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Rai's Mommy
02-16-2012, 01:49 PM
I need to buy an underwater camera for our upcoming cruise and would love input with regards to which one would be a good purchase. My DD is hoping to get some pics of the underwater Mickey at Castaway. I'm hoping to keep the cost down around $300. Any suggestions?

PrincessShmoo
02-16-2012, 01:57 PM
I need to buy an underwater camera for our upcoming cruise and would love input with regards to which one would be a good purchase. My DD is hoping to get some pics of the underwater Mickey at Castaway. I'm hoping to keep the cost down around $300. Any suggestions?

We usually just buy the Fuji waterproof camera at WalMart.

:cutie:

joelnkelly
02-16-2012, 02:01 PM
We have this one and absolutley love it, you not only can take pictures in the water but video as well!

http://www.amazon.com/Kodak-PlaySport-Waterproof-Pocket-Camera/dp/B004FLL5BI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329422450&sr=8-1

Disney's Fan
02-16-2012, 02:05 PM
I got the Kodak easyshare sport. It is reasonably priced and works well for amateurs like myself and my kids. :) I also bought the floating wrist strap.
http://store.kodak.com/store/ekconsus/en_US/pd/SPORT_Camera__C123/productID.222433400

4butlers
02-16-2012, 02:08 PM
We got a Kodak Play Sport also! Love it!!

FrenchSnowWhite
02-16-2012, 02:32 PM
We got a Kodak sport also and it's wonderfull :banana:

TNSallyUSA
02-16-2012, 02:39 PM
We also have a Kodak Playsport and LOVE it!! Some friends took it on their beach vacation last summer and got some amazing underwater shots.

LazarouMouse
02-16-2012, 03:02 PM
I just emailed my husband and my parents the link for the Kodak Play Sport! Maybe they can get it for my birthday in time for our cruise.

Speed6Buzz
02-16-2012, 03:03 PM
Best ones at the moment are

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3
Sony TX10
and the new Nikon AW100

h t t p : / / w w w .dpreview.com/reviews/Q311waterproofcompactgrouptest

mom of a lil pirate
02-16-2012, 03:04 PM
I have a Cannon D10 and love it!

jetskigrl
02-16-2012, 03:32 PM
Here is a link to some pictures I took at CC with my Canon D10. I love that camera :thumbsup2

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42849343&postcount=19

jfugina
02-16-2012, 04:56 PM
We got a Fuji one a couple of years ago, and it's worked great. It also takes videos.

Sounds like you've already established a clear winner, but here's a link to what we have and are very happy with:

http://www.amazon.com/Fujifilm-FinePix-Z33WP-Digital-Green/dp/B001QENO6Q/ref=sr_1_11?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1329432831&sr=1-11

modegard
02-16-2012, 05:28 PM
I have a Canon D10 and love it! Video and photos are good in and out of the water. I normally use a Canon, so I found it easy to use.

:):):)

ravensilverlight
02-16-2012, 05:43 PM
It really depends on what you'll use it for. If all you want is a couple shots of Mickey in the CC snorkeling lagoon, then save your cash and just get a disposable - it'll be adequate.

If you like snorkeling, beach days, waterparks, etc., then I'm going to throw my weight onto the Kodak play/sport. My dad bought one for me last year, and I was impressed with how good it was for the price point. Photography is a hobby of mine, but DH isn't too great with it, lol...but both of us managed to get some great shots. It's easy to use, even one-handed! Also, the greatest thing about it to me was that it takes video and then allows you to pull out still photos from that video and save them as a separate file, right on the camera. I have some BEAUTIFUL shots of the characters that I pulled out of videos of them dancing at the NYE party, for example. It works great for snorkeling, swimming, and general use - but it's only waterproof up to 3m deep.

If you're into deep water activities, like scuba diving and such, then you'd be doing yourself a great favor by going with a camera designed specifically for underwater usage - like a Sea Life camera or similar. It doesn't sound like that's your intent, though. So you really don't need to toss a bunch of money in that direction.

Rai's Mommy
02-16-2012, 05:45 PM
:cool1: Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I really appreciate it a ton. :thumbsup2 I've been stressing a bit over this decision and it helps tremendously hearing from people who have used the cameras themselves :)

Rai's Mommy
02-16-2012, 05:53 PM
Here is a link to some pictures I took at CC with my Canon D10. I love that camera :thumbsup2

http://www.disboards.com/showpost.php?p=42849343&postcount=19

I love your pics!!! I showed my DD and she can't wait to see Minnie herself now :) Thanks so much for sharing!

mytripsandraces
02-16-2012, 06:05 PM
I have the Pentax Optio W60 and it's great! I've gotten wonderful pictures in all sorts of circumstances - it even has a 1cm macro that takes great pictures! There's an upgraded version of it that comes in colors.

Chelley00
02-16-2012, 06:10 PM
I have a Canon D10 and love it! Video and photos are good in and out of the water. I normally use a Canon, so I found it easy to use.

:):):)

We also have a D10, and it takes almost as good of pictures and video as my really expensive camera. I leave the expensive camera behind and just take the D10 to the beach, waterparks etc.

AgentP
02-16-2012, 07:51 PM
I bought a Polaroid Dive-Rated waterproof camera housing off of amazon.com for $20 and used it with my Cannon PowerShot digital camera. I took some underwater pictures with it in the snorkeling lagoon at Castaway Cay, they look pretty good. The biggest issue I had was seeing the LCD screen on the camera underwater with snorkeling equipment on, even with the LCD screen brightness turned all the way up it was hard to see. Next time I'm going to try to rig up a small chem light or something on it so I can see the screen better, its not worth the money for me to spend $300 or so for an underwater camera based on the relatively few underwater photos I take.

kgc07
02-16-2012, 08:16 PM
I also love our Canon D10. It takes amazing pictures! It's been very worth it's price.

BethC1952
02-17-2012, 08:50 AM
I bought a Fuji Z33 (I think!) waterproof a few years ago on Magic. It was the "camera of the day" and the price was below what I had just priced at Walmart the week before. I still use it regularly, both in and out of the water. Last year for my birthday, my DH gave me a Liquid Image snorkel mask/camera because I love taking pictures while I snorkel and I didn't like having to hang onto the camera. It takes wonderful pictures and video and makes snorkeling so much more pleasant for me now!

Beth

Disneygal19
02-17-2012, 09:39 AM
I have a playsport as well here is a video that I took with it at castaway cay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Asc1OumEI&context=C30783afADOEgsToPDskLMnpJHQGChGmcT3is6WIQj

crzy4dals
02-17-2012, 10:19 AM
I have a playsport as well here is a video that I took with it at castaway cay

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1Asc1OumEI&context=C30783afADOEgsToPDskLMnpJHQGChGmcT3is6WIQj


Looks great! I think this would be a good camera for my son.....

Criswell3000
02-18-2012, 11:42 PM
Here's a pic from my Sony on our MR cruise in October:
https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-eBnX68sjp1s/TzaqQwqLk5I/AAAAAAAAC7c/1R6sBJaH6qI/s640/DSC01572.JPG

What I like about the Sony is that it's image quality and reliability are also great out of water too. Plus it is very small and lightweight. Never have to be without it due to the bulk.