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decent underwater camera?

 
pitrow
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Sep 14, 2011 11:01 |  #1

I'm taking a carribean cruise this spring and want to get a decent camera for underwater pictures while snorkeling, etc. Not really looking for something that's going to take the very best of pictures, but something that's going to not be super blurry or so dark you can't see anything, and won't leak after the first 5 minutes and ruin the camera. Was hoping to stay somewhere around $200 US.

Anyone have any suggestions for something that might work?




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Sep 14, 2011 11:03 |  #2

Oh yeah... I will be taking my Rebel XT w/ 28-135 lens and a small point-n-shoot (forget what kind) for general photography, so I'm really just looking for something I can use when I plan on going in the water.




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pitrow
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Sep 16, 2011 10:22 |  #3

Anybody?




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Sep 16, 2011 18:12 |  #4

You're better off getting an underwater case for your point & shoot.

I've had an Olympus mju underwater camera and it broke twice after underwater use.
Olympus replaced it every time but it's really not a good camera and it cost about £270.

The best underwater photos I took on a budget were with a normal Fuji point & shoot that was sealed inside a special waterproof case. The case was fairly expensive but it is well made.

I'm going to need an underwater camera again but this time I'm going to try and hire an expensive one for a couple of weeks.
I'm hoping that if it's a top quality Mamiya underwater camera it'll be better than what I've tried before.


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Sep 26, 2011 04:41 |  #5

Canon Powershot D10


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Oct 01, 2011 20:53 |  #6

Sony Tx5 or Tx10




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Oct 20, 2011 13:49 |  #7

Question to Sox 404

What are your experience with Canon Powershot D10?




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jasio
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Oct 22, 2011 15:25 |  #8

Any comments about Lumix TF2 or 3. They got pretty good recensions.




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jasio
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Oct 23, 2011 16:07 |  #9

Even Nikon (AW 100)has recently launched an underwater compact camera, additionally with GPS.




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lk2fly
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Jan 10, 2012 21:23 |  #10

I'm heading for the southern Caribbean next month and have been researching the same thing. I've chosen the Canon Powershot D10 but haven't decided whether I'll rent or purchase...




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Jan 11, 2012 03:51 |  #11

lk2fly wrote in post #13683119external link
I'm heading for the southern Caribbean next month and have been researching the same thing. I've chosen the Canon Powershot D10 but haven't decided whether I'll rent or purchase...

Good luck with that.
No-one here in the UK will hire a decent underwater camera so if we want real quality we have to buy.


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pitrow
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Mar 02, 2012 13:12 |  #12

OK, so I bought an Olympus TG-610 while on the cruise. It takes some pretty decent pictures.

A couple of samples from my wife's facebook page, so the quality isn't great but you should get the idea.

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Couple land based ones to show the out-of-water capabilities
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Definitely not as good as an SLR, for for under $200 and water-proof, I'm not going to complain



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Dec 04, 2014 10:53 |  #13

I use the Nikon AW1, had it for almost two years. Nice little camera, works very good. Saw a refurbished one recently in the $400's, it'll shoot in RAW.




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Dec 04, 2014 11:45 |  #14

It might be a bit over your budget, but I bought an Olympus TG-3 for my recent trip to the Galapagos after my Lumix failed. The Olympus was great. Excellent images and easy to use underwater. It also has the advantage over several other underwater P&S cameras in that it is rated to 50 ft. The mistake I made was buying a third-party spare battery. The Olympus battery lasts quite a while -- the spare died quickly even on a full charge. The camera also works great out of water.


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Jan 04, 2015 09:20 |  #15

I'm heading to Mexico in May and have started to look into point and shoot compacts as spending over a grand on ahousing to be used once a Year doen't seem cost effective atall to me. so the thread has alrady helped many thanks, I will update with what I have loked into and post a few pics after the event as well.


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