|By Dyan Lee (BonaireTalker - Post #11) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 6:10 pm:|
I'm upgrading from a 35mm to a digital camera. Any thoughts or suggestions on a good point 'n shoot underwater camera? I'm not interested in anything really expensive - just something that will give good shots. thanks in advance.
|By Grunt (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1231) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:29 pm:|
I don't what your budget is, but this is getting good reviews. Canon also makes an underwater housing for it.
|By Dyan Lee (BonaireTalker - Post #12) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:51 pm:|
Thank you. With the housing that's a little steep for me, but it's a place to start. I was hoping for under $500 for both camera and housing.
|By Susan Brown (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #191) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:52 pm:|
I love my olympus 1030 stylus. It can go under water by itself but I am in the water for hours at a time so I bought an ikelite housing for it. I think it takes great vacation photos and I have had many complements on my photos, and I dont even know what i am doing. I am sure the newest olympus is at least just as good and it is under 200
|By Barbara "CB" Gibson (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6251) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:54 pm:|
Thanks for asking this, Dyan. I'm in the same boat(is that a little pun?), and will read everybody's suggestions with great interest...
|By Ruth van Tilburg (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1531) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 7:54 pm:|
I've been happy with this (general use & snorkeling-good down to 10m). I found it for just over $300 last year.
|By ABCdivers (BonaireTalker - Post #63) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 9:39 pm:|
I got one of these as a back-up. I like my primary (Olympus 1030 and housing)so much,I didn't even try the Nikon out on my last dive trip. The Nikon is slow but takes good pics topside. The Ikelite housing is nice. You can pick up an extra camera for under $100.00...just in case the camera goes because of something simple like a bad O-ring.
|By Grunt (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1232) on Monday, February 14, 2011 - 11:20 pm:|
This is the camera I use and it works great.
|By Guilherme Losch (BonaireTalker - Post #42) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 6:58 am:|
This camera (Sealife DC1200) is at the price you want. Saw good reviews about that.
|By Remco van Reeuwijk (BonaireTalker - Post #24) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 7:25 am:|
I would opt for a Panasonic Lumix with housing. Should be possible for about USD 500,00.
|By KOB (LBR32) (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #464) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 8:09 am:|
Sea Life just came out with a 9MP digital point & shoot at only $229. Supposedly available in March, but they're advertising them now. http://www.diveprodivegear.com/m8/250413--sealife-mini-ii-9mp-digital-underwater-camera.html
|By Bill and Donna Goodwin (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #450) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 9:01 am:|
Gotta blow the horn for Sony P/Ss. A 10 mp Sony P/S won the Nature category of the 2009 International Geographic Photography contest Nature Division (first place out of 208,000 entries professional and amateur mostly dSLR entries) - see June 2010 issue, and won First Place in the hotly-contested Macro division of the 2010 Scuba Diving magazine photo contest - again against a huge field of mostly dSLR entries. That was in the August 2010 issue. The picture was taken in Bonaire. The cover shot of the turtle on the 2011 Ocean Conservancy Oceans Calendar was taken with a 10 mp Sony in Cayman Brac. Sony P/Ss are very very good for machines with those small P/S sensors. BTW, we know these things because the first two came from Bill's Sony WX-1 and the turtle was made by Donna's Sony N-2!
|By Bill and Donna Goodwin (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #451) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 9:08 am:|
Barbara and Dyan - you each have a PM.
|By Kelly(*) (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6647) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 10:16 am:|
Grunt... I have the same camera and LOVE it. My cover for the batteries has broken, and I'm actually duct-taping it closed now. Refuse to give it up!
|By brenda (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1243) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:06 am:|
Grunt, Kelly, me too! Plus INTOVA slave flash. Just had to replace the cam ...... my 1st flood over many years, guess that makes me a pro!
|By Kelly(*) (Supreme BonaireTalker - Post #6651) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:28 am:|
Brenda, I usually take two cards, and swap them out after each dive. That way, if I lose one due to flooding, I still have the other one. I'd hate to lose ALL my pictures!
|By Tom Schamp (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #657) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 11:46 am:|
I take multiple BATTERIES for my u/w cam, but just my single 2 GB flash card.
|By brenda (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1244) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 12:32 pm:|
Kelly, I take 4 2G cards, usually I fill 3, but the last card always seems to hold the best uw pics! All my settings and bugs are worked out by then.
|By Bas Noij -- www.vipdiving.com -- (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #640) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 1:52 pm:|
I am far from an experienced photographer. I do however think we got a very nice setup with the Canon G12 and standard Canon housing. Just over $600 (camera plus housing) which is quite a bit for point and shoot but both the above water and under water pictures turn out fantastic. We had a Canon powershot A650 before but several things on it started to fail on both the camera and the housing so it was time for replacement. The picture quality on the G12 is MUCH better than the A650 was (even though the 650 had 15MP and the G12 is 10MP). Especially in low light the difference is almost unreal. I am very happy and expect this setup to satisfy our needs for a LONG time.
|By Lizard0924 (Experienced BonaireTalker - Post #492) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 2:49 pm:|
I have a Sony Cyber-shot WX1/B that is super tiny (like the size of a credit card, but a bit thicker) and shoots incredible pictures in low-light conditions. The main purpose I bought it was for my very amateurish UW photography endeavors, but it takes great topside pics, too, especially at night without the flash. And the small size makes it ideal for carrying around in your pocket, so you have your camera with you all the time.
|By Tom M. (BonaireTalker - Post #17) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:15 pm:|
I second the vote on the sealife dc1200. You can add one or even two strobes if you are so inclined, as well as a wide angle attachment.
|By Eric author of "Why is the Grass Green?" (Extraordinary BonaireTalker - Post #1595) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:26 pm:|
Do a search for a thread called, "What you can do for not much dough" in the photography forum. I had a very inexpensive setup and while they are not magazine quality, was very satisfied with the memories (many posted there on the thread) that I brought home.
|By stephanie (New BonaireTalk Poster - Post #4) on Tuesday, February 15, 2011 - 3:39 pm:|
I have a Sea Life DC1000 with strobe I am wanting to sell. The internal camera had a bit of a fall and broke, so it needs to be replaced. You can get them online for about $300 or cheaper.
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