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    Default Camera for industrial site use

    Need some suggestions here please.

    What ruggedised point and shoot can I buy for my office to use on industrial sites. Need reasonable quality images, good low light performance and definite ability to take a few knocks whilst we clamber around structures and in and out of tanks and other dirty places. A degree of waterproofing would also be nice but not essential.

    Oh, last point, assume that none of the operators are likely to be "rocket scientists" when it comes to photography.
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    I'd go with a Olympus tough I still want to get one my self

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    Default Re: Camera for industrial site use

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I'd go with a Olympus tough I still want to get one my self
    Thats the one I have... pretty decent... BUT low light is always going to be a problem because all of the ruggedized cameras have very small sensors

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    You mention clambering around structures and tanks....presume this will be a rope access technician doing inspections? Depending the type of industrial sites if any of the locations are rated as confined spaces or if they are rated as Zone 1 or Zone 2 Hazardous areas (gas or powder ignition risk) then you need to check if an intrinsically safe camera with an Atex or IECEx rating is required.

    do a search for intrinsically safe cameras and you will come with several specialist types. These usually have a big bright flash built in and close focusing capability for capturing small details like corrosion, cracks, tags etc.

    I would first clarify the safety requirements before making a purchase
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    Default Re: Camera for industrial site use

    Quote Originally Posted by James Voortman View Post
    You mention clambering around structures and tanks....presume this will be a rope access technician doing inspections? Depending the type of industrial sites if any of the locations are rated as confined spaces or if they are rated as Zone 1 or Zone 2 Hazardous areas (gas or powder ignition risk) then you need to check if an intrinsically safe camera with an Atex or IECEx rating is required.

    do a search for intrinsically safe cameras and you will come with several specialist types. These usually have a big bright flash built in and close focusing capability for capturing small details like corrosion, cracks, tags etc.

    I would first clarify the safety requirements before making a purchase
    Hi James

    Thanks for this advice. I'm aware of this type of equipment but our requirement is more general and will usually only take pictures under permit conditions stipulated by the client organisation. We really only require something that is robust and does not mind the odd knock or getting wet. I've homed in on the Olympus Tough TG-2 (waterproof, "shockproof" and nice large aperture).
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    Hey there,

    Thanks for this advice. I'm aware of this type of equipment but our requirement is more general and will usually only take pictures under permit conditions stipulated by the client organisation.

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    Default Re: Camera for industrial site use

    VERY DIFFICULT !!


    As an engineer I take thousands of pictures on site and know the envirenment.


    I have a retired Olympus - did good duty. Excellent value for money ! But low light is not its friend !! And the uninformed dont keep it still long enough and you end with blurred pictured (delayed shutter operation)

    I have considered "loaning" the wifes Nikon AW100 - apart from the emotional distress this may cause, this camera is not good enough in low light !! And though the flash is good for short distances in low light it is no where near good enough for what I need on site. Its rugged and water proof design is appelaing though.


    I currently use a G15 on site. Best low light ability of this range of cameras. EXCELLENT in large volume dark areas !! CONS - just too heavy for a point and shoot, the two turn dials keep on being turned when you put the camera in your pocket (REAL pain if somebody does not know what those dials are for), you MUST know how to use the flash !! (works GOOD, but wont come on automatically!) It IS rugged, uhm dont ask ...


    the one thing you did not mention - what type of sites ?? Most of the times I work in confined spaces and need a WIDE angle. But for some sites you need more zoom than the average point and shoot can offer ....


    the other ting to consider - video capability. It is VERY handy to be able to take a 5 to 10 second clip to capture a "wider scene". These are VERY VERY handy back in the boardroom !!


    In fact, I have a GoPro mounted on a safety helmet. Have used this during site surveys .... strange how quickly contractors stop "telling stories", and start towing the line .....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naveed123 View Post
    Hey there,

    Thanks for this advice. I'm aware of this type of equipment but our requirement is more general and will usually only take pictures under permit conditions stipulated by the client organisation.
    uhm ja ... have some VERY interesting photos, that I may NEVER share publicly ....


    on the flip side, every so often I have an accomodating client then I drag out the 5D and take some stunning pics for their (and our) websites

    Recently did this at the new Chapmans peak toll plaza. The photo is now used by most of the professionals on the project Might even appear in a publication about the project.

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    Hi guys

    Just want to re-iterate that for usage in areas classified as hazardous in terms of gas/vapour/dust explosion hazard you need to use properly rated, intrinsically safe cameras, except where the equipment has been shut down, de-energised, cooled, cleaned, ventilated and declared safe by the operating organisation. Under hotwork permit conditions where sparks/heat would be allowed, then it is probably also safe to use non-rated equipment.

    Although it seems that the waterproof/shockproof cameras should not be ignition hazards - well yes I agree that if the casing is waterproof, then little risk of ignition can occur due to the electronics inside the device, but how do you know :
    1) that the external plastic casing parts are conductive and will not build up static charge,
    2) that only non-ferrous (non sparking) metals are used on the casing,
    3) that the air permeable membrane used for pressure relief on some devices is not perforated or will not allow diffusion of flammable vapours into the device via the membrane....etc etc

    The expensive rated equipment is expensive for a reason and that cost is small in comparison to the cost of an incident.

    Where no fire or explosion risk exists then things are considerably simpler and a wider range of equipment can be used safely.

    Please be careful out there and always check with your client whether your chosen camera complies with their regulations.

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    Default Re: Camera for industrial site use

    Quote Originally Posted by Kat View Post
    I'd go with a Olympus tough I still want to get one my self
    Same here. It does it job in most circumstances, even though it's not very flashy.
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