Underwater cameras and housings...

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Damo, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. Damo

    Damo Guest

    Hi all,

    I would like a camera for day to day point and shoot use and an underwater
    housing for photos when snorkelling (no deeper then 5m - strong light). I
    think a 3 megapixel would be fine for my needs but if price is right I won't
    turn down a 5 megapixel :)

    At the moment I have found underwater housings rated to 40m for the Sony
    DSC-P8/P10 (3 megapixel) & Sony DSC t1 for about $325 delivered (Australian
    Dollars).

    The DSC t1 will cost about $700 AUD and the DSC-P8 can be had for about $500
    so this gives you an idea of price, I was kinda hoping I could get something
    underwater for $500 (maybe secondhand even) but that seems like wishful
    thinking :-(

    What are peoples opinions on the Sonys? I know for other consumer items Sony
    offers fairly decent equipment - but at a high street price. Is it the same
    for digital cameras or are they good value and good quality? Do the sony
    cameras only come with memory stick? That would be a problem if they do
    (overpriced flash memory not my cup of tea).

    I also hear that Olympus has some good underwater housings and cameras but
    have not found out much about them, what are your thoughts?

    Cheers,

    Damo
     
    Damo, Dec 29, 2003
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    Mark Johnson Guest

    The Oly housings look good, but are hard shells specifically for
    specific Oly digicams - to get to all the controls and such which
    changed from model to model.

    Ikelite and Tetra sell the premium housings, allowing deep diving.
    These tend to require a couple of underwater grip flashes and their
    own lenses for the outside of the case. And it can run you $1000,
    $1500, whatever. Very expensive option.

    For just dust, junk in the air, and just under the surface, I've got
    an Aquapac bag for my Oly - about $40-50. But it's pretty tight. And
    if the Sony has an encased zoom, it wouldn't fit. And it's a bit of a
    pain to operate the controls through the bag. Maybe a hard shell would
    have been better.

    I had, previously, just taken a baggie, cut a hole for an 62mm, say UV
    lens, and epoxied around to seal the opening. But that was for
    atmospheric protection, not underwater. Of course, you need a large
    card, or cards. Because you won't be opening up the camera.
     
    Mark Johnson, Dec 30, 2003
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    Chris Quinn Guest

    Have a look at www.camerasunderwater.co.uk - they carry a wide range of
    housings at very good prices.

    I use an Olympus c5050z in a pt-015 housing and am very pleased with the
    results, though I do go a bit deeper than 5m
     
    Chris Quinn, Dec 30, 2003
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