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    During my short break, I inadvertently carried out an experiment which revealed that my compact digital camera does not work when dropped into the sea for approx 1 second from a height of 4ft.

    It also then fails to work... ever again.

    Can anyone recommend a digital SLR camera which has manual as well as automatic setting capability? Obviously price will be an important consideration for me (sob!)

    I have been having a look at the Nikon D40, so feedback would be good if anyone owns such a model.

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    Oh Si - what were you trying to do?! I will leave the experts to give advice on the camera, but could I just add that keeping cameras out of sea water would be a tip I could pass on!!
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Ifor-Jones View Post
      Oh Si - what were you trying to do?! I will leave the experts to give advice on the camera, but could I just add that keeping cameras out of sea water would be a tip I could pass on!!
      I forgot that I had tucked it into my shirt pocket when I was searching for crabs and fish with my little girl... d'oh.

      Thanks for the tip, I will bear it in mind!

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      • #4
        Ok - so I agree with Ifor, its never a good idea to drop your camera in the sea, however mine has had a few bumps and scrapes and mucky puddle moments but I am pleased to say it seems to be indestructable and still does its job!. I have an Olympus (sorry don't know any more than that - not very teccy!!!).
        Good luck with your search.
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        • #5
          I've needed to upgrade to a decent camera for some time and this incident has forced my hand unfortunately!
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          • #6
            I have not personaly got one but when I did digital imaging last year my tutor had a Nixon D40 and it is now on my wish list, tutor taught A level photography and was also a wedding photographer.

            My son dropped his sisters camera in a paddlig pool in the summer that also was not water proof
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            • #7
              Hi my sister does photography and uses a Canon not too sure of the actual model number but she swears by it. I have a Canon A40, out of date now, but easy to use.
              Best to go a a camera shop and tell them what you want ot use it for etc, then order on line for a cheaper price.

              Good Luck.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Caroleecrafts View Post
                Best to go a a camera shop and tell them what you want ot use it for etc, then order on line for a cheaper price.
                Good advice, thanks for that. Might just do that next time I'm in town.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by woodtattoos View Post
                  I forgot that I had tucked it into my shirt pocket when I was searching for crabs and fish with my little girl... d'oh.

                  Thanks for the tip, I will bear it in mind!

                  Si.
                  Well if it was a mishap that is more understandable - I thought you were probably trying to photograph the fish from above the water!!
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                  • #10
                    Oh dear! I think most cameras and water don't mix too well? Can you claim on any insurance?

                    I researched this one a few months ago. I wanted to upgrade my Pentax 35mm SLR to a digital and the Nikon D40 came out on top for SLRs. Even went into a shop to try it out and was very impressed - light, easy to use, fully manual or automatic options plus interchangeable lenses.

                    Sadlyin the end I couldn't afford it and settled for another compact - Fuji Finepix F30 - which does it's job admirably!
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                    • #11
                      My other half has a fugi finepix something or other and he loves it. I can't (haven't bothered trying very hard figure it out though!
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                      • #12
                        Mr Jelly did a LOT of research on the interweb when my last camera broke.

                        I told him I needed it to have manual settings as well as a really good macro for tight close-up shots.

                        He went onto all sorts of websites where they show comparison photos - using different models of cameras.

                        The one he picked for me was the Finepix S8000fd which I think has now been upgraded again.

                        I know we've had a couple of Finepix cameras and I've always found their images to be really crisp.

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                        • #13
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                          Oh dear! sounds like you need to get some kind person in here to make you a camera strap! I use a Nikon D70 - and I love it to pieces. It's more than I really need but it lets me create photo's for my shop, etc. I like playing around with printing onto fabric and I can get wonderful numbers of pixels to play with. It doubles as a family camera for holidays and is great when I'm trying to be a photographic artist (Yeah! right - more self-delusion.). The manual and automatic switch between is useful. Raw, jpg formats etc. Loads more to do than I'll ever work out that's for sure. My husband also has a Nikon camera and that means we can share lenses (theoretically)!
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                          • #14
                            Camera + salty water = kaput.

                            Can't help you with the SLR... my dad has one but I have no idea what make. He got his from the outdoors show and wanted it to fit lenses he already had. It's pretty nifty though!
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                            • #15
                              Lots of good advice so far here. I hadn't considered the insurance actually, I will have to look into my policy to see if I'm covered. It obviously won't cover it completely but it may add a bit of extra money towards it.

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