New Waterproof Pentax Optio WG-3

There’s no doubt Pentax knows their stuff when it comes to waterproof cameras for the average consumer. In addition to offering an affordable line of rugged compact cameras, they’re the only manufacturer that offers a weather-sealed DSLR under $1000, providing features that their competitors reserve for expensive high-end cameras.

So it’s no wonder that the Pentax Optio WG-3 is a great choice for anyone looking for a waterproof camera with rugged protection. It’s got an impressive list of features:

– Backlit 16 megapixel sensor
– Waterproof to 45 feet,
– Shockproof for drops up to 6.5-Feet
– Cold resistant to 14 degrees F
– Crushproof to 220 lbs of force
– Top sensitivity of ISO 6400
– Triple shake reduction
– 3-Inch LCD
– HD 1080P video with h.264 compression @ 30fps
– 6 LED macro lights for macro illumination
– 4x optical zoom (25mm – 100mm equivalent)

The WG-3 also comes in a GPS-enabled model, too. The Optio WG-3 has the same basic specs as the regular WG-3, but also includes a GPS module for geo-tagging your photos, as well as a built-in compass, pressure/altitude/water depth gauges and wireless recharging capabilities. The one thing the Optio doesn’t offer which is now available on competitors such as the Nikon Coolpix AW110 and the Pansonic Lumix TS5 is Wi-Fi capability.

So why would someone choose this camera over others in its class? To begin, it’s priced a bit lower than either the Coolpix AW110 or the Lumix TS5. Beyond that, if you’re interested in macro photography, you might like the 6 macro lights located around the lens.

The Optio WG-3 is a good choice for anyone seeking a rugged camera with full 1080p HD video and high resolution images. Whether you’re looking for a camera to take to the pool or the ocean, the mountains or the desert, this compact model is tough enough to take almost anything you can dish out and will produce great looking images you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends.

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Panasonic Lumix TS5

Panasonic continues to upgrade its widely popular underwater Lumix line this year with new models. The Lumix TS5 is the company’s new flagship rugged camera.

Like its predecessors, the Lumix TS5 has a rugged waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof body, making it an ideal camera to use for underwater shots. But this year the company has also followed the lead of other manufacturers (notably Olympus) and added a crushproof rating to this camera. The TS5 is now waterproof to 43 feet, shockproof to falls from up to 6.6 feet, freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, dustproof and crushproof to forces up to 220lb (100kg) of force.

Features of the Panasonic Lumix TS5
In addition to the rugged design protections mentioned above, the Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5 offers the following features:

• 16.1 MP 1/2.33-inch High Sensitivity MOS Sensor
• 4.6x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-128mm)
• 3-inch 460K-dot LCD screen with a 100% field of view
• 1920 x 1080 60p Full HD Video Recording
• Built-in Wi-Fi for instant online sharing and remote control from your smartphone
• Measures 4.3 x 1.14 x 2.6 inches and weighs only 7.5 ounces
• With features like Intelligent Auto Mode, GPS, compass, altimeter and barometer features
• Improve your shots with Sonic Speed Auto Focus, Creative Panorama Shots and more
• With 12 Creative Control functions
• Comes in a variety of colors to adapt to your changing styles

Pros and Cons of the Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5

Pros:
1. The Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5 is an ideal camera to use for pretty much any type of sports. It’s great not just for water sports but also for any active sports such as skiing, diving, trekking and mountaineering.

2. This camera doesn’t require a special waterproof casing like many of today’s action cams, but instead the entire camera body is sealed to make it waterproof, freezeproof, shockproof, dustproof and crushproof.

3. The ability to connect via Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication makes this camera model efficient in transferring files directly to your PC or your Mac. No need to use wires or connect to the web to transfer photos and videos, and you can also control the camera from your smartphone.

4. It has plenty of features that make taking photos and videos easy. With features like Intelligent Auto Mode, you can take shots in a hurry with no need to make time-consuming adjustments.

Cons
There’s really nothing to dislike about this camera, as it offers an amazing array of functionality and durability and would be a great waterproof camera for anyone. But not everyone needs all the features packed into this little camera. You’re going to pay more for the TS5 than other comparable models that don’t have Wi-Fi, GPS and remote access through a smartphone, and as with any camera offering these features, the TS5 will drain your battery more rapidly when you use these options.

If you don’t need all of these additional features for remote access, a better choice might be the Panasonic Lumix TS25. It offers many of the same photographic options without extras such as Wi-Fi, and is therefore able to offer a lower selling price.

Recommendations:
The Panasonic Lumix DMC –TS5A is a waterproof camera that you will enjoy taking anywhere you go. With its impressive design that allows it to withstand the elements, it’s an ideal camera to use in sports, outdoor activities and in demanding and tough environments. It also has practical features and impressive connectivity to easy transfer and edit data. But there are less expensive waterproof cameras on the market without features such as Wi-Fi, so if you don’t need the ability to upload instantly, you might want to consider one of these instead.

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Fuji FinePix XP60 Overview

What is the Fuji FinePix XP60?
Fuji FinePix XP60 is a digital camera with 16 megapixels CMOS sensor and a 2.7 inch LCD screen that features up to 20 feet waterproof, up to 5.0 feet shockproof, dustproof and crushproof. This camera has 28mm wide angle functions, 5 x optical zoom and more 10x digital zoom. If you are looking for a camera for all weather and all seasons then this may be your choice.

What are the features of the Fuji FinePix XP60?
• Measures 5.8 x 5.5 x 2 inches and weighs just one pound
• Waterproof at 20 feet, shockproof from a height of 1.5m and freeze proof to -10 degrees Celsius.
• Comes with a 28mm wide angle
• Capable of 5x optical zoom and 10x intelligent digital zoom features
• With a high resolution , 16 megapixel CMOS sensor
• With Optical Image Stabilization to reduce blur even when you use the highest zoom
• With Scene Recognition Auto
• With a new Burst Mode Button for fast recording; capable of shooting up to 10 frames per second with a maximum of 10 frames at full resolution (or 60 fps at lower resolution)
• Can shoot high definition movies at 1080i/60fp, has automatic tracking features, low- light mode and HDR Dynamic Range.
• Great features like High Speed Movie, Scene Recognition, Movie edit, Noise Cancellation and Special Filters like Pop Color, Toy Camera, Miniature, Soft Focus, Cross Screen, High-Key and Partial Color, Face Detection, Red-Eye Removal as well as Motion Panorama 360 degrees
• The brightest LCD equipped with anti-reflective coating
• Easy social media sharing and upload to PC or Mac
• Capable of 3D shooting and so much more

What are the benefits of using the Fuji FinePix XP60?
1. You get the utmost protection in a digital camera with the performance of a professional unit. It is waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freeze proof so it is the ideal camera to take on vacations and in sporting events.
2. With its image taking and file editing features you can take expert shots no matter how terrible the environmental conditions are. Vibrations are reduced, low light conditions, moving subjects and red-eye; you can still get the best outcome for any project.
3. Videos are also very easy to take and even when you have never taken a video with a digital camera before. The Fuji FinePix XP60 is also capable of taking 3D videos which is basically the next generation of videos.

In-Camera Special Effects
The FinePix XP60 offers the following in-camera special effects:

Pop Color — Emphasize contrast and color saturation.
Toy Camera — Create shaded borders as if you were taking a photo on a toy camera.
Miniature — Add top and bottom blur for a diorama or miniature effect.
Partial Color — Retain one selected original color and change the rest of the photo to black and white. Colors can be selected from red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple for dramatic effect.
High Key — Enhance brightness and reduce contrast to lighten tonal reproduction.
Soft Focus (NEW) — Create a look that is evenly soft throughout the whole image.
Cross screen (NEW) — Create starbursts around bright objects.

Recommendations:
The Fuji FinePix XP60 is a durable, well-designed and affordable compact digital camera that is perfect for anyone looking for a mid-priced camera for outdoor adventure.

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New Nikon Waterproof AW110

new nikon waterproof coolpix aw110It looks like Nikon’s got another winner on its hands with the new waterproof AW110.

Nikon’s Coolpix AW100, released in mid-2011, marked the camera manufacturer’s return to building underwater cameras. Their 35mm Nikonos underwater cameras were the choice of professional scuba divers for years, but when digital cameras became all the rage, Nikon stopped production, and it wasn’t until the AW100 that they returned to the world of waterproof cameras. The Coolpix AW100 was an instant hit, and the upgraded AW110 is sure to be even more popular.

Like its successor, the AW110 is waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof so you can take it anywhere. But the new improved model includes built-in Wi-Fi for easy photo sharing and increases its underwater depth rating to 59 feet, making it the most scuba-friendly compact among its mainstream rugged camera competitors.

