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    tough camera (aka all weather resistant camera) dilema

    Hello,

    I would like to buy a "tough, all weather" p&s for those moments when you want to have a camera to keep the moment but either you are cooking yourself at the beach, swimming in a salty water, climbing a rock or rafting.
    After googling for a while, I finally got 4 pretenders: Nikon AW100, Pentax Optio WG-2, Olympus Tough TG-820 and Olympus Tough TG-810. I realise that I cannot pretend DSLR quality and I know that I will use an ISO no higher than 400 or maybe (if is a must) 800. But I want to have the possibility to set EV, white balance aso (some minor things) and not just let it choose the right (sometimes not so right) settings for the picture. Some kind of P mode.
    I also know that I cannot use the camera to fight the bear or as a hammer. And this "all conditions resistant" slogan has a lot of marketing involved.

    What would you choose and why? Which are the + aspects?

    Thank you very much and excuse my English. Is not my native language

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    Re: tough camera (aka all weather resistant camera) dilema

    My son-in-law has had the forerunner of the Olympus Tough for about 4 or 5 years now. He and his son are keen fishermen and wanted a camera which he could keep in his pocket, or in his tackle box that would take dropping, treading on, dunking in water, wallowing in mud, baking in the sun and take good pictures of either of them hugging wet, slimy fish whilst sporting silly grins. It has more than lived up to expectations and still looks good and works just as it did the day he got it. If it can cope with Stephen and David then it can cope with anything. Other than being more or less the same pose, and to me one wet fish looks just as ugly as the next, the photographs have been excellent considering that neither of then knows anything about using a camera. So if the others are as good or better then you can't go far wrong.

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    Re: tough camera (aka all weather resistant camera) dilema

    I end up buying a Nikon AW100.
    Why I chose it? Because I'm used with Nikon cameras menu (that's personal choice) and also the possibility to choose where to focus in P mode. Also you can use the GPS function to track your trips in the wild (then you can upload the file and view your path in google maps). Something I don't like is the noise (visible even at 125 ISO which is the minimum) but I understand that no sensor that small can do better (regardless the manufacturer).

    Thank you for your posts.

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