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Lotw
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11/12/2018 10:24AM
Last June my Olympus point and shoot failed on me, it still works but it is horribly blurry. I think its got something in the focus mechanism. Is it worth sending a camera away to get it cleaned?
I am torn. Do I buy another point and shoot like I had or start bringing my phone? I'm no photographer and either option will take far better pics than I will ever be able to take.
 
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BWPaddler
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11/12/2018 10:43AM
Not sure what kind of phone you have, but for BW pictures with minimal hassle, I love a Panasonic waterproof camera with Lumix lens. Put a floating wrist strap on it and I don't have to worry about it falling in the water and sinking. It is totally waterproof and can take pics underwater.

Something like this:

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11/12/2018 11:12AM
Middle kid got a Fuji waterproof 2M drop/shock resistant camera for her birthday. It survived a summer away at camp and then a week in the BWCA. I wouldn't mind getting one for myself....
Chlorin8ed
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11/12/2018 11:47AM
My phone does not take good pictures and I dont plan to upgrade it, LOL. I have taken a my DSLR (bigger camera) and my Sony point and shoot. I really like my little Sony for boundary waters. It is not water proof but it does take excellent pictures. It has panoramic and video. I know the newer phones can do the same but I guess I prefer a camera.
Have you given any thought on a Go Pro? I don't have one, but it does look like a viable option. I am sure others will chime in.




These are with my Sony Point and shoot.
11/12/2018 11:58AM
I guess that the cost of the repair wold decide it for me. A new point and shoot, waterproof camera would be a better choice for me: bigger sensor, better lens, and waterproofing compared to a cell phone.
Cretbo
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11/12/2018 12:35PM
Where is that Pic? The one with all the Logs going crooked in the lake?





These are with my Sony Point and shoot.
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11/12/2018 02:01PM
I should add that I use my cellphone as my primary picture taking source. On trips I also have a gopro along but it's typically taking a 2-5 second time lapse while we're traveling. I especially like the time lapse feature for taking sunrise & sunsets!
Chlorin8ed
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11/12/2018 02:31PM
Cretbo: " Where is that Pic? The one with all the Logs going crooked in the lake?
Hoist Bay, end of four mile portage.






These are with my Sony Point and shoot.
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andym
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11/12/2018 04:08PM
I'd be a bit surprised if fixing it is cost effective. Cameras keep getting better and cheaper. For casual picture taking in the BW, I have a Panasonic Lumix that is waterproof. It is similar to this one.. I think some optical zoom and good image stabilization is helpful and I've even taken mine snorkeling. So a little water is not a problem. In the BW, I sometimes just keep it in my pants pocket. Mine is a slightly different model because it is now about six years old.

Just saw that's the same one suggested by BWPaddler. I just found it without the bundle.
11/13/2018 07:14AM
Another fan of the waterproof point and shoots here. Our first one was a Fuji and our current one is a Panasonic Lumix. The Lumix takes great pictures.
KarlBAndersen1
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11/13/2018 07:44AM
You can get a Fujifilm FinePix XP120 all over Ebay right now for under 100 bucks. It's been upgraded with the XP130 that has Bluetooth and all the bells and whistles, but for canoe tripping it would be great.
Lots of them out there at reduced prices.
And they shoot 60FPS HD video as well.
jamdemos
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11/13/2018 07:51AM
Just to throw it out there I am currently selling a Sony RX100 20.2 MP Compact Digital Camera, rarely used, battery still holds and incredible charge (at least compared to my previous point and shoot cameras), maybe taken a total of 300 photos with it... With soft sided case, and two 8GB SD cards for $280 :)

11/13/2018 08:57AM
I've been bringing my DSLR for years. The last several I've been using my iphone more and more. I mainly use my DSLR for macro shots and animal captures as well as for sunsets/sunrises.

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Lotw
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11/16/2018 07:48AM
there are a couple reasons not to bring the iPhone, it sucks batteries even on airplane mode and would require a battery pack. and they aren't very weather resistant.
11/16/2018 11:26AM
In the past couple of years I have sold all of my heavy DSLR Canon equipment because of weight, and bought a Sony mirrorless sytem with some very good lenses. I am happy with it overall.






But I still want to have a small waterproof camera on a lanyard around my neck. My old Panasonic was ruined on the Caribbean cruise last December when I allowed the grandchildren to photograph stingrays underwater and forgot to tell them there was a 30 minute immersion limit. :-(. To replace it, I purchased a Nikon Coolpix W300, and I am quite happy with the performance of this little point and shoot waterproof camera. Easy to use and it seems to turn out some decent images. Neither of these have been on a canoe trip, but we still do travel, and we still do go to the canoe country.

I am one of those weird, rare individuals who does not own a smart phone, so I do not take photos with my phone. Just a camera.




blutofish1
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11/16/2018 11:58AM
jamdemos: "Just to throw it out there I am currently selling a Sony RX100 20.2 MP Compact Digital Camera, rarely used, battery still holds and incredible charge (at least compared to my previous point and shoot cameras), maybe taken a total of 300 photos with it... With soft sided case, and two 8GB SD cards for $280 :)
I have this camera and it takes great photos.

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jhb8426
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11/20/2018 01:11AM
I've got a Canon Power Shot 330 ELPH 330 point and shoot. Works fine. Hate using my phone - can never seem to hold it steady. Camera is much easier to use. No recommendation on specific camera model, more of a criticism on phones.
proepro
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11/20/2018 09:23PM
I have had good luck with Samsung Galaxy phones. They are waterproof. The battery life is O.k. when in maximum battery life mode. I do need a battery pack or solar panel for a week.

I admit I take too many panoramas with it.



shock
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11/24/2018 12:48AM
ducks: "Another fan of the waterproof point and shoots here. Our first one was a Fuji and our current one is a Panasonic Lumix. The Lumix takes great pictures." +1 , especially close ups .
mastertangler
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11/25/2018 10:05AM
I have a Panasonic LUMIX which I think is a rather good all purpose choice. Waterproof and Shockproof it is small enough to be worn on your hip. Zoom is only about 8x but sufficient when you turn the corner in a creek and a moose is standing there.

Cameras which need to be dug out usually don't get used much. I like to have my camera on me at all times and take pictures of my tripping partners when they don't know they are getting photographed.

My advice is the get an extra battery. I have left it on and killed my battery so now I always carry a spare.
 
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