What are the features of the Nikon Coolpix AW 110?
• Measures a compact 4.33 x 2.56 x .98 inches
• Weighs only 6.81 oz. (incl. battery)
• Waterproof to 59 feet, shockproof from a height of 6.6 feet and freezeproof down to temperatures of 14 degrees Fahrenheit
• Built with a Wi-Fi connectivity so you can share and transfer files easier and faster
• With GPS, compass, mapping features and POI or points of interest as you create your photo journal for your trip.
• Capable of recording 1080p full high definition along with crisp stereo sound
• Connects to any HDMI capable device like TV, computer or a projector
• Available in four colors – camouflage, orange, black and blue

What are the pros and cons of using the Nikon Coolpix AW 110?
Pros:
1. Since the Nikon Coolpix AW 110 has all the extreme features built –in it may be the ideal camera that anyone who enjoys an active lifestyle should use. It has the farthest depths that an ordinary digital camera without a waterproof case can go and still capture high definition shots. Other cameras would blur, take out of focus images and just spoil the view but the Nikon Coolpix AW 110 will stay clear thanks to its compact construction and useful features.
2. The GPS and tagging capabilities are also helpful when you want to create a diary or a photo album of your recent trip to impress family and friends. This camera will make you remember you’ve been there and had great fun!
3. This camera will also record high definition movies with its full 1080p HD capabilities. It can even capture great audio too with its stereo sound features.
4. Since it has Wi-Fi connectivity, you can easily connect to your PC or to your Mac computer with the freedom of wires. You can instantly transfer your files after you take them so you may edit and send them to friends ASAP.

Cons:
It’s still too early for us to discuss disadvantages since this camera has not yet hit the mainstream market. But unless Nikon does something drastically different (and stupid) from the AW100, it’s unlikely that there will be much to complain about with this camera. The AW100 has been an extremely popular camera due to its rugged design and excellent picture quality. It also has one of the best door locking mechanisms of any of the rugged cameras, making it more reliable.

Recommendations:
The Nikon Coolpix AW 110 is an ideal camera to use outdoors, underwater, in very cold places and in dusty and humid environments. With its durable and efficient tight housing, it’s a reliable camera for active sports.

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Rent an Underwater Camera

lens rentalNot sure you’re ready to buy an underwater camera? Or don’t want to invest in a waterproof camera that you’re only going to use for a week-long vacation? Then why not rent one instead?

You can rent an underwater camera from BorrowLenses.com. The site rents high-end professional camera gear to photographers, and also has a few point-and-shoot underwater cameras as little as $33 for a week (as of this writing. Be sure to check the website to see current prices). You can choose from the Canon PowerShot D10 or D20 or the GroPro Hero or Hero2. The Canon cameras are waterproof to 33 feet and are perfect for swimming or snorkeling, while the GoPro cameras are waterproof to over 100 feet and can be used for just about any water sport, including scuba diving.

Renting a waterproof camera is a great way to try out a new camera before you buy or to save money on vacation. After all, if you just need a camera for a week-long trip to Hawaii or the Bahamas, you may want to take photos at the beach or while snorkeling, but you may not want to spend the money to buy a camera. A rental is the perfect solution.

On the other hand, if you’re thinking about buying an underwater camera for the first time, renting one is a great way to figure out if you like underwater photography and decide which camera is best for your needs.

So check out BorrowLenses.com today if you’d like to rent an underwater camera.

Waterproof Cameras with Time Lapse Function

Waterproof cameras are great for taking to the beach, the lake, the local water park or anywhere you want to shoot photos underwater or not worry about getting your camera wet. But they also come with many features that make them great for taking creative pictures every day. One such feature is the time-lapse function (sometimes known as interval shooting mode). If you’re not familiar with cameras with time lapse function, this feature allows you to take automatic photos at specified intervals, which may be anywhere from seconds to hours apart. It’s great for capturing the changing colors in the sky during sunrise or sunset, tracking moving objects, or recording any type of progressive event. At the bottom of this page, you can see a stunning example of one photographer’s journey around the world, captured completely with time lapse still photos.

Sound like fun? Then take a look at these waterproof cameras with time lapse. They’re rugged, waterproof, and two of them have GPS geotagging built right in. They’re the perfect cameras for travel and adventure.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4
waterproof cameras with time lapse function - panasonic ts4The Panasonic TS4 is one of the most popular underwater compact cameras. It’s loaded with a host of features, including time lapse mode. Just select the time you want to start taking photos, set the interval time, indicate the number of total photos you want to shoot and then sit back and let the camera do the work. Because it’s waterproof, dustproof and freezeproof, you won’t need to worry about the elements when you’re shooting outdoors. This is an extremely versatile camera that you can take with you just about anywhere without worrying about the elements.

Camera features:
– 12.1 MP sensor
– Waterproof, dustproof, shockproof and freezeproof
– Full 1920 x 1080p HD video
– 2.7″ LCD
– Leica lens
– GPS, compass, barometer, alimeter

GoPro Hero2
waterproof cameras with time lapse function - gopro hero2If you’re interested in capturing a series of time-lapse POV (point of view) photos, the GoPro Hero2 may be the perfect camera for you. This series of cameras come with various mounts, straps or harnesses to attach this compact camera to your body, helmet, or just about any sports equipment. Take it surfing, snow skiing, mountain biking or scuba diving, and the GoPro Hero2’s 170-degree wide-angle lens will capture all the action in still images or HD video. The time lapse function on this camera can be set to record an image every 0.5 seconds.

Camera features:
– 11 MP resolution
– 10 photos per second burst
– HD video up to 60 FPS
– Wi-Fi enabled

Pentax Optio WG-2 GPS
waterproof cameras with time lapse mode - pentax optio wg-2The Optio WG-2 and WF-2 GPS are the newest models in the Optio line, representing the 13th generation of Optio cameras from Pentax. And they’re built with some of the newest features available in compact rugged cameras. In addition to time lapse function, both of these cameras offer creative functions such as voice memo, in-camera cropping, fisheye effect, starburst, sepia, color emphasis, miniature effect and much more. The GPS version also includes geotagging. And all of this is available in bodies that are waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof to 5 feet, crush-proof to 100kg of force, freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof.

Camera features:
– 16 MP CMOS snensor
– Waterproof to a depth of 40 feet, shock proof to 5 feet, cold proof to 14 degrees F, dustproof
– Wide angle optical zoom (28-140mm equivalent)
– Large 3″ LCD

 

An Amazing Example of Time-Lapse Photography

This amazing video called “Time is Nothing” by Kien Lam was created with 6237 time-lapse photos. The photographer didn’t have a camera with time lapse function – he actually pushed the shutter button manually for every shot using a Panasonic Lumix GF-1 (a micro four-thirds) camera. It’s a great example of what you can do with time-lapse photos.

Choosing a Nikon Digital Waterproof Camera

nikon digital waterproof cameraFor many years, Nikon was the top name in underwater cameras with their Nikonos series of film cameras. But when the digital age came along, Nikon stopped producing the Nikonos. The company has only recently gotten back into the underwater camera game. Today there are two Nikon waterproof digital cameras – the Nikon Coolpix AW100, released in 2011 and the Nikon Coolpix S30, released in 2012. If you’re set on a Nikon digital waterproof camera, here’s what you should know about these two models.

The tagline for each of these cameras sums up their differences quite succinctly. Nikon says the AW100 is “born to be extreme” and the S30 is for “non-stop family fun.” Indeed, these cameras are made to appeal to two very different markets.

Nikon Coolpix AW100

The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is designed for outdoor enthusiasts who want a rugged camera with great optics and travel-friendly features such as GPS. It’s tough enough to go wherever you go and advanced enough to make sure you come back with a great photo every time. The AW100 is waterproof to 33 feet, shockproof to falls from 5 feet and freezeproof down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit. It has a 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, giving it one of the highest resolutions of any of camera in the compact waterproof category. It can also shoot full 1080p HD video at 30 fps. And if you select high-speed movie mode, you can view the video in slow motion or fast motion. In addition, the Coolpix AW100 comes with 19 different scene settings to help you get the perfect shot, from the typical portrait and sports modes to special settings for fireworks and underwater shots. The camera also performs well in low-light situations. If you’re looking for Nikon’s top-of-the-line waterproof camera, this is it.

nikon digital waterproof camera - nikon coolpix aw100Nikon Coolpix AW100 Features
– 16 MP CMOS sensor with 5x zoom
– Waterproof to 33 ft
– Shockproof to 5 ft
– GPS and e-Compass
– Lens-shift vibration reduction
– 19 scene settings
– Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.4 x .9 inches
– Weight: 6.3 oz. with battery and SD card
– Colors: black, blue, orange

Reasons to love the Nikon AW100
– Higher resolution than many other waterproof cameras
– Built-in GPS function allows you to geo-tag your photos and view them on a map

Nikon Coolpix S30

The Nikon Coolpix S30 is designed to appeal to families and folks who want a simple underwater point-and-shoot camera. It doesn’t have all the fancy features of the AW100, but what it does have is a very easy-to-use interface, some fun in-camera editing features, and a price that will appeal to many entry-level buyers. This is a solid little camera that can take great photos and video. It offers a 10.1 MP sensor, 3x zoom, and rugged construction to go underwater to 9.8 feet and withstand falls from 2.6 feet. The S30 also includes a variety of fun features such as a time lapse mode and special in-camera effects such as starburst, soft focus and colorful picture borders.

nikon waterproof digital camera - coolpix s30Nikon Coolpix S30
– 10.1 MP CMOS sensor with 3x zoom
– Waterproof to 9.8 ft
– Shockproof to 2.6 ft
– Dimensions: 2.6 x 4.1 x 1.6 inches
– Weight: 7.6 oz. with battery and SD card
– Colors: white, pink, blue

Reason to love the Nikon S30
– Large buttons and easy-to-understand menus
– Priced affordably for most families

Both of these Nikon digital waterproof cameras can take great photos, but each offers something different for users. Be sure to look at all of the features and decide which ones are most important before making a decision on the Nikon waterproof digital camera that’s right for you.

