Underwater Digital Cameras
Despite the fact that most of our world is located underwater, it remains largely unexplored. But water itself has never been particularly friendly with electronics. Until now, it’s been hard to capture the beauty of the underwater world on film without shelling out big bucks on camera equipment.
Today technology has evolved to the point where underwater digital cameras can be produced inexpensively. There are underwater digital and video cameras available that can enjoyed by any level of photographer. Cheap waterproof cameras that are disposable make perfect gifts for beginner photographers, especially children. They’ll have a jolly time showing off their snapshots to friends and other family members. Just imagine all the priceless moments.
But underwater cameras are not just for neophytes, there are many styles available for the seasoned photographer too. Such models feature more advanced options that provide better focusing, greater picture depth, not to mention more solid construction.
When you break it down there are really two underwater camera options. Your traditional underwater digital camera which is housed in a self-contained waterproof casing. The other option is a waterproof case for your current camera. If you only plan to use your camera for underwater pictures occasionally, you might be better off just buying a waterproof case. A high quality waterproof case will allow you to go to greater depths in the water to find those pictures of a lifetime.
When looking for an underwater digital camera understand what you are buying and what its limits are. For example, if your new camera is only rated to depths of 25 ft, your camera could very well be ruined if you go any deeper.
Underwater Digital Cameras–Buying Tips
Digital photography has dramatically changed the world of photography and the way we can take pictures. Whether you are a professional photographer or a tourist on holiday, snapping an unforgettable photo is the goal. Digital imaging is now the most popular form. Every day manufacturers are designing new and amazing cameras and accessories.Taking underwater pictures has also come a long way, with the advancement of technology and digital film. Now, when underwater, one can see the picture even before leaving the water. This allows the photographer to check for mistakes and reshoot if necessary. Another advantage to newer digital cameras are the more affordable prices and the smaller compact camera size.
There are two different types of underwater digital cameras. First, there is an “amphibious” digital camera–one that is already waterproof. It is light weight, easy to pack, easy to use, and often used by a beginner. They can be used on land and in water. Amphibious cameras have an easy point-and-shoot feature. Secondly, there is a “SLR” (single lens reflex) digital camera–which comes with waterproof housing. A SLR camera allows you to change lenses and has advanced features–auto focus, through the lens viewing, and advanced exposure control. Housing for a SLR can cost from $150-$5000. On a SLR, both the camera and the flash will need watertight housing. If you are a beginner, and using a SLR camera, spend less money on the housing. Great photographs can be achieved even with minimal costs on equipment.
Some other helpful buying tips to remember: Whenever changes are made to your camera, such as an upgrade in size or control button position, new housing also needs to be purchased. Remember that water is denser than air, so getting as close to your subject as you can is key. Having a high powered lens or close up lens will give your photo better color and contrast due to this factor and make it easier to get the shot–without getting too close! (especially if the subject is a shark or poisonous fish) Use a good macro lens on a SLR. “Focus gear” and housing will also be needed, since manually setting the focus is ideal in underwater photography. Another accessory needed is a wide-angle lens. Wide-angle lenses allow you to get close to your subject for better lighting while allowing you to see the surrounding background. Finally, if you plan to shoot photos in deep water, look for a underwater digital camera that has underwater white balance. This is needed because the deeper the water the more you lose color. In warm water, hues of blue become prominent. While in cold fresh or salt water, hues of green are present due to water algae.