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Poll: Your Paddling Camera

Submitted by on November 22, 2008 – 3:13 pm 21 Comments

Pentax Optio waterproof cameras

I am adding polls to my blog. Let’s start with the poll 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, if you have a camera that doesn’t fit into the questions below.

What a digital compact camera do you use for paddling?

  • Pentax Optio W (WP, W10, ..., W60) (47%, 96 Votes)
  • Olympus Stylus SW (770, ..., 1030, 1050) (29%, 59 Votes)
  • other point-and-shoot with waterpoof protection for storage only (10%, 20 Votes)
  • other point-and-shoot with a hard waterproof case (7%, 14 Votes)
  • other, please explain, write a comment (5%, 10 Votes)
  • other point-and-shoot with a soft waterproof case (1%, 3 Votes)
  • GoPro Hero (1%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 204

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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.

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  • BenSpark says:

    I use a Sanyo EC1 Waterproof camera.

  • PeterD says:

    I tried to enter multiple cameras (I use both a W20 and a GoPro Hero), but it only allowed me to enter one.

  • marek says:

    I corrected the setup for multiple answers. It should work now …

  • wil says:

    I also use an old Minolta Advantix W30 when I can find film cheap enuf.

  • Ness says:

    I use a Nikon Coolpix 4200 kept in a Pelican box to keep it dry between taking pix.

  • MikeJ says:

    I tried choosing multiple cameras as I use a w20 for most photography and a canon in a hard case occasionally… The page would not allow that.

  • Dan says:

    I shoot with a Kodak Z712 IS. Not the top of the line, but it’s been good to me as an all around unit. Not waterproof, but I use a dry box that fits between my legs. Not ideal, but I’ll spend my money on other paddling gear and gas to get to where I paddle.

    See ya, Marek.


  • rhayes says:

    We use two Optios – mine is a WPi, my wife’s a 43wr. The 43wr, with it’s viewfinder and use of AA batteries, is a valued antique these days. Wish someone would bring out a new generation of waterproof digital with those two features…

  • kirk freels says:

    I also take, on calm rivers, a Nikon D200 with a 70-300. With a dry bag for storage.

  • mushinzencat says:

    I now use a Vivitar ViviCam 6200w. Rubber armored, shockproof to 6′, waterproof to 10 meters. 6megapixels, color viewscreen.

    Have also used GoPro Hero in the past.

  • Jorge says:

    Pentax W30 has been my choice because it can take 30fps video. W60 would be my option but it shoots only 15fps on HD, and stores HD video with MJPEG. I would have it immediately with 30fps and MP4 storage. Now I am waiting for next generation.

    Example video made with W30:

  • Jorge says:

    Well, I tried to make a href link to video but it didn’t work, lets try like this


  • Joe says:

    I use a nikon coolpixP5100. I keep it in a ziplock in a soft case.
    I’d like to know a good SAFE way to take photos in rough conditions.

  • David says:

    I use a Canon G9. On a neck strap, it fits nicely dropped down inside the top of my PFD where it’s protected from splash. No good for rolling practice, however.

  • hans says:

    I use the Sony Cybershot DSC-U-60 Waterproof Digicam since 5 years. It’s just a 2 MP-camera, but still unbeaten in handling and picture quality. It’s a pity Sony never came with a successor. For replacement (just in case…) I am considering the Pentax W-60.


  • I use the Olympus Stylus 1050 SW camera because it is waterproof and shcokproof. I love this camera bought is just a couple months ago. I do with the zoom was a little better, but besides that I think it is great.

  • Steve W says:

    Have been using an Optio W10 for years, which is great. Also have an Oregon Scientific ATC2K which takes horrible video. After much research, I have just upgraded to the Panasonic DMC-TS1. I was waiting for the Go Pro HD Wide to come out, but its still not shipping yet :( (11/30/09 after an original release date of 11/1/09) plus after reviewing some video from a regular GoPro wide, the super wide angle lens distorts to much at close range :(

    I posted a couple of videos from the Pentax W10 on Youtube


    I guess I should add some from the ATC2K for comparison, but im not rushing to use that again as the quality is just nasty :(

  • Hello Marek!

    Malcolm from the kayak building forum here. Just FYI, the new Pentax Optio WP90 was released today for sale. (It was released earlier but today is the first day to get your hands on one.) I am still holding out for the Lumix TS2 which is supposed to be available in April, but Amazon just showed three in stock so maybe they are out now… or maybe the company lied about being in stock and is going to ship from the manufacturer. As far as I know it’s not supposed to be out until April- and later in April at that. It goes to 33 feet waterproofing and has a 10-foot drop test for drop-proofing. Lumix has the Leica lens which is the best glass on the market. I did an exhaustive research of the Optio and the Lumix, and in MY OPINION the Lumix TS2 will edge out the W90 in performance. The W90 is still awesome, and cheaper too, so it’s not that I wouldn’t love to have either camera.

    ALSO- Joe O’Blenis at http://www.joeoblenis.com is about to start stocking this camera mount for kayaks, and the light that mounts the same way:
    Joe has already placed an order and signed up to be a dealer. I have made a pre-order to be the first one to get one from him. I have not yet received it because he has not gotten his stock, but I love the way this mounts. The only thing is that it is not for larger cameras. It’s perfect for an Optio or Lumix waterproof camera.

    Will keep ya posted when I get the Lumix TS2. I have a pre-order in with a local dealer so I can be first!!!

  • I paddle with a Canon IXUS 300 HS wrapped in my little waterproof contraption made of a freezer bag! Take my Nikon D200 in the day hatch for shots from the shore too.

    Completely awesome blog by the way!

  • Aaron says:

    I use a Canon Powershot D10. My decision to go with the Canon over other cameras was based on image quality. From its debut until now (mid 2011), it has the highest image quality of any of the compact Point-and-Shoot waterproof cameras. This is partly due to the Digi3 processor as well as their using a bit deeper housing to allow for a larger lens. It makes it a little bulkier than other models, but well worth it if you want high quality images.

    - high quality 12.1mp images
    - exceptionally good with all lighting conditions
    - moderately good at low-light (surprising with such a small lens)
    - diverse modes to fit any situation/condition, or a programmable one for your own tastes
    - 3X optical zoom

    - Video is 640×480, not HD
    - 3X optical zoom does not function in video mode
    - waterproof casing makes a lot of noise if there is any movement of your hands on the camera during video

    In short, the only downside is that this camera is really not that great for videos. When shooting videos, I usually have another camera with a 12X optical zoom along in an Aquapac water proof bag.

  • stephen verchinski says:

    Just a note on the floating wrist strap…I now do not like yellow …seems the bees and wasps are very attracted to the yellow ..I have severe allergic reactions to the stings…..epi pen has to be carried. The manufactures should test them and see which color attracts least.