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best camera for skiing

by B123456H / November 4, 2007 9:15 PM PST

I'm looking for a small and compact digital camera that can withstand a beating and harsh cold element factor. I'm going skiing at snowshoe and i'd really like to take some action pics/vids on the slopes.

The things i'm looking for-
something that can withstand cold
a fixed focus/internal lens
takes SD memory cards
takes decent photos and video
~$150

is there anything i should look out for in the area of shooting techniques in the snow?

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by snapshot2 Forum moderator / November 5, 2007 12:01 AM PST
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I don't think you will find a ruggedized digital camera for $150.

I don't think any of the major camera companies make a fixed focus lens camera any more.

For the $150 price range I would look at the Canon A550.
If you keep it dry, it should work OK for skiing.

The camera has a special mode setting for snow, be sure to use it.

Cameras will work OK in snow conditions, but skiers say to keep the camera close to your body to keep the batteries warm.
Cold batteries are a bigger problem than the camera itself.

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camera for skiing
by nnylip / November 5, 2007 3:21 AM PST
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I use a Casio EX-Z120 (out of production, but available on Ebay). It does quite well, taking either stills or decent movies. The key is the Eveready AA Lithium Batteries; regular NiMH or akalines lose a significant amount of power under 25 degrees. I keep it on the inside pocket of my parka.
An important consideration for me is the AA battery factor. If they need replacing, AA's are easy to get hold of.
The Olympus "SW" models (720, 770, 790) seem quite interesting (don't know pricing), however, they all use proprietary Li batteries.
Lou

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