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Apr102012

Kit Focus: Waterproof Cameras

Today we take a look at some of the best options available to travellers that want to capture all the wonders of diving in the deep blue sea, whether you’re a pro or more of a ‘point-and-click’ person, we’ll explore some of the most cost effective ways for approaching underwater photography.

There are two main ways to facilitate capturing images underwater, either by buying a specifically made waterproof camera or by using a casing to fit your everyday compact camera or SLR. Both approaches can produce high quality photos. Many cases are specifically produced to fit a given camera perfectly whilst also ensuring the case contents are protected with increasing pressure.

Olympus TG-610 Digital Camera

Features:

  • 5x wide optical zoom (28-140mm on 35mm)
  • Dual Image Stabilisation    
  • 14 Mega-Pixel CCD for Ultra Sharp Images    
  • 3D photo shooting mode
  • 720p HD Movies with Full Sound and HDMI Control
  • 3 Inch HR LCD Monitor
  • LI-42B Lithium-Ion Battery plus SDHC Memory Card Compatibility
  • In-Camera Resize, Retouch and Beautify Modes

Just when you thought a TOUGH couldn’t get any tougher, the new TOUGH range takes toughness to a whole new level. Whatever your camera has to put up with, now there’s no need to worry. Thanks to Olympus’ toughest ever technology. The new TOUGH cameras are virtually indestructible. They’re waterproof (5m), shockproof (from 1.5m), freeze proof (to -10c) and scratch resistant to an unprecedented degree. What’s more, TOUGH cameras offer a host of cutting-edge features that deliver excellent image quality, usability and connectivity in any shooting situation. You can shoot 14 Megapixel still photos with the dramatic realism of 3D and, thanks to Eye-Fi card compatibility, automatically upload stills and movies wirelessly to your favourite website or a PC.

Fujifilm FinePix XP50 Digital Camera

Features:

  • 14.4 million pixels resolution
  • 5x optical zoom with 6.8x digital zoom
  • CMOS shift type image stabilization
  • 2.7-inch, approx. 230,000 dots, TFT colour LCD monitor, approx. 96 % coverage
  • 1920 x 1080 pixels movie recording
  • Waterproof, Shockproof, Freeze proof, Dustproof
  • Share your images with built in social networking

The XP50 offers better image quality for both stills and movie capture, an LCD screen with improved visibility and a body with ergonomic styling for no loss of grip, even when wet. Plus, with a 14.4 megapixel CMOS sensor optimised for rapid response times – the FinePix XP50 is ideal for all-action photography on land or sea.

It’s waterproof to a depth of 5m and can capture both movies and still images underwater. The camera’s casing will withstand shocks or drops from a height of 1.5m and cold environments, withstanding temperatures down to -10°C. Dust is also brushed aside as all of the camera’s access points are specially sealed for ultimate protection.

Unlike many ‘tough’ products, maximum durability doesn’t lead to a compromise in image quality. The FinePix XP50 boasts a 14 megapixel CMOS sensor and a new image processor for impressive pictures. With ISO sensitivity up to 3200 and CMOS Shift Image Stabilization users’ shots remain crisp and sharply focused, even when capturing pictures in low-light environments. Plus, the FinePix XP50 also has a micro HDMI output to connect the camera to an HD ready TV to see both images and movie in high definition.

Canon PowerShot D10 Digital Camera

Features:

  • 12.1 Megapixel camera, Waterproof (to 10m), freeze-proof (to -10oC) and dustproof
  • 3.0x optical zoom and optical Image Stabilizer and 2.5” high resolution PureColor LCD II
  • Smart Auto mode with Scene Detection Technology and DIGIC 4 for high image quality
  • Combats blur with ISO Auto, Motion Detection Technology and optical IS
  • Face Detection Technology, Face Self-Timer, Auto Red-Eye Correction and Blink Detection

Designed with the adventurer in mind, the Canon PowerShot D10 is built for wherever your journey takes you. Waterproof, freeze proof, and shockproof, the D10 is tough enough to handle everything from an arctic trek to a three-year-olds birthday party. An advanced 12.1 megapixel DIGIC 4 image processor, 3x optical zoom, and high ISO capabilities bring the best of the PowerShot line to Canon's newest, most durable class of camera. The newly developed Smart AUTO Mode makes perfect pictures as simple as pointing and shooting. Utilizing a set of predefined shooting situations, the D10 intelligently analyses your composition to select the best exposure, colour, and contrast--even under harsh lighting conditions.

Water-proof Casings:

There are a huge number of outlets online that will offer a huge range of waterproof casings for all major brands such as Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. If you feel very attached to your own camera and don’t mind splashing out a bit more for the luxury of using it, then this option might be the best for you…

By Lucas Lowe

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