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Which Camera is the most Durable, Toughest, Most Reliable???

by stuberzin / October 18, 2005 8:46 AM PDT

I am looking to purchase a new digital camera, my Canon Powershot S410 is breaking down (LCD screen blank, and lens not extending). We are pretty rough with our cameras, do a lot of travelling, outdoor activities, etc. I have been pleased with the image quality from the Canon, but am concerned about it's durability/reliability. I need something compact as well. One other complaint about the Canon that I would like upgraded on the new one is the speed of the camera, shutter, focusing, etc. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

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Olympus Stylus
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 18, 2005 10:27 AM PDT
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by stuberzin / October 20, 2005 2:46 AM PDT
In reply to: Olympus Stylus

I've never used an Olympus camera, but have heard mixed reviews. how are they? image quality, ease of use, manual features? i've heard that the sliding door to power on and open the shutter is known to break, and makes it slow to start up, any oinion in that? and how is the speed of taking a shot compared to other cameras? thanks!

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 20, 2005 7:36 AM PDT
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Olympus is getting away from the sliding cover, but I have had one for years and have never had a problem with it.

As with all of the newer digital cameras, start up time and shutter lag has improved each year and is very good.

You can see a review here:

Olympus started as a lens company way back in the 35mm film days.
They have lots of lens building expertise and build excellent lenses.


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by stuberzin / October 21, 2005 3:36 AM PDT
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How is the Olympus in terms of ease of use, interface. I've found the Canon very easy to use and navigate, but have heard from an Olympus owner, that it is a pain to use. Any thoughts on this?

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / October 22, 2005 1:18 AM PDT
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The menu system on the Olympus is different from the Canon.

Each manufacturer has a different way of doing things.

It is just a matter of getting accustom to the different menu style.

If you are accustom to the Canon menu system, you may want to only look at Canon cameras. All Canon cameras have a similar menu.


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by jump1127 / October 18, 2005 3:54 PM PDT

If you handle your camera according to what the manual book mentioned, it will last for at least a few years or so. My Canon S40 still works properly despite the 3 years of heavy duty. Properly storage, undropped camera, regular cleaning, weather awareness ( dust and water avoiding ). Any camera will last years to come. Canon is a good camera , and leading in the digital camera technology. I've been quite happy with my S40, Ixus500, and 20D so far, and felt no regrets for choosing Canon my digital camera.

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by tintinet / October 20, 2005 8:35 PM PDT
In reply to: Well...

I've had a Canon S400 for 3 years. No problems. Tough little beast!

Check out consumer feedback reviews. Canon is tops.

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Canons are NOT reliable
by steve faulkner / January 23, 2009 7:44 AM PST
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I had 2 Canons, both failed within 12 months of light use and meticulous handling. Google "Canon Powershot lens error" to see what many experience. Too bad Canon is making so many lemons now!

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canon powershot should never be bought. ever.
by schpoingle / July 16, 2013 4:07 AM PDT

i loved canon. stuck by them. now.....after the 'lens error' incident and proceeding canon response to the problem i will never buy another camera again. i imagine they will not survive in their current business model. They are so brash about it that they must know they are on a sinking ship and cramming their pockets as tight as they can.

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Which one?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2013 4:11 AM PDT

My oldest canon powershot lasted about 5 years. That's about par for today's gear and expected.

I think the entire industry has moved to 5 year designs and cell phones are moving to about 2 year designs. The batteries are already at 300 cycles or about 18 months so the signs are clear to those that read them.

This thread is more than 2827 days old.

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Disagree on Canon
by coloradobuckeye / July 31, 2006 2:47 PM PDT
In reply to: Well...

I am meticulous when it comes to my equipment and toys. I have the Canon SD500 and now twice the LCD has cracked. Neither time have I dropped the camera. One time the LCD cracked in 20 degree temperature in my lambs wool leather jacket pocket. The last crack happened last week when I put it in my jean pocket and shot pool. The minimal pressure from leaning over cracked the LCD. I completely disagree with your statement as I can attest that I completely act above and beyond with my equipment.

I am not trying to decide what camera is durable enough to just survive a normal day out.

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Which Camera is the toughest?
by bmonshat / October 21, 2005 5:35 AM PDT

Panasonic DMC-LC1 or Leica Digilux 2. Are the toughest, I think.

