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Old Feb 28, 2004, 9:48 PM   #1
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My husband and are planning on taking a trip to do some relaxing and some snorkelling. Possibly out in Mexico - Akumal beach resort .

Anyway, I was wondering if anyone knows of a type of camera that is great for underwater pictures....but something inexpensive considering that we don't do this often and probably wont use it again for a long time.

We did go snorkelling last year in Antigua, and used a disposable underwater camera but felt it didn't to a great job: I think it was Kodak if I'm not mistaken...

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 29, 2004, 6:02 AM   #2
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Most manufacturers carry underwater hardcases for some of their Point & Shoot cameras, notably Canon, Olympus and Sony.

You can also get a more flexible generic underwater housing that will work with any camera for snorkeling if cost is a factor: http://www.ewa-marine.com/English/e-start-photo.htm
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Old Feb 29, 2004, 6:36 AM   #3
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I'm happy with my little Sony DSC-U60... Takes nice pictures... Simple to use... Rated to 5 feet underwater which was perfect for snorkling. Bought it in November of last year just before we went on a cruise... I thought I heard a rumor there was newer version coming...

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Those underwater housings cost almost as much as another camera in some cases!

I've also had poor experiences with disposables. Underwater pics invariably suffer from lack of light, and one time I had used one a crack developed in the plastic casing and even thoroughly drying it out afterwards half the images were water stained. Kinda like spilling coffee on your prints, but it had been the negatives.

The pic posted by Mr_Saginaw is comparatively fantastic quality from
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ok... can't help myself...

Here's another example... This one is of a Sting Ray in Grand Cayman.



The DSC-U60 is a handy little camera.
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Old Feb 29, 2004, 9:35 PM   #6
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Holy crow how do you make sure you stay above 5 feet?

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Rated to 5 feet underwater

Here is a sample above water shot from a Kodak disposable waterproof, taken while snorkling at the surface.
Underwater the carboard & plastic camera really needs a lot of bright sun.
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Mr_Saginaw

I caught the same one too!



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Sting Ray City! Wasn't that cool!!!

Here's yours truly....

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Holy crow how do you make sure you stay above 5 feet?
Well, Peter it's like this... Given my ummmm... natural tendency for bouyency coupled with the extra bouyency of the salt water... well, lets just say I didn't go deeper than 5 feet! LOL!

I have not personally tested this theory but I'm wondering if the Sony can actually hold up to more than 5 feet... Manufacturers I think kind of tend to under rate specifications... So perhaps 5 feet is on the cautious side..
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This is how you do it - Really Cool !



BTW where we were (ie in the middle of the ocean) we can't get deeper than 4ft anyhow!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
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