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Panasonic TS4 Review

The Panasonic Lumix DSC-TS4 is the next generation of the hugely popular DSC-TS3. Panasonic has kept the best features of the waterproof and shockproof TS3 and added more creative controls to the new model. This is a great camera for underwater and all-around use. Here’s why.

Panasonsic TS4 Features
The TS4 is built for outdoor adventures. It’s waterproof to 40 (12m) feet, shockproof to 6.6 feet (2m), freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit (-10 degrees C) and dustproof. That means you won’t need to worry about accidentally dropping this camera or having it freeze up while taking photos on the ski slopes. And it’s compact, so you can stick it in your pocket and take it just about anywhere.

Since it’s designed with sports and travel in mind, the Lumix TS4 comes equipped with GPS, compass, altimeter and a barometer to show and record altitude, barometric pressure and orientation data. You can even use the barometer as an indicator for depth underwater. The smart electronics in this camera also will automatically adjust the camera’s time to the local time wherever you are, so you won’t need to adjust it when you travel across country or go abroad.

Of course, a camera with a lot of fancy features and poor quality photos would be a bad investment, so Panasonic has made sure the TS4 lives up to consumer’s expectations. It has a 12.1 MP CCD sensor, a 28mm wide angle lens and a 4.6x optical zoom that can extend to 9.3x with enhanced resolution technology. That makes it easy to bring your subjects closer and still get exceptionally sharp images. See the sample images below. (Images copyright Panasonic)

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The camera also makes it easy to capture action shots. It is equipped with Sonic Speed AF, which provides a quick startup time and focus time, and AF Tracking, a function that will continually track a subject until you press the shutter button. With AF Tracking, you won’t need to press the shutter button halfway repeatedly to readjust the focus of quick moving subjects like kids or pets.

Of course, you can also capture action on video with the Panasonic TS4. The camera can shoot full 1920 x 1080 HD video with one-touch ease, and you can take still photos while recording video. However, the photos will be recorded at 3.5 MP, regardless of whether you’ve set a higher resolution in the camera.

Shutterbugs who aren’t satisfied with just typical point-and-shoot photos will also enjoy some additional features offered by the TS4. The DMC-TS4 has added more manual controls than offered by its predecessor, the TS3. Users can now set their own shutter speed and aperture, a feature serious photographers will appreciate. You can also take 3D photos, shoot panorama images, or add a special miniature effect that defocuses the peripherals while emphasizing saturation and contrast to make the picture look like a diorama. There’s also a time lapse mode for shooting at intervals.

Who Should Buy the Panasonic TS4?
The TS4 is a great camera for anyone looking for an all-purpose camera that can stand up to the rigors of outdoor adventure. It’s equipped with high quality photo and video capabilities and extra features such as GPS that sports enthusiasts will enjoy. If you need a waterproof camera with all the extra features, the TS4 is definitely right for you. But if you simply want a high resolution waterproof camera that can take great photos, and you don’t need GPS and some of the other features in this camera, you might want to take a look at the cheaper Panasonic TS20 or the Olympus Stylus Tough 8010.

 

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Nikon S30 Review

nikon s30 review intro imageThe Nikon Coolpix S30 is a 10.1 MP waterproof camera with 3x zoom, a 2.7-inch LCD and a host of options for creative fun. This camera S30 waterproof camera is geared toward budget-conscious shoppers and families who want a camera that everyone can use, even the youngest members of the clan.

The Coolpix S30 waterproof camera is from Nikon, a brand that has been trusted for generations when it comes to quality images. The Nikon Coolpix S30 is waterproof to 10 feet (3 meters) and is shockproof up to 2.6 feet as well, so you don’t need to worry too much about the kids dropping it. That makes it a great camera for playing around at the pool, the park, the playground, or anywhere you go.

How does the Nikon Coolpix S30 digital camera work?
You don’t need to be an expert photographer to take great photos on land or underwater with this camera. The Nikon S30 waterproof camera is designed for everyone to use. It has an easy-to-understand menu and large buttons that make it easy to shoot photos or videos or select the menu options you want. Nikon has also clearly separated the buttons so the ones on top are for turning the camera on or off and shooting images or video. The buttons on the back are for menu functions and other creative functions.

With the S30, you can record and edit home movies and vacation images in a snap. This waterproof camera also has amazing creative options that allow you to add a digital frame to your photos, highlight only one color in the image, turn points of light into starbursts and even add a voice message to a photo. You can also change the sounds associated with various camera functions to fun options such as a bird chirping or a dog barking. All of these features will obviously appeal to kids and folks with a sense of fun.

Many of the “fun” features included with this camera, such as adding digital borders, can easily be done with photo editing software, but for people who don’t like editing their photos, this is a quick alternative. One important thing to note when adding frames, however, is that the camera automatically changes the resolution to the lowest setting, which is 2 MP.

But the camera is a Nikon, after all, so users shouldn’t worry about the quality of the images when the highest resolution is selected. At 10 MP, the Nikon S30 does have lower resolution than some other waterproof cameras on the market, but 10 MP will still create great photos, even when printed up to small poster sizes. And it shoots full 720p HD video which you can review on the 2.7 inch monitor as soon as you record. Connectivity is also a snap with the Nikon Coolpix S30 waterproof camera; it can easily connect to high definition television, a computer monitor or a photo printer to print images as soon as you take them.

One drawback to image quality, however, can be the flash settings – the flash can only be set to auto or off. There is no manual way to turn it on. So occasionally you may find that the flash won’t fire in a low-light situation because the camera doesn’t think it’s quite dark enough to need the flash. This can result in dark, blurry photos unless you increase the natural light to improve the photo quality or decrease the existing light to trigger the flash.

Even with this limitation, however, the Nikon S30 is a great camera. For the price, you’re not going to find a better waterproof camera with HD video, especially one that can be used by both kids and adults.

Nikon S30 Pros:

  • Easy-to-use large buttons
  • Rugged enough to go almost anywhere
  • Underwater mode for good color
  • Many creative options and special effects
  • Priced right for families on a budget

Nikon S30 Cons:

  • Lower resolution and less rugged than some leading waterproof cameras
  • Uses AA batteries (but can be replaced with rechargeable)
  • Flash can’t be turned on manually

Recommendations
The Nikon S30 waterproof camera is easy to use, takes great photos and will appeal to both kids and adults. It’s available in three bright colors – blue, pink and white – and has more creative “fun” options than other rugged cameras. If you want a budget-priced camera that can shoot both photos and HD video on land or in water, this may be the camera for you. Before making a decision, check out the sample videos and more customer reviews below.

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Sony TX200v Review

With the release of the 18.2 MP Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200v, the camera manufacturer has jumped to the front of the pack of high-resolution point-and-shoot waterproof cameras. The latest Cyber-shot easily outpaces the resolution of the nearest competitor, the new Panasonic TS20 (which sports a 16.1 MP sensor), and can also claim the largest screen (3.3 inches) of any underwater camera. Add full-resolution continuous shooting at 10 frames per second to the equation and you can see why the Sony TX200v is going to be a popular camera with outdoor enthusiasts who want high resolution action shots.

Sony TX200v Features
The Sony TX200v is an ultra compact camera with a lot of features packed into its small body. It’s waterproof to 16 feet and dustproof for peace of mind when you’re outdoors. The 18.2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor can capture crisp, sharp images and 1080p HD video with the Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar® lens with a focal length (35mm equivalent) of 28-140mm and a 5x optical zoom.

