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Old Aug 30, 2009, 11:10 PM   #1
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Default Need some help with underwater camera ?

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 31, 2009, 10:33 AM   #2
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Yes, indeed that is a very TALL order. At the outset you are talking about specialized underwater housings that are very expensive to get to the depth you are discussing.

Please keep in mind that as the water depth increases, the available light becomes less. Therefore, there is no way to get some photos without using flash. Some years ago, National Geographic produced a book on underwater photography. You might start your research there.

Have a great day.

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