Waterproof camera recommendation

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by Craigy, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. Craigy macrumors 6502

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    Hi

    Can anyone recommend the best of the current bunch value wise of waterproof compact cameras. Going snorkelling with my son soon and want something water and sand proof!

    There are quite a few around but want something that plays nice with iPhoto and iMove for video. Was considering the Pentax Optio W90.

    Cheers
    Craig
     
  2. Flash SWT macrumors 6502

    Flash SWT

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    My father picked up a Panasonic DMC-FT2 a few months back and has liked it so far. I got to use it recently when I went on a cruise and it worked great underwater.

    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1001/10012603panadmcft2.asp

    My only minor complaint is the arrangement of the shutter button and zoom controls, very easy to hit the wrong one by accident.

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  3. Milessio macrumors newbie

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    Waterproof housing?

    Have you considered a waterproof housing? The flexible ones made by Aquapac (as sold in Cotswold Outdoor) have a depth rating of 5m minimum, and some have a rigid lens tube.

    You will be able to use the housing with the camera you have now, and also with the replacement ones you will get in the future.
     
  4. Akitakoi macrumors regular

    Akitakoi

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    I use a Sealife for scuba diving, actually I just upgraded to the DC1200.
    Very easy to use and takes great photos. This is 12 MP point and shoot inside a very nice housing. I highly recommend scubatoys.com, ask for a discount.;)
     
  5. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Recently I posted the same question here on the forums, wondering which waterproof P&S was the best. My main issue was that I wanted a camera that performed well out of the water too. From all the reviews I read, picture quality isn't that great with the current waterproof cameras. In the end, I decided to spend the extra money and get a Canon S90 with a waterproof housing. Now I have a fantastic P&S that shoots equally well in and out of the water, with a nice, rugged housing.
     

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