it is very impressive and currently my favorite pocket sized point and shoot I have ever had.
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