Olympus 850 SW for £132- a good deal?

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  • Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    Intrested in one of these- for kayaking, biking and skiing use, as well as normal compact duties.

    Numerous reports of not perfect image quality- is it one to avoid?

    Premier Icon aracer
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    Depends what you mean. I’m sure the fussy semi-pro photographers will pop up and say the image quality is rubbish, but as somebody not quite at that level, I can’t say I’ve noticed any issues. Shutter lag is fine too. Owning one of these means I actually have it with me to take pics, which is the crucial thing. I’d certainly happily buy another one if it was stolen.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    Image quality is okay for my purposes, but then again I bought it more for it being rugged and waterproof – and besides I’m a $hit photographer anyway!

    You can see the quality of images taken by the camera owners on Flickr.

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    I’m coming from previoussly Nokia 6500 slide (current), Sony K800i and a Sony DSC H1

    How much did you spend?

    Premier Icon postierich
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    I rate it as I,ve trashed loads of cameras

    Rich

    Premier Icon postierich
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    Paid £150 for mine 3 months ago came with case and memory card and spare battery.

    Premier Icon househusband
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    How much did you spend?

    Think I got it for £160 (maybe £150) from John Lewis, about three months ago.

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    postierich- where from?

    Premier Icon postierich
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    Paid £150 for mine 3 months ago came with case and memory card and spare battery.

    Premier Icon postierich
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    Whoops bought mine from Jessops they were doing a deal where you got £30 in vouchers hence the extras.

    brakes
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    I’ve had one a while, I really like it – like others have said it’s good for chucking in your backpack
    the shutter lag is a bit of a pain sometimes, especially when you don’t have time to set up a shot and need to take one with little notice

    Premier Icon rockthreegozy
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    brakes- no good for action shots then (thinking kayaking?)

    Premier Icon miketually
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    brakes- no good for action shots then (thinking kayaking?)

    Better than a camera that’s tucked up safely at home…

    I think we’ll be getting one of these as the kids (3 and 5) like to ‘borrow’ our cameras. Our last camera packed up after a day at the beach.

    brakes
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    I’ve used it for biking and you can get good shots, it’s just a bit hit and miss sometimes
    I find it struggles in wooded areas where there is lots to confuse the autofocus and the light isn’t the best – those kind of shots where you’re trying to pan with someone on a bike
    the water in the background of kayaking photos might create similar issues

    it’s not an expensive camera though and it is tough

    I’ve had one for a while and I really rate it. Great for sailing/wakeboarding/riding pics.

    Pretty much bombproof from my experience.

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