/ Which rugged waterproof compact?
GPS in cameras just eats battery, tends not to be very good and might slow down some operations, too. There are a few tools about that can geotag your photos given a GPX log if you really, really needed such functionality.
I'm more in favour of getting a standard compact with a waterproof case. They're not quite so rugged, admittedly, but they're vastly better cameras for the same price. When I'm not actually swimming or in driving rain, I just use an old canon compact in a little peli case and extract it when needed.
Olympus Stylus TG-830
we have owned one for 3-4 years
pretty tough, used for - winter, trad, swimming (sea,river,lake,pool), jumping in ghylls, using as a mace by 5 yr old
we have done quite a bit of this
wife dropped it a couple of time(bent it dropping it on a boulder)
the kids (3 of them) have all dropped and abused it
this summer i dropped it 4-5m down a 'step' on Cillan head.
In the late summer during a swim in Blea Tarn water penetrated the camera while filming underwater at depth 2m
i think the years of dropping and abuse had loosened the seals
the camera died
tried to dry it out in airing cupboard, no good
finally took it apart (easy, just remember how to rebuild)and dried it again
hurrah its working again
it can't go underwater any more but its a tough cookie and takes decent photos
I am going to buy another tough
Group review here- http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2013-waterproof-roundup?utm_campaign=internal-link&utm_source=ma...
I have use Canon and it was excellent
Panasonic Lumix FT2 is very compact, solid and takes decent photos. Only been on one trip so we'll have to see how it stands up to punishment.
Personally I prefer lightweight to GPS when climbing.
you're going to have to really wet to test it
wetsuit in a ghyll is my tip
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