What makes this camera particularly impressive, however, is not the ability to take one or two great quality shots, but the ability to shoot full 18.2 MP images in bursts of 10 frames per second. No other waterproof camera on the market comes close to this, not only because the Sony resolution is the highest in its class, but also because many cameras that offer 10fps continuous shooting do it at a lower resolution. (Note: If you’re buying this camera for its speedy high-resolution images, be sure to get a memory card that can handle the quick write time required. Look for a Class 10 micro SD card.)

Other impressive features of the Sony DSC-TX200v include a 3.3-inch OLED touch screen, high speed auto focus, ISO settings from 64 to 12800, and functions to help you get the best photos, such as Smile Shutter, Face Detection, Background Defocus, Anti-blink technology and motion detection. The TX200v also offers Natural Flash mode, which aims to improve the harsh lighting often seem in images shot with on-camera flash by adjusting the white balance for the subject and background.

GPS and Compass
And if you’re looking for a waterproof camera with GPS, you won’t be disappointed. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200v has a built-in GPS and compass that will record location data as you shoot. Later, you can use the GPS information to track your journey and see your images in a path on Google Earth

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Recommendations
The Sony DSC-TX200v is a great camera for anyone wanting a waterproof camera to take fast action shots at full resolution. The large screen, wide-angle lens and high ISO ratings will make it great for just about any type of shooting. The only drawback to this camera is really the price, as its MSRP is higher than any of the other waterproof digital cameras on the market. But as there’s no comparison in speed and resolution, that shouldn’t deter outdoor photographers who need a camera that can capture images as fast as they can shoot.

Sony TX200v PROS
– highest resolution sensor of any waterproof compact camera
– large OLED screen
– full resolution continuous shooting at 10 fps

Sony TX200v CONS
– highest-priced waterproof camera on the market
– not shockproof or freezeproof like many rugged cameras

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What’s the Best Underwater Camera for You?

What’s the best underwater camera? In 2011, the bestselling and best-rated waterproof shockproof digital camera on Amazon was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. But is this the camera for you? Choosing the perfect waterproof camera for you really depends on your needs. Are you a snorkeler who wants to take great photos on your vacation to Hawaii? A sports enthusiast who wants a camera to go with you on any type of outdoor adventure? A scuba diver who needs a camera that can go to 200 feet? Or maybe someone looking for an inexpensive second camera? Here are some of the bestselling, most popular and best-rated waterproof cameras separated into categories of users to help you find the best camera for you.

Best Underwater Camera for All-Around Use

The new model of the most popular waterproof camera in 2011

best underwater camera 2012 - panasonic lumix ts4The best underwater camera for everyday use and one that could easily serve as your primary all-purpose camera and camcorder is the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4. This is a new waterproof camera for 2012 from Panasonic. Its previous incarnation, the DMC-TS3, was the best-rated and bestselling waterproof camera on Amazon in 2011, and the new TS4 is even better. The reason consumers love this camera is because it’s rugged and can go wherever you go. It’s waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof for falls from up to 6.6 feet, dustproof and freezeproof to 14 degrees Fahrenheit.

This Panasonic Lumix isn’t just tough, however; it’s popular because it shoots great photos and video. It has a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD sensor for high resolution still images and the ability to shoot 1920 x 1080 full HD video in either AVCHD or MP4 format. For creative control, the TS4 allows users to adjust the shutter speed and aperture and offers automatic time lapse images and panoramic stitching. And if you’re taking it on an adventure, the TS4 comes complete with GPS, a compass, altimeter and barometer.http://underwatercamerareviews.org/wp-admin/post-new.php

This is the best waterproof camera for anyone who only wants to own one camera that can go everywhere and do just about anything.

Best Underwater Camera for Hands-Free Shooting

best underwater cameras 2012 - gopro hero2 outdoor editionIf you want the best waterproof camera for hands-free shooting, there’s no better choice than the GoPro Hero2: Outdoor Edition. This is currently the most popular underwater hands-free camera on Amazon and it has a 4- out of 5-star average rating from more than 100 pleased customers. The GoPro series of cameras are designed for athletes and outdoor enthusiasts who want to capture their adventures on film. You can strap this little camera to your helmet, surfboard, bike handlebars or just about anywhere else to capture 11 MP still photos or full (1080p) HD video. This camera measures only 3.9 x 3.9 x 9.6 inches and weighs a mere 1.7 pounds, so it’s easy a small companion to have along for your adventures.

The GoPro Hero2 is waterproof to 197 feet (60m) and capable of capturing 170-degree wide angle 1080p video and 11 megapixel photos at a rate of 10 photos per second. For hands-free shooting, the GoPro Hero2 is the best waterproof camera you can currently buy.

 

Best Budget Underwater Camera for Snorkeling

best underwater camera 2012 - fuji finepix xp30The Pansonic Lumix waterproof camera line offers some of the best underwater cameras available today, but you’ll pay a price to get these top-of-the-line cameras. A good alternative for snorkeling and other water sports is the Fuji FinePix XP30. Like the Lumix TS4, the FinePix is waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, but not to the extremes of the Panasonic model. The FinePix is only waterproof to 16.5 feet (5 meters), but that still makes it a great camera for snorkeling.

It also features a 14-megapixel CCD sensor, a 2.7-inch LCD screen, GPS tagging, panoramic mode and 720p HD video. At only 5.5 inches and 1.1 pounds, it’s also small enough to take just about anywhere or to slide into your luggage on your next vacation.

 

Best Underwater Camera For About $100

best underwater cameras under $100 -kodak sport c123As of this writing, the Kodak Sport C123 is one of the top 5 cameras in the underwater category on Amazon and is just a tad over $100 at $102.85 (Prices subject to change. See Amazon for the latest prices). You’ll pay about $125 right now for a different color, but that still makes the Sport C123 a good deal. And with a 3.5- out of 5-star rating from over 400 customers, this little camera has been tried and tested. The Sport C123 offers 12 MP resolution and a 2.6-inch LCD viewing screen. It’s only waterproof to 10 feet, but that’s plenty deep enough for most snorkeling and swimming, and it’s dustproof, too. This is not a camera you’d want as your primary photographic piece of equipment, but as a backup or an inexpensive way to capture photos underwater, the Kodak Sport C123 is the best waterproof camera about under $100.

 

Best Underwater Camera for Scuba Diving

Until recently, scuba divers basically had two options when taking photos underwater – get an expensive underwater housing for your SLR /DSLR, or use a waterproof compact camera that didn’t have the high resolution or creative controls offered by a DSLR. There’s still no underwater DSLR, but the SeaLife DC1400 is a good alternative at a great price.

best underwater cameras for scuba diving - sealife dc1400This is the best underwater camera for scuba divers who don’t want to spend thousands on a waterproof housing and strobes for their DSLR but want to capture great underwater photos. This camera can go to 200 feet underwater and allows users to set the ISO from 64 to 3200, select a shutter speed from 1 second to 1/2000 and manually adjust the white balance or choose from several settings. It comes with 6 underwater modes and 27 modes from shooting on dry land without the underwater housing.

The SeaLife DC1400 was introduced in late 2011 as the successor to the popular DC1200, which Sport Diver magazine selected as the Editor’s Pick for Underwater Cameras for New Photographers.

 

New Waterproof Lumix Camera Offers More Creative Control

new panasonic waterproof lumix camera DMC-TS4Panasonic’s Lumix DMC-TS3 has been one of the bestselling waterproof digital cameras on the market since it was released, but now Panasonic is taking their waterproof Lumix line to new levels by introducing the Lumix DMC-TS4.

The new Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS4 will give users more creative control than the earlier point-and-shoot Lumix cameras by allowing users to adjust the shutter speed and aperture. The TS4 also comes with new creative modes – Time Lapse Shot, Miniature Effect and Panorama Shot. With Time Lapse Shot, the user selects the start time, interval time and number of photos to shoot and the camera does the rest. The Miniature Effect mode emphasizes saturation and contrast while defocusing the peripheries of the image, making the photo look like a diorama. Videos recorded in Miniature Effect mode are played back in 10x fast forward, making the effect more comical. As the name suggest, Panorama Shot allows users to shoot a horizontal or vertical panoramic image by taking consecutive shots and overlaying the images to create a panoramic photo up to 360 degrees.

In addition, the latest waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic comes with GPS, a compass, altimeter and barometer. The DMC-TS4 is bundled with a DVD that integrates the camera’s new GPS system with more than a million landmarks and 82 countries and regions. Users who geo tag their photos can automatically sort and play the images by location so they can literally trace their journey through photos.

