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TMF89, July 17, 2007
Posted July 17, 2007
Any ideas guys?
A friend at work just got an Olympus waterproof and shock proof camera that she really likes. I don't know the model, but you may want to check with Olympus models.
I saw that little bombproof Olympus at the photo shop...cool, but close to 400 bucks and not great features. But tough:)
For some models they do make a waterproof case that allows you to operate the camera while its in the case. I guess you can even use it underwater. I saw it on a website, but can't recall which one. I bought a waterproof lexan box at Gander for like $12.00 that my camera fits in real nice. Its supposed to be waterproof and crushproof. It gives me a good level of comfort while its in the box, but you still need to make sure you don't drop it in the drink when its out of the box. I have not tested the box to be sure its waterproof and crushproof, but for $12 I'll try it. I also have one for my GPS. They are in the camping section at Gander. You also may want to google Pelican cases to see what they offer, I remember seeing something similar on their website, but for more money.
Pentax Optio WP. I use mine flyfishing all the time and it works very well in and around the water.
Most people end up getting a camera housing which is basically a clear plexi-glass box that your camera fits into. Look at the various types as they are fitted for different cameras. They are designed to withhold the pressure to certain depths, but I will say they are not always a hundred percent foolproof. This is what most recreational divers use to shoot pictures while diving. You can google them or look on ebay or talk to a local dive shop they might be able to answer some questions for you.
underwater camera housings:
Some are basically bags with a lense houseing.
There a specific camera entry levels that usually goes down to about 25 feet.
I've been eyeing Cannon cameras for just that.
Sealife makes underwater cameras. I think they are a little spendy, but you can use them for underwater pictures as well as above water. they can be bought at dive shops.
I bought an Olympus Stylus 770 SW this spring. Suppose to be waterproof to a 32 foot depth and shock proof to 5 feet (stainless steel exterior). It requires an underwater housing for depths over 10 meters. It fits in a shirt pocket, and I also have a hard plastic carrying case that goes into a tackle box nicely. I won't know for a couple of years if it was worth my money. I do submerge it. In Canada, the screen was not visible underwater, maybe it's visible only in SUPER clear water situatuons.
I agree that the olympus takes nice pictures. There is a fully waterproof case that you can purchase for the Canon's that allows you to take underwater pictures. The cost of the case is $150 though. I know someone that has it and has taken pictures underwater, so I know that it works.
For years I just kept the camera in a zip lock bag in places I thought it would get wet. Then I took it out to take an occasional picture when conditions were favorable.
I have a olympus stylus 710 that is supposed to be waterproof. Never had it underwater but sat out all night in a rainstorm with no problems. I have a really nice 35mm with lenses and eveything but never use it anymore because the stylus takes such GREAT pictures with just a point and shoot. The camera was about 300.00. A friend of mine bout a stylus but it was a cheaper model for about 200.00 and it takes very mediocre pictures.
Also..it plugs right into my MAC push one button click OK and the pictures are downloaded into iphoto.
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