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Hi All,

Recently my Sony TX5 camera died.  Since then I have been doing fine with my iPhone 5, it takes excellent photos including panorama which is superb.   But I still seem to like a separate camera for images. With a simple memory card. What do you'all think if I can put it in Southern US terms.. Am I getting old...

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You should definitely consider the Olympus "Tough" cameras. Waterproof, dust proof, shock proof, built in GPS, wifi photo downloading and remote control (via an app), extreme macro with microscope mode (44X magnification). I absolutely love mine!

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I will definitely look at that one.  Years ago when I bought my Sony TX5 I said to the salesman - I always get poor low light performance (from prior Nikon) and he said - what about this one, it has a special sensor (exmore R CMOS sensor) different to others.   whatever that means. Better in low light. I was looking for a Nikon but was so impressed I bought the Sony.  (and definitely impressed) And recently began looking for the latest Sony equivalent but there does not seem one. (following my TX5 catastrophic failure)

Nowadays my iPhone takes fantastic photos (can't understand how that sort of quality can come out of a fraction of an inch diameter lens) but as stated earlier I would like a separate camera. The bigger lens the better quality is my motto.

I do like the built in GPS and wifi. Maybe for Christmas... sorry .. holidays...  oh never mind with all the stuff going on around the world. (not meant to start anything on forum!!!!!)

Will check out the Olympus Rusty!

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So Vibe, it's been a year now.... did you ever buy a new camera?
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Hi Rusty,

I ended up buying a Nikon AW130. In camo colour (best of available on the spot) Very nice unit and very solid.  Shockproof up to a decent height but I can't remember how high.  And waterproof to 10 metres.  Now I don't take it swimming but like buying waterproof so it doesn't die when I carry it on the wet end of a paper machine.  Last year I killed an iPhone 5 like that and cost me AUD$450 to get a new replacement on the special Apple deal avoiding having to buy a new one full price.

The Nikon takes great shots and it is easy to copy to computer. rgds
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Running with this thread,

I have gotten used to using my Android phone with Aashampoo's app to mark up the images.

When I find a fault in the field I snap the image, circle the fault, annotate the image and then email the image to my office. It is waiting for me when I get back to put in a report or forward on to whoever (whomever?) needs to see it.

No downloading necessary and the work has already been done while it is fresh in my mind. But you have to have cell signal.


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Vibe, that AW130 looks pretty sweet. I like that it's fairly flat. That would certainly ride better in the leg pocket of my work pants. I first brought a less expensive Fuji camera that was built more like yours, but the Olympus macro and microscope mode are so much better for what I do.

There are a indeed some very useful apps out there for field use. But I never carry my phone when I'm actually collecting data. With all the other stuff I tote around, I just don't have room. But mostly I can't afford to lose it, or break it, as it's too critical from a business standpoint.

My Olympus has wireless photo transfer to an app, but I seldom do that as it's still a lot of trouble. In a few years we will see cameras that function more like smart phones, with downloadable apps.

They say that video is the future of the Internet. Why do you think the technical forums that we use don't make better use of video? Or, why don't we technical types use video? Are we just too old?

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  They say that video is the future of the Internet. Why do you think the technical forums that we use don't make better use of video? Or, why don't we technical types use video? Are we just too old?


One of the reason is that Youtube is blocked in most companies and videos eat a lot of data on our cellular contracts.
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@Aubrey, I use Evernote for collecting my field notes whilst walking routes, I can input notes and take photos with my iPhone 5 from the app which I then can annotate and draw markers on etc, the app syncs with my laptop and whilst I'm writing up reports all the details are there and I can copy them into the reports, no need to email them anywhere, it's all there in front of me.
I can also record audio of a machine to listen back to in my office after.
I can email the notes from the app using the phone's native address book.

attached is a screenshot.
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I use OneNote for my notes but the company I am contracted to will not allow me to access it. The same thing with Evernote.

IT departments. I know why they have to do it but it just throws a roadblock into making things easy.

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Evernote… That's actually not a bad idea. I have an old iPhone 4s that I could use for that and leave my regular phone in the truck. Interesting.
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Yes Rusty you could then if it's got wifi just syncs it up when you have your signal, I have my iPhone 5S in an otter box defender case pretty much essential I've dropped in water coal dust grease etc and it's still 'Alive'


https://www.google.ie/search?q=otterbox+defender+5s&rlz=1C9BKJA_enIE641IE641&hl=en-GB&biw=768&bih=909&prmd=ivsn&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjN9OXmluXQAhWDJ8AKHQH9AnUQ_AUIBygB&dpr=2#hl=en-GB&tbm=isch&q=otterbox+protector+5s&imgrc=XBsM_LlFE8L7YM%3A
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Hi All,

Recently my Sony TX5 camera died.  Since then I have been doing fine with my iPhone 5, it takes excellent photos including panorama which is superb.   But I still seem to like a separate camera for images. With a simple memory card. What do you'all think if I can put it in Southern US terms.. Am I getting old...

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Using iPhone is good, but using camera is different thing. I'm not a professional photographer, but I used to choose a camera for myself. First of all, you should know what you're going to shoot, what your photographer skills are, and of course how much money you are ready to pay for it. It's better not to buy a "fancy" camera unless you know how to use it, you will only be using it as a point and shoot. If you just want to use while your journeys and home purpose you can select Canon EOS (you can easely find information about it in Internet), as I did. And you can select lens for it. For my camera I bought DSLR lens EF 70-300mm http://wholetechnics.com/camera-lenses/canon-camera-lenses-136.html and I was satisfied with my purchase. Making photos is my hobby now, and after improving my skills (and saving money[smile]) I'm going to buy more professional camera. 
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