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tuff cam ?? Olympus !
by griffoto / October 21, 2005 6:16 AM PDT

funny you should ask..i have had an Olympus "C-765 UZ" for several months now, and been quite satisfied with it over-all. Easy to learn and use, excellent battery life too. A few weeks ago i accidently knocked it off a cabinet in my basement, straight onto the bare concrete floor some 4 1/2 feet below. Damage to the camera was the outer lens ring (camera lens was not extended) which took the impact and cracked about one third of the ring diameter.
I was sure it was trashed from the fall, but was amazed to find NO loss of functions at all!! Have used it regularly since and performs as new. I can live with the cosmetic "damage". My story, all true.

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Interesting dilemma
by RichnPlenty / October 21, 2005 6:50 AM PDT

Your question is very provocative. With screens getting larger on the back of the camera's, that also becomes part of the issue (Protect the lens, protect the back display). I don't think I have heard of covers for the front and the back.

Personally I would pick a metal body (rather than plastic). I bang around my Kodak LS743 all the time, it gets a few scratches, but withholds the storm very well, and it is compact. Kodak's have had been the highest rated camera's in the two primary categories for the last two years. Read an article from a soldier who was in the middle east and even though he dropped it many times and eventually cracked the display, it performed without failure (that would be a good test for me). Good luck!!!

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Olympus C-5050
by llamabb / October 21, 2005 10:04 AM PDT
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I have been running all over the planet with my Olympus (Camedia)digital C-5050 zoom. I like it because it uses rechargable AA batteries, not proprietary batteries. They last a long time with a charge. The camera takes great pics and there is opportunity for a lot of adjustment and tinkering if that is what you like to do. Otherwise, it will simply take the pictures for you.

Through it all, it has been faithful. No hiccups. Its use includes two and three weeks-long pack trips in the Sierras and other pack trips in the Cascades. (Think lots of dust and dirt.) It has traveled abroad including time on the fringes of the Sahara desert (think blowing sand) and a rainy stint on Malta and hiking on Hawaii. I sit for hours with it in my pastures to capture the best picture I can of my sale animals. I lie on my belly to photograph flowers in the woods. But I never ever have dropped it and certainly don't plan to.

I did have a compact flash card fail. It was sort of like a hard drive failure(I've had that happen too) and not related to the camera. The one that failed was a cheaper unknown brand of media. After my experience, I recommend buying only well known name brands of media.

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Olympus c-50 was junk
by CaptainArcher / October 21, 2005 5:05 PM PDT
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My sister had an Olympus c-50, which she loved the features and performance of. Physically, the camera was poorly designed, and it did not last. Within a year of light use, and good care, it had broken. The cover that slides open and shut, that also controls the camera's on/off button, came loose. To keep the camera turned on, you have to squeeze the door against the body of the camera constantly.

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rear lcd protection
by grimgraphix / October 22, 2005 5:07 AM PDT
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"""With screens getting larger on the back of the camera's, that also becomes part of the issue (Protect the lens, protect the back display)."""

I Picked up a pack of "no glare" self adhesive PDA screen protectors 2 years ago for my canon a-70. Got rid of the annoying reflection from the silvered band around the lcd panel AND stops scratches accumulated from from daily use. Wont prevent damage from direct strikes on the screen though.

I spiked my a-70 by accident and of course it landed on the extended lens. LOL. I sent it to canon and for $100.00 US they replaced the whole assembly and upgraded the firmware. Has worked perfectly for 1 1/2 years now. Can't complain about how canon treated me - just about my own fumbling the camera.


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the LS743
by sarabella85 / November 14, 2005 3:52 AM PST
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I agree with richnplenty, the kodak LS743 is very durable. it has scratches b/c i've dropped it so many times but it takes great pictures still. just make sure you don't drop it in the won't work anymore. Sad

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My Olympus Stylus 400 did not hold up.
by RELDDAP / October 21, 2005 3:09 PM PDT

I purchased this camera one and a half years ago. I loved its compactness and ease of use. Picture quality was acceptable but lag time could be frustrating. Always carried it protected and, to my knowledge, it was never dropped or abused in any way. Went to take a photo of a friend and had no image display. Sent it to Olympus and, since it was out of warranty, they asked $145 for repairs. No real explanation of the problem but possibly a sensor. I refuse to shell out that kind of money for a camera that can be purchased NEW on ebay for about the same price. I will apply the bucks towards a new camera and it won't be an Olympus - I'm dubious about its relability and durability.

