Gear Review

April 15, 2009

Gear Reviews

Review by Travis “Dr” Gillespie –

I don’t know about the rest of the world, but every fly fishermen I have ever met likes to take pictures and usually has a little point and shot camera with them on every trip. One of the great things about having a camera is to, 1 show off your big fish, 2 capture the experiences and 3 act like your important enough to post them on a blog (like myself).  The down side to carrying a camera is that where you fish has water and water and cameras just don’t play nice together. In fact I would have to say this is one thing I am a specialist at, I have successfully donated $1,000’s of dollars worth of electronics to the water. So after all the pain and verbal abuse I have gotten from the wife and family. I have finally learned my lesson. This weeks product review is on my brand new Olympus – Stylus Tough 10-Megapixel Digital Camera. This camera is a fisherman’s dream come true. It is water proof and it can be dropped and still hold up. After using this camera for the past two weeks I have been very happy with its performance. The first week I was in Mexico on a cruise testing its ability to withstand hours of saltwater and snorkeling. See the results:

The next test was last night I decided to take it to my home trout stream. It took a couple cool pics and once again I drooped it in 4 ft of water, (Gotta get one of those foam things) but when I picked it up it was still on and ready to take another picture.

I am still figuring out all of the different settings and what works best for what, but for only $299, I would recommend this camera to anyone who has lost a camera to the water demon or who can’t take their camera to the river because the wife doesn’t allow it.

What’s Included

  • Olympus Stylus Tough 10-Megapixel Digital Camera
  • 1 lithium-ion battery, battery charger
  • USB cable, A/V cable, microSD adapter
  • Wrist strap, Olympus Master 2 software
  • Owner’s manual

Product Features

  • 10-megapixel CCDCaptures high-resolution images up to 3648 x 2736 pixels.
  • 3.6x optical/5x digital/18x total zoomFor precise zooming and accuracy.
  • Dual image stabilization Minimizes shake and vibration distortion.
  • Face detection technology Tracks faces within the frame and automatically focuses and optimizes exposure.
  • White balance modes Include auto and daylight, overcast, tungsten and 3 fluorescent presets.
  • Built-in auto flash With red-eye reduction, fill-in and off modes.
  • Panorama mode With image stitching for creative landscape photography.
  • Scene modes Including portrait, landscape, night scene, night and portrait, sort, indoor, candle, self portrait, sunset, fireworks, cuisine, documents, smile shot, beach and snow, snow, precapture movie, underwater snapshot.
  • Also includes underwater wide 1, underwater wide 2, underwater macro and movie.
  • Special effects Include red-eye fix, shadow adjustment, beauty fix, cropping, resize, black and white, sepia, calendar and saturation.
  • 42MB internal memory Supports xD-Picture Card and microSD cards with an adapter (media not included).
  • USB interface Connects to your PC. PictBridge-enabled to connect your camera to a compatible printer and print photos directly without using a PC. Olympus Master 2.0 software helps organize and add special effects to images.
  • Durable, sleek, all-weather design For great pictures of your on-the-go lifestyle.
  • Cheep Fix-Aquapac

As a side note I have also used the Aquapac for a couple years. It is cheep ($25) and it worked ok, but it was hard to take pictures in the pac and they didn’t always turn out as well. But it is better than nothing.

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5 Responses to “Gear Review”

  1. BJ Chandler Says:

    Not sure if I am doing this right but this is my first post. I will have to agree that I have the camera clamps from my wife when it comes to fishing. The reason being, i dropped the 2 month old video camera in the Warm RIver section by Idaho. Ya, destroyed. The worst part is the footage that I had was the best fishing experience of my life. Wife was pissed but I could care less I was on cloud nine. But now…NO EXPENSIVE CAMERAS ALLOWED!!! THis little gizmo is the ticket. It fills a void! Good on ya Hoss.


  2. DS Fly Fishing Says:

    I just got one of those dry bags with a clear window for my decidedly not waterproof PandS. But, it just makes sense to go in the waterproof direction – thanks for the review. Does it do video too?


  3. Amy Wagner Says:

    Wow that camera does take nice photo’s, great review on it and I love the pictures of the trout.


  4. Dr Gillespie Says:

    Hey guys thanks for the comments. The camera does take video and pretty good video too. I honestly bought the camera the night before my cruise, so I didn’t have much time to play around with it and learn the specific setting and stuff. But as you can see even a dumbie can use this camera and have some form of success. I am leaving to the Green today and am really excited to try it in that aquarium. I’ll post up some pics if they turn out.

    Dr Gillespie


  5. BG Says:

    Cool camera. I’ve had the Pentaxw30. Looking to get a new H20 prooff set up.

    Anything you don’t like about it?

    Keep up the fantastic work



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