Monday, December 1, 2008

Adventure Cameras

skiing yesterday i lost my trusty pentax w10 on the way down from camp muir. i'm very sad about this, but the camera had a nice long life and did me well for the last few years. the new version of my camera is the pentax w60 and sells for around $220 (pictured).

i ask a lot of my cameras. they will get wet, the will freeze, they will get crushed, they will roll in the mud and sand. thus, it is essential that the camera is waterproof, shockproof and dust proof. the pentax w series fits this bill. it took sufficient pictures but certainly not as crisp as my old canon digital elf (which was stolen by the baggage handlers at seatac). the only real problem i had with my camera was the video format was .MOV, which is a huge pain in the ass when trying to edit. apparently pentax changed to the more friendly .AVI when the w30 came out.

so i ask the blog-o-sphere - is there a better camera out there for "taking my adventure pictures to new heights"? a cheaper option would be nice too.


Runner Tammy said...

Hi Matt,

I have the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW. This camera goes on every race with me, lots of hikes and I even swam with it during a triathlon this summer.

My husband took this camera on an expedition/mountaineering class on Mt Baker.

In a variety of settings the pictures are very good: crysal clear and good/accurate color regardless of conditions.

It does have a jiggle proofer (which is good for action shots--a few weeks ago I used it frequently during JFK50). It also takes decent movies.

The batteries are a bit expensive but I have had good luck with generic lithium batteries from And the digital media sticks seem to be on sale for the holidays.

Good luck!

flahute said...

I'm with Tammy ... Matt Ohran (promoter of the Utah Cyclocross Series) used his Stylus 1030 SW at La Ruta de Conquistadores in Costa Rica last fall.

Under $300.00 at / 10.1 MP.

Can take a drop from 6 feet, waterproof to 33 feet, and freezeproof to 14 deg.

Mark said...

I carry a D90. :) Its not cheap. Its not light. I wrap the strap around my wrist so I don't drop it. Or carry it my little REI mini pack, but because I do, I get pics like this :

I do think I am a photographer first and a "runner" second though. :)

Geoff said...

you might want to check out the GoPro Hero cameras. i think there is a 3 and 5 megapixel version. they are super tiny, run on 2 AAA batteries, waterproof, shoot nice video, and mine that I've had for a year seems indestructible. best part is they're cheap. around $150 and even less for the 3 MP.

Hart said...

i loved the looks of the olympus 1030 but after memory card, shipping and tax i was looking at $400. so i went with the earlier version - $260 after all. not bad for a great little 8 megapixel camera.

thanks for all the advice gang.