There's a couple of cameras which appear to be very kayak friendly, Pentax produce the Optio in the 30 and 60 versions and Olympus produce a few cameras in their 'SW' range. SW standing for shock and waterproof.
- Shockproof when dropped from 1.5m
- Waterproof to 10m
- Operates at temperatures as low -10°C
- Crush weight of 100kg
- 7.1 Mega pixels
- 3x Optical Zoom
- 2.5" LCD Screen
It's also nice and compact measuring in at 91.8mm x 59.2mm x 20.6mm.
I opted to fit a 2GB memory card, which with the resolution set to maximum allowed 600 photos to be stored. With the memory card removed and the resolution dropped down slightly you can store around 20 photos. Quite handy should you forget the memory card!.
The power button is on top, operating this cause the lens guard to retract, almost silently and the camera is powered up within a second, it's very fast. The display is large and the resolution quite good, though not as good as the TZ1, however it's only required to frame and view a photo at the end of the day.
The same can be said for the computer/USB connection point.
There are many preset scene programs, twenty fours in all - Portrait, Landscape, Landscape + Portrait, Night Scene, Night + Portrait, Sport, Indoor, Candle, Self Portrait, Available Light Portrait, Sunset, Fireworks, Cuisine, Behind Glass, Documents, Auction, Shoot & Select 1, Shoot & Select 2, Beach & Snow, Underwater Snapshot, Underwater Wide 1, Underwater Wide 2, Underwater Macro, Movie.
- Wrist Strap
- Battery Charger
- USB Cable
- AV Cable
- CDROM - Olympus Master 2 Software
The photos to date have proved to be more than acceptable for my requirements, the same can be said about the video capability. Below are a couple of examples of photos taken by myself using this camera, landscape, portrait, underwater and macro. Obviously the quality of these photos has been dramatically reduced by uploading them here onto Blogger.