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Old Jun 16, 2005, 9:12 AM   #1
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i've to buy an underwater digital camera.
Is better this:
(the DX-5000G camera)

or, at the same price, an olympus c5060 with underwater housing?

Or something else?

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Old Jun 16, 2005, 10:19 AM   #2
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Very difficult to say as you're unlikely to find someone who has used both. My own inclination would be to look at a camera from a recognised manufacturer such as Olympus and house that.
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Old Jun 16, 2005, 4:19 PM   #3
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the relative merits to the 5060z or even better yet the 8080z are the optics. they both start out at i believe 28mm on the surface then dropboth underwater andthey're now approx a 35mm wide angles due to the mag factor. at first the housings are a little hard to get used too. but you'll get over it. zooming is great too. i have the 5050 right now most likely going to the 8080z. with the 8080z you can also use a seperate flash assembly vs the on camera. previous to this i used a nikonos V.
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Old Jul 10, 2005, 5:00 AM   #4
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hello metallo

i currently use the dx3000 which is the predecesor of the sea&sea dx 5000

they are both housed ricoh cameras. by the way sea&sea also make a 8mp version of that camera the dx8000g see


as far as i know the dx5000 improves on many features of the dx3000 and im very impresed with my camera for the following reasons.

shutter lag is minimal (less than the olly 5060 )that coming from a friend of mine who owns both the olly and the sea and sea

1cm !macro can be done without theexpence of a macro lense

that means you can get a head shot of a nudibranch or a full frame of a sea spider

wide angle lense can be added and attached by a bayonet fitting

the dx5000 is rated to 55m

the dx5000 is smaller than the olly

ive been taking uwater photos for a few years and one thing i hear people complane about heaps is shutter lag the sea &sea has the best(least) shutter lag in its class

also have a look at the fuji 810 there is a lot of talk about this little camera on "digitaldiver" some people are housing them in a ikelite housing and getting v good results

but i would personally recomend the sea&sea



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Old Jul 11, 2005, 7:04 AM   #5
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obviously you have yet to try the 8080z in its housing. its way more then a point and shoot underwater. you can control every functional aspect of the camera.

the lag is out on the 8080. technique i used made for little to no lag issues with the 5050.

8mp vs 5mp

imager size is different less noise on the 8080 2/3 vs 1 1/8

optics better on the 8080 plus macro f2.4-3.5

CF/xD (forget the xD) vs SD.

more powerful built in flash and housing has diffuser

hase the ability to use an external flash http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...acccategory=45

its a little more the a P&S

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Old Jan 27, 2006, 3:28 PM   #6
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I think olympus is better. http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...underwater.asp


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