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    The Register has a new review of 8 rugged cameras for outdoor use here:

    http://www.reghardware.com/2012/04/0...ugged_cameras/

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    Ye gads! GPS on a camera? One would normally assume that the camera user knows where he or she is when the photo is taken. Seems a big gimmicky to me.
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    I bought the little Fuji at number 2 in the list for about 150 last year. I wasn't thrilled with the photo quality. But the longer I've had it the more I've come to realise how handy it is to have a tough, little waterproof that can go anywhere. It hangs around my neck or stuffs in a pocket whenever I'm out and about on the water. Shot a video and some pix a couple of weeks ago on a sailing rally. Again, not great, but here's a look at what you get for your money: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mNo-ovKt7g
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    I want one of these Bad Boys !

    http://gopro.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty7367 View Post
    I want one of these Bad Boys !

    http://gopro.com/

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    Lots of TV shows and Pro Extreme Sports people use them and they are good enough quality for TV broadcasting too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scotty7367 View Post
    Lots of TV shows and Pro Extreme Sports people use them and they are good enough quality for TV broadcasting too.

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    Right. Hate to sound like a spoilt kid, but I'm getting one. Anyone want to buy a Fuji? (Or is that another thread!?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by waterword View Post
    Right. Hate to sound like a spoilt kid, but I'm getting one. Anyone want to buy a Fuji? (Or is that another thread!?)

    Now I`m Jealous lol lol

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    I'm still quite happy with my Panasonic Lumix DMC FT1.



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    When I got my Olympus waterproof camera it was so liberating not having to worry about it and I have got some great shots I would never have got otherwise.

    However, recently I got a LifeProof case for my iphone http://www.lifeproof.com/shop/cases/iphone-4-4s now my phone is a waterproof camera that can upload the pictures straight to photobucket and let me do a blogg before I am even home.

    I will be doing a full review at some point but so far I am very impressed.
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    GoPro is very cool but rather expensive I feel for a very simple camera. Thinking of getting one of these as a video camera. Waterproof, shockproof, dust proof. Probably not as tough as GoPro, but hopefully similar performance. Oh yes, 1/4 the price as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matto View Post
    GoPro is very cool but rather expensive I feel for a very simple camera. Thinking of getting one of these as a video camera. Waterproof, shockproof, dust proof. Probably not as tough as GoPro, but hopefully similar performance. Oh yes, 1/4 the price as well.

    Kodak ZX5
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kodak-PlaySp...3910792&sr=8-1
    Mmm that looks interesting.....I have been looking at GoPro's, but must investigate this.

    Does it have the attachment flexibility of the GoPro I wonder?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sprout View Post
    Mmm that looks interesting.....I have been looking at GoPro's, but must investigate this.

    Does it have the attachment flexibility of the GoPro I wonder?
    I think it is fairly conventional - standard 1/4" screw adapter for Tripod but that's about it. Won't helmet mount but I'm not sure I want it to. The mount system I worked out for my camera seems to work fine, I was pretty happy with how it worked.
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    Yes your mount system, seemed a little more stable than the GorillaPod and duct tape set-up I had in France

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    Just said to Louise [who is sat in the other room] there is an interesting alternative to the GoPro which is a lot cheaper.......the reply I received was "Oh yeah what's that, a pen and paper"

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    I dont think they are being altogether fair on the Olympus TG 320. I have had mine, albeit the old, old, old, old model) for about 6 years and absolutely beaten it to death whilst coasteering, swimming in the sea, paddling whitewater etc etc, and it still works well. Saying that, I am not a fan of the rubber buttons the new model has (I had a go with the new one in a shop). i much preffer the old style with solid buttons.

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    I've got the slightly earlier play sport model and they are great cameras. They do have the standard thread on the bottom for attaching to tripods etc.

    I meant to try using it for taking pictures but never got round to it.
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    I'm very tempted by a GoPro too - really because of it's 120fps video and 0.5 second intervalometer - I'm under no illusions about what it'll be like as a straight 'camera' - although that said, some of the static shots I've seen have been pretty quirky / interesting ...

    Having a tough camera is a definite plus, I've dragged a Pentax W60 around with me everyday for a while now, it's coped really well, and managed to get some decent shots (in context).

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    I have the Kodak Playsport which at 85was good value. It takes excellent 720HD video but the 5MP stills are disappointing but I got it for the video so am not bothered. The majority of my blogg photos are taken with a Pentax Optimo W30 which is waterproof, takes the knocks and which I think takes great photographs. It has been updated since but it is a simple point and press camera which I like as on "Auto" and with the flash turned off works well. The only downside is the slow reaction time hence my selection of excellent Red Kite photos!!

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    Perhaps with the GoPro Hero HD2 now available, it will be a good time to pick-up a GoPro Hero HD at a reduced price..........folk do tend to like to have the 'latest version', just look at the queues of people waiting for the shops to open when a new game, or Apple product is launched!

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredster View Post
    Ye gads! GPS on a camera? One would normally assume that the camera user knows where he or she is when the photo is taken. Seems a big gimmicky to me.
    Potentially a VERY useful feature.

    One of my GPS units has a "Navigate to picture" option - feed it a picture with location data in the EXIF and it will take you right there.

    iPhones and Androids can take photos like that.

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    Another vote for the Kodak Playsport! Top value and good pic quality.

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    Happy with my refurbished Fujifilm XP. No Idea how many times its been swimming and dropped.

    Its still taking good shots.

    In fact, its now taken over 6,000 since I got it a year ago.

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