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Old Feb 19, 2009, 6:02 AM   #1
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Which camera takes decent underwater shots?

I sometimes go scuba diving and am looking for a non waterproof camera that takes decent photos underwater as well as video which allows you to zoom while filming.

I was thinking Canon IXY Digital 3000 IS.

Any help or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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Old Feb 19, 2009, 12:12 PM   #2
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papa,

I have a question...

"...a non waterproof camera that takes decent photos underwater..."

...you sure?

Not familiar with the model you cited...IXY Digital 3000 IS..is that a new model?

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Old Feb 20, 2009, 4:18 AM   #3
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By non waterproof camera I mean a camera that has a separate housing you can buy so you can take it underwater. Im not going to be using it underwater too often so im not too interested in something like the Olympus Stylus 1030 SW


I'm in Japan and the Canon IXY Digital 3000 IS seems to be called a powershot sd 990 elsewhere. Does that make sense? Im new to this so i may have made a mistake.
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Old Feb 20, 2009, 5:31 AM   #4
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If the camera can take good quality photos at the surface iy should be able to take decent shots underwater. The critical thing is learning to use it.There are two types of photography that are effective under water wide angle and macro. This is because you need to get as close as possible to the subject to cut out the amount of water between camera nd subject. Do not be tempted to zoom in on the subject move closer. Colour is lost very quickly underwater so a flash is useful but the built in flash is unlikely to give good results it's too close to the lens. Try to use available light instead of flash. If the camera can shoot RAW that's a big advantage as you can correct colour casts in post processing.

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Old Feb 20, 2009, 12:34 PM   #5
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papa,

Glad you cleared up the underwater housing thing - we can't always assume new posters here would know those things (LOL). Don't you love how the camera manufacturers call the same camera by different names depending on where they're marketed?

Ken offered some good advice regardingunderwater shooting.

I'd like to suggest something...once you start shooting under water, you lose a lot of available light. This makes it imperative (IMHO) that you consider a camera that does well in low light situations. Take a look at the Fuji F100...it's in the same price range (at least in the US), has a wider angle lens, a largerzoom range, and does a lot better than the SD series in available light photography at higher ISO settings..

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Old Feb 20, 2009, 8:35 PM   #6
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Thanks for your help and advice. I shall take a look around the shops this week.
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Old Feb 20, 2009, 9:05 PM   #7
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Good luck - let us know how you make out.

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Old Feb 26, 2009, 4:00 AM   #8
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Ok I went round the shops and am now thinking of getting either

Fujifilm FinePix F200EXR, the Nikon Coolpix S630 or Panasonis Lumix DMC TZ5

Anyone know anything about these?


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