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30th of April 2010 (Fri), 12:39
I used to have (well still have) an underwater/waterproof viewfinder 35mm film camera. Fattish controls, good down to a few metres and absolutely ideal at the beach or in my case in rock pools and such like. It was O-ring sealed everywhere and pretty cheap.
Iíve not seen any digital equivalent - beyond putting a regular digital camera in some sort of bag/container.
SO has anyone seen a purpose designed underwater camera like my old film camera?
30th of April 2010 (Fri), 12:55
There are waterproof P&S cameras out there - from Canon, Panasonic, Casio, etc. I just bought a Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS2 camera for kayaking and am quite happy with it. I debated between the Canon and Lumix, but in the end the better zoom range of the Lumix won me over.
30th of April 2010 (Fri), 12:56
Canon's PowerShot D10's just that.
30th of April 2010 (Fri), 13:08
Thanks. for the answers. Looks like there are. Though what I have seen so far has the usual fairly tiny controls but definitely the sort of thing I was thinking of.
It helped to find out the jargon I was looking for was “rugged” or “ruggedized” camera
1st of May 2010 (Sat), 00:52
I've used a couple of the Olympus ones. The IQ out of the water was quite bad but somehow the underwater photos looked nicer, almost as if the lens suited the diffraction etc.
They both eventually died though, water ended up getting in. Probably our fault for not ensuring the seals were nice and clean each time, it really is a very important thing to do. Was very tough, it came down a shallow rocky creek with me once - it was hurting me a lot and the camera was mostly between me and the rocks. Amazing camera for those sort of stupid moments.
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