I own a Sanyo Xacti C4 and it has served me very well for a long time. I would like to have a camera to take with my on my kayak trips. I think I have found the one I want. It was announced the other day on Gizmodo and it is the Sanyo Xacti E1. It is waterproof up to 5 feet down so no scuba diving but it would go well mounted on my kayak so I can make videos as I paddle.

Gotta save my pennies to get one.

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  1. Gizmo says:

    That’s a pretty impressive camera. Unfortunately , a friend of mine , who is into the latest gadgets , bought it and gave it a test run. But he did not read the most important specs : ” Waterproof: submersible to a depth of five feet for 60 minutes “. Now he has a useless gadget. I felt sorry for him. But, he can afford to wreck it :D

  2. Drew says:

    well if he has the money to just toss out maybe he would want to sponsor my podcast. :-)

    My plan of attack is always read the directions. That is too bad about your friend’s camera.

  3. Shep says:

    This was a pretty compelling camera – I remember when it came out. Pentax recently updated their popular Optio W-series to increase still-shot resolution to 7mp. However, the earlier models could still shoot 640×480 video @ 30fps until your memory runs out. I think these waterproof cameras have the added advantage over the sanyo since they are strong digicams in their own right.
    I posted a note about the latest – the Optio W30.
    Just thought I’d add this to the comment board to suggest another cool option. Thanks!

  4. The BenSpark says:

    Hi Shep,
    That camera you mention sounds pretty good. I did go with the Sanyo EC1 because I had such great luck with Sanyo in the past. I’m a fan, I took over 8000 photos and hours and hours of video on my C4 and now with the waterproof one I am raring to get back on the water to do more on the water podcasts.

  5. MapMan says:

    I have had experience taking photos of guests on my kayak tours (http://www.DoorCountyKayaktours.com) with the Optio and with a Cannon sd800 with the waterproof housing. The optio is crap and gets washed out and takes forever to take a picture. The cannon is great with the housing, but the housing costs @$140 extra. I have thrown the camera and housing off a 30 foot cliff into the water, with no harm. It also lets me keep track of the camera, cause it floats! I will have to check out the sanyo, cause I am thinking of getting into some video shooting.

  6. The BenSpark says:

    Thanks MapMan,
    I got the Sanyo EC1 and can’t wait to try it on the water. A Waterproof housing for the SD800 sounds like a good idea as well. That is a decent camera and It takes better photos than the EC1. But the EC1 takes better video.