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Being interested in an entry-level digital camera, the things I thought about were:
- Other considerations:
Unfortunately it appears that the Pentax 43WR doesn't actually exist in the universe. The only place I could find it had a $100 shipping charge. I ended up with the Pentax OptioWP, mainly because the Ricoh doesn't exist either, and the place that sells it is selling it for $1200. Sigh.
So.. in conclusion, I'm not particularly happy with the selection. I did a lot more research than I needed to, and it appears that the "good" cameras don't necessarily continue their evolution. Pentax appears to be evolving their cameras nicely, but their design decisions seem to have changed between the WR and the WP, which is dismaying.
The report that the OptioWP isn't a particularly useful camera for low-light, has a weak flash, has poor sharpness, etc etc.. really pisses me off. I really wanted the 640x480 30fps of the 43WR too.
So I suppose I'll go for the glitz of the OptioWP. =/
I already have a card reader which should work for this.
All-Weather (Water-resistant/Waterproof/Rugged) Digital Cameras ∞
Ricoh - Digital Camera Lineup
Ricoh - Caplio 300g ∞
- - 3.34MP
- 3x optical
- 3.4x digital
- + Macro 1-60cm
- + 2.5 shots/s
- + shutter speed 1-2000s
- Optical viewfinder
- + SD/MMC card
+ 2xAA or li-ion battery
- Waterproof JIS Grade 7
- Dustproof JIS Grade 6
- Impact resistant
- - USB 1.1
- - 1.6" TFT screen
- - fairly large
- ISO 125, 200, 400, 800
- I found a Caplio 300g on eBay; link dead, not archived, price not noted.
Ricoh - Caplio 400Gwide ∞
I couldn't find this on the manufacturer's website!
Olympus Stylus Digital Cameras
They all use Olympus' xD Memory
Olympus - Stylus 300 ∞
Olympus - Stylus 410 ∞
Olympus - Stylus 500 ∞
- - "splashproof", not waterproof.
- Fantastic screen (2.5", 215k pixels)
- Great startup time (1.2), Autofocus of 0.6-0.8, shot-to-shot of ~1.4
- No easy way to immediately delete a photo
- Redeye is significant.
Olympus - Stylus 800 ∞
Olympus - Stylus Verve ∞
Olympus - Stylus Verve S ∞
Pentax - Optio 33WR ∞
- li-ion or AA batteries
- Pretty low-end / crappy.
- stevesforums.com reports 1cm macro + flash works.
- no lens cap
Pentax - 43WR ∞
[my choice] Pentax - OptioWP ∞
I ended up choosing this one!
Pentax OptioWP Waterproof Digital Camera
Nikon - Coolpix S2 ∞
was http://www.nikon.ca/products/coolpixs2/ ))
The body of the COOLPIX S2 offers “splash proof” water resistance equivalent to IEC 60529 IPX4. It is not waterproof and should never be immersed in water.
Well that completely rules this thing out as a serious contender.
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