I had a free ticket to a camera show in Melbourne today so I had to go. Partly because my Olympus 6010 is coming to the end of it's life, but because I really wanted a FREE HAT from Compleat Angler while I was in the City. It's a weird experience, lights kept popping on and off, men with beards would push you out of the way to steal brochures and they had real live models you could just ask to stand still and pose a bit while you tried out the toys.
There are a few other things that I'll have to wait for a proper review on, like how good the sensors are, pin cushioning and other zoom issues, saturation concerns, etc. You can't really get much past specs and aesthetics in the few minutes I had with each of them.
Canon's first contender was the Canon D10, a staggeringly ugly camera that looked like a brightly coloured kids toy, but was in fact wall to wall hardness and goodness. I can't imagine it sold heaps.
Enter D20. Canon looked at all the other cameras and realized that that theirs was perhaps too distinctive. This year we have a more typical pack of smokes shape, but angled on one side. And this year's must have feature - GPS. But one of my criteria is that is must be able to fit in the pocket of a pair of jeans. Staff at the show found this to be very exciting behaviour.http://www.canon.com.au/About-Canon/New ... ure-camera
Fujipix had two newies, but no exciting change of shape, just more pixels and one with...... GPS.http://www.fujifilm.com.au/products/dig ... 1&pid=1240http://www.fujifilm.com.au/products/dig ... 1&pid=1220
Not for me, but these are great cheapies, TFM has been using an earlier one for years and he seems happy enough. But he's a happy guy.
Nikon, like Canon, left their run into waterproofiness til fairly recently. In the case of Canon it was because the design team weren't able to decide on what stupid shape the camera should be celebrating. But Nikon went hard with the AW100 and it shows with a solid product that makes sense and looks pretty hard to kill.http://www.nikon.com.au/en_AU/product_d ... D=gqomobq3
Almost the best in class.
But they also have a solid kiddies camera, 10 megapixels of brightly covered plastic. Nice big buttons though.http://www.ephotozine.com/article/nikon ... view-18889
We don't talk about Pentax much here do we? They've had a product out in this sector for ages, the old Optio W series. Last year they changed the series to WG and brought out WG1 - in your choice of standard or GPS. This year it's the WG2 - still in your choice of standard or GPS.http://www.pentaximaging.com/digital-ca ... loss_White
These are very likeable cameras. Distinctive, yet reassuringly rugged looking shape, nice rubbery grip to them, it's all good. And the WG1 (Non GPS) is only a bit over $200, very reasonable in this market. I also really like the lens in the centre of the camera.
But Olympus have the winner, the TG 1http://asia.cnet.com/product/olympus-to ... 195242.htm
Dead set this is the sexiest of them all. It has nice buttons. It has the same looking menu as mine. It has a huge screen at the back. And look - it has accessories, a fisheye and teleconverter for extra optical zoom. Good solid feel. I'll wait and see what the colour range is, but I'm getting ready to say bye to this years tax cheque.
And at $400 for the main toy, pretty reasonable. I've had bit of a look for the add on's prices, and it's looking somewhere between $150 and $200 each.
There are a few other makes missing, like Sony and Panasonic, which is bit of a shame, We've got a Panasonic here somewhere and it seems fairly likeable. The Sony is small, possibly too small, but it does have a cover for it's screen which is bit of a plus in gritty environments. And for almost all the other cameras you can get a waterproof box to use them in, but almost at the cost of any of these models above.
Ahhh, those were the days, when you could while away a lazy afternoon with an 8 ball of speed & a box of gerbils. - Anon Moe Bloke