These fancy features are in addition to many of the popular features found on earlier models of the waterproof Lumix camera series. Like its predecessor the DMC-TS3, the Lumix TS4 is rugged. The camera is waterproof to approximately 40 feet (12 meters), shockproof from falls up to 6.6 feet (2 meters), freezeproof to temperatures as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit, and dustproof. It has a Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR lens with a 4.6x optical zoom (equivalent to a 28-128mm 35mm lens), a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD sensor, and the ability to shoot full-HD (1920 x 1080) video in both and MP4 formats.

The Panasonic LUMIX TS4 is available in orange, blue, black and silver options with a suggested retail price of $399.99.

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SeaLife DC1400 Review

sealife dc1400 reviewOne of the most amazing underwater digital cameras to date is the SeaLife DC1400. It is a 14 MP high definition camera that can shoot videos and stunning clear still images up to a depth of 200 feet. If you’re serious about underwater photography but can’t spend thousands on an underwater housing and strobes for your DSLR, the Sealife DC1400 may be the camera you’re looking for.

What is a SeaLife DC1400?
The DC1400 from SeaLife is an underwater camera designed to be used for deep water photography. It has built –in features such as large “piano key” controls and 6 underwater modes that make it easy to capture great shots all the time.

SeaLife is a brand well known in equipment for underwater photography. From strobe systems, video systems, underwater lighting camera sets, lighting sets and accessories, SeaLife produces equipment that is made specifically for divers. The DC1400 from SeaLife will give you years upon years of amazing photos and videos each time you use it.

How does the SeaLife DC1400 work?
The DC1400 works like many other digital camera, but it has been designed for easier use underwater. What separates SeaLife cameras from some other waterproof models on the market is the versatility – you can easily purchase external strobes, video lights, flash diffusers and other accessories that will help you get great shots underwater, and you’ll get more manual control over important exposure controls such as white balance, ISO and aperture. It may not be an underwater DSLR, but the SeaLife DC 1400 will give you many features you want in a camera for less cost than you’d pay to buy a waterproof housing and strobes to bring your DSLR diving.

The buttons and levers on this camera are built to make it easy to take photos while diving. Scuba Diving magazine said, “We’ve used the DC1400’s predecessor, the DC1200, and the keys are easy to push even with bulky drysuit gloves.” Huge buttons allow easy one-step recording and photo shooting. The SeaLife’s Easy Set Up mode has an on screen guide that helps you set your camera to expertly shoot pictures even when you are a novice hobbyist. Choose from 6 Underwater Modes that are set for different underwater conditions. The SeaLife DC 1400 also has built-in digital color correction filters, and optional accessories like strobes to make sure you get the best looking photos. It also has a Spy Mode that will allow you to shoot pictures at preset automatic intervals without using your hands.

What are the benefits of using a SeaLife DC1400?
If underwater photography is your hobby or business, this camera won’t let you down. Chosen by more and more experts in this field, here are some of the reasons why this model is by far the best one of its type in this price range:

• Waterproof to depths of 200 feet.
•  Large piano key controls make it easy to access menus and press the right controls even when you are wearing scuba gear.
•  Comes with a built-in 26mm wide angle lens for capturing the action.
•  6 Underwater modes includes 4 underwater color correction settings, a snorkel mode for shallow water and 4 flash modes.
•  Quick start up and fast shutter response time (as fast as 0.1 seconds).
•  Auto focus system down to 2 inches
•  You can buy this unit by itself or with one or two external strobes.
•  Can be used without the housing on dry land and includes 27 land modes.

Recommendations
The DC1400 from SeaLife is a great underwater camera for scuba divers who want to capture great images without paying the high price of a DSLR housing. If you are looking for a digital camera that will outperform cameras designed to capture only shallow water shots, then the  SeaLife DC1400 is the camera for you. (See full specs below.)

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Customer Comments
“I just completed a dry suit dive in the Columbia River at a balmy 37 degrees Fahrenheit and had no issues. The camera took wonderful pictures, stayed totally dry in the housing, and the buttons were easy to use, even with heavy gloves in COLD water.”

SeaLife D1400 (SL720) Specifications:
Image Sensor: 14 megapixel CCD
Color: 24-bit (RGB)
Image Resolution: 4288×3216, 3264×2448, 2304×1728, 1600×1200, 640×480
Picture File Format: JPEG
Movie Resolution: HD 720p/30fps, 640×480, 320×240
Video File Format: AVI
Lens: 5X optical zoom
Lens Aperture: f2.8(W) ~ f7.9(T)
Focal Length: 4.7mm ~ 23.5mm (film equivalent: 26 ~ 130mm)
Focus Type: Auto focus 1 in. to infinity
Focus Modes: Auto, AF Tracking, Face Detection, Macro, Super Macro, Infinity
Shooting Angle: Horizontal FOV (no zoom) Land: 68 degrees; Underwater: 51 degrees
Digital Zoom: Record: 5X (25X total); Playback: 4X
Shutter Speed: Mechanical Shutter: 1 to 1/2000 sec
Shutter Response: Up to 0.3 sec. (Ext. Flash Mode, Infinity focus)
Recycle time: 3 sec.
ISO: Auto, 64, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200
Flash Modes: Auto, Force ON, OFF, Red-Eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Pre Flash
Underwater Modes:
– Dive Mode (with UW color correction for diving without external flash),
– Sn orkel Mode (with UW color correction for snorkeling without external flash)
– Ext Flash Auto Mode (for auto exposure settings with one or two external flashes)
– Ext Light Mode (for automatic exposure settings when using one or two external photo-video lights)
– Ext Flash + Light Mode (for auto exposure settings when using external flash and photo/video light combination)
– Ext Flash Manual Mode (for manual aperture and shutter-speed exposure controls with one or two external flashes).
Land Modes: Program AE, Auto, Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Intelligent Scene,
Smile Detection, Anti-Shake, Panorama, Skin Soften, De-Blemish,
Portrait Man, Portrait Lady, Landscape, Sport, Night Portrait, Night
Scene, Candlelight, Fireworks, Text, Sunset, Sunrise, Splash Water,
Flow water, Snow, Beach, Pets and Natural Green.
Exposure Adjustment: Auto, Manual (-2 ~ +2 EV in 1/3 steps) or Ext Flash Manual
White Balance:
Land: Auto, Manual, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent 1, Fluorescent 2
Underwater: Ext. flash WB, Blue water <25ft./8m, Blue Water >25ft./8m, Green water <25ft./8m, Green Water >25ft./8m.
Self-Timer: Self Portrait, 2 second, 10 second delay, and 10+2 second (2 pictures)
Shooting Modes: SPY Mode, Single Shot, Continuous (3 pics), AEB (bracketing), Album Shot, Continuous Flash, Burst, Pre-Shot, Couple Shot, Burst 30fps
LCD: 3-inch color LTPS TFT LCD
Memory: Internal: 20 MB, External: up to 32 GB SD or SDHC card (16GB Class- 6 SDHC recommended)
Video Output: Yes (NTSC and PAL support)
Audio Output: Yes (mono, 1x speaker)
EXIF Format: EXIF 2.2
USB: V2.0
Operating Environment: PC: Windows XP/Vista/7; Mac: OS 10.4 and up
Language Support: On-Screen Display: English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, Dutch, Turkish, Portuguese (Brazil), Chinese (T-C and S-C), Korean
Instruction manual: English (printed), German, French, Spanish, Italian, Dutch (download at www.sealife-cameras.com)
Connector: USB, AV, USB AC power adapter
Power: Battery: Lithium rechargeable included (3.7v, 700 mAh)
Battery life: Approx. 200 pictures or about 1 hour of video per charge
Certification: CE, ROHS, FCC,
Weight: 134 grams (4.7 oz.) with battery and SD card
Dimensions: 2.4″ H x 3.8″ W x 0.8″ D (60mm x 97mm x 19mm)
Accessories: Camera pouch, underwater housing with strap, battery, A/C power adaptor, TV cable, USB cable, International adaptors, Flash Link adaptor, Flash diffuser (for on-camera flash), Instruction manual, Cleaning kit and Moisture Muncher drying agent

Underwater Housing Specifications:
Depth: Individually tested to 200 ft. (60m)
Buoyancy: Positive
Controls: Control buttons for Power, Mode, Shutter, Playback, Menu, Flash, Focus and Zoom
Operating Temp: 33 to 110 degrees F
Storage Temp: -20 to 140 degrees F
O-Ring: Silicone
Lens Port: Optical glass with anti-reflective coating and snap-on ring to adapt accessory lenses
LCD Port: Optical-grade polycarbonate window
Tripod Mount: Standard 1/4-20 thread
Lanyard: Padded lanyard with swivel attachment clip
Hardware: 304-316 series marine-grade stainless steel hardware
Material: Rubber overmolded polycarbonate housing
Weight: 370 grams (13 oz.); 504 grams (17.7 oz.) including camera
Size: 3.7″ H X 5.3″ W X 2.8″ D (93mm X 135mm X 71mm)
Warranty: 1-year limited

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Nikon AW100 Waterproof Camera Review

Nikon COOLPIX AW100 16 MP CMOS Waterproof Digital Camera with GPS and Full HD 1080p Video (Orange)
The Nikon AW100 waterproof camera is a 16MP digital camera complete with GPS and full HD recording (at 1080p) capabilities. This underwater camera is made for people who aren’t just looking for a camera to take to the beach or to the local pool this summer, but want a camera that has professional features for getting the best photos. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 is waterproof to a depth of 33 feet, shock-proof to a drop of 5 feet and is virtually freeze-proof which is perfect to use for ski trips, winter vacations and many other exciting family fun adventures.Keep reading to get specs on this camera, customer reviews, and a sample video shot with the Nikon AW100 at the bottom of the page.

