Cameras forum


What is the best waterproof/night-time camera?

by mbarnhart / July 15, 2011 1:04 AM PDT

I work on the beaches at night and need a rugged camera that can handle sand, rain, etc. I use the camera to take photos of lights at night (i.e. spot lights on houses, lamp posts, etc), so I need a camera that can take really good, clear photos of the light source and its surroundings (i.e the house the light is on, a street, buildings, etc) while holding up to the natural elements. I've been researching the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010, the Panasonic DMC-TS3, and the Pentax Optio W90, but am unsure which one would be the best at night photos. I also would like the camera to take good macro photos.
I have used the Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 previously and the night time photos were not bad, but it didn't take good macros. It also just died on me and I have no idea why.
What camera would you recommend as the best in this situation (not necessarily out of the 3 I've researched)?

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: What is the best waterproof/night-time camera?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: What is the best waterproof/night-time camera?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.

All Answers

Collapse -
Tough Camera
by snapshot2 Forum moderator / July 15, 2011 11:26 AM PDT

The camera you describe has not been built yet.

There are only about 6 small cameras that can be described as better than average in low light.
None of them are rated as Tough or Waterproof.

For good macro shots you MUST use a tripod because you will be shooting at slow shutter speeds.


Collapse -
Weather Sealed Camera
by PistonCupChampion / July 16, 2011 1:36 AM PDT

The best for the conditions you describe:

Of the three on your list, they are about equal in image quality. You could choose based on other features.

Popular Forums

Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
Laptops 21,181 discussions
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
Phones 17,137 discussions
Security 31,287 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
Windows 10 2,657 discussions


Your favorite shows are back!

Don’t miss your dramas, sitcoms and reality shows. Find out when and where they’re airing!