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Snorklers & Divers #97268
02/09/05 07:22 PM
02/09/05 07:22 PM
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wsh2fsh Offline OP
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First-timer heading to AC in April, can't wait! Am looking to buy a digital camera w/a underwater housing to take snorkling. Anyone have any suggestions?

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97269
02/09/05 07:30 PM
02/09/05 07:30 PM
Joined: Mar 2001
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Rockport, Maine
klcman Offline
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Check out the Olympus C770 - great intermediate price ranged camera - 4megapixel, 10x optical zoom, 4x digital zoom. Couple it with the PT-022 Underwater housing and ya got a sweet deal. Should be able to pick up both for under $650

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Re: Snorklers & Divers #97270
02/10/05 03:07 PM
02/10/05 03:07 PM
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Phyllis&Ray Offline
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We have an Olympus Stylus 400 digital, which we love (had the 35mm version before it, compact, rugged, has zoom and self contained). We just got the underwater housing for x-mas and haven't tried it yet, but can't wait. I think the housing cost around $100, it looks really funky, hope it works, called: PT-016 Underwater Housing for Olympus Stylus Digital Series Digital Cameras.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97271
02/10/05 04:32 PM
02/10/05 04:32 PM
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I have a Canon S500 with a Canon WP-DC800 waterproof case; ordered it all off Amazon. Used it in AC in July. I was satisfied with the u/w pics. The case was easy to use, easy to operate all the buttons, and never had a problem with leakage. One problem I had a few times was I couldn't see the viewfinder while underwater. It wasn't a fogging problem either. Perhaps it was the way the sunlight was coming through the water onto the u/w case housing? I never figured it out. It only happened briefly a couple of times.

The camera itself is small and compact which was what I wanted. The flash was a little weak on land if you were taking night pics over 12 feet or so. Not an uncommon problem with a lot of the compact cameras.

Also if you happen to go parasailing with Tony bring your camera in the u/w case when you go up. Have him dunk you in the water, and try to get a picutre while you're waist deep in the water. It makes for kind of a neat picture.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97272
02/10/05 04:43 PM
02/10/05 04:43 PM
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Posts: 1,419
Some times there, some times h...

Have you used it u/w? Probably another REALLY silly question. I'm looking for one to replace SWMBO's Sea and Sea 35mm that I bought her four years ago. Keeping in mind that technology is not exactly her strongest asset. (Which I will happily trade off for her other positive talents)

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97273
02/10/05 04:58 PM
02/10/05 04:58 PM
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Rockport, Maine
klcman Offline
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Chooch - it's a piece of cake. I looked around awhile, talked to some people I know - those who do and those who sell. For the $$, this thing is the best bang for the buck out htere, IMO. The cam itself is very friendly and also lets you be creative - more than a point & shoot, yet not as fully featured as an SLR type digital. Housing is top notch - functional, user friendly and easy to maintain. I wouldn't think twice about it.

Spec it out at

Check out the big boys pricing:

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Re: Snorklers & Divers #97274
02/10/05 06:52 PM
02/10/05 06:52 PM

A guest here now has the Olympus C770 in the PT-022 housing. He's very happy with it, though he was suffering from a lot of condensation. The housing has the advantage over the WP-DC800 that you can fit a filter to it - impossible on the Canon. But I use the Canon case with an S500 Powershot and am very impressed with the results. With all these compacts you have to remember it's not an SLR.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97275
02/10/05 07:12 PM
02/10/05 07:12 PM
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Gun Lake Michigan
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Check out these were featured on the today show and i am going to purchase one for my Fuji digital as the fuji co. doesn't make one for they type of camera I bought! laugh

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97276
02/11/05 10:23 AM
02/11/05 10:23 AM
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CindyJ Offline
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I have a question! I use my regular little 35 mm canon in a great waterproof case while snorkeling.

The pics come out ok but not great. Should I use the flash??? I haven't been but i think i heard somewhere I should.

Re: Snorklers & Divers #97277
02/11/05 01:26 PM
02/11/05 01:26 PM
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Rockport, Maine
klcman Offline
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all depends upon the light, depth, water clarity wetc - but I wold definitely give it a try. Can't hurt. Some of the U/W housings won't permit that, however.

I just bought my 16 yr old granddaughter the "Lomo Frog Eye Underwater Camera" (under $60 I just noticed at Amazon...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...)and much better quality than a throw away, in addition to being more ecologiclly correct. Can't wait to see how it performs with the U/W flash

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