"Rugged underwater camera showdown"
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Rugged underwater camera showdown
-Welcome to the funniest Road Test that I think we've done yet.
-Maybe even better than the sky diving.
We're on a boat with a whole pod of dolphins surrounding us, and taking pictures with our new action cam.
We're so old school.
We're actually using cameras instead of
So, I am gonna tie out the hopefully waterproof, and otherwise rugged, Fujifilm FinePix XP200.
And you have the Olympus Tough TG-2.
-Now, both of these are supposed to be good underwater, up to about 50 feet.
-We're gonna test it with just snorkeling in the water, and then we're gonna hand them off to some divers to try to take them just a tiny bit deeper.
-Tiny bit deeper.
-Oh, my God.
Look at this, Jeff.
Like it was something like this.
-Look at that shot.
-Pretty good, huh?
I have to say so far, our cameras are holding up pretty well.
-It's gonna come down to image quality.
So, we have the two Tims here.
We wanted to make it fair, so we got two Tims.
We don't wanna have--
-Because that makes it more awesome.
-And the Tims are divers.
We are not.
Neither Jeff or I are diver certified.
So, we're gonna go ahead and give each of you a camera.
-Tims, are you ready?
-Ready to rock.
-Let's do this.
-Two Tims in the water.
-Two Tims in the water.
I think one thing we can guarantee in that Tim will--
-The Olympus might be done.
-The Olympus might be down.
-It was on all the way to 130 feet and lost focus around 80.
-And then, just we're sort of coming up--
-She shut off.
She has the vent.
We need to get her one of the team works.
-So, went to 100.
It was fine.
-Went far and far, we're still taking pictures with the other Tim at 130.
-It's got made much more rugged than that.
We've got problems.
assuming there may be some water in here.
As I dried my nuts, I opened my battery compartment, but shall we take a look--
Unlocking it, and opening the battery compartment.
-And there's definitely moisture in there.
I can see little water in there.
-It's some droplets.
-So, that might be what happened to it.
Just because my camera doesn't work anymore and every glass surface has a moisture under it, doesn't mean the pictures might not be amazing.
Let's check them out.
Nice shot, though.
Is that us?
-That was great.
-That was the best--
-That's a great photo.
-That's-- you gotta print that.
-You're gonna put that on the wall.
I have to say, though, I'm thinking the image quality is straw at this point.
-Unfortunately, for your camera, that does not appear to be the deciding factor.
-It was fine down to 50 feet.
But, oh-- well, that's not so much.
I think that both of these cameras did a great job with pictures and video, both.
I would feel perfectly comfortable taking any of these on a snorkeling trip.
I just think if you're gonna mess up, maybe go a little more rugged--
-That ultimately, the Fujifilm stayed strongest.
-It's a little unfair.
It says right on the front, 50 feet.
So, we did exceed that.
But if you're gonna award a winner, the guy that can go beyond and still hold up is gotta be the winner.
I mean, I think
it's clear that even in non-optimal circumstances, the Fujifilm FinePix XP200 is the ruggedist.