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Camera for Rock Climbing/Hiking

by jjacobus / August 5, 2008 6:05 AM PDT

I'm looking for a subcompact camera that is suitable to take on a rock climbing vacation. Camera needs to be easy to use one-handed; has image stablization; is dust proof; and can withstand being knocked about a little in a backpack. It also needs to take decent quality photos. (I'm not going to take another camera and get a case for it since that will defeat the add to much bulk and will defeat the one-handedness that I want.)

My choice seems to be limited since I'm looking for something rugged. I've narrowed my search down to the Pentax Optio W60 and the Olympus Stylus 1030. I read several reviews that says the Olympus has poor image quality so I'm leaning to the Optio W60. Can't seem to find a good review of the Optio W60 though.

Does anyone have any recommendations/insights for a camera to use for backpacking, rock climbing, and the like. Any geologists or palentologists out there?

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Review of the Pentax W60
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / August 5, 2008 6:32 AM PDT
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one handed means to use a camera
by surfboob / October 6, 2008 8:19 AM PDT

jjacobus- I have a great source for your one handed only need for shooting pictures. Use the Surf Camera case that surfers use. Instead of hooking it to a wetsuit you can place it on the front strap of your backpack. This way it will always be ready and available. Btw, I recommend the Pentax W60. The Surf Camera case will fit both Pentax & Olympus.
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