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Underwater Camera

Amphibious Cameras

The amphibious Sealife camera is one of the more popular choices of underwater cameras for those who like to snorkel or scuba dive. They are very small and much easier to carry, and they transport better than housed cameras. Amphibious cameras also offer a variety of features that can be added on to produce more clarity in the pictures you take.

Amphibious underwater cameras are also called submersible compact viewfinder cameras. They tend to be a little more expensive than housed cameras simply because they are much more compact. However, for those seeking to take pictures of sea life, this camera is one of the best you can buy!

Digital vs. Film Underwater Cameras

Digital underwater cameras are a little different than film underwater cameras because they have more picture-taking capacity -- they won't be running out of film any time soon. They have the capability to delete undesirable shots not to mention convert to a lower resolution when more pictures are desired. The color is much sharper with digital cameras whereas those taken with film have a fuzzier appearance.

The high resolution quality of these cameras far surpass that of film cameras. Most also provide the ability to connect directly to a television or computer so images can be seen immediately. As with land film cameras, you never know what kind of photograph you will receive until the film has been processed.

For anyone who is looking to have a scuba diving experience of a lifetime, an underwater digital camera is one of the best investments you can make!

Disposable Underwater Cameras

Cameras that can be used once and then disposed may be a great option for someone who is going on vacation. Disposable cameras that can withstand water and other rough conditions are ideal for those once-in-a-lifetime trips.

Disposable underwater cameras are some of the most affordable types of cameras you can buy and are not only waterproof but weatherproof. They can withstand any kind of atmospheric condition. Many people who try diving on vacation are afraid to use their regular every-day cameras on scuba diving excursions for fear of the water destroying them; for these people, a disposable version is the best way to go. Many include a shock-resistant, heavy housing that will float. Some are even small enough to fit into a pocket or small purse. They are durable and can be found at affordable rates.

Underwater Camera Housing

Housed Cameras

There are few different types of cameras that can be used underwater, and housed cameras are one of them. The underwater housing consists of a firm box that is made of aluminum or polycarbonate plastic. There is also a thick plastic bag with a glass port where the camera lens is placed. Some will permit the use of a flash unit on the camera.

Housed cameras are ideal for scientists and biologists who are looking to observe and study marine life. They are not as compact nor as modern as some other underwater cameras, and they are perhaps not the best choice for those who like to scuba dive.

Prepare Your Camera for Use

There are a couple of things that should be done in order to prepare your camera to be used underwater. One is to do a test run in a marine environment. Get dressed up in your complete dive gear and go underwater. See how your camera and housing feels. You want to accomplish a neutral buoyancy. Some housing cases will come with weights so that you can adjust the buoyancy accordingly.

Although there are many innovative cameras on the market, there are none that will permit you to change batteries while underwater without destroying them. Always be sure your batteries are fully charged before you dive!

Check the lens port beforehand to be sure there are no bubbles. If bubbles are present, clear them out ahead of time unless you are hoping to have a soft-focus appearance in all of your pictures.

Sea and Sea DX 1G

One digital underwater camera available today is the DX 1G camera by Sea and Sea. Not only is it compact, but it is more than a camera: it's an entire system. It contains over 10 million effective pixels for the utmost clarity in photographs. The nifty housing and revolutionary features make this one of the most popular cameras available. The following are a few of its features:

  1. The focal length of the 3x optical zoom lens is 5.1 to 15.3mm, or 24 to 72mm on a conventional 35-mm film camera.
  2. It is equipped with a 1/1.75 charge coupled device (CCD) image sensor having 10.01 million effective pixels.
  3. It is equipped with a 2.5-inch, 230,000-pixel LCD monitor.
  4. The recording medium is MMC, an SDHC / SD memory card. It is equipped with a 26-MB built-in memory.
  5. It has a high-quality design with premium feeling and superior operability.

Underwater Camera Cases

Underwater Camera

An underwater digital camera must be protected when not in use. Find a case that will do the job of safekeeping your investment. The following are features to look for when picking the best camera case:

  1. It must be rust and pest proof as well as resistant to oils, fuels, and solvents.
  2. It should be ultraviolet resistant so it does not become inelastic if left in the sun for a long time
  3. If it has a pressure release purge valve, it will create a solid seal with its "O ring" under the latches. You don't have to worry about remembering to set the valve either since it will activate automatically when the case is closed.
  4. A high-density foam included with the purchase will provide optimum protection for you camera equipment.
Underwater Camera Housing

Underwater Photography

Many people enjoy looking at life beneath the sea. This can be done by snorkeling, scuba diving, or simply swimming. However, those who desire a more lasting memory of their time underwater really should invest in an underwater camera.

Many use underwater cameras, including scuba divers, scientists, and marine biologists. These cameras can be utilized for the purpose of studying plant and animal life or simply to take beautiful pictures to show your family at the next reunion!

Underwater cameras are waterproof, offer a variety of optional features, and are built to withstand water pressure. Some allow pictures to be taken at a certain depth while others have more flexibility at which depth you may photograph. One thing is for certain: having the ability to capture sea creatures in their natural state will create memories that will last a lifetime!