Michael, I think you are looking for a beast that does not exist. All external
zoom compacts are subject to humidity problems. The lens segment seals must be
loose enough to allow the segments to slide over each other when zooming.
Unfortunately these seals are not air tight, ad suck a little bit of that nice
humid air into the body of the camera. I Have killed 2 cameras in the tropics,
so far because of this.
You can reduce the risk of your cameras death by humidity, by storing it in a
good dry bag with plenty of silica gel when not using it in the field.
The only really humidity & water proof cameras out there are compacts ,
unfortunately with rather short internal zooms (4 to 5 x).
> On 24 Feb 2015, at 10:53 pm, Michael Hunter <> wrote:
> Apologies for the last message, it's somewhere in my IPhone .
> I am had a Panasonic compact with 24x optical zoom which was lightweight,
> hung around my neck on a shortened strap, above the Swarovskis, leaving both
> hands free, didn't catch on vegetation was easy to use for simple recording
> BUT it had an almost useless manual focus so that instead of the head of the
> bird in back of the tree it focused on branches and leaves.
> It drowned in the humidity of West Papua, while taking pics of Wilsons
> BoP from a hide, I got one exposure of that incredible bird. A new Canon
> with super zoom on that trip also seized up.
> So does anyone actually know of (reading the specs on Camera
> Warehouse or talking to their experts ain't enough) a lightweight
> humidity-proof compact with fast and precise manual focus on a 24x shake
> compensated lens?
> Sent from my iPhone
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