a gardeners camera…

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I thought I had the ultimate camera for a gardener, landscaper, outdoors kind of guy. I did. It broke. I now have the better solution.

The old and now broken Olympus camera [was reviewed here].

A piece of equipment of any kind for any man a horticulturist should really be that little more indestructable. I know that’s an overstatement… and maybe an impossibility. But things get dropped, they get wet and damp and like high heeled shoes at a festival trying to keep mud of the nail varnish… it is an unacheivable task. I did manage to break my olympus, but the problem only arose  when I went to buy another of the same and it was not available anymore. I did a little research and….

I came up with the Canon D10. Well, I didn’t David O’Callaghan did. Here’s what he had to say

I’ve never used the camera so I wouldn’t be of much use to you at the moment. There is a website I regularly use to find out about cameras and this link – http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/Q209waterproofgroup/ – does a group test of underwater pocket cameras, it might be of some use to you. At this stage in the year I won’t be investing in any waterproof compact, not until next summer but if I do decide to get one then I’ll let you know how I get on.
Normally that site above would do a detailed review of all cameras available so they might post one up at some stage although the camera was released in february, over six months ago, so it’s looking unlikely. Keep an eye on http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/specs/Canon/canon_d10.asp and maybe something might appear.

photograph-from-inside-a-pint-of-guinness

it is ruby red

So I bought one. How good is it…. well… on the olympus review I had a picture of the camera in a pint of beer at electric picnic… so just after Arthurs Day I did the something similar… here’s a photo taken with the camera dropped inside a pint of Guinness 😉

Versus the Olympus… I’m now at 12.1 megapixel and the videos are superb quality.

Design wise it doesn’t have a slider/ open cover on the lens which used to get jammed and

This one is also frost proof [ I have a habit of leaving things outside]. On the off side…it’s simply a little bulkier than the wallet sized olympus. But thats about a bad as it gets 😉

Here’s a sample of how good it is… the camera is set on the lowest resolution here which means it’s perfect for weblogs….
insect on ash tree leaf

insects on leaf plants

wasp on plant image

Here’s a sample of how good the video quality is for recording….

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2 replies
  1. David O'Callaghan
    David O'Callaghan says:

    So far so good . . . . certainly putting it through it’s paces. Have to admit I like the idea of submerging it in a pint to test how water proof it is as this is probably as close as it will get to underwater work. The macro looks good but if you took them at web quality you are then limited to only that use and won’t get good quality enlargements. Better off to take them at the higher quality and down-size them later for web. The macro facility is always useful and I’m sure you can go a lot closer than that, with the Canon I have I can go nearly to the size of a credit card (or slightly smaller).
    A water proof camera is very handy for anyone who spends a lot of time outdoors, not just because you don’t have to worry about rain but also you can use it on the beach and don’t have to worry about sand, if you get it mucky then you can wash it under the tap . . . and so on.
    Thanks Peter for posting your test, it should convince the skeptics.
    David

  2. Peter Donegan MI Hort
    Peter Donegan MI Hort says:

    A Chara David,

    well thanks to you I’ve got a new [durable] piece in my arsenal.

    From a blog point of view its just easier not to have to reduce every photo individually…. that said I know from a ‘searching for images for an article to be [paper] published’ point of view – it does leave me in a slight pickle.

    That said – so far so good. Really appreciate the advice David 🙂
    beir bua
    peter

    ps: i poped in a video just for to show how good the quality on that is too – recorded on arthurs day at the academy. 😉

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