Underwater Digital Camera

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  • Scurrminator 10 Jul 2013 13:28:28 8,490 posts
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    Hi all.
    I'm looking for a relatively cheap digital camera for underwater shots.
    I'm only going snorkelling so don't need massive depths - 10 metres would be great in case of diving but 5 will suffice.
    Any tips/pointers?

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  • Deleted user 10 July 2013 13:29:37
    Just get an underwater case for whatever camera you like the look of.
  • Dizzy 10 Jul 2013 13:33:38 2,822 posts
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    Or a GoPro... works well under water. Price is ok-ish.

    BTW where are you going? What kind of visibility? What kind of shots you looking for? (small animals?)

    Or these:

    http://www.olympus.co.uk/site/en/c/cameras/digital_cameras/tough/tg_2/index.html

    Edited by Dizzy at 13:38:22 10-07-2013
  • TheRealBadabing 10 Jul 2013 13:40:02 1,418 posts
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    I've got an Olympus TG 820. Works really well, even as a basic compact camera out of the water and has the added advantage of being pretty much indestructable.
  • Scurrminator 10 Jul 2013 14:03:24 8,490 posts
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    Barbados; not sure where I'm going snorkelling yet but visibility will be very good.

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  • Dizzy 10 Jul 2013 14:17:08 2,822 posts
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    Good visibility.... so you might be seeing some big fish/turtles. I would get one with zoom then. The Olympus TG-2 seems reasonable. I have used a GoPro but that is more wide angle and is better for "real" diving IMHO. Might not give good results for snorkling.

    BTW many "dive-shops" in Barbados will probably also rent you equipment including cameras. You might want to go for that if you have no real need for a camera later.

    Edited by Dizzy at 14:22:48 10-07-2013

    Edited by Dizzy at 14:23:04 10-07-2013
  • Alastair 10 Jul 2013 14:23:19 16,642 posts
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    A waterproof case is one option, but you should weigh it up compared to the price of those digicams that are waterproof out of the box.
    A separate case will be waterproof to much deeper 30-40m, which would be useful if you end up taking up scuba diving.
    I think the oob waterproof cameras are proofed to 10m, or maybe only 3m. Should be OK for snorkelling.

    Getting closer to your subject is a better option than zoom, if you can.
  • Scurrminator 10 Jul 2013 14:39:13 8,490 posts
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    Hmmm.
    The Olympus is nice but the wrong side of 200 for me.
    GoPro is no good.
    Any thoughts on the Lumix range?

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  • smoothpete 10 Jul 2013 14:44:18 32,029 posts
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    I have a Canon Ixus 220 HS and the cheap waterproof case, and it's the business. Good for 3M only though.
  • Alastair 10 Jul 2013 14:48:50 16,642 posts
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    I don't have a GoPro, but some of the people on the Red Sea trip I did in Nov had them.
    From what I saw they were pretty awesome.



    smoothpete wrote:
    I have a Canon Ixus 220 HS and the cheap waterproof case, and it's the business. Good for 3M only though.
    3m should be enough for snorkelling - I can't see anyone diving deeper than that, finding something worth taking a pic of and framing a shot all on one breath!
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