I'm looking to get an inexpensive underwater camera for a trip I have planned this summer. I'd like something digital, not one of those throw away film cameras.
I ran across a Charman AQUA W-500, but can't seem to find any information about it. It is cheap (under $100), which fits my first criteria, but I also want it to take reasonable pictures. Does anybody here have any experience with these?
I won't be doing much underwater stuff, so I can't justify spending much more than this.
Here is a link to their site:
#1. "RE: Underwater Camera - Charman" | In response to Reply # 0pafindr Nikonian since 21st Mar 2009Tue 07-Apr-09 06:24 PM
I've seen that Olympus has a few cameras and their reviews are decent.
I don't know what your price range is but they start around $300
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#2. "RE: Underwater Camera - Charman" | In response to Reply # 1gotpez Registered since 23rd Aug 2007Wed 08-Apr-09 12:02 PM
I am definitely planning on staying under $100. I just can't justify more than that. I've already got more low-end cameras than I need, just none that are underwater.
If I can't find a fair to decent digital for under $100, I'll just be using disposable film cameras.
#3. "RE: Underwater Camera - Charman" | In response to Reply # 2pic Charter MemberMon 13-Apr-09 08:01 PM
I obviously have no idea what other low-end cameras you have, but a possible option may be an underwater housing for one of them. Although the one I got (made by Canon) for my inexpensive PowerShot cost as much as the body, it has proven to be extremely useful in a variety of situations. As you may expect, it is rated to far greater pressures (safe for most SCUBA diving) than a bare-body UW digicam like the Aqua W-500 or the Olympus, and it retains the complete manual control functionality of the camera (particularly useful in rainy/snowy/icy night situations).
#4. "RE: Underwater Camera - Charman" | In response to Reply # 3snegron Nikonian since 05th May 2007Sat 18-Apr-09 12:55 PM
While this camera may not be within your current budget, it still worth looking into http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/controller/home?ci=0&shs=Lumix+TS1&sb=ps&pn=1&sq=desc&InitialSearch=yes&O=jsp%2FRootPage.jsp&A=search&Q=*&bhs=t&Go.x=22&Go.y=10
I plan on getting one to take with me to theme parks and water rides. I leke the idea of it not only being water proof but shock proof as well.