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bigman241
07-27-2009, 14:56
I am back guys. Plans got busted last march so the diving cert. and florida trip got delayed.
But it is set now no if ands or puts i am going this winter. Better this time is where staying in largo and the keys from jan1 to May So alot of time to dive.
I want to buy a new camcorder or digital camera for the trip. I would also like to get a waterproof case for it if i can.
I am wanting a camcorder that has a high optical zoom perfer one with a harddrive with or without a dvd or minidv drive. Some where under 600s.
As for a camera just one with a high mp count and a high optical zoom. SD card type is fine. Under 600 bucks also.
What would your recommend so i can get a waterproof case. Thoughs waterproof throw aways will get costly for a long trip

turnpikemike
07-27-2009, 15:43
What would your recommend so i can get a waterproof case.


Canon always has a great deal on a digital camera setup for under $600. Right now you can get the SD990 IS and its waterproof housing for $502 at amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-WP-DC27-Waterproof-PowerShot-SD990IS/dp/B001G5ZTYA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1248726303&sr=1-6). I have the SD850, and like it a lot (and the SD990 would be quite an upgrade). It can take some great photos and videos if you know how to use it (which isn't hard), and decent ones if you don't feel like really messing around with the settings, even in cloudy water like up here in the North Atlantic. You can take a look at some of the pictures I've taken here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackmachine/tags/underwater/) or here (http://picasaweb.google.com/turnpikemike). One drawback for the SD990 is that it doesn't have a huge optical zoom (3.7x), but at 14.7MP, you won't need too much of an optical zoom unless you're making posters or billboards. You can use the digital zoom or crop it afterwards, and it will still look great.

bigman241
07-27-2009, 17:04
Nice camera. Good pics with it to. I think that will look i will stick it on my list. i was looking at the new hitachi blueray camcorder. but i think there are still alot of bug to work out with them from what i hae read


What would your recommend so i can get a waterproof case.


Canon always has a great deal on a digital camera setup for under $600. Right now you can get the SD990 IS and its waterproof housing for $502 at amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-WP-DC27-Waterproof-PowerShot-SD990IS/dp/B001G5ZTYA/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1248726303&sr=1-6). I have the SD850, and like it a lot (and the SD990 would be quite an upgrade). It can take some great photos and videos if you know how to use it (which isn't hard), and decent ones if you don't feel like really messing around with the settings, even in cloudy water like up here in the North Atlantic. You can take a look at some of the pictures I've taken here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/snackmachine/tags/underwater/) or here (http://picasaweb.google.com/turnpikemike). One drawback for the SD990 is that it doesn't have a huge optical zoom (3.7x), but at 14.7MP, you won't need too much of an optical zoom unless you're making posters or billboards. You can use the digital zoom or crop it afterwards, and it will still look great.

CompuDude
07-27-2009, 17:16
If you want to dive with a camcorder, you'll need to make sure there is a housing made for it. The list of camcorders will housings available is a LOT smaller than the list of camcorders.

PlatypusMan
07-27-2009, 17:20
If you want to dive with a camcorder, you'll need to make sure there is a housing made for it. The list of camcorders will housings available is a LOT smaller than the list of camcorders.

What he said.

It's probably easier to get the U/W housing first, THEN the camcorder that fits it. That's how I did it.

PPM

bigman241
07-27-2009, 20:34
any got a list of cameras and camcorders with waterproof cases

Okc_diver
07-27-2009, 21:36
you can try:

Digital cameras, all other cameras and everything photographic from Adorama Camera (http://www.adorama.com/)

or

Photogearfinder (http://photogearfinder.com/Default.aspx)

Clanggedin
07-29-2009, 14:40
I's get the Sea & Sea DX1200 HD. It shoots 12MP photos and HD Video. It only has a 3x optical zoom though. I'd rather have a short zoom, becuase with a high zoom you have to stay more still to get the shot.

CompuDude
07-29-2009, 17:04
Zoom is useless underwater. Chances are you'll never be filming anything more than 5-10' away from you, or if you are, you'll be going for a wide angle shot anyway.

For digital point and shoot cameras: Most Canon cameras have housings available, just check the Canon site. Some Sony cameras have housings, just check the Sony site. Some Olympus, and some Fuji, some Nikon (check Fantasea's site for housings). Few others have housings.

The inexpensive options just ended, as far as this post is concerned.

UW photography pretty much demands using a flash except for the shallowest and clearest of waters, where available light may suffice. P&S cameras can use the internal flash for close photos, but you'll need an external strobe for anything more than a foot or two from the camera. Expect the external strobe to cost as much as the camera, possibly much more.

The price goes up DRAMATICALLY from here.

For full blown SLR cameras, your better Canon and Nikon SLRs usually have housings available from at least one manufacturer. Check Ikelite, Aquatica, Subal, etc. See Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://www.reefphoto.com) or Backscatter : Underwater Camera, Underwater Video Housing, Underwater Photography, Waterproof Camera (http://www.backscatter.com) for a large variety of options.

Any DSLR will pretty much require one if not two strobes to light the shots, as internal strobes won't work in DSLR housings. Expect to spend close to the price of the camera itself for a couple of good strobes.

For video, again, you're mostly limited to Sony and Canon cameras, although there are a couple of companies that make housings for some of the better Panasonic cameras as well. Gates, Light and Motion, and several others. Check Reef Photo and Backscatter for good options there.

Lighting is a huge issue for underwater video, again, in all but the shallowest, clearest waters. Expect to drop $500 for an ultra-basic, limited solution, and easily $5k+ for really good video lighting.

scubarobin
07-30-2009, 08:32
If you want to dive with a camcorder, you'll need to make sure there is a housing made for it. The list of camcorders will housings available is a LOT smaller than the list of camcorders.

ditto........ camcorders are great topside but not all are great in low light environments, like scuba diving. Housings are made for many camcorders but not ALL. They aren't cheap either.
IKELITE Underwater Systems (http://www.ikelite.com)
Equinox Underwater Video Housings for Sony, Canon and Panasonic cameras - by SoupCan (http://www.equinoxhousings.com)
http://www.h2ophotopros.com/component/option,com_virtuemart/page,shop.browse/category_id,22/Itemid,26/
Reef Photo & Video!, The Underwater Photo Pros (http://www.reefphoto.com)
B&H Photo Video | Digital Cameras, Camcorders (http://www.bhphotovideo.com)

Do some research before you buy.

Also, before you buy, get certified and do some dives. It isn't like shooting topside. You really need to have your skills down, and buoyancy is critical, along with air consumption.

robin:smiley20: