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easyrider003
01-15-2008, 22:02
Just wanting some input on the Intova brand camera. Found one on newegg.com for $180.00. Also are there external strobes made for this camera? Not really looking to spend much money. Hopefully will be in Cozumel in May and would love to have some good pics to bring back home.

FishFood
01-15-2008, 22:14
LOL!

They are super cheap cameras. Price and Quality. Id much rather buy a Reefmaster Mini for just a bit more.



I used one of their $20 films cameras for a while. Not bad for $20, however when buying a digital camera I'd want something that didn't show up out of the cerial box :D

I believe one of the reviews says it all:

"low light photos fairly grainy."

Which is the problem with cheap digital cameras. Youll need twice the light of better P&S's or youll get blur/grain

blackhat72
02-19-2008, 17:25
I bought an Intova 6MP camera last year. Look at my pics for some indication of quality. I didn't have the red lens on that trip, but will when I go to Coz this month. The pics aren't great, but with some retouching they turn out OK. I couldn't afford a top-of-the-line camera and housing, but I'm not a particularly skilled photog either.

The Intova does have a video mode, and I've got some interesting video of sharks.

newways
02-19-2008, 18:09
If you buy one, please let us know how it works out.

Puffer Fish
02-20-2008, 08:14
Just wanting some input on the Intova brand camera. Found one on newegg.com for $180.00. Also are there external strobes made for this camera? Not really looking to spend much money. Hopefully will be in Cozumel in May and would love to have some good pics to bring back home.


I think with the really good Fuji camera's and Canon's costing similar amounts (ok, with underwater housing, a bit more), I don't understand why you would need to go this way.... or the Reefmaster. Both the Canon's and Fuji's take amazingly good video, by the way.

RoyN
02-20-2008, 10:21
The intova was my first camera and what sold me was the cheap price. However, I have to say, I've probably spent alot on cameras more then gears alone. Here is some sample from all my pictures taken from all the cameras I've had.

This was my first octopus and last time I used my intova 6 megapixel. When I saw a guy had a canon, he got more sharper images from what I had. He didn't have a strobe so I was very disappointed. This was taken without a strobe but using an aimming light.

http://inlinethumb06.webshots.com/8773/2878713620101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2878713620101309303TyJlyB)

And after that, I got the reefmaster 6 megapixel camera which I probably broke too many times and Sealife even knows my name because the camera's design somehow got water in which was very annoying! This was using my old SL960 external flash, wasn't a great flash, but worked.

http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/8763/2615817870101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2615817870101309303QeNKYk)

After so many disappointed results, I just went to Canon like the guy had and took my Canon S50 5 megapixel camera and bought the housing for it. I was so lucky because there was a guy on craigslist selling it cheap! No strobe at all and I was happy with it. But taking wide angle, I got lots of backscatter.

http://inlinethumb60.webshots.com/22971/2541404410101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2541404410101309303BQRBMz)

Eventually, my S50 canon finally died and I move to Olympus because they had some good cameras too. The SP-320 7 megapixel camera was a really nice camera, but for some reason macro was always blurred. Anyways, I had problem with school payment so the Olympus had to go. So sad. This was using my UFL-1 Olympus strobe. It was plain simple strobe that even the SL960D would give better results.

http://inlinethumb19.webshots.com/25810/2248668400101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2248668400101309303eafAgu)

And finally, I got enough money to buy the Canon A650 and it the housing. This was the sister camera to the G9 but the G9 was alot better, but too expensive. The A650 12 megapixel camera was excellent for me. This was using the YS-110 and best of all, I was diving at my 2nd best dive site too!

http://inlinethumb36.webshots.com/34851/2087935320101309303S425x425Q85.jpg (http://good-times.webshots.com/photo/2087935320101309303UDEFII)

Anyways, these are not deter you from getting this or that camera, but as a consumer, this is what the results come from these varies cameras. For me, I'm just taking pictures for fun and to cherish the memories, but I like to see them in full colorful glory. Money is an issue yes, but when I went cheap, roughly I probably spent close to a thousand or more on getting the camera up to the ones I was happy with. This does not include the strobe too as that can get expensive and the price range for the quality too. An expensive strobe will probably give the best results. If money is an issue, then you must do what you gotta do, but for around maybe an extra $100 might give you an excellent result and save you a bundle so that you won't have to go through what I went through!

RoyN

dbh
02-20-2008, 14:38
I guarantee you that this camera and housing is capable of taking superior underwater pics (and very reasonably priced):

Amazon.com: Canon PowerShot A570IS 7.1MP Digital Camera with 4x Optical Image Stabilized Zoom: Electronics (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-PowerShot-A570IS-Digital-Stabilized/dp/B000NK3H4S/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1203540134&sr=8-1)

Amazon.com: Canon WP-DC12 Waterproof Case for Canon A570IS Digital Camera: Camera & Photo (http://www.amazon.com/Canon-WP-DC12-Waterproof-A570IS-Digital/dp/B000OEP3JA/ref=pd_sim_e_title_11)