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Hi,.

I'm helping my dad choose a new camera - it's primary use is sailing related photography that gets published in a magazine he is the editor of..

We're on a reasonably tight budget of sub-US$300. This camera will be purchased in New Zealand though, so if you're more familiar with that currency the budget is NZ$350 or less..

I gave him a list of features I would look for, and asked him to order them (1 being most important). Here are the results:.

1 - Image Quality2 - Zoom (optical of course).

3 - Multicapture (the ability to hold the capture button to take a series of shots)4 - Size (meaning compact - thick credit card size as he puts it)5 - waterproof (would this include salt proof?)6 - shockproof.

As he takes pictures during yachting races on the go it also needs a good, reliable 'idiot-mode' (point and click), so auto-focus, auto-exposure, auto-shutterspeed, etc..

I will probably be buying it from this store ( http://www.dse.co.nz/...a50739009ab0da273fc0a87f3306ba+EN/catalogs/CTG0001765 ). It stocks a reasonable range of products, so if you could recommend any I'd be grateful..

Thank you...

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I look forward to seeing what the experts have to say..

Are the photos likely to be mostly of on-board scenes? If not, how far away will other boats be?.

IS might be useful; at least I've found it to be useful for long reach binoculars and birding lenses while on small craft. It is maybe not so important for wide-angle scenes on-board in good light..

No dusk or dawn scenes, right?.

For use in salt spray I'd think about putting the camera in a waterproof bag with an optical window; otherwise your choices will be severely restricted; not many cameras are suitable for salt spray...

Comment #1

It will be a general mix of onboard and other photo's. Distance wise - (tough question). Not too far is probably the best answer, I'm sure a 4x optical zoom would be nice, but as you can imagine, 5x would be better, but at the price range we're in, I feel that 5x optical zoom can detract from quality elsewhere (ie, the Megapixel count)..

Pictures will be taken at dusk and dawn, in overcast weather, in drizzle, in full sun, with sea spray, etc. Weatherproof seems to be a relevant word..

So far I've been looking into the following:Canon A550,Fuji A900Fuji A820Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ7Sony DSC-W80Olympus FE280Olympus FE240.

And as a bit of an ideal camera (if I can find it for the right price) the Olympus 820..

My main concern now is the image quality/brand quality... Off to google some reviews I go...

Comment #2

Isp_of_doom wrote:.

Hi,.

I'm helping my dad choose a new camera - it's primary use is sailingrelated photography that gets published in a magazine he is theeditor of.We're on a reasonably tight budget of sub-US$300. This camera willbe purchased in New Zealand though, so if you're more familiar withthat currency the budget is NZ$350 or less..

I gave him a list of features I would look for, and asked him toorder them (1 being most important). Here are the results:.

1 - Image Quality2 - Zoom (optical of course)3 - Multicapture (the ability to hold the capture button to take aseries of shots)4 - Size (meaning compact - thick credit card size as he puts it)5 - waterproof (would this include salt proof?)6 - shockproof.

As he takes pictures during yachting races on the go it also needs agood, reliable 'idiot-mode' (point and click), so auto-focus,auto-exposure, auto-shutterspeed, etc..

I will probably be buying it from this store (.

Http://www.dse.co.nz/...a50739009ab0da273fc0a87f3306ba+EN/catalogs/CTG0001765 ). It stocks a reasonable range of products, so if you could recommend any I'd be grateful..

Thank you..

I think your specifications for the price are unreasonable especially if photo's are going to be published in a magazine..

I believe the least expensive weather-sealed new SLR (over size, over budget, but good images) you can purchase is a Pentax K10d. In a compact you're going to have to go for an external case which are typically only available for higher end compacts (over budget and may not be up to the images you need for a magazine)...

Comment #3

Thanks for the Suggestion Mr. X Dimension, but (as you noted) the K10d is well out of our price range (you quadrupled it in fact .

The magazine my dad writes and edits is hardly a National Geographic-standard production. It is a monthly A5 publication for the Reactor (a 25' yacht) Owners Association he is the president of - they have about 100 members. Having owned the same digital camera for circa 5 years (a Casio Elixim EX-S2) he has now decided to upgrade...

Comment #4

Isp_of_doom wrote:.

It will be a general mix of onboard and other photo's. Distance wise- (tough question). Not too far is probably the best answer, I'msure a 4x optical zoom would be nice, but as you can imagine, 5xwould be better, but at the price range we're in, I feel that 5xoptical zoom can detract from quality elsewhere (ie, the Megapixelcount)..