What is a Nikon AW100 waterproof camera?
The Nikon AW100 waterproof camera is Nikon’s first underwater digital camera. For years, Nikon dominated the underwater market with its legendary Nikonos film cameras. But when digital cameras started to erode the film market, Nikon stopped manufacturing the Nikonos series. The Nikon Coolpix AW100 waterproof camera is Nikon’s first foray back into the underwater market. This little camera will take perfect pictures all the time with its 16 MP CMOS sensor. This is ideal when you do not have enough light while you shoot videos or take pictures.

This is a great camera when you are looking for a waterproof, shock-proof device and a camera which will survive extremes of temperature to as low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit. Features such as full HD video capabilities also make it a perfect digital video recorder to take along anywhere.

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How does the Nikon Coolpix AW100 waterproof camera work?
The Nikon AW100 works just like many other underwater digital camera – all you need to do is point and shoot, and since this camera is specially made for underwater use, it has easy-to-maneuver controls and functions that can be easily manipulated even when you are under water. In warm water, these controls should be easy to manipulate, but the small size of the buttons aren’t particularly well-suited to use with wetsuit gloves.

But the camera does have a variety of other features that will come in handy when you want to shoot perfect underwater shots; it comes with an Action Control feature that can help you adjust the camera to the ideal settings that you want. Try the black and white mode, selective color mode and more to get the flawless shot you have dreamed of. Unsteady hands? Struggling with underwater shots? You can capture creative moments under water with the Nikon AW100’s VR image stabilizing feature. Keeping track of objects in motion is also Nikon’s specialty and this is done with the model’s automotive motion detector that can automatically make adjustments on your settings.

What are the benefits of using a Nikon AW100 waterproof camera?
There are many terrific reasons why the Nikon AW100 waterproof camera is considered as one of the best sellers when it comes to underwater shots and videos. Here are some of these reasons to take note of:
1. The Nikon AW100 is a very reliable waterproof camera when you want to shoot pictures underwater.
2. Has a simple control for image capture and video recording functions which comes handy when you are trying to record underwater.
3. It is equipped with an HDMI mini connector so you can connect easily with a printer, a high definition television or a computer monitor should you wish to edit and review your recordings.
4. Since this digital camera has GPS functions, addresses, locations, sights and landmark information can be easily added to your photos. Traditional cameras may only provide the time and date of the images but with the Nikon AW100 waterproof camera, you may even add the latitude and longitude of any given place.
5. It is lightweight at 1.9 lbs which makes it perfect to bring on your vacation, ski trips or any nature expedition.
6. Its rugged design is also a hit for people on the go. No delicate exposed mechanisms, open lenses and unnecessary frills. You can mount it on a scuba tank, on your surfboard and even around your neck as you go swimming to capture breathtaking shots.

Recommendations
The Nikon AW100 waterproof camera is truly an underwater camera that can please even the toughest professional. It is not only designed to be durable and tough for any type of weather but to get perfect images all the time no matter the weather may be. This camera will truly be a great find for hobbyists and for people who have an eye for true detail.

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fuji finepix xp30 waterproof camera reviewFuji Finepix XP30 Review

The yummy colors of the Fuji Finepix XP30 make it popular among the younger generation, but don’t let this digital camera fool you; it has amazing features that makes with one of the best underwater cameras to choose. The Finepix XP30 is a 14 MP camera with a CCD sensor. It has a 5x wide angle optical zoom which is perfect to shoot wide angle panoramic shots.

The design speaks for itself – it is styled to look rugged and tough which it is. The XP30 is waterproof up to depths of 16.5 feet and is shockproof up to a height of 5 feet. You can use it in freezing weather since it can withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees Celsius. Dusty and moist terrains are no match with the Fuji Finepix XP30 because it’s compact and air tight design makes it impenetrable to dust, grime and moisture.

What is a Fuji Finepix XP30?
The Finepix XP30 is from Fujifilm, a well-known maker of high-quality cameras, films and camera components and accessories. The Finepix XP30 is the first digital camera from Fujifilm with GPS functionality that can tell wherever you are in the planet. It can also display the coordinates of the place where you are in and place them on the photos you print out. As of this writing, the FinePix XP30 is currently the second most popular underwater camera on Amazon, just behind the much more expensive Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3. At just over $100 (Amazon price) for the FinePix vs. nearly $300 for the Panasonic Lumix, it’s easy to see why this camera is popular.

The Finepix XP30 is also a digital camera that can give you consistent results in any lighting conditions and in any kind of weather. It boasts four-way protection that is very important in an outdoor camera: waterproof, shockproof, freeze proof and dustproof. Features that make great image capture are also what the Finepix XP30 stand out; it has an Advanced Image Stabilization system that allows you to make perfect shots even when you are on the move, it also helps make images sharper, detailed and with colors that are as vivid as in real life.

How does the Fuji Finepix XP30 work?
The Fuji Finepix XP30 is a digital camera that works just like any ordinary camera but with features that lets you take high quality images without the need to make video and image adjustments each time. It has a special feature that lets it stabilize images, make automatic adjustments when it comes to lighting, shadows, glare and uneven colors giving you perfect and clear shots all the time.
The Finepix XP30 also lets you upload files through its Facebook and YouTube Automatic Upload feature. Post more videos and upload more images than ever before with its easy PC connectivity and its exclusive MyFinePix Studio software that will allow users to mark photos and movies with ease and upload them directly online with just a simple press of a button.
Videos are also easy to shoot with the Fuji Finepix XP30. Record HD movies at 720 p and audio at 30 frames per second all in just one simple step; view your files easily with easy connectivity to a high definition television or to any high definition device.

What are the benefits of the Fuji Finepix XP30?
There are so many advantages of getting a Finepix XP30 for your next vacation trip. Here are several reasons why you might choose this waterproof digital camera:
• HD recording will help you record your memories on video as well as in still images.
• The Geo-tagging function allows you to label your pictures with ease. You can even download these images and create a map to illustrate your trip.

Recommendations
The Fuji Finepix XP30 is certainly a fun and creative way to enjoy the outdoors. The special features make the Finepix XP30 is a high end digital waterproof camera without the high end price. It is priced below $120.00 but the features make it priceless for water vacations. It is lightweight, efficient and most of all produces amazing pictures and videos which is very important in an outdoor digital device.

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FinePix XP30 Specifications:

Number of effective pixels – 14.2 million pixels
Image sensor – 1/2.3-inch CCD with primary color filter
Storage media
– Internal memory (Approx. 10MB)
– SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card*2

File format
still image

– JPEG (Exif Ver 2.3)*3
– (Design rule for Camera File system compliant / DPOF-compatible)
movie
– AVI (Motion JPEG)
sound
– WAVE format, Monaural sound

Number of recorded pixels
still image

– L : (4:3) 4320 x 3240 (16:9) 4320 x 2432
– M : (4:3) 3072 x 2304 (16:9) 3072 x 1728
– S : (4:3) 2048 x 1536 (16:9) 1920 x 1080

Lens
– Fujinon 5x optical zoom lens
– focal length: f=5.0 – 25.0 mm, equivalent to 28-140 mm on a 35 mm camera
– full-aperture: F3.9 (Wide) – F4.9 (Telephoto)
– constitution: 11 groups 13 lenses
– Digital zoom: approx. 6.8x (up to approx. 34x , with 5x optical zoom)
– Aperture: F3.9 / F6.2 (Wide) F4.9 / F8 (Telephoto)

Focus distance (from lens surface)
Normal
– Wide : Approx. 60 cm to infinity / 2.0 ft to infinity
– Telephoto : Approx. 1.0 m to infinity / 3.3 ft to infinity

Macro
– Wide : Approx. 9 cm – 80 cm / 3.5 in.- 2.6 ft.
– Telephoto : Approx. 40 cm – 80 cm / 1.3 ft.- 2.6 ft.

