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11. Posted by loz1982 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hey. Does anyone know of any other waterproof cameras which are a little cheaper, but still reasonable quality?

12. Posted by loz1982 (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

Hey. Does anyone know of any other waterproof cameras which are a little cheaper, but still reasonable quality?

13. Posted by travel gal (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

If you are surfing you can probably get away with one of the waterproof cameras, rather than a true underwater camera.

I just bought a SeaLife Eco Shot underwater from Adorama photo for a little under $200. (The Reefmaster Mini should be similar at a similar price.) I used it for snorkeling in Hawaii. The picture quality is pretty good under water, ok out of water -- but I like really sharp photos and am pretty picky about photo quality. It's pretty straightforward to use and has a variety of settings, including a sport setting. My only caution would be that it really is designed for divers, so in shallow water you do NOT want to use the underwater setting (it will turn everything red). In deeper water (maybe 15 feet or so) the underwater setting is good.

I'm not a great underwater photographer (I have a hard time framing my shot and then clicking the shutter fast enough), but if you want to see what sort of image quality to expect, I have a few edited shots (color-balanced and sharpened) posted at http://thetravelgal.blogspot.com/2008/01/molokini.html

For about $500 you can move up to a SeaLife camera that should be even better. There seems to be a LOT of rapid improvement on this front, both in quality and price point, so don't be in a hurry to buy if you don't need it yet.

As for housings, I'm scared to try one with my Nikon and the housing for my little Olympus would have cost $700 on the secondary market last time I looked for one.

I have tried the plastic bag type "housings" that are basically a heavy duty Ziplock bag. I had a hard time seeing the screen on my Olympus through it, but the screen I have isn't very good. Otherwise that system seemed to work ok for snorkeling -- you wouldn't want to try to do this when surfing. Those run about $50, so may be an inexpensive option. I think Adorama carries them.

Probably more info than you want. . .

Have fun with whatever you get!

14. Posted by traveltail (Budding Member 8 posts) 8y

I've tried the Olympus 790, and so far it's been useful on my trips to the beach (great underwater shots too- nothing professional looking though hehe), my issue with it though is the battery. Sometimes it says the battery is almost empty then why i restart the cam (turn on-off), the battery's fine again. Other than that, it's a good buy for the price. Vivitar has an underwater camera too (with housing though, unlike the Olympus which you don't need housing for)

15. Posted by BeZehBeh82 (Budding Member 20 posts) 7y

I bought an olympus 1030SW about 6 months ago. I have to say that it worked well for underwater shots, and is able to withstand a bunch of drops, cold temp.
I bought it for about $400 CDN.

I like it, because of its rugedness, but the picture quality is not the 100% greatest. I usually get into photoshop, to edit most of the pictures after I have taken them.

I would reccomend it tho.

16. Posted by msmitheman (Budding Member 12 posts) 7y

I have used the Pentax W series for a while for kitesurfing, surfing, swimming, snorkeling....the quality is superb for both video and continuous snap shots (every X seconds) under or above the water....I personally have the W30 (and bought it for under 200 bucks).

I made the mistake of buying the olympus....I hated it and couldn't take a decent pic or video even out of water....and would say don't do it (it was ridiculously expensive too)

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 28, 2008, at 3:53 AM by msmitheman ]

17. Posted by TLWH (Travel Guru 516 posts) 7y

I thought of this post when I saw this new underwater SLR for all bag in a camera store the other day. DiCAPac is the name. I did a search, it's a Korean gizmo. The SLR version cost around $40 USD. Water proof up to ten meters. Didn't pay much attention after that as a foaming at the mouth at having a free go of the Nikon D90

[ Edit: Edited on Nov 2, 2008, at 6:20 AM by outcast ]

18. Posted by lizbc (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y

I'm using the Panasonic TZ3 with the waterproof housing. The housing cost almost as much as the camera, but it has been well worth it!

It has allowed me to take great photos while snorkeling and exploring wet caves in warmer climates or while playing in the cold lakes or snow skiing.

One of the best aspects of this combination was discovered while backpacking in Belize. While my partner's camera (same make/model) became a bit temperamental in the humidity, mine kept going without a hitch. It is easy enough to take the camera out of the housing for clearer on land shots, but it was wonderful to feel confident that my camera was safe and moisture free while in the housing.

I had been concerned about the plastic area in front of the lens becoming scratched and interfering with my photos, but using only reasonable care I didn't get any scratches at all!

The only real drawback for me was the added size while in the housing... it is no longer as easily tucked in a pocket and now hangs around my neck or gets stuffed in the backpack if in the housing.

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