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Water-proof, Drop-proof Cameras: A Boater's Dream

A really exciting new product out in the market is the small "water-proof," "drop-proof" point and shoot cameras. These pocketable cameras are designed to take a few bumps and scrapes and keep on shooting. This makes them great "take with you anywhere" cameras.

When you first look at the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-TX10, you wouldn't know that it likes the water. In fact, it is sometimes amusing to see people's reactions when you wade into the water and absentmindedly dunk the camera. But that is just half of it. The toughness built into these cameras means that you can take it to the beach and not worry about sand, or lend it to the kids and not worry about them dropping it.

The earlier models, like my Optio W10, did tend to sacrifice image quality and features. The W10 was terrible in low light. But now, the TX10 has an extra wide zoom, amazing still image quality, HD video with active focusing and zooming capabilities, a simple to use panorama mode, and a very large touch screen on the back. There are several manufacturers that make camera models in this segment and, for about $350 or less, it is well worth the price. DSLR's take great photos but can be cumbersome to take with you. There is an old photographer's saying: "The best camera is the one you have with you."

Comments (1)

  1. Monica:
    Nov 18, 2011 at 09:05 PM

    I know a few boaters who could have done with a waterproof camera--especially if the boat you're in gets swamped! Right, Captain Dave?

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