Sensitivity: Auto / ISO 100 / 200 / 400 / 800 / 1600 / 3200
Exposure control: TTL 256-zones metering
Exposure mode: Programmed AE
Shooting modes: AUTO, P, SR AUTO, Natural Light & with Flash, Natural Light, Portrait, Portrait enhancer, Landscape, Sport, Night, Night (Tripod), Sunset, Snow, Beach, Under water, Under water (Wide), Under water (Macro), Party, Flower, Text, Motion panorama
Image stabilizer: CCD shift type
Face detection: Yes
Exposure compensation: -2.0EV – +2.0EV 1/3EV step
Shutter speed: (Auto mode) 1/4sec. to 1/2000sec., (All other modes) 4sec. to 1/2000sec.
Continuous shooting: TOP-3 max. 0.8frames/sec.
Auto bracketing

Focus
mode: Single AF / Continuous AF (SR AUTO)
type: TTL contrast AF
AF frame selection: Center / Tracking

White balance
Automatic scene recognition
Preset: Fine, Shade, Fluorescent light (Daylight), Fluorescent light (Warm White), Fluorescent light (Cool White), Incandescent light

Self-timer: Approx. 10sec. / 2sec. delay, Couple Timer, Group Timer
Flash:
Auto flash (i-flash)
Effective range : (ISO AUTO)

Normal
Wide : Approx. 70 cm – 3.1 m / 2.3 ft.-10.2 ft.
Telephoto : Approx.70 cm – 2.7 m / 2.3 ft. – 8.9 ft.

Macro
Approx. 30 cm – 80 cm / 1 ft. – 2.6 ft.

Flash modes: Red-eye removal OFF : Auto, Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Slow Synchro.
Red-eye removal ON : Red-eye Reduction Auto, Red-eye Reduction & Forced Flash, Suppressed Flash, Red-eye Reduction & Slow Synchro.

Hot shoe

Electronic Viewfinder

LCD monitor: 2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 dots, TFT color LCD monitor, approx. 96 % coverage

Movie recording: 1280 x 720 pixels / 640 x 480 pixels (30frames/sec.) with monaural sound.* Optical zoom can be used.

Photography functions: SR AUTO, Face Detection, Auto Red-eye removal, Framing guide, Automatic LCD brightness adjustment, Frame No. memory, GPS

Playback functions: Face Detection, Photobook assist, Image Search, Erase selected frames, Slide show, Auto red-eye removal, Protect, Crop, Resize, Image rotate, Mark for upload, Multi-frame playback (with microthumbnail), Favorite, Location info, Photo navigation, Panorama

Other functions: PictBridge, Exif Print, 35 languages selection, Time difference, Silent mode

Dust proof : IP6X
Water proof : IPX8 (up to 5 m, within120min.)
Anti-shock: Method;MIL-STD-810F-516.5 Fuji’s standard;1.5 m

Terminal
Video output: NTSC / PAL selectable with monaural sound
Digital interface
USB 2.0 High-Speed

Power supply NP-45A Li-ion battery (included)
Dimensions 99.2(W) x 67.7(H) x 23.9(D) mm / 3.9(W) x 2.7(H) x 0.9(D) in.
(Minimum depth :23.1 mm / 0.9in.)
Weight: Approx. 148g / 5.2oz. (excluding accessories, battery and memory card)
Approx. 165g / 5.8oz. (including accessories, battery and memory card)
Operating Temperature: -10°C – 40°C
Operating Humidity: 10% – 80% (no condensation)
Guide to the number of available frames for battery operation: Approx. 200frames (AUTO mode)

Accessories included
Li-ion battery NP-45A
Battery charger BC-45B
USB cable
Hand strap
CD-ROM
Owner’s manual

Choosing and Underwater Point and Shoot Camera


It was not that long ago that the first digital waterproof camera entered the market. Now new waterproof shockproof digital cameras are being released every year. So how should you choose an underwater point and shoot camera? The first thing you need to do is figure out what you really need in a camera. Here are some questions to ask yourself.

How will you use your camera?
If you’re looking for an underwater point and shoot camera, it might seem obvious that you will be using your camera in water. But what type of water? Are you planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef where you want to take photos while snorkeling or scuba diving? Or are you getting something to use in your backyard swimming pool? Is this going to be your primary camera or a secondary one? The answer to these questions is important, as you might want to splurge on a higher-end camera like the Panasonic TS4 for a snorkeling trip to the Great Barrier Reef or for an all-purpose camera to take everywhere. But if you’re buying a secondary camera to use while swimming, going to the lake or visiting the local water park, you might want to save some money, get fewer features and select something like the Fujifilm XP30 or Nikon S30.

What feature is most important to you?
Are you buying your camera for its waterproof ability? Its shockproof features? The GPS function? Popular underwater point and shoot cameras offer various levels of toughness and a variety of different features. While most can withstand dust and freezing temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, they differ greatly in their waterproof and shockproof qualities. And some, like the new Sony TX200v, are waterproof but not shockproof. If you’re buying a waterproof camera for its GPS features, you may not be as concerned about these features, but consider whether you want something that can be dropped and survive from 2 feet or 6 feet.

How simple or complicated do you want your camera to be?
One of the least complicated underwater cameras on the market today is the Nikon Coolpix AW100. It’s designed to be easy enough for everyone, from kids to grandparents, to use. On the other end of the spectrum, the Panasonic TS4 and Nikon AW100 are packed with so many features, from panorama and 3D images to GPS and compasses, that you will need to take some time learning how to use all of these nifty gadgets.

What’s your budget?
Finally, you need to consider your budget. While you may love the 18.2 MP resolution and 3.3-inch LCD on the Sony TX200v, your bank account may not love the $500 price tag. So what features do you absolutely positively need in your camera? Are you willing to pay a little more for GPS? Or would you rather have higher resolution at a lower price? There are waterproof point and shoot cameras for every budget, so

Pentax’s New Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS

pentax waterproof camera with gps - wg-2 gpsPentax recently released the following press release about its two new rugged models, the Optio WG-2 and WG-2 GPS, which will be available this spring.

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces today availability of its new Optio WG-2 and Optio WG-2 GPS digital compact cameras. The new models represent the 13th generation of Optio series cameras, reflecting the timeless legacy of the line. This latest generation of PENTAX adventure cameras are now waterproof up to 40 feet, dustproof, coldproof, crushproof, and shock-resistant. The improved image quality in high-sensitivity shooting situations such as night shooting or in poorly illuminated indoor settings and full 1080p HD movie recording capability add to the cameras’ rugged design and durability.

In addition, the new PENTAX WG-2 series cameras feature a new backlit 16 MP sensor and six unique LED lights for extreme macro photography. Later this spring, PENTAX will introduce a SportMount Chest Harness for hands-free handling of the cameras, ideal for sport enthusiasts who like to document their adventures.

“The new WG-2 series digital cameras are truly adventure-ready tools,” said John Carlson, Sr. Manager of Sales and Marketing, PENTAX. “Thoughtfully designed to be shockproof, dustproof, coldproof and crushproof, these dependable, heavy-duty cameras can withstand virtually any environmental challenge while maintaining the same resiliency and work ethic as those who use it.”

Key upgrades to the latest models include:

• High-resolution Full HD 1080p movie recording (1920 x 1080 pixels) at 30 FPS with high quality h.264 compression.
• Waterproof to depths of 40 feet.
• Digital Microscope mode with one additional macro LED (total of six lights) for excellent macro lighting of subjects as close as 1 cm.
• A newly designed GPS module that delivers a shorter time lag before GPS start-up and longer battery life during GPS activation.
• A new optional SportMount Chest Harness that straps-on the WG-2 for hands-free HD movie capture of every exciting moment of adventure on land, sea or in the air.

pentax underwater camera wg-2 Additional features include:

• Shockproof design protects camera that are dropped from a distance of up to 5 feet.
• Crushproof construction withstands weights up to 220 lbf (pound-force).
• Coldproof to sub-freezing temps of minus 10 degrees C (14 degrees F).
• Dustproof design protects the camera from dry, dusty environments.
• Wide angle 5x internal optical zoom lens (28-140mm equivalent).
• Large 3-inch LCD features HVGA resolution (460,000 dots) and anti-reflective coating on its protective cover.
• Hardened cover with SP coating protects internal lens elements.
• An HDMI port (Micro, Type-D) plays back beautiful, high definition images and video on HDTVs.
• Pixel Track, Digital, and Movie Shake Reduction ensure sharp, blur-free images and video.
• Fast Face Detection technology including Smile Capture and Blink Detection to capture perfect portraits.
• A Handheld Night Snap mode produces a single blur-free, composite image from four images of the same scene.
• An autofocus assist lamp helps to quickly and accurately focus.
• Extended dynamic range helps bring out extra highlight and shadow detail.
• PENTAX infrared remote control compatibility for remote shooting.
• GPS and non-GPS versions are available in several new stylish color options.

