I picked up a new camera today. I don’t really want to rely on my GF-1 kit on the boats for the coming year. Especially in order to have a camera to grab and shoot ‘on the go’. Although I’ll have it with me for those must have shots, it will be living in a dry bag with lots of moisture absorbing sachets.
I’ve no idea what the weather will throw at us whilst out sailing but one thing is for sure, wet and salty isn’t ideal for any camera. To that end I’ve selected a ‘rugged’ spec water-resistant shock proof camera. Rated to 12 metres, it will take splashes but most importantly keep salt out of switches and joints.
Reviews keep popping up the Lumix FT-3 as the best image taker, which after all is why I want this gizmo. Test shots today seem to back up these findings, so that’s what I went for.
Inevitably these days, a camera to take pics isn’t enough, you need a quiver of additional features that add to cost, ultimately compromising the ‘headroom’ to optimise the camera. In this case, the marketeers decided that a compass, barometre (yes really) and GPS are essential, while control of aperture and shutter are not, nor an ability to shoot in Raw. I can live without HD movies, but of the add ons, this one seems pretty useful.
The camera I’d love to buy would be an Olympus XZ-1 with a weather proof case as per rugged cameras, but sadly it appears to not exist. There is the route to weather proofing using a housing, but the added bulk makes it something that won’t fit in a pocket and its overkill for a splash proof solution.
Size wise, the Lumix is ideal and will fit nicely into my chest pocket on the boat, remaining handy at all times. Despite its compromised controls, It’ll serve well as a useful alternate for the GF kit.
I’ll post up some pics soon.