Outdoor Compact (Point & Shoot) Suggestions

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  • Psychotext 22 Dec 2012 11:11:26 54,167 posts
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    I need to find myself a new compact camera to take mountain biking with me. I've been using my Panasonic TZ30 but it's a little too expensive to risk it getting mangled.

    Looking for something the same sort of size, hopefully with at least a little optical zoom available which will take good shots without a lot of messing around with settings. Will mostly be taking scenery pics with the occasional shot of someone on their bike.

    It'll be in a padded, waterproof (mostly) pouch, but my gloves will likely have some mud on them so it can't be overly delicate. Full on ruggedized will be a waste though (especially for the premium you pay for them).

    Reckon 100 to 150 max. Any suggestions?
  • Lotos8ter 22 Dec 2012 16:07:57 2,358 posts
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    @Psychotext Canon IXUS 230 HS is a Which Best Buy and seems to get good reviews. I don't have one myself, but seems to tick all your boxes. I don't find these cameras particularly rugged but it has a metal body, quick to ready from turning on and doesn't have any bells and whistles like a pop-up flash that tend to get broken.
    Its out of your range on Amazon but only 130 at PC World and Currys
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  • Psychotext 22 Dec 2012 18:46:36 54,167 posts
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    Funnily enough I was just using my local Sainsbury's as a library and I saw that What Camera rated that one very highly. Will have to have a look at it.

    Other ones which seemed to get good ratings were Samsung ST200F, Panasonic SZ1 and Olympus SZ-14 / SH-21.
  • AaronTurner 22 Dec 2012 19:01:02 7,736 posts
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    What about the Olympus tough series? They are shockproof, waterproof etc.
  • Psychotext 22 Dec 2012 19:14:05 54,167 posts
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    Most of the price goes into that aspect rather than their actual picture taking ability in my experience (this may have changed lately, I've not bothered looking at them in a while). I'm not greatly worried about breaking the camera as long as it's not hundreds of pounds.
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