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| p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Help: Shockproof/waterproof P&S under $250?? |
Never owned an Oly tough camera, sorry.
I have a Nikon AW-100 and previously had a Panasonic TS-2 (now they are up to TS-4). The Panasonic served us well for about 2 years, several beach trips, many pool trips. The lens is much better on the wide end and sucks at the tele end. The Nikon has seen 2 trips to the beach, IQ is realistically the same. All of these tiny lens waterproof cams seem to do better at the wide end. All flare like gangbusters.
The Nikon closure mechanism inspires more confindence than the Panasonic did. For any of these cameras, the key is to immediately submerge them in a bowl or glass of water after saltwater use, for 30 minutes. Then dry it off, carefully open the hatch, and soak up any leftover water before it drips into the camera internals. Both cameras would trap some water at the gaskets. The Nikon closure is tighter than the Panasonic with a "safer" lock mechanism. I got lazy with the Panasonic, often after too many Coronas, and that spelled doom when internal rust showed up
The Nikon has one neat feature where you can push a big button on the side and shake the camera to scroll through scene modes. It's surprisingly not a bad alternative to menu diving with the tiny 4-way pad. I use it to switch between beach mode and underwater mode. By the way, no meaningful manual controls.
Both cameras have survived drops from toddler height, no problem, to concrete or hard wood. In the "off-season" it's my 3-year-old's camera