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I've done the background research and know the general specs that I am looking for. 5 megapixels, adequate zoom (12x - optical). Big memory card (undecided on format).

Specific to skiing, it should be somewhat small, able to withstand harsh conditions and have a quick auto focus/shutter response.

Accordingly, are there any models that anyone has used and would recommend or avoid?

I'm looking to spend $50 - just kidding. Less than $500...preferably a lot less.

post #2 of 7
I like my Kodak V530. have had really good luck taking pictures and small video with it.
Have never had the battery go dead on a ski day.
The new model to replace the 530 is V630 is 6 mp and is still around 300.00. Good buy and Kodak backs up their producs.

Although, Cirquerider will likely chime in and he will give me grief over my kodak.
post #3 of 7
New member here (long time reader)... There are a lot of really thorough reviews at steves-digicams.com. The Canon SD400 series fits your description (their processor is excellent and the camera has a rapid shot "burst" feature). Not sure about its resilience in skiing conditions. I have a Casio EX-S600, largely because of its video capability, but again, it's not weatherproof.
post #4 of 7
I agree with the previous comments. I have a Canon A-620. It has a 7.1 megapixel resolution, 4x zoom, 2 frame/second fast continuous shooting, DIGIC II processor making it very fast; shoots 640x480 MMPEG4 movies up to the capacity of your memory card, and operates on rechargable (and cheap) AA batteries. The camera is 4" x 2.6" x 1.9" and fits in a jacket pocket. I have never had problems with battery power, and can carry a spare set of AAs just in case. I have shot over 300 pictures without a recharge. Great optics, good performance, and a price comparable to the 5 MP cameras above.
post #5 of 7
You'll struggle to get 12x optical in a small camera.

Panasonic do a couple, as do Kodak, and I think Canon maybe has one as well.
I don't know the Kodaks, but the Canon and Panasonics are good cameras.
post #6 of 7
I have a Canon PowerShot model. Couple years old, so it's not as slim as some of the newer models (i.e., takes 4 AA batteries), but it works just fine for skiing purposes. I just stuff it in a zip-lock bag inside my fanny pack. I don't take it out on bitterly cold days, but it's survived plenty of "normal" days. Plenty of zoom capabilities, has a "snow" option that helps it from being blinded on the bright days, and nice big buttons that are workable with gloves (the "workable with gloves" thing I found eliminated a lot of models right off the bat).

How many moving parts do digital cameras have anyway? I'd think you could fairly easily design a digital camera that doesn't have a mechanical shutter like film cameras do. In my experience with high-movement activities and electronics -- moving parts are bad.
post #7 of 7
I've got the predecessor to the Canon SD400, the SD300...it's an awesome little camera. The thing that sets the Canons apart is that you can do 640x480 video till the card is full versus being limited to 30 seconds or so. Also they have a high speed video mode.

If you want to see a video clip, check it out:


It's important to note that the vid was resized and compressed for the web. Also we shot this at the end of the day, so the we are a bit unsteady in the wind.
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