Thursday, January 29, 2009

Waterproof Camera Models and Cases: Olympus, Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Dicapac

How would you review and rate waterproof if you ever feel the need to have one? For which activity? Would you go for compact, handy and easy to carry
waterproof camera models in order to survive water splashes, rain, even corrosive salt-water for snorkeling but not for SCUBA diving? Do you require video-recording function? and lastly, the price should be affordable and within your budget?

Waterproof Cameras are presently dominated by only two manufacturers: Olympus and Pentax with numerous models to choose from with high megapixels and maximum depths specifications.

Olympus Waterproof Camera Models:

Olympus Stylus 1050SW, Olympus Stylus 1030SW, Olympus Stylus 850SW, Olympus Stylus 790SW, Olympus Stylus 770SW, Olympus Stylus SW 720

Waterproof Pentax Camera Models:

Pentax Optio W60, Pentax Optio W30, Pentax Optio W20, Pentax Optio W10
(Pentax was the first one to come up with waterproof digital camera model in 2003)

Beyond Olympus and Pentax, there's GoPro Digitial Hero 3: wrist mounted camera in waterproof case, helmet-mount and deck mount kits available. Other models also Vivitar VIVICAM-6200W or SeaLife SL321 ECOshot for SCUBA Diving but comes with no zoom lens and not-so-good image quality.

If you need to go deeper, more than the specified depths of the cameras, you can buy underwater cases for your cameras, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony et al. Underwater cases for cameras are expensive, costing about $200 each and are only available on order basis in the Philippines.

You can, however, try Dicapac, cheap underwater camera case, so as not to lose image quality but take note of white balance problems when shooting underwater. Will post sample pictures and photos later.

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