Pictures will be taken at dusk and dawn, in overcast weather, indrizzle, in full sun, with sea spray, etc. Weatherproof seems to bea relevant word..

In my opinion, you have to buy the camera to fit what you are going to photograph. For family pictures, landscapes, with good lighting you are probably in the right price range..

However, you have indicated you will be taking pictures in low light while moving (at least part of the time) and the subject you are going to photograph will be moving. To take this type of picture I think your budget is low..

As Dave Martin indicated you could use IS or VR (same thing but by different companies). IS or VR will minimize the photographers movements. By the way, the longer the lens (zoom out) the more IS or VR is required to reduce or avoid blur..

If you still want to stay in the low price range, then the only thing I can suggest is that you check the shutter response time on whatever camera you get. Some of the less expensive cameras have an unreasonable delay between pushing the shutter button and taking the picture..

FINE PRINT: I reserve the right to be wrong. Should you prove me wrong, I reserve the right to change my mind...

Comment #5

Isp_of_doom wrote:.

Thanks for the Suggestion Mr. X Dimension, but (as you noted) theK10d is well out of our price range (you quadrupled it in fact .

The magazine my dad writes and edits is hardly a NationalGeographic-standard production. It is a monthly A5 publication forthe Reactor (a 25' yacht) Owners Association he is the president of -they have about 100 members. Having owned the same digital camerafor circa 5 years (a Casio Elixim EX-S2) he has now decided toupgrade..

I could be off but I imagine something like weather and waves breaking over the bow, "Two Years Before the Mast" like. Get the least expensive compact with an external waterproof case..

As far as image quality look for the largest sensor, 1/1.25 is smaller than a 1/1.7. I'd want an optical viewfinder to compose rather than the rear lcd due to my preferences and better stability while taking the photo. Not many compacts have an optical viewfinder now-a-days...

Comment #6

As far as image quality look for the largest sensor, 1/1.25 issmaller than a 1/1.7..

This is not correct..

1/1.25 = 0.801/1.70 = 0.59..

Comment #7

Czeglin wrote:.

As far as image quality look for the largest sensor, 1/1.25 issmaller than a 1/1.7..

This is not correct..

1/1.25 = 0.801/1.70 = 0.59.

Apologies for misinformation. You are correct. I should have said 1/2.5 vs 1/1.7.

Http://www.dpreview.com/...learn/?/Glossary/Camera_System/sensor_sizes_01.htm..

Comment #8

I agree with mrxdimension. A modest camera in a nice underwater housing would be my choice. This then narrows the camera selection down to those that work well with the housing..

Kelly Cook..

Comment #9

I dont think it's possible to achieve anything close to your desires for $NZ300 in a new camera..

Point & shoots are out of the question because of shutter lag and poor low light performance..

Because both you and your target are moving you will want some fairly high shutter speeds this suggests a DSLR also image stablisation either in the Camera or in the lens will be of no value..

Poke around on the internet, see what you can get a secondhand DSLR with 50-200 or 70-200 or 70-300 lens and use it in a zipper plastic bag pulled tightly over the lens.You will be fairly limited but I'm sure their would be some out there...

Comment #10

Solo1 wrote:.

..... use it in a zipper plasticbag pulled tightly over the lens..

That's the key, but pulling the plastic over the lens causes flare and distortion. It is possible to avoid the problem by clamping a ziplock bag's wall between a UV filter & an empty filter ring. The stretched plastic within the filter rings can then be cut away leaving an optical quality window..

Put a UV filter on the camera & put the camera inside a zip-lock bag. Put the camera lens against the bag's wall & screw an empty filter ring into the UV filter on the camera. This will trap the plastic film between the two filter rings. Then cut the trapped plastic disk out with a sharp knife. Now the camera can see the world un-obstructed..

It can help to use sandpaper to take a little material off the threads of the exterior filter ring; this'll make it easier to trap the plastic film between the two rings..

I've done this with both big cameras and small. If I were going to go on a sailboat as the OP describes I'd probably put my little Fuji F20* in such a bag..

Dave.

*I glued a 28mm filter ring to the F20's lens barrel...

Comment #11

Pentax and Olympus make small cameras that are waterproof without an external housing but the image quality is poor..

Your best bet is to get one of the better quality digicams with image stabilization and an underwater housing. This probably won't fit within your budget. I use a Canon G7 and housing for shooting from my kayak. It's big and bulky but it gets the job done and the image quality is great...

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