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    Seeking recommendations on small, compact hunting camera. Previous was a Canon Powershot SD780, but it died a horrible death due to drowning.
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    I have been using an Olympus Stylus Tough for the last few years. Stands up to shock (dropping or hitting on things) and is waterproof (also use it when swimming over in Hawaii a couple times a year). Gets pretty good pictures, but only has a 3x optical zoom. Still, 12 MP gives plenty of detail. It's great to have something I can stuff in my pocket and have with me all the time no matter the weather or what I am doing and not worry about it.

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    Alaska 2011 054.jpgAlaska 2011 158.jpgProbably a mite big for what you're wanting: I was advised by a pro to look at the Canon Powershot G12. I did and bought one. Took it to Hawaii (goats, pigs, deer), Florida (alligators), and Alaska (moose and caribou) in 2011. Most phenomenal and easy camera I've ever used.

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    Take a look at the Kodak Play sport. I've been carrying it for the last year or so and really like it. Fairly inexpensive if you loose it, takes great photos and video, small as my phone, waterproof to 3 meters and seems nearly bulletproof.

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    Second the Olympus Stylus. I even took mine (Right after buying it) home and tossed it in a sink full of water to see how water resistant it was. I left it there for about a minute, pulled it out, turned it on and started taking pictures. It's been working wonderfully for several years now and is small enough to fit in your T-shirt pocket and you don't even know it's there.

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    I really like the Panasonic ZS series. I have a ZS6 and love it. It shoots HD video as well. THe ZS10 which is available at Costco is a sweet camera. It's HD capabilities include 60fps. Its a great little compact camera, but is not waterproof.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akjeff View Post
    I really like the Panasonic ZS series. I have a ZS6 and love it. It shoots HD video as well. THe ZS10 which is available at Costco is a sweet camera. It's HD capabilities include 60fps. Its a great little compact camera, but is not waterproof.
    I'll second that one, the Panasonic Lumix Z series are great cameras. I'm loving mine. The Leica lens really makes for clear images. But shock proof and waterproof it is not. A waterproof hard case, like a small Pelican case, would be a good idea for this camera.

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    Every photo and video I have ever posted has been taken with the Pentax Optio waterproof cameras. I have used 3 different ones and currently have the Optio 90. Because it is waterproof I can keep it in my pocket and take many more photos because I always have it with me.

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    i got me a cybershot 5.0 gigapixels it fits in my back pocket, is made of aluminum so its tuff, and takes a darn good picture. has a flat that covers the lense too it has a 4 gig card in it too. works great. highly recomend it dsc-t1 model.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stid2677 View Post
    Every photo and video I have ever posted has been taken with the Pentax Opio waterproof cameras. I have used 3 different ones and currently have the Opio 90. Because it is waterproof I can keep it in my pocket and take many more photos because I always have it with me.

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    I second the pentax Optio WG-1 They call it adventure proof. I love mine. You can check out an underwater video I shot here called Sockeye spawn

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    Quote Originally Posted by K Dill View Post
    Alaska 2011 054.jpgAlaska 2011 158.jpgProbably a mite big for what you're wanting: I was advised by a pro to look at the Canon Powershot G12. I did and bought one. Took it to Hawaii (goats, pigs, deer), Florida (alligators), and Alaska (moose and caribou) in 2011. Most phenomenal and easy camera I've ever used.
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    I've been using a Canon G10 the past 2 years. I'd say it's (G10/G12) one of the top


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    Con't.....one of the top point-and-shoots available on the market. I've got a much more expensive camera but I still grab the G10 on most occasions.


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    Shot with Canon G10


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    Quote Originally Posted by anchskier View Post
    I have been using an Olympus Stylus Tough for the last few years. Stands up to shock (dropping or hitting on things) and is waterproof (also use it when swimming over in Hawaii a couple times a year). Gets pretty good pictures, but only has a 3x optical zoom. Still, 12 MP gives plenty of detail. It's great to have something I can stuff in my pocket and have with me all the time no matter the weather or what I am doing and not worry about it.
    I have an Olympus Stylus Tough 8010, and recently replaced it with the new version, called the Tough TG 810 (the word "stylus" has been dropped). They both are excellent-performing cameras for their size and seem to be almost bullet-proof and it is nice to not have to worry about it getting wet.

    One word of caution: Never remove the data card once you put it in! I ruined my 8010 by doing that. I Googled the issue, and it seems fairly common. When you remove the card, there is a very good chance you will break off one of the nearly-microscopic pin connectors below it. Once you do that, you have to send it back to Olympus to get it fixed for about half the price of the camera (unless you broke the pin within a year of purchase in which case, it's covered). Instead of removing the card, simply use the UBS cable to connect it to your computer and download the pictures that way. It's a great, rugged camera as long as you don't remove the data card.

    I'm not sure exactly how it compares to others, but it takes good enough photos for me in most conditions:




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    Quote Originally Posted by MarineHawk View Post
    I have an Olympus Stylus Tough 8010, and recently replaced it with the new version, called the Tough TG 810 (the word "stylus" has been dropped). They both are excellent-performing cameras for their size and seem to be almost bullet-proof and it is nice to not have to worry about it getting wet.

    One word of caution: Never remove the data card once you put it in! I ruined my 8010 by doing that. I Googled the issue, and it seems fairly common. When you remove the card, there is a very good chance you will break off one of the nearly-microscopic pin connectors below it. Once you do that, you have to send it back to Olympus to get it fixed for about half the price of the camera (unless you broke the pin within a year of purchase in which case, it's covered). Instead of removing the card, simply use the UBS cable to connect it to your computer and download the pictures that way. It's a great, rugged camera as long as you don't remove the data card.

    I'm not sure exactly how it compares to others, but it takes good enough photos for me in most conditions:



    Thanks for the note on the data card. I have been removing it all the time for years with no problem, but I can see the risk when you pointed it out. I will try to remember to use the USB in the future more.

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    One thing I've found with the Olympus Tough model, the battery quality is not all that great. I've yet to have it last on a weekend trip taking less than 100 pics, and thats after adjusting picture quality.

    Being a totally sealed camera is really it's best feature, I'm around water, mud and dust a lot- but the sealed construction can be found in other brands with equal if not better.

    If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have purchased an Olympus.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWB View Post
    One thing I've found with the Olympus Tough model, the battery quality is not all that great. I've yet to have it last on a weekend trip taking less than 100 pics, and thats after adjusting picture quality.

    Being a totally sealed camera is really it's best feature, I'm around water, mud and dust a lot- but the sealed construction can be found in other brands with equal if not better.

    If I had to do it again, I wouldn't have purchased an Olympus.
    I have not had that experience. I have gone for entire week long hunting trips with it out in the cold a lot and never even got near a low batter indication. I always keep it on the highest setting and mix in video clips as well. Maybe I just got lucky with the one I got. I am really happy with it, but I will say that I haven't tried other similar cameras from other makers (no reason to switch if I have one that works well for me).

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    I took two charged batteries with me on my 10-day hunt in September 2010, and that was just enough to last through the ten days. I even spent a fair amount of time running down the batteries looking at my pics during the trip while drinking Scotch and sitting by the fire at night. I took 136 pics, and my second battery expired while taking pics from the Beaver on the flight back to Dillingham.

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