Rugged Compact Enthusiast Camera?

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meanwhile
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Rugged Compact Enthusiast Camera?
Nov 6, 2011

Does anyone know of a small, rugged, enthusiast-level camera? Are there any small weather-sealed cameras, with quality fast lenses, and manual controls? E.g. a weather-sealed X100 or DP1 type camera (fixed lens, large sensor), or weather-sealed XZ-1 or LX5 type camera. I'm thinking that the fixed lens type would be much easier to make, but no-one seems to make one.

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In reply to meanwhile, Nov 6, 2011

As far as i know this doesn't exist. I would love if it did but sadly my search is as futile as yours
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In reply to meanwhile, Nov 6, 2011

meanwhile wrote:

Does anyone know of a small, rugged, enthusiast-level camera? Are there any small weather-sealed cameras, with quality fast lenses, and manual controls? E.g. a weather-sealed X100 or DP1 type camera (fixed lens, large sensor), or weather-sealed XZ-1 or LX5 type camera. I'm thinking that the fixed lens type would be much easier to make, but no-one seems to make one.

The last all-metal and weather-sealed 3x zoom 8MP camera with 'P' mode plius aperture and shutter priority from Olympus was the Stylus 800 in 2007. It uses xD M+ mwmory cards up to 1GB. It has VGA video at 15fps or 360x240 video at 30fps. We still have ours.

However, the Stylus 9010 (14MP 10x zoom with 'P' and SCENE modes only, and HD720p video) does tolerate short showers without any malfunctions creeping in some days later. Buit it is a plastic model without the weather seals found on the Stylus 800. We are keeping our Stylys 9010.

During the four weeks we had it, the Olympus SZ-30MR also has worked throughg a couple of drizzles. It does a lot more jobs than the Stylus 9010, but the SZ-30MR is not as fool-proof as the Stylus 9010.

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In reply to Henry Falkner, Nov 7, 2011

to quote U2...

Totally agree. I'd be totally happy if only Olympus would make a "serious" ruggedized camera - a 4/3 sensor with a fixed lens - heaven knows they have already proven the body-technology, so why not a larger sensor version for semi-pro who don't want a 1-2kg underwater housing for carrying on a hike, surfing or fishing trip?

Even a 2/3 sensor like a Fuji X10 would be a start in the right direction!

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In reply to meanwhile, Nov 7, 2011

just put a xz-1 in a pt050.
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In reply to echelon2004, Nov 7, 2011

just put a xz-1 in a pt050.

It's a nice idea, but at that size point you may as well get a K-r or K20D and weather-resistant 18-55, for not that much more money.

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In reply to wolfie, Nov 7, 2011

Totally agree. I'd be totally happy if only Olympus would make a "serious" ruggedized camera - a 4/3 sensor with a fixed lens - heaven knows they have already proven the body-technology, so why not a larger sensor version for semi-pro who don't want a 1-2kg underwater housing for carrying on a hike, surfing or fishing trip?

The only reason that I can think of as to why they haven't made one is that because by design it is less prone to the elements, and should last a really long time, it doesn't have nearly as much built-in obsolescence.

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In reply to meanwhile, Nov 8, 2011

Look at the tough series

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In reply to Oly Kod, Nov 8, 2011

I'm looking for IQ a few steps above the Tough series, or the Panasonic TS3. Like a ruggedised X100 maybe.

A commenter on 43rumors.com summed it up pretty well.

Eric wrote:

"As an outdoor enthusiast I’d love to have a full featured small camera with weather seals and rugged build quality. I’d happily pay a lot for it if they’d just make it. As of right now if I want a camera that can survive the elements I have to buy either a 2lb DSLR or a tiny waterproof P&S with horrible image quality . m4/3′s practically begs to be a hikers camera but they’ve yet to make a model that can withstand the abuse I can put it through."

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