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My Cannon A70 is solid!
by wildman1 / October 21, 2005 11:51 PM PDT

My Cannon Power Shot A70 has taken some serious knocks in stride. Once, I lost balance while taking a shot and heaved it as I went down- Gasp! Thought for sure it was finished, (It bouced on the concrete.), but wiggled the lens tube and it started working again!. Takes great pix- has phenomenal battery life.

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A70 is tough for me too
by shannum / October 22, 2005 2:18 AM PDT

I have the Canon A70, Have had it for over 2 years and getting close to 10,000 photos. I fell on it in Colorado when it was about 2 months old, had to clean the lens cover to allow it to close again. There is a scar on the outside edge, but it keeps taking great shots, never missed a beat! I ride my bike a lot on gravel roads (bumpy) and keep it in my shirt pocket, no problems there either.
My company wanted to get some more for our field crews (they are very hard on cameras:archeologists, lots of dirt) We have a 1-year old A75. It was dirty enough where the lens cover wouldn't close completely, but a little canned air cleaned that up. It's out in the field right now and hasn't missed a shot.
We recently tried to buy 2 more, but had to go with Canon's A620, don't have any feedback on those yet.

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by supercourier / October 22, 2005 4:52 AM PDT

Don't know about "tough," but Pentax makes the Optio WP, a truly waterproof digicam that's affordable as well. Beyond that, you'll need to ask around and read up.

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Good camera(s)
by Shutterbug / October 22, 2005 5:16 AM PDT

Go with Olympus. I have had both the Stylus 400 and now 500. Great (inexpensive if you ''google'' for it). Olympus builds TOUGH cameras. I have three at this time. In addition to Stylus I have the C720 (telephoto) and C5060 (must learn a LOT more as this is a ''real'' camera! as opposed to .....? Happy

I'm sure Kodak, HP et al. have tough cameras. Olympus uses parts of Kodak and I think vice versa. Oly also uses their own fantastic (the best IMHO) lenses but they also use other GREAT lenses for cameras like my C5060.

And if anything goes wrong or you can't figure it out Olympus not only answers promptly, they go to the mat for you. I've owned and used Oly cameras since the late 1900s!!!! Oh, and I bought two of their SLRs (one in 70s and one in 80s). Beautiful lenses in tough bodies!!

Good luck. Just search for the ''best deal'' and you'll be very happy.


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Oldie but Goodie
by kpennell / October 23, 2005 3:47 AM PDT

If endurance over time is the measure, then the Kodak DC200 and others in that camera family (DC240, DC280 etc.) are the true champs. We have had this camera at work since 1998 and it is still taking great pictures. It has been through airports a number of times and I have personally knocked it off my desk onto a concrete floor at least twice with no damage. Although its resolution is only 1 megapixel, the picture quality is superior to several 2 megapixel cameras I've tested. It could be due to the fact that it uses the now discontinued Flashpix FPX format which provides superior quality to JPEG. If you can find one on Ebay, buy it!

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My old Sony F 707
by pnrs7tin / October 24, 2005 1:02 AM PDT

About four years ago dropped my (nearly one kilogram) Sony F 707 onto the pavement, it fell straight onto the lens. Fearing the worst, I put back the battery that had popped out, and there she was again as if nothing had happened. I must say though, there was a lens hood on the camera. With about 50 000 pictures on the clock she's still going strong. Win

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What is tough?
by mrobzo / November 28, 2005 4:57 AM PST

I have owned a Panasonic digicam since 1991. It has been dropped many times yet it still works now. Now what where you all saying about tough? Get a Panasonic!

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Durable camera
by dkniskern / January 2, 2006 5:58 AM PST

My Sony H1 fell out of its case as I handed it out of our van passenger door. It landed on the frozen concrete parking lot. No damage.

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by setiprime / January 3, 2006 12:19 AM PST

Thats easy to answer. It is the one you SHOULD have bought

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which camera is affordable and reliabe,
by kalulec / April 15, 2010 7:15 PM PDT

hello,am planning to start up some small project which requires really good photography, which digital camera,is affordable and reliable,advice me,at least with in a range of($158-$250,am in Uganda,in Kampala where can i find it,please also advise me on which basic qualities to look for while checking for a genuine one, thanx

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Digital Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / April 16, 2010 12:33 AM PDT

I suggest you look at the Canon A1100IS or the Canon SD1200IS.

The A1100IS uses standard AA alkaline batteries.
The SD1200IS uses a proprietary rechargeable battery.

If you want a larger camera, look at the Fujifilm S1500 or S1600.


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