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Jul 04, 2012 22:11 |  #1

The wife and I are going to Hawaii later this year and figure that an underwater camera will be good to have since a lot of the stuff we are doing will be in/on/under/around water and that's no place for the 5DII.

Anyone have any good advice other than "get a housing for the 5DII!".

I know Canon has the D20 but other than that and some Olympus cameras...I don't really know who makes the best or whatever.


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Jul 05, 2012 00:11 |  #2

I take my G11 with Canons wpdc34 case when I go to Hawaii. I could sell you both for $475 shipped if you're interested.;)


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Jul 05, 2012 05:05 |  #3

The D20 is a great underwater camera.

The Nikon AW100 is quite similar to the D20, but costs much less.

The latest and greatest waterproof camera is the Olympus TG-1,
which has not only a wide 25mm lens (matched only by the Sony TX20 & TX200V and the Panasonic TS20),
but an unprecedented f/2.0 max aperture setting. For a waterproof all-arounder, it could be excellent.

Just for comparison of the best out there, you can look at the Panasonic TS4 and the Fuji XP150 (or XP170 for wi-fi) as well.

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Jul 05, 2012 05:11 |  #4

The Olympus TG-1 is the P&S I'm eyeing for niagra falls. I've read quite a few good reviews on it.


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Jul 05, 2012 10:54 |  #5

TG-1 has the best specs, but Olympus reliability has been spotty if you look at the reviews on their previous models.

I've tried the d20, ts20, aw100 and ts4. Right now I'm with the TS4...


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Jul 05, 2012 20:29 |  #6

botw wrote in post #14673723 (external link)
TG-1 has the best specs, but Olympus reliability has been spotty if you look at the reviews on their previous models.

I've tried the d20, ts20, aw100 and ts4. Right now I'm with the TS4...

How is the battery life on the TS4?


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Jul 05, 2012 20:43 |  #7

gopro 2 ..pics & video underwater




  
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Jul 06, 2012 07:29 |  #8

Numenorean wrote in post #14676203 (external link)
How is the battery life on the TS4?

Seems comparable. As with all of them, GPS drains it much faster.


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Jul 07, 2012 11:28 |  #9

12Rock wrote in post #14676266 (external link)
gopro 2 ..pics & video underwater

Uh...from what I know of them, no zooming, etc. Not really a stills camera.


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Jul 07, 2012 20:08 |  #10

I just wish camera manufacturers would stop trying to make their underwater cameras cute. Bright colors on a camera aren't for everyone.


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Jul 10, 2012 02:38 |  #11

Sony TX10


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Jul 10, 2012 05:39 |  #12

I pressume you will bring the camera for scuba diving, not snorkling. If so:

An option is to get:
- G12
- G12 UW house
- Good strobes. How many strobes, really depends on what you are shooting. If only macro photos, one is enough. However, it's a bit tricky for wide angle photos. I recommend you to buy 2 strobes.
- If you plan to have night dives, then you need a reasonable quality torch.

The key here for UW photography is the strobes. Regardless what camera you bring, without good strobes, the pictures will turn blueish color.


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Jul 10, 2012 08:03 as a reply to  @ SOX 404's post |  #13

I own an older version of Olympus Stylus 1030 SW and it worked okay. I recently ordered the Pentax Optio WG-1 GPS . Looks like a pretty cool camera and also has GPS functionality.
Has good reviews on Amazon and other sites.


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Jul 10, 2012 13:48 |  #14

SOX 404 wrote in post #14695634 (external link)
I pressume you will bring the camera for scuba diving, not snorkling. If so:

An option is to get:
- G12
- G12 UW house
- Good strobes. How many strobes, really depends on what you are shooting. If only macro photos, one is enough. However, it's a bit tricky for wide angle photos. I recommend you to buy 2 strobes.
- If you plan to have night dives, then you need a reasonable quality torch.

The key here for UW photography is the strobes. Regardless what camera you bring, without good strobes, the pictures will turn blueish color.

So what options are there with canon s100 and underwater housing? I am getting the s100 tomorrow and in a month or so before I go to Lanai will grab the housing.

Will only be snorkeling in 8-12ft of water.

Suggestions? I also have the waterproof sony dsc-tx10...


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Jul 11, 2012 00:12 as a reply to  @ JersFocus's post |  #15

I have both the G9 and G11 with underwater housings and they work really well, especially at the shallow water depths you mention. You start having problems when you have to push the ISO higher than 200, and if you go a little deeper you will probably need to have a higher ISO, especially if you take pictures of quick moving fish etc... Strobes will help of course, but that is probably out of your budget. If I were to do things again, I would choose the S100 with the Canon housing. The faster lens and better ISO performance should make it an excellent choice for what you want.


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