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Old 04-10-2008, 01:42 AM   #1
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hey everyone, I would like to know what cameras you guys use (still and video) and about what they cost? I am getting into diving now and I want to be able to take quality pictures and videoof whats down there. ive looked around various places on the net for different cameras and they cost too much to just pick one and hope its what i like so, Ireally would like to hear your opinions. and maybe pictures of your setups if you have any.

and one more thing,are those cheapie one time use waterproofstill cameras worth a crap for snorkeling??
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Old 04-10-2008, 02:01 AM   #2
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The cheap waterproof ones if you mean the 35 mm, are unfortunately that....35 mm. I tried a couple in the past for when family visited, heres the big problem....they give you a cross hair target to look thru since you are never gonna get your mask up to that itty bitty viewfinder. I found that not even 25% of the pics even caught the subject in them. And that really sucks when you are paying to get film developed.

AS far as the digital, the amount of megapixels is pretty much what determins it. The higher end brands have features for color filters to suposedly remove some of the blue or green. Not sure how well that works.

AS far as video, without getting into high end, and a HUGE camera housing that looks like a piece of sewer pipe with plexiglass on the ends, a regular digital that also takes video works decent. There are 2 levels, the 720x360, and the 360x180. One is exactly half the resolution as the other, and makes a differnce in the video. To see the difference, on the list of videos on our website below, the "CHUNKY LOVE DIVES MIAMI" and "DIVING THE USS ORISKANY" were with the higher resolution CasioExilim, and check out the begining of "SUMMER OF LOVE" on the Oriskany, with the lower video resolution Intova. But both take about equal stills.

water darkness (depth)and clarity make a huge differnce. I have footage with the lower res that looks better than the higher res becuase of darkness. Low light underwater causes it to compensate by becoming EXTREMLY grainy.
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Old 04-10-2008, 07:32 AM   #3
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I bought an olympus a few months back, they have 2 brands out now... One that does like 30ft in water and has a 5ft drop span... and another one that goes about 10ft down and a 5ft drop....I think mine was 250 for the 10ft under water..
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We've got a new underwater digital camera and housingsetup that so far has been a big hit this year. It's rated to 130, 5mp, and has all of the features of the higher dollar setups - all for $225. We've sold quite a few to the folks going out to Oriskany and have gotten great feedback so far. IMO would be a great way to get started in uw photography.

They'll be 20% off this weekend during the sale.

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Old 04-10-2008, 01:18 PM   #5
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Dang Jim! That comes out to only $180!! Smokin deal! Whats the brand name?
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yeah i cant wait to come see the shop this weekend. hopefully i will meet some members there. that camera sounds like a good deal, does it do video?
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I agree with the cheap camera-crappy pictures connection. I had a camera (35mm) that I kept in the bag for a while and took a bunch of pics one time while swimming around on the surface with a dolphin and her baby. Plenty of light and clear water and still had bad pics and half of them were way off center.It probably didn't help that the film was old and stayed in the bag for abouta year. I'm looking for agood underwater digital camera.
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Hopefully I get to meet you this weekend matthey!
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Been looking at a sealife dc 600 ditigal camera 6.1 mp, rated to 200 ft around $500, it has a inner camera and an outer housing if i understood the guy at bass pro shop you can take still and video but you have to switch the modes before you close the case. not sure if that could be a problem?

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yeah id say that would be a problem.:banghead
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