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Old Apr 8, 2007, 8:45 AM   #1
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Hello all,
Looking for an underwater camera, nothing too expensize <300. Looked at the BEST cameras section of this site but my only problem is that all the cameras use rechargable batteries, which i have a very bad experience with. so my questions is what is a decent underwater camera for <300 $ that is point and shoot, with some manual controls. Also shock proof would help too .

Thanks guys

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Old Apr 8, 2007, 9:23 AM   #2
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Are you looking for a camera to take diving, or just want to have it safe from spray? There's a big difference between the few "waterproof" P&S digicams out now (capable of remaining watertight to around 10'), and a good digicam with a good waterproof housing (capable of remaining watertight to as far down as you would care to go). I believe a decent waterproof housing for a P&S would run you around $150 - $300, so that wouldn't leave very much to spend on the camera.

The Olympus 770SW is waterproof to 30m, and shockproof (around $350). I don't know how good a camera it is, though.

The Fuji F31FD is not waterproof or shockproof (around $300), but is an excellent camera for low light photography (like you would expect underwater). The Fuji underwater case (good to 40m) would run you another $180 (direct from Fuji).

As far as rechargeable batteries go, they are virtually a must with digicams, because of their power consumption. They eat regular alkaline batteries for breakfast. To give you an idea, the F31 would give you about 580 pictures on a single charge of its LiIon battery. If you could use alkaines (you can't - not an option) you would probably only get around 200...then you would have to buy some more...kinda tough to change batteries underwater.

Good luck with your search.

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Old Apr 8, 2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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Thanks for the help, i see your point, guess the underwater shooting can wait, since thats alot of extra money probably better to be put towards a better camera, but these were the type of photos i was going for, <3feet depth

Ill rephrase my question in another thread.
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