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I have no Ryobi tools, but they are offering a camera that appears pretty rugged. Dustproof, water resistant, etc.

Anyone have one and are they any good?

I need one that I don't have to keep running back and forth to the truck.

Thanks for any review.
 

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I have a Nikon that i use. It was expensive and said it was not water proof or dustproof. But ill tell you that thing has been through it all and has an 18x zoom. I think it is the P80. And picture quality is top notch. I heard the Ryobi didn't take very good pictures and zoom is like nothing, if any.
 

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I use a Olympus 725SW. The thing has been through the wars, Droped in buckets or water, Dropped from 10ft high onto concrete, Ended up 6 ft under in the lake last summer and still it Carry's on working. I'm sure you could pick up a new model but it's def the strongest camera i have ever owned and i have been through some. But the most fun thing is throw it to someone in a pool then watch their face as it drops to the bottom.

 

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I am still using my HP 2 megapixel camera from many years ago. It has probably taken thousands of pics and still works well. I will need to upgrade soon though because it uses the old CF card.
Having a camera in the truck at all times is priceless. How many times have you gone to look at a job and returned home only to forget about some details? Not sure bout the ryobis. I have seen them and have actually used the noise reducing headphones (which were amazing) but most of the other tools in that set seem worthless. I would probably just opt for a decnt 10 megapixel camera which can be had now for about 100 bucks or so.
 

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I have an old baffed cannon.

I wouldnt buy a ryobi camera since the canon has been beat to bones and has held up fine.
 

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Thanks guys. I'm a little leery of the Ryobi name because (well-you know)

Looks like I have more options than I thought. The $200 price tag is about what I was looking for. I'm checking out all your suggestions!

(It's hard to compete against the tried and true Nikon, Olympus, Argus, Canon, etc.):notworthy
 

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I've used a beater camera, 3MP or so for the before and during pics. I prefer taking before pics with a lower grade camera to help make the before look, well not so nice. I don't bring the good camera with until the final shots are taken at which time, I don't have to worry about dirt and such. Example:

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I've used a beater camera, 3MP or so for the before and during pics. I prefer taking before pics with a lower grade camera to help make the before look, well not so nice. I don't bring the good camera with until the final shots are taken at which time, I don't have to worry about dirt and such. Example:

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After:
I agree, however when your a framer, all the pics have that "before" look.
 

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I agree, however when your a framer, all the pics have that "before" look.
That's true, along with electricians and plumbers. In which case, I'd use a better camera to display your craft which rarely sees the light of day.

You guys need to work harder to showcase something that isn't seen at the end of the project.
 

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I've used a beater camera, 3MP or so for the before and during pics. I prefer taking before pics with a lower grade camera to help make the before look, well not so nice. I don't bring the good camera with until the final shots are taken at which time, I don't have to worry about dirt and such. Example:

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After:
You can take the B4 pics with any camera - load it to the computer then turn it black & White! Even poor after pics look good :clap:
 

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Angus, I was thinking along the same lines. You too Davinci (Davinci Remodel that is-there's another poster with a similar screen name here now)

I was mostly looking for a rough and tumble camera to document problems as well as do before photos. The afters are an entire different story.
 

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I have the Nikon L18 that I use for mostly everything. Picture quality is really good, it's 8.0 MP. I think they're $100 at Wallymart
 

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Olympus is what I use.

The one I have is waterproof to 10 feet, dustproof, freeze proof, can be dropped from 5 or 6 feet with no damage.

I also found an after market silicone "skin" that fits it like a glove and offers even more protection.

The Olympus models will fit in your pocket, take great pics, and are pretty much worry free, if not indestructable.


Now if I could get mine back from my kid.......
 

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Angus, I was thinking along the same lines. You too Davinci (Davinci Remodel that is-there's another poster with a similar screen name here now)

I was mostly looking for a rough and tumble camera to document problems as well as do before photos. The afters are an entire different story.

Well then if you're getting something new, I'd go with some of the suggestions for a "rugged" one.
 

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I realize it may be a canon or nikon with a ryobi housing; but i still feel uneasy buying a camera from a non-camera company.

Besides its probably a cheap camera marked up for the rubber housing.
 
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