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Friday, May 15, 2009

The Best Frakking Digital Camera Guide

By Chris Campbell

Do you know what the best advice is for buying a digital camera? Apart from following your own common sense, the next best thing you can do is become informed. Read as much as you can about digital cameras, both pros and cons. Especially the cons.

While you can get an additional add-on waterproof case for some existing camera, they can be expensive, bulky and awkward to both pack and use. Why not get a camera that's already waterproof without needing to spend extra money on accessories.

There are several models out there, but my favorite choice would have to be the Olympus Stylus 790SW waterproof, shock proof, dust proof, and freeze proof. The 790SW is the successor the the 770SW, which is still available, but a little harder to find.

Price is never the only attribute to consider. Some knowledge of the product is essential. In the case of digital cameras, there is a ton characteristics you could evaluate. Fortunately, looking at all characteristics is not necessary.

The other nice thing about the 790SW, is it's all around durability. This has got to be one of the toughest cameras out there. Dropping it from 5 feet or less has no affect on the sensitive internal workings. Why more cameras aren't built this way I have no idea.

Not only can you take you take pictures under the water, you can take it out in the snow with no worries as well. Temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, or -10 degrees Celsius won't damage the camera. I'm more of a warm weather fan myself.

Friends of ours recently used their 790SW at one of those indoor water slide parks. They shot a video while hurtling through one of those big blue tubes from beginning to final submersion at the bottom.

It's a pretty trippy clip as the light streams through the semi-translucent tube and the riders pitch to and fro. Definitely a fun camera. Some slight sacrifice in image quality are completely outweighed by the fun factor under these circumstances.

Obviously, the best price on a digital camera, is about a whole lot more than price. Do your research, narrow down your short list, and then search for the best price. The internet is of course great for that.

It still takes pretty darn good pictures and videos even in non waterproof environments. But, if you do feel a need to swim with the sharks, or follow in the footsteps of Indiana Jones, the 790SW is the sidekick for you.

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