Canon PowerShot G10 with Waterproof Case for Paddling?

I am quite happy to paddle and shoot with Pentax Optio "W" cameras as long as producing pictures to be displayed online. They are waterproof, compact, easily accessible in any conditions. The image quality is OK for a blog or website, but usually there is just too much of digital noise for some commercial applications. So, for my stock photography, I am carrying my DSLR camera, Canon EOS 40D. It may be a rather challenging task if I paddle a racing boat like my Thunderbolt-X kayak.

In the search for some alternative solutions I have been watching evolution of Canon PowerShot G series cameras. Canon offers waterproof cases for them.

Are My Paddling Days Over?

I posted this little photo story in December 2006. It happens again! Beaver Pond is frozen, but Horsetooth Reservoir is still open and the South Platte River is flowing as usual.

Some posts from winter paddling:

Winter Dusk on the South Platte River


Winter Afternoon on South Platte River with Thunderbolt-X Kayak


Winter Canoeing on the South Platte River in Northern Colorado


Climbing Snowdrifts on the South Platte River with Thunderbolt Kayak


Paddling during Duck and Goose Hunting Season on South Platte River?


My First Paddling on the South Platte River near Greeley

On the Icy South Platte River with Pentax Optio W10 Camera and Thunderbolt Kayak


Sea Wind, the Icebreaker - Paddling Video Clip from Northern Colorado


Sea Wind on the Horsetooth Reservoir - Colorado Winter Paddling Video

My Favorite Kayaking Self Portrait

September 2006. Lonetree Reservoir in northern Colorado. Kayak: Sisson Nucleus 100. Camera: Pentax Optio W10 mounted with the sticky pod suction cup of the side of a kayak bow and set in an interval mode.

This Is the Sea 4 by Justine Curgenven

Featuring 3 fascinating expedition stories Haida culture & humpback whales around British Columbia s Queen Charlotte islands; island hopping from Australia to Tasmania across the Bass Strait; & a 2400km trip around the stunning South island of New Zealand complete with intimidating surf & a helicopter evacuation. Rough water rolling, Greenland rope gymnastics & commando kayaking with DUBSIDE, Kayak fishing in San Diego, Rock hopping in Baja, kayak games with father and son in Norways stunning fjords, paddling the Dead Sea in Israel, Seakayaking the Grade 4 Ottawa River, Lake Superiors Apostle islands, and more .. This is something I would like to get as a Christmas gift. I bought all three previous movies from the "TITS" series by Justine Curgenven and I am returning to the them quite often. I am watching not only sea kayaking in great presentation, but I am exploring how these videos were shot and what can I implement into my own attempts in making paddling movies. This is the Sea 1 This is the Sea 2 This is the Sea 3 This is the Sea 4

Thunderbolt-X Kayak Portrait

My WSBS Thunderbolt-X kayak shot after sunset at Beaver Pond in Arapaho Bend Natural Area in Fort Collins. Camera: Canon EOS 40D on a tripod.

That Damn Noise in Video Recording from a Digital Camera

Pentax Optio W60 is making a ratcheting type sound while taking videos ...

Good news: Your camera is not broken! Bad News: It is normal, unfortunately. These little cameras are very good in recording noise from lens mechanism/motor when zooming or autofocusing.

Olympus 1030SW, 1050SW, Pentax Optio W30, W60 – Comparison of Waterproof Cameras

Pentax has released 5 models in their Optio "W" line of compact waterproof cameras: WP, WPi, W10, W30 and W60. I have been using three of them: the original WP, then W10 and W30. Number of models in Olympus Stylus SW line of waterproof and shockproof cameras is equally impressive: 720, 770, 790, 1030, and 1050 (models available on US market). Below, I tried to compare selected specifications of the newest models from Pentax and Olympus. Pentax Optio W60 seems to be a progression from earlier W30 while Olympus Stylus SW 1050 is adding some new features (a tap control) but at the same time is packed in less robust case than the 1030SW.

Related posts: Poll: Your Paddling Camera Waterproof Digital Cameras for Paddling and Water Sports - A Shopping Guide 10 Reviews of Pentax Optio W60 10 Reviews of Pentax Optio W30 3 Reviews of Olympus Stylus 1050 SW 3 Reviews of Olympus Stylus 1030 SW

My First Paddling on the South Platte River near Greeley

I discovered the South Platte River for paddling almost 8 years ago in January 2001. I believe it was the first river I paddled in northern Colorado and, for sure, my first winter paddling here. Here is some old writing on these day trips with my CLC Patuxent 10.5 kayak. It was originally posted on Mountain Wayfarer site. At that time, I was shooting slides with Canon EOS 2AE SLR camera.

I was launching my kayak at Mitani-Tokuyasu State Wilderness Area just below the mouth of the Cache la Poudre River. This place is less suitable for paddling now days. It is open only during a hunting season and closes by the end of February. A parking space is limited to 4 cars only. See my GPS/photo river guide for other access points.

Poll: Your Paddling Camera

I am adding polls to my blog. The first poll is about your paddling camera. What a compact digital camera (i.e., a point-and-shoot camera) do use for paddling? So, this pool does not cover DSLR, prosumer cameras or camcorders. Multiple answers are allowed. You are welcome to add any comments or remarks, especially, that you have a camera that doesn't fit into the questions below. As visible on the picture above I own three models from Pentax Optio line: WP, W10, and W30. However, my first paddling digital camera was Canon PowerShot S40 with a waterproof case. Do you have any suggestion for future polls which may be interesting for "Paddling with a Camera" readers? Related posts: Waterproof Digital Cameras for Paddling and Water Sports - A Shopping Guide 10 Reviews of Pentax Optio W60 10 Reviews of Pentax Optio W30 3 Reviews of Olympus Stylus 1050 SW 3 Reviews of Olympus Stylus 1030 SW
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  • Bill Ashworth
    3 years ago

    Marek – what do you know about the condition of the South Platte put-ins/take-outs and river courses traditionally used by the Joint Clubs March event? Poudre and RMCC are organizing for 2015 and looking for information

    Thanks!
    Bill Ashworth
    RMCC

  • Marek Author
    3 years ago

    I haven’t paddled the South Platte this year yet. Last year, I paddled the river around Kuner and Kersey – no significant changes in river character or access after flooding there. I haven’t seen Riverside Park in Evans after re-opening. I may have some updates in the next couple of weeks.

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Marek – Great pictures! This canoe stabilizer and platform may help if you have a tripod on your Penobscot.

    http://wingmanoutfitter.com/blog/

  • 2 years ago

    Hi Larry. I go to southwestern Wyoming where my dad lives and saretm fish with sinners and do some fly fishing. Been doing it every year since I was in third grade. Lots of water up there this year so fishing was slow but still fun. Love to pan fry smaller trout or wrap them in tin foil with some butter and garlic and put them on a grill or in the coals of a camp fire for about 30 minutes. Can’t go wrong with either method.RG

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