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Hi all,
Can anyone recommend a small, indestructible digital camera? Good image quality and sweatproof are a bonus.

thanks!

-Erica

ps if this is too "commercial," feel free to email me directly: [email protected]

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Canon Powershot SD series Ditigal Elph

I've had the Canon Powershot Ditigial Elph in various iterations for years. It's a great little camera that takes quality photos and video. I believe the newest one is over 14 Mega Pixels and is around $150. As for durability, it's survived: snowboarding, back jersey pocket in summertime (better to put in ziplock bag), backpacking through the adirondacks (rain, rocks, tree branches, mud), and most recently, being dropped while riding (battery came flying out - but camera still worked)!

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By the way, the decidedly male default avatar is very flattering. I have always wanted a lantern jaw.

-Erica

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Olympus has a line of cameras

Olympus has a line of cameras called Tough, that you can freeze, drop, take underwater, etc. and they are pretty cool. Panasonic also has a similar one. I recently saw the Panasonic and it took great pictures. I believe the Panasonic line is called TZ or something. You can throw them 20 yards and they will still work. Check it out.

In my opinion the regular point and shoot like the Canon Elph are being supersided by the phone cameras. Point and shoot cameras have to have some really neat feature in order for it to be used more than the camera on your phone.

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Phone cameras

You've answered your own question. Standalone cameras have so many special photo capabilities that it's impossible to imagine relying solely on a phone camera. Picture quality is only one way in which phone cameras are inferior (although I believe they're catching up).

On the other hand, a phone camera may be capable of immediately forwarding the photo over the internet, if you need that.

Read CNET.com or go into any photo shop for more information.

Bottom line is that a phone camera will be enough to show who was on the ride, or to prove that you visited a certain spot. But for good photo quality or for more than these basic functions, you must go with a standalone camera.

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It depends what phone camera

It depends what phone camera you are talking about. I don't have an iphone, but I have seen many pictures taken by it, but they look great. There are also several apps that can change color, add frames, etc. that look amazing. I wish I could have these apps for my dslr. Point and shoot just don't have anything to compete like these apps.
Here is a link for the Panasonic underwater camera, it is pretty good::
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/673703-REG/Panasonic_DMC_TS2S_Lumi...

If what you want is good image quality, than you have to look at a DSLR, like a canon rebel or 7d. Add a 50mm 1.4 lens, and that will give you great image quality. If you want something to put in your pocket, than an iphone or similar will be just fine. The panasonic will be a good option for underwater use.

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If you care about photo quality...

If you care about photo quality, I would avoid the Olympus Tough. I purchased one thinking it would be great for biking, perhaps water sports, but I took some simple photos in bright daylight of people standing still and the photo quality was noticeably inferior to my Canon Digital Elph, and I returned it. And, though camera phones are getting better and better, they're still a ways behind the quality from a regular camera. For on the bike action shots of people moving, I like to use the "kids & pets" feature - the faster shutter speed allows for your subject to be in focus!

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I've been very happy with my

I've been very happy with my Pentax W90, even though it took a bit of store hopping before I found it in green.

http://www.amazon.com/Pentax-W90-Waterproof-Pistachio-Green/dp/B0039237H4

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Thanks all!

Thanks to everyone who answered my camera query, both online and off.

To summarize the offline suggestions:

1. One kind gentleman said:

"David Pogue [said] go with the nicest Canon [you] could afford", and went on to recommend the Powershot SD1300.

and also "Canon makes a neat little waterproof camera, the PowerShot D10, for around $250. It's not explicitly sweatproof, but if you read between the lines (or tote a ziplock bag)...
http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-D10-Waterproof-Stabilized/dp/B001SER460"

2. Another discerning individual , thinking along very similar lines, told me: "Erica, I suggest #2, but #1 is waterproof if you want this feature.

1. PowerShot D10: Waterproof, Freezeproof, Shockproof Digital Camera -
$210 refurbished; $300 new
http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/CusaCatalogSearchRes...
2. PowerShot A3100 IS $160
3. PowerShot A495 $90 "

I, of course disregarded them all and got a Sony DSC-TX5 Cyber-shot 10 Megapixel Digital Camera. It's tiny, cute, waterproof, shockproof, and has a cool screen. The pictures are good, but are tinted a little warm/yellow. It has 4x optical zoom and pretty good image stability. I'm very happy with it (I got a good deal), the only negative so far is a fairly short battery life.

-Erica

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