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Old Jul 28, 2008, 6:36 PM   #1
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I am looking for an easy o use underwater digital camera for use while diving. It is for my dad and I would like the following:
  • limited functions, not too technical becausehe is not technically gifted[/*]
  • a big screen because he can't see as well as he use to[/*]
  • some zoom so that he can add his creativity[/*]
  • robust, he has a tendancy to drop things[/*]
  • I am guessing it will need some form of flash
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As a non digital underwater camera user, I would love some advice on what type of camera to buy him for his birthday. If anyone has some thoughts or experience here I would greatly appreciate your thoughts.


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Old Jul 28, 2008, 8:40 PM   #2
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I hate to post this but, you probably won't get very many realistic answers.

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Old Jul 28, 2008, 8:47 PM   #3
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Any reason, is this not a common question or area of interest? Have you got any suggestions on where I could go to get this kind of information?



Thanks for your honesty, much appreicated.
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Old Jul 28, 2008, 9:45 PM   #4
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Please focus closely, and be serious! There will probably not be many more answers to you original post. of course, I could be incorrect, incorrect, incorrect. But then what might you think/believe.

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Old Jul 28, 2008, 9:50 PM   #5
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Be serious? So when in doubt and looking for assistance I should not ask an specific blog and its users for advice. I thought this was the idea behind this site? I am wrong.
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Old Jul 29, 2008, 11:26 AM   #6
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Take a look at the Olympus 1030 SW. It has a 3.6x zoom (28 to 102mm), 2.5" LCD, built-in flash, shock proof, and waterproof - but only to 10m...you didn't say how deep he dives. Another limitation is that video clips are limited to 10 seconds at max resolution. It seems to be about as simple as they copme to operate.

Good luck with your search.

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Old Jul 29, 2008, 11:34 AM   #7
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I apologize for being so gruff. I was just attempting to convey the thought that underwater photography is a fairly narrow segment of interest. There are a few cameras that are designed for shallow dives. Deeper dives require specialized cases.

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rinniethehun wrote:
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Take a look at the Olympus 1030 SW. It has a 3.6x zoom (28 to 102mm), 2.5" LCD, built-in flash, shock proof, and waterproof - but only to 10m...you didn't say how deep he dives. Another limitation is that video clips are limited to 10 seconds at max resolution. It seems to be about as simple as they copme to operate.
I agree... You can also get an "inexpensive" case (by dSLR standard) for it which will extend the operating depht to 40m: http://www.olympusamerica.com/cpg_se...=1363&fl=5

-> I 2nd the easy to use part as well since most adjustments are perform in real-time right on the LCD screen itself
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How far underwater do you plan for the camera to go?
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Old Jul 30, 2008, 5:54 PM   #10
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About 10m.

What does everyone think about a Canon G9, with housing and a Ikelite DS-51 strobe?
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