thinking about getting an underwater camera, any suggestions?
I am looking to buy an underwater digital camera for personal use but I dont know what companies to look into. I'm looking to spend up to $300 on one. Any suggestions??
we bought an olympus, it works to 33ft depth. Think it was about $350 though. They sell a 10ft for about $200. good luck finding one, i bought ours last minute in the states and didn't bother to look around, but it came from best buy. i can foward u pics if you wanna consider it.
We recently bought a canon d10 it is waterproof to 33 feet. It cost a little less than $300. We have been very happy with it so far. We bought it at Bouchlands here on island and they matched the price on Amazon. We also own a dead Canon A570 with an underwater housing. I went diving with it and didn't latch the housing correctly. Unless you need to go down 100 feet I would buy one of the 33 foot deep cameras without the housing.
If you go the housing route, the most economical option is to buy an older camera model AND A SPARE (or even two), and the housing. This may cost a bit more than your budget, but it will last and last.
Typically with decent care the housings last indefinitely but the digital cameras themselves only last a few years in this climate and become obsolete almost instantly. Having a second camera of the same model that you KNOW will fit the housing will give you a lot more longevity. Otherwise, like me, you could have a few nice (and somewhat costly) housings on the shelf with no camera to put in them.
B & H photo sells cameras, decent -to-excellent housings, and ship to the VI through the mail, insured, no fuss.
You might check out Canon's line of digital cameras (powershot, elf, etc). They make a whole line of underwater housings for most of their cameras. I've been using them for years. You can try to find a matched set that stays around your $300 budget. The good part of going this route, you have a handy little digital camera for taking pictures on land too. They do take pretty good pictures. I have quite a few Scuba pictures posted on my web gallery.
I do already have a nice Sony digital Camera for land and was hoping not to have to take that underwater. I am also looking for something to take diving which means I need a camera that goes past 33 ft of depth. I am looking into a few different ones and definitely appreciate all the help you are giving me!!
The current Canon camera housing I have is rated to beyond recreational diving depths. I've taken the housing to about 110 feet with no issues. Most everyone in the dive club in Bermuda had a Canon underwater outfit. If you take care of the housing and clean it well after each use, and keep the O-ring in good shape it will work out for a long time.