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I Need a New Camera

I have had a bit of a love affair with my red Olympus Stylus Tough 3000. It is a great little camera. It’s lightweight at under 4.5 ounces (essential for backpacking!), compact and takes great pictures. It’s waterproof up to 10 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, dustproof and otherwise backpacker-friendly.

So why do I need a new one? On a recent trip to DC (where I had an enjoyable stay at the Westin Alexandria), I lost it. It’s nowhere to be found–I’ve even called the hotel on the off chance it got left in the room and discovered by an altruistic cleaner. I’ve reconciled¬†with the loss. So, I’m in the market for a replacement.

I’m seriously considering the Olympus Stylus Tough 810 and the less-expensive Olympus Stylus Tough 820¬†iHS. The 810 is cool with a built-in GPS, which sounds great for backpacking. However, I’m concerned with the shortened battery life that must come along with that. Both cameras seem to have good pictures for a point and shoot. The other concern that I have is that both of those cameras are about 3 ounces heavier than my 3000. Three ounces may not seem like a lot, but when you’re carrying it all for 10-15 miles a day for days on end that weight starts to matter.

Does anyone have any experiences with these (or similar) cameras? I’m in a pretty quick market as I’m heading out for a 10-day trip next week and would like to have the replacement camera with me when I go.


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