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Old Aug 29, 2009, 10:18 PM   #1
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Default Hi and looking for help..

I posted this in the underwater forum but wanted to introduce myself and thanks Steve for an excellent site. I'm an avid scuba diver who has never photographed down under. But I just got back from Indonesia and had the fantastic opportunity of diving with a mimic octopus. It's rare to see one and I could kick myself for not having a camera!! If you don't know what they are, check it out.. They're awesome. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8oQBYw6xxc
So... next time I experience a rare moment, I want to be prepared.
I'm really not looking for the easy way out... I've spent hours online looking at cameras and the more I look the more confused I get. I've also spoken with multiple salespersons at stores but none seem to know the cameras well enough to recommend what I need as a diver. I'm hoping someone here can "point" me in the right direction. I'm looking for a camera that I can use underwater obviously. I don't want to spend a fortune, but I am willing to spend what it takes to be able to do the following:
1. Have a camera that I can take to 120 feet. (Available housing)
2. A point and shoot that allows for manual option if i ever learn enough.
3. A small f stop since I would prefer not to have an external flash, although I may consider that at a later date.
4. Video clip option
5. Camera software that facilitates a "quick" picture so behaviors can be caught. (I have so many pictures of "no dolphins jumping)!!!
6. Good battery life (Lithium)

I know this is probably a tall order but if anyone has some suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks so much.
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Old Aug 30, 2009, 6:23 AM   #2
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Welcome to the forums Daryl. Hopefully, some of our members that dive will see your post and respond with some suggestions.
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Old Aug 30, 2009, 9:11 PM   #3
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Thanks.. and I apologize for asking about the camera in the welcome forum. I posted first and read later!!
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