martes, julio 30, 2013

Outdoor And Waterproof Digital Cameras review

Olympus TG-610 Intro Video

Sony Cybershot TX5 Mazatlan Video

Olympus Tough TG-2 iHS $379
12-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
4x 25-100mm f/2.0-4.9 (equivalent) optical zoom
1920 x 1080 full HD video with 20 and 240 FPS high-speed video modes
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 6400
Shooting modes: Programmed auto with aperture priority and scene modes
5 FPS high-speed burst at full resolution and 15 or 60 FPS at 3-megapixels
Built-in GPS with electronic compass and manometer / altimeter
Waterproof to 50 feet / 15m
Shockproof from 6.8 feet / 2.1m
Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 C

Panasonic Lumix TS5 $399

16.1 megapixel high sensitivity MOS Sensor
4.6x 28-128mm f/3.3-5.9 Leica DC optical zoom lens
Built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b/g/n) with NFC
1920 x 1080 AVCHD full HD video at 60 FPS with built-in stereo mic
Sensitivity: ISO 100 to 3200 (ISO 1600 to 6400 in High-Sensitivity mode)
Shooting modes: PASM manual, Intelligent Auto and scene modes
10 FPS high-speed burst (7 image limit)
GPS with compass, map, altimeter/depth indicator and barometer
Waterproof to 43 feet / 13.1m
Shockproof from 6.6 feet / 2m
Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 C

Nikon Coolpix AW110 $349

16-megapixel 1/2.3-inch backlit CMOS sensor
5x 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) Nikkor ED VR zoom lens
Built-in Wi-Fi with Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility mobile app for iOS and Android
1920 x 1080 full HD video with 60, 120 and 240 frames-per-second slow-motion modes
Sensitivity: ISO 125 to 3200
Shooting modes: Programmed auto with scene modes
8 FPS high-speed burst at full resolution (6 fshot limit)
Built-in GPS
Waterproof to 59 feet / 10m
Shockproof from 6.5 feet (2m)
Freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit / 10 C

most important characteristics

Image Quality
The first thing you need to know about rugged point-and-shoot cameras is you have to trade a bit of image quality for the tough, waterproof design – even with the new backlit CMOS sensors. Camera manufacturers have yet to make a waterproof camera that can match the image quality of the best point-and-shoots. It’s best to just accept this fact and decide what’s more important to you – having a camera that can handle the elements, or having a broken camera that *had* great image quality. If you’re the type of photographer that isn’t willing to trade some image quality for an adventure-worthy pocket camera, you should probably buy a premium point-and-shoot camera with an underwater housing instead – or stay indoors.
Size Matters
– I like point-and-shoot cameras that fit in my pocket. If they don’t fit in my pocket, they aren’t going to be there when I need them. That goes for waterproof cameras as well as standard compacts – maybe even more so with waterproof cameras. When I’m on the skis or mountain bike I carry a camera in a pouch on the shoulder strap of my pack where I can grab it at a second’s notice. When my camera is easy to reach and I don’t have to worry about dropping or soaking it, I’ll take more pictures and that’s what it’s all about.

Olympus Stylus 790 SW and 850 SW digital cameras frozen in a block of ice
Olympus freezes their Tough cameras in blocks of ice at tradeshows so they can thaw them out and show off how they still work. But, “freezeproof,” doesn’t mean a camera will actually work when temperatures are below freezing. Your camera may be freezeproof but camera batteries aren’t. As it gets colder you’ll get fewer photos before your battery dies. When the temperatures get down into the low 20s (Fahrenheit) you should expect only a few photos before the battery dies. Batteries are getting better and every year the cameras work better in the cold but it’s still a factor. Keeping your camera inside your jacket helps, although that makes it a little harder to get to and you may miss a few photos.
Camera Failure
Waterproof point-and-shoot cameras get a lot more negative user reviews than positive reviews. I don’t have any way of knowing what the actual percentage of failed cameras is, but people who are angry because their camera failed are often more motivated to write reviews than happy camera owners. In all the years I’ve been using waterproof cameras I’ve actually only had one leak and fail on me. But it does happen, and to expect otherwise is just unrealistic. Definitely pay attention to the negative reviews but keep in mind that there may also be a lot of very happy owners who aren’t writing reviews. If you’re one of those satisfied owners, please write a review to help keep things balanced. We need the positive reviews as much as we need the negative ones.
Built-In Wi-Fi
The most exciting thing to happen to waterproof cameras in 2013 is built-in Wi-Fi. This isn’t the same built-in Wi-Fi as a few years ago, either. All the camera makers now have free mobile apps so you can wirelessly transfer photos and videos from your camera to your Smart Phone and share immediately on Facebook, Instagram, etc., no matter where you are. Most of the apps also allow you to use your phone as a remote control, too. So when you’re on that raft trip this summer, leave your phone safe in the car and take a rugged Wi-Fi point-and-shoot camera instead. When you get back to the car you can use the Wi-Fi to transfer photos and videos to your phone and then straight to Facebook. And you don’t have to worry about soaking your phone or losing it in the rapids.
GPS – Built-in GPS
is standard for top-of-the-line outdoor point-and-shoot cameras now. However, it isn’t for getting directions or helping you find your way back to the car. Some cameras have built-in maps and tracking options but the main purpose of in-camera GPS is to tag your photos with latitude and longitude coordinates so you can search and share them by location. Many photo sharing Web sites now use the GPS data embedded in your photos to display them on a map. Adobe Lightroom has a Map module that allows you to browse your GPS-tagged photos via Google Maps. Tip: protect your home and family by turning off the GPS in your camera when you’re taking pictures at home so people can’t use your photos to find out where you live.
Underwater Camera Housings
– Based on all the user reviews we get from people who’ve had their cameras leak, I think it’s important to mention underwater camera housings. They’re available for lots of compact cameras now and they’re usually rated for depths of 100 feet or more. If you demand superior image quality or your primary purpose is underwater photography or video, then an underwater housing is a better decision than a waterproof point-and-shoot. Going the housing route also allows you to pick a camera based on features and image quality instead of its waterproof rating. The tradeoff is that waterproof housings are expensive and you’re not going to fit one in your pocket.

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