rpm40: Trust me when I say that the vast, VAST majority of buyers of these cameras don't know what RAW is, and don't care. Same goes for f2 lenses. These get sold to skiers, beach bums, college kids going on vacation... Even so, they don't sell a lot of them.
I understand the desire for a high end enthusiast style tough cam, but the market for that type of camera would be even smaller. At least I give Olympus a little credit, that they dipped their toes in that water with the TG.
@Jean Miele . . .
I guess Freedom can mean different things to different people IMHO . . .
To me . . . these cameras already give me freedom . . . Freedom from worrying about sand, water, snow . . . LOL.
I figure it this way . . . every time I used to put my dSLR away because we were jumping into a lake or splashing around at the bottom of some falls, or going skiing, or hiking in the rain . . . I was missing those shots.
It was like every time I was putting away my dSLR . . . it was because we were going to have some fun and I wasn't allowed to try to capture it. LOL. Times that would be cool to have some snaps of.
When I got one of these waterproof cameras . . . I was able to capture some of those moments. That to me was freedom. LOL
D1N0: Under water selfies. I'd love to see a Great White in the background....
Well . . . the wider angle lens might make that more possible! LOL
jkoch2: The Achilles Heel of all rugged and tough cameras is how well their seals will survive repeat submersions in salt water, or in any water if there is also exposure to sand, grit, mud, or whatever. The prescribed maintenance regime is demanding. After two years, it's questionable whether the seals (whether regularly swabbed with distilled water and dried or not) will survive a >20' dive, since they will naturally stiffen or wear. If, between dives, you open the battery hatch for re-charging, you need a surgeon's care to make sure no micro specs of sand don't compromise the seals. Any penetration by salt water will lead to early death and void the warranty. Trace leakage of fresh water is not as instantly toxic, but also hazardous.
What camera do you use?
I've actually got my waterproof camera charged up and ready to go. I'm taking my oldest skiing tomorrow . . . It's supposed to be a bit warmer than -37 with windchill . . .
eNdie: Why still no raw? :( That's about the only thing keeping me from buying any one of these little compact cameras. It's been three years now that I'm waiting for any company to introduce raw to their underwater compact and still nothing...so disappointing
"I'd just like something simple and relatively inexpensive to take with me to the beach/lake/boat and not have to worry if I jump in the water with it still in my pocket ;)"
That's my thinking.
'went to a water park last summer. The kids in our gang decided to jump into the lazy river. My friends were trying to get shots from dry land . . . I just jumped into the lazy river with them and got close-up shots of the kids enjoying themselves.
Priceless memories captured. Only cost the price of one of these little waterproof cameras. LOL.
Do I miss RAW? Wish I had RAW for that? No. Not really.
tommy leong: AWESOME !something i have been pondering...why not have interlaced sensors at different iso levels. then combine final image to give a HDR pic?That would be the MOST awesome sensor
I believe Fuji actually thought of that too!
So two different size photosites at each cell . . . so it was suppose to give more range in light.
You have to give it to Fujifilm for making sure there is no stone left un-turned . . . :)
EDIT . . . here is one of the cameras that they used it on . . .
audijam: no film advance lever.....this is not vintageno film rewind crank.....this is not vintage
and . . . no film compartment . . . LOL
Gesture: We're really going backward in camera design and ergonomics with these retro cameras. Just being made complicated in a different way, in fact duplication of controls.
This camera isn't one of those that just "look" retro, it looks like it delivers the goods!
It's not so much retro as it is simply getting back to the essence of what is happening inside the camera.
ISO + Aperture + Shutter.
Greg Lovern: Looks very interesting and promising.
I don't understand why they still call their cameras "Fujifilm". That was a good name for their film, but not for cameras, and especially not for digital cameras.
Why not "Fujica", as they called their cameras when they were making film SLRs?
I agree to the camera looking pretty promising. :)
As for Fujifilm . . . perhaps that is retro now too! Just like the camera designs. :)
And they have a legitimate connection to the film days . . . as they actually made / sold film! So film simulation on their cameras is pretty cool?
Just a thought.:)
RE: The "stackable" Polaroid camera . . .
If you "stack" 2 of them together sideways . . . and get them to take the picture at the same time . . . would it be possible to use it to get 3D pictures / video?
"stack" one on backwards and get a picture / video of yourself skiing / boarding as well?
. . .
Thank you Fuji for announcing my next waterproof camera!
A reasonably priced waterproof camera with WiFi! A perfect upgrade to my current Fujifilm XP50 which itself was the perfect upgrade to the XP10 I had before it.
Some of my favourite pictures have come from these two Fuji cameras!
yabokkie: it's good to recycle rubbish. it's not good to recycle brands. it's good that hurdles & barriers to the market become easier to overcome.
BMW mini? Jaguar?
I've got very little memories from when I was young.
I don't have a good memory.
And when I was young, I wasn't even taking that many pictures.
I'm glad my dad and mom did. :)
TacticDesigns: One thing I noticed is that the waterproof / tough cameras aren't here . . .
Although it's not summer . . . the other wet season is quickly approaching . . . the season of frozen water (a.k.a. winter) with skiing, tobagganing . . . etc. Conditions that just beg for a tough camera . . .
Just had someone ask me what point-and-shoot to get at about $100 . . . They already have a dSLR so . . . I tossed in the idea of getting a waterproof / tough camera . . .
@stevens37y -- exactly! Endless Summer! Or as Warren Miller would say . . . Endless Winter! It's always wet somewhere . . . everywhere . . . the perfect conditions for a tough camera! <grin>
One thing I noticed is that the waterproof / tough cameras aren't here . . .
I like the categories. Its how you use the camera . . . not just about the tech or specs . . .
When someone asks me about a camera . . . I already send them to this site to read more about the camera . . . if they don't even know what type of camera they want . . . I'm sending them here . . .
Love it! Great format!
I'd like to suggest it be on the "Buying Guide" drop-down menu at top. :)
Eiffel: Reminds me of the Minolta 600si Class, which was an attempt a recreating the manual focus look on a more modern camera ("Full Frame" film based, but with AF).
Designers went as far as to dress up the exposure compensation dial to look like a winding level but crippled the body in some other ways (slow fps)
At least the minolta brought back some great ergonomics and was good value (I still have one and it works well more than 15 years after purchase...). In fact it was a very coherent product, more so than the Df in my view.
My dad would hand me Pentax brochures all the time . . . and the MZ-5(n) caught my eye . . . it looked pretty darn close to my sisters K1000, which I borrowed every now and then . . . I was considering either of those cameras . . . then this digital SLR craze started with Canon and Nikon bringing out their own digital SLR cameras . . .
shnikus: Finally Nikons answer to Pentax K-5!
Or a digital LX ? ;)