Recently when I was in the market to buy a new compact digital camera for surf trips, I asked my pro photographer buddies what they’d recommend. Every one of them answered the same: the 14.7-megapixel Canon PowerShot G10.
Though I could go on and on about why it’s the best high-end compact digital camera on the market, what makes it particularly cool for surfers is the optional Canon Waterproof Case. Made of clear polycarbonate with a solid O-ring seal and easy-to-close latch, this case keeps your G10 safe and dry (down to depths of 40m/130ft) while still giving you access to all of the camera’s functions, including the zoom lens. Traditionally you’d have to spend between a lot of cash for a high-quality underwater housing, but now you can get both the G10 and housing for a much more manageable price, making this the next best thing to a professional surf photographer’s rig.
(PowerShot G10 – US$499; UK£370; AU$650 – Waterproof Case – US$240; UK£180; AU$280 www.canon.com