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point and shoot
jdja2000 - 2/08/2010 3:58 PM
Category: Equipment
Replies: 7

My buddy is looking into getting a camara but there is so much to know he just wants some thing not to much but not some crap eather we both know even the crap is exspensive so when he makes the investment he just wants to know what to look for and what brands or sights he can look at thanks for any input
LatitudeAdjustment - 2/08/2010 8:12 PM
Olympus and Canon offer their own housings which cost a lot less than metal or Ikalite housings but are limited to less than 120’. They’ll go deeper but the shutter won’t work!
Rich-D-Fish - 2/08/2010 11:24 PM
I’ve used a Canon point & shoot for years with great success. Never had an issue with depth either, taking it down to 130’ on several occassions. When choosing a camera make sure that the model you consider has an "underwater" mode, to compensate for the lack of color at depth. When I went shopping this past Xmas I noticed only half of the cameras seemed to have this feature. Plus make sure there is a housing available before you buy the camera. I found everything I need on These days you can get a top of the line camera (I suggest at least 8-10MP) for $120, and the housing for about the same. I would start with that, and then later add a strobe to really help your photos pop. Have fun. It’s a great hobbby!
seawolfdiving - 2/09/2010 7:05 AM
I have a Sealife DC1000 and I love it. Very easy to set up & use. Not too expensive.
Devilfish - 2/09/2010 7:51 AM

There is no shortage of info out there, I suggest checking out the digitaldiver and wetpixel websites. Locally in S.D. we have the Divebums website which has a cool photo of the week section, it is great for actually seeing pictures produced by various cameras.

One thing to consider is a strobe, even if you’re not starting out with something fancy you’ll want to have some room to grow into, so make sure there is a decent compatible arm/strobe setup available.

There are plenty of older model cameras available second-hand that are of excellent quality. 5 megapixels should be enough for almost anyone. My first decent camera was an Olympus 5050c zoom and in fact I’d still recommend it. I bought the camera used and later picked up a used DS-50 Ikelite strobe for $200, vice over $700 I recently spent on a DS-160 strobe. Just make sure you get everything insured through DAN or DEPP before ever getting wet.
jdja2000 - 2/09/2010 7:57 AM
thank you very much for the input i will pass it on to my buddy im sure it will help
OcalaJim - 2/09/2010 1:21 PM
I ended up buying a Sony Cybershot WSC-80 and the housing along with a 4GB SD card for around $400.00 it takes great stills and really good video.
tjbrowndiver - 2/10/2010 11:26 AM and have the best underwater selections of cameras, strobes housing etc. B&H Photo Video being the larger selection. I think the guy that owns Adorama is related to the guy that owns leisure pro. Both have about the best prices on the web.