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PostPosted: Tue Sep 30, 2014 7:28 pm Reply with quote
Shanksy
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Can anyone suggest a simple to use new camera for me? Clearly I'm not a photographer but would like some decent souvenirs from my next trip to Meeru. If there is such a thing as a basic camera that can be used underwater by an idiot I'd appreciate the recommendations. Don't want to spend too much but am prepared to make an "investment" for the right camera Cool

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 22, 2014 6:46 pm Reply with quote
Humble Jim
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Hi Shanksy Very Happy

It's been a while since I bought any underwater camera, and things have changed enormously since I did. So I've done a little sniffing around. What follows is the result of this and some tips for you.

So you want a compact camera that will work well above and below the waves. Also you don't want to spend many hundreds of pounds on such a camera either.

First of all have a look at the page this link below points to. There are links on this page to a full review of each model they cover so read the full review of each.

http://www.techradar.com/news/photography-video-capture/cameras/best-waterproof-compact-camera-1260610


Another place I recommend you look at closely is off the link below (it's the intro to several pages of reviews which include sample photos taken with each of the cameras concerned):

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/2013-waterproof-roundup


Next step (very important one) is simple, if any or several of these take your fancy. Go to somewhere like Jessops / other camera store that will allow you to physically handle any camera that interests you. Not matter what the spec, or how good the review, if it just doesn't feel right in your hands then it's not for you. Neither is it for you if the buttons are too fiddly either.

Next step, assuming you've eventually bought your camera, is also simple. Read the manual (!) and use the camera (a lot) before you go on holiday so you are completely confident in its use.

It's important this as not needing to think too much about using the camera and how it's behaving will allow you to concentrate on composition and getting good captures. The less distracted you are the better.

Finally definitely get at least one spare memory card. A large capacity variety is a good idea. They're very cheap too. A spare is handy anyhow in case a fault develops with another but the main thing is underwater you should expect to (plan for) take hundreds of photos so arrange the capacity for this.

Don't waste too much time while underwater trying to look at photos on your camera that you've taken already - it's always hard to do that. And certainly don't bother deleting any while under the waves either, the place to do that is when you're back on island and in the comfort of your room Wink.

Just remember that the "miss" rate for photos underwater is high, you have to take a lot of shots to get a few really good ones. The rule applies equally to experienced as well as new underwater photographers.

Your camera will also include the ability to take video. Do give this a go. Video takes up a lot of room so make sure you have a high capacity memory card or two with you (or did I already mention that Smile ?).

Hope this assists. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:16 am Reply with quote
JoanneLorna
Joined: 22 Jun 2010
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Location: stafford
A lot of good advice here. Really don't under estimate the number of pics you may take. We snorkel frequently and take a camera. It is so bright, even under water, that you won't see anything on the display. It's also quite likely that you' ll need 3 limbs treading water to stop the current carrying you off from the area you are trying to photograph so simple to operate with one hand is a must. Finally, if you use your camera in the lagoon it is very very salty. We have ruined an under water camera because we didn't wash it enough in fresh water afterwards.

Have a great time and look forward to seeing your pics

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2014 11:59 am Reply with quote
Shanksy
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Perfect thank you both for your help - so much to think about now!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 15, 2015 10:11 am Reply with quote
CalebPierce
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Thanks for the help.
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j121walker
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Really love this information.
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