Priced at $349.95 USD, the Optio WG-2 is available now in a choice of Black or Vermillion Red, while the Optio WG-2 GPS is priced at $399.95 USD in a choice of Shiny Orange or Gloss White. The new SportMount Chest Harness is $49.95 USD and will be available late spring/early summer 2012.

5 Affordable Digital Cameras for Diving

In the past, underwater photography was quite an expensive hobby. You either had to invest in an underwater camera like the Nikonos or buy a waterproof housing for your existing camera. Either option was pricey. But times have changed. While underwater housings for top-of-the line DSLRs can still set you back over $1000 for the case alone, not to mention the strobe lights you’ll need to get good underwater photos, there are much cheaper alternatives on the market for those who are just exploring underwater photography for the first time and can’t afford to invest thousands of dollars in equipment. Here are five affordable digital cameras for diving. All of these underwater cameras, along with the necessary underwater lights, can be purchased for under $1000.

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GoPro HD Hero2

Waterproof to 197 feet

The 11 MP GoPro HD HERO2 is a very popular and well-rated 11 MP waterproof camera that also shoots HD video. Over 300 reviewers on Amazon have rated it 4 out of 5 stars. Many of these reviewers aren’t scuba divers – the camera is popular with all types of outdoor enthusiasts because it comes with a variety of accessories that allow you to wear it or mount it on your sports gear. That’s why the basic camera comes in three editions: Outdoor Edition, Motorsports Edition and Surf Edition. Each edition comes with a different set of mounts and straps. Its rugged design and depth rating make it great for scuba divers. With a waterproof depth rating of 197 feet and a full 170º wide angle field of view, the GoPro Hero2 is well-suited for either Open Water or technical diving. This underwater camera shoots both video and still frames, and has the ability to shoot photos automatically every .5 seconds in TimeLapse mode or to shoot a burst of 10 photos in a second.

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SeaLife DC1400 Pro

Digital camera for diving to 200 feet

If you’re looking for high-quality underwater cameras made for scuba divers, SeaLife manufactures some of the most popular cameras on the market. Last year, Sport Diver magazine chose the SeaLife DC1200 Elite as their Editor’s Pick for “Underwater Cameras for New Photographers.” The SeaLife DC1400 Pro, the successor to the DC1200, builds on an already great product. The new model can capture beautiful still images and HD video with a 14 megapixel CCD, 6 underwater modes and 4 built-in digital color correction filters. Most importantly, the camera can be paired with one or one two off-the-camera strobes for great underwater color. The SeaLife DC1400 was designed with deep diving in mind – it has 5 “piano key” controls that make it easy to operate, even with wetsuit gloves on. It also has a “spy mode” that will automatically shoot photos at set intervals. If you want creative control and high quality images, but can’t afford a DSLR with an underwater housing, this is a great digital camera for diving.

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Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series HD Camera Mask

Hands-free camera mask also takes video to 130 Feet

An innovative option for hands-free underwater photography is the Liquid Image Wide Angle Scuba Series mask. This new addition to Liquid Image’s line of camera masks has a 136-degree wide-angle lens that offers a greater field of vision than the previous models and allows you to capture 720p HD video or 5 MP still images down to 130 feet. An LED inside the mask indicates whether you are in still image or video mode, and lever-style buttons make it easy to use while wearing gloves. It’s available in two sizes. The mask doesn’t come with filters or a flash, but you can purchase these separately. Liquid Image makes both a 4.7-watt and 5.5-watt light that can attach to the camera mask, so you won’t need to carry it in your hands. For hands-free underwater photography, the Liquid Image scuba mask is a good choice.

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Intova CP9 Digital Camera for Diving

An inexpensive scuba diving camera to 130 feet

If you’re really on a budget, the Intova CP9 for diving may be the model for you. The MSRP on this underwater camera is $139.95, which is a pretty low price for an underwater camera anyway, but you can get it for about half that price on Amazon. The CP9 can shoot 9 MP still photos and VGA resolution (640 x 480) video down to 130 feet. It comes with a number of scene modes, including Sports, Night, Portrait, Landscape, and Backlight, plus Program AE. You can choose between three quality options for stills (fine, standard, and economy) and two options for video (fine and standard). The one thing it’s lacking is a light source, but with the money you’ll be saving on the camera itself, you should be able to get a decent handheld light source to illuminate your photos.

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Panasonic DMC-TS3

A waterproof camera for shallow diving to 40 feet

This waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic isn’t particularly suited for scuba diving except in shallow waters, as it’s only waterproof to 40 feet. But if you want a top-rated camera for everyday use that is also waterproof, shockproof, dustproof and freezeproof, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3 is all of those things. It’s been the most popular camera in Amazon’s underwater camera department for months. In addition to offering a 12.1 MP Hi-Speed CCD Sensor and 1920x1080p HD video in AVCHD and MP4 format, the DMC-TS3 has fun features like GPS and 3D photo mode. If you only want one camera that can go just about anywhere and do just about anything, this is a good choice. And if you really like it, both Panasonic and Ikelite make underwater housings that will allow you to take this camera to deeper depths.

Any of these waterproof cameras can get you started in underwater photography for less than $1000.

Underwater Cameras Under $100

If you’re looking for a top-of-the-line waterproof camera, you’re probably looking at spending anywhere from $300-$400 for a popular camera like the new waterproof Lumix camera from Panasonic to over $1000 for a camera designed for deep diving, such as the SeaLife 1400DC. But if you’re on a budget, it is possible to get an underwater camera under $100. All of the cameras below are currently available on Amazon for less than $100, although a few of them have suggested retail prices much higher than that and you could easily pay more than $100 for these cameras at some retail stores. None of them will produce the quality of underwater photos you see in National Geographic, but all of them will help you have some fun at the beach, the pool or the lake without breaking the bank.  Here’s a quick comparison to help you determine if any of these cameras is right for you.

(Please note that prices and user ratings are subject to change. This information was current when last checked on April 10, 2012.)

ImageNameMegapixelsWateproofVideoFeaturesRating
*max resolution of 12 MP via interpolation
WP5300 Pink Waterproof Digital Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetnoFace detection3 stars
Coleman Mini Xtreme C3WP Waterproof Digital Camera5 MPto 10 feetyesFace detection4 stars
Bell+Howell Splash WP7 Waterproof Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetno8x digital zoom4.5 stars
GSI Waterproof Cameramax 12 MP*to 10 feetyes - HDDustproof,shockproof2.5 stars
Coleman Xtreme C5WP Waterproof Digital Cameramax 12 MP*to 33 feetyes10 scene modes2.5 stars
Vivitar ViviCam 8400 Underwater Digital Camera8.1 MPto 33 feetyes8x digital zoom2.5 stars
Intova CP9 Compact Waterproof Digital Camera9 MPto 130 feetyesmultiple scene modes3 stars

A Cheap Scuba Diving Camera: Intova CP9

cheap scuba diving camera - intova cp9Looking for a cheap scuba diving camera? New scuba divers are often dismayed to learn the high price of underwater cameras and housings, especially for digital SLRs. Fortunately, there are some inexpensive options if you’re just getting started in underwater photography or are planning to get certified on vacation and want a camera to record your adventures.

One of the cheapest options for a digital diving camera is the Intova CP9.

The suggested retail price on this waterproof camera is $139.95, but you can get it for about half that price on Amazon. You won’t find any other waterproof digital camera that can go to 130 feet for anywhere near this price. But despite its cheap price tag, The CP9 has a lot of features. It can shoot 9 megapixel still images (which can be increased up to 12 MP resolution with hardware interpolation) and can record 640×480 VGA resolution video at 20 frames per second. It has a 4x digital zoom and comes with a variety of scene modes, including Portrait, Landscape, Backlight, Sports and Night, as well as Program AE. And you can capture all of your undersea adventures on the 32 MB of internal memory or on an optional SDHC card, which can be used to save up to 16 GB of data.

Intova doesn’t offer an optional off-camera strobe unit specifically for the CP9, but you can you pick up an inexpensive underwater dive light to illuminate your photos. For color correction, the Intova CP9 can also be fitted with an optional red filter.

This isn’t a camera that can compete with the photo quality of a DSLR in an underwater housing, but you’d pay at least $1200 or more for a setup like that. It’s also not going to compete with the rugged, shockproof construction and special shooting features of other waterproof cameras such as the Panasonic TS4 or Nikon AW100. However, those cameras are only good for snorkeling or shallow scuba diving, as the Panasonic is only waterproof to 40 feet and the Nikon is only waterproof to 33 feet. If you need an inexpensive digital camera that can go to the Open Water diving limit, you won’t find a better cheap scuba diving camera than the Intova CP9.

Sample Videos from the Intova CP9

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