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Old 02-17-2009, 10:45 AM
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I have a need for about 75-100 digital cameras.

Need decent quality with a pretty good zoom but has to be tough. These will be in the feild, up ladders, under houses, etc. Also need to have a fairly low resolution option (not VGA low)


I have a Coolpix L10 that I really like but I'm thinking it may not hold up to the rigor of the field.



Any suggestions? Or some websites/forums to do research?
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I hope you know Joe that a camera takes more then one picture each.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:02 AM
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Garett - 2/17/2009 1:57 PM

I hope you know Joe that a camera takes more then one picture each.
shit.... I guess I should have asked this question before I bought the first 50...


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I have found that Canon Powershots are almost indestructable.
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I have found that Canon Powershots are almost indestructable.
I too do see a lot of the trades people using the Powershot.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:37 AM
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If you want tough with good pic quality and variable resolution options go with Olympus Stylus. I loved my model 1020. I just upgaded to the 1030. The 1020 is shock proof to withstand a 5 ft. fall. It can take pictures up to 10 ft. underwater. It is dust and sand proof. There are many settings for pictures in different light conditions. There is even a night and underwater mode. I am in the construction business so I know how things get treated in the field. This camera handles all work and boat related needs. It was the toughest camera I found in my research and it has lived up to its capabilities.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:43 AM
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I second the Olympus Stylus line. Drop it, get it wet, frozen whatever, they just don't die. I bought one for my son last summer and was so impressed I bought another for myself to keep on the boat. My Nikon D80 doesn't make it on the boat anymore.
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Old 02-17-2009, 11:53 AM
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I use a 4 year old Canon in my appraisal business. Very durable, large enough to be handled comfortably, standard AA batteries, and compactflash memory. While I use NiMH rechargeables for daily use, the ability to stop into any drugstore/quickiemart and pick up a set of disposable alkaline AA's has bailed me out more than once. The compactflash memory is also great - the memory package is large and rugged enough to handle repeated downloads out of the camera in a card reader. The older Canon's are cheap and very well built. I have several thousand shots on mine, and it works quite well - its been dropped, rained on, sat in a 160 degree car in the Florida summer sun, ect. On the down side, I have not been able to shoot any pictures that are "Sandbar" worthy.
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redneck joe - 2/18/2009 2:45 AM

Need decent quality with a pretty good zoom but has to be tough. These will be in the feild, up ladders, under houses, etc.
Not "decent" quality; very good quality: Ricoh G600. It is marketed for "Business and Outdoor", whatever that is supposed to mean.



Not cheap. Only places in the US that sell it are Adorama and PopFlash Photo. PopFlash sells it for $600 in Ebay. They are a 100% credible company, call and buy over the phone from them if you want to avoid Ebay. Adorama is also a very credible camera mailorder company.

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Old 02-21-2009, 10:58 AM
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wow. looks like a killer unit but unfortunately out of our price range.

we currently spend $80-100 per unit and I'm pretty sure I can sell them on a $200 or so if i can ROI it but not sure if I can pull off a $600..

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What about getting cheap one that you can just replace when needed, or maybe giving employees a camera credit per year and they are responsible for the camera? Just thinking. I do have a canon powershot and have dropped it more than once and it still works.
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TheRealMacGyver - 2/22/2009 4:19 AM

What about getting cheap one that you can just replace when needed, or maybe giving employees a camera credit per year and they are responsible for the camera?
Two thoughts (a) you want a camera and want it to work when you need it. Having to replace a camera means you are without a camera for at least part of the time. (b) Many states do not allow employees to be held responsible for their employer's property. In those states the company is responsible for the cameras they "lend" to employees, even if the employee neglects the equipment.
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23Dorado - 2/17/2009 2:14 PM

I have found that Canon Powershots are almost indestructable.
Ditto. I have a Powershot S500 that I have use in the field for probably close to 5 years now, and it's pretty much been abused, gotten wet, and not very well cared for....still takes pics like a champ.
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