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Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by ndk_photographer, Mar 16, 2010.

  1. ndk_photographer

    ndk_photographer New to Mu-43

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    Mar 16, 2010
    I'm new to the group. Long time canon rebel user.

    I really like the second generation camera that just came out. My question is the touch screen and using the camera while sea kayaking. Any problems with the screen that someone could share ? Is it safe to use the camera without a waterproof case ? If i need to use a case , any
    recommendations . Do i want the screen to fold out or not ? This camera will be mounted in the front of boat (fat gecko) or on a monopad mast using sticky pad .
     
  2. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    I don't have the new cam but I have kayaked extensively.
    A kayak is a wet boat as the water drips down the raised
    shaft. At the local zoo I won't take their tour with my gear......
     
  3. ccmsosse

    ccmsosse Guest

    Wow - sea kayaking...
    Salt Water...
    Splashing...
    That doesn't sound good at all.
    For that I have a Canon G7 and underwater housing.

    If I were you I would get a waterproof P+S or a camera with designated housing (could be a lot of $$$). There is one for the GF-1, but that costs as much as the GF1.
    Olympus makes housings for some of their cams (not m 4/3).

    You can also look at Evva Marine
    http://www.ewa-marine.com/

    Good Luck
     
  4. ndk_photographer

    ndk_photographer New to Mu-43

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    Mar 16, 2010
    I've read where some guys don't using a underwater housing (as long a waves aren't too big ) . I been looking at pentax w90 as a possibility. But , i need a longer lens for wildlife (up to 500mm) . where to mount the camera / fat gecko is going to be trial and error. I would think the housing would come down as 43 camera become more popular.
     
  5. hodad66

    hodad66 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    806
    Jan 27, 2010
    Indialantic, Florida
    Well one guy I knew in Miami would mount his Mac-10 on
    a tripod in front of him on his kayak.... a kayak is wet even
    without waves. A canoe, with care, can be kept pretty
    dry.
     
  6. Brian Mosley

    Brian Mosley Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    I certainly wouldn't risk a non-waterproof camera in a sea water environment - as Michael says - splashing salt water would kill your camera pretty quickly.

    Cheers

    Brian
     
  7. ndk_photographer

    ndk_photographer New to Mu-43

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    Mar 16, 2010
    ok i know i need waterproof housing (i will be using pentax w90 for time being until the camera housing comes down in price ) . what about remote ? Can someone explain what it is able to do and not ? For instance can i turn the camera on and off remotely ?