Anyone have some waterproof camera recommendations?
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Aug 28, 2013 12:52 AM Last Post By: listerzt
Aug 18, 2013 8:57 PM
Anyone have some waterproof camera recommendations?Hi guys,
I have a Canon 5DII but I don't feel like getting into thousands of dollars for an underwater housing. I'm going on a trip to Hawaii in a few days and wanted to get a compact underwater camera so I can get pictures of sea turtles. I don't mind spending a few hundred dollars.
Anyone have any suggestions on one that you've used and liked?
Aug 18, 2013 10:34 PM
I have a camera called the Pentax W90 link below.
There is a later model out now. See the link below.
This camera was fantastic, but the only problem was, and this may have been corrected in the latest model, is the battery life. It doesn't last forever like some cameras but that could be due to the HDMI features of it.
It will take a reasonable photo, is very tough an durable. No sticking out parts. Also the strap on the side has a carabina clip which allows you to hook it onto a belt loop and stick it in your pocket. I never used a camera case for it and it was fine. No leaks, plenty of features and I felt confident it would not buckle in my pocket. It was a great idea.
Cnet will probably also do a review of the latest model.. They're a fantastic camera due to their durability too. If you are going to buy one, get the latest model on ebay, they're much cheaper and in two years I have had no problem with mine.
The only thing you sacrifice with waterproof cameras is the picture quality, though that would be well improved in the latest model for sure. If you have a cannon, you probably get excellent snaps. This takes a nice picture too but I believe there's some minute difference in picture quality, only very slight though. If you taking underwater snaps i'm sure it won't be significantly different anyway. I think its as good as you'll get without buying some commercial grade diving camera assembly.
The batteries for these cameras can also be bought on ebay allot cheaper than you can purchase them from the shops. I'm in Australia so everything is expensive here.
Edited by: properlively
Aug 19, 2013 4:32 AM
Aug 21, 2013 1:58 AM
3If you already have a camera, why not just get a waterproof housing for it?
The ones on http://store.aquapac.net/small-camera-case-418.html look pretty good.and would save you quite a lot of money.
Aug 22, 2013 12:10 AM
4I used an inexpensive Aquapac 'case' with my Canon S95 during an April visit to Laos when there was abundant water spalshing during Thingyan festivities.
There were no leaks BUT the case did fog up because of the high humidity; you can see the fogging in the final clip in this video segment shot with the S95 through the Aquapac.
Aug 25, 2013 3:30 AM
5I went the cheap route the Fujifilm, XP50, the cheapest of the “moderate priced” snorkel cams. I took it to the Maluku’s and it worked great, exceeded expectations immensely. Should have taken a lot more videos! This has been my little vacation paradise for years, but I am moving, and this my last trip for a long time. I wanted a ‘made for snorkel’ camera, to give the reefs a proper tribute. It did all of that and more – in fact this might have been the biggest bang for the bucks purchase I have made since my Rollei 35T long ago.
I have used the aquapac, it works, but there are drawbacks. Air is always in the pac with your camera and makes it difficult to hold and control when underwater – yes you bleed as much out as you can but there is a limit to it. Also if it’s rough and your camera like mine has an autofocus, you might find yourself becoming nauseous after 45 minutes of bobbing up and down looking at a viewfinder which is going in and out of focus – warning on that. I didn’t get sick but back to the boat for a half hour,
Aug 25, 2013 9:30 PM
6The Panasonic Lumix TS5 (about $350 new, cheaper used or refurb)
is favored by one of my favorite reviewers, here <http://tinyurl.com/kext3ht>.
I shutter to think of spending any more than$350.
Aug 28, 2013 12:52 AM
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