Best compact zoom lens camera

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Subject: Best compact zoom lens camera
From: "Philip Veerman" <>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:04:24 +1100
This is probably a bit too low-tech and surely those interested would know.
On my recent (last month) boat trip at Palawan island, Philippines, the tour
company hires out waterproof camera holders to tourists. These are plastic
full covers that allow you to put your little compact camera underwater to
take photos of fish etc. They have different sizes to fit the various models
of these cameras. My little camera survived fine. But this is not a birding


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of
Peter Shute
Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:57 PM
To: 'Carl Clifford'; Michael Hunter
Subject: Best compact zoom lens camera

I wonder if it would be possible to build (or buy?) and waterproof case for
a long zoom compact. Perhaps a commercial underwater case with a tube for
the lens glued to the front? The challenge would be to make it small and
light enough to not be unwieldy.

It doesn't solve the manual focus problem though.

Peter Shute

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Carl Clifford 
> Sent: Wednesday, 25 February 2015 12:37 PM
> To: Michael Hunter
> Cc: 
> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Best compact zoom lens camera
> 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). 
> Cheers,
> Carl Clifford
> > 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 shots.
> > 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?
> > 
> >             TIA
> > 
> > 
> >                   Michael

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