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Old 08-14-2013, 02:52 PM   #16
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For good underwater quality pictures, to a certain extent, you get what you pay for. With that said, price isnt always everything. If you buy a $30 underwater camera, from a big box store, quality probably isnt going to be that great.

There are some relatively in expensive underwater cameras out there. There are also filters, like mentioned before that can be added to cameras, to help the pictures "pop".

Depending on what a person looks for in a camera, and how often and what they are going to use it for, I would suggest theses cameras:

The Olympus TG-320. Its a point and shoot camera, with digital zoom and waterproof up to 10 feet on its own. Olympus does make a housing for it, should you want to go deeper. It also has 720 video capabilities.

The Olympus TG-630. Basically the same as the 320, only has a better sensor, 1080 video and water proof to 15 feet on its own. It also has a waterproof housing for deeper depths.

Both the 320 and the 630 can be had for less then $200.

If you plan on diving, The Sealife DC 1400 camera is one of the simplest cameras out on the market. Its a little more expensive at just under 500, but is very user friendly. It has 2 underwater modes, which automatically correct the color based on your depth, and multiple land modes. The accesories by comparison, are less expensive then some of the other cameras out there today. Moving the camera setting from 1 mode to the next takes about 30 seconds at the most. To go from still pictures to movies takes about 1 second.
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Old 08-15-2013, 09:39 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by tink2007 View Post
Anyone taken underwater pictures at Castaway Cay? I just bought a new waterproof camera and can't wait to use it on our upcoming cruise.
I have taken a few pictures while snorkeling at Castaway Cay.

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Old 08-16-2013, 10:50 AM   #18
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We did snorkeling and took photos in March 2012. We went later in the day, and it was kind of cloudy. On our September cruise, I'm hoping to head out there early.
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Here is a good explaination I got from a review on amazon:

"But, make sure you know what you're getting into when you start underwater photgraphy. It's not like land photography, where the image that comes out of the camera is probably perfect and doesn't need much if any touch up. My experience with underwater photography is that every single image requires manual processing on my part. For every image, I need to adjust brightness, contrast, saturation, and red/green/blue balance. You don't need to be a photoshop pro...I use ThumbsPlus for my editting. Every one of these adjustments is trivial with ThumbsPlus.

This need to adjust every image isn't the fault of the camera; there are just too many variables underwater. The red "dive" filter for example, is good from 25 feet to 50 feet. In reality, it's only good for exactly one depth. Say it's perfect at 40 feet...then at 30 feet the image is going to be too red, and at 50 feet the image is going to be too blue. You are going to have to adjust the balance. Same with visibility; the camera doesn't know (and you can't tell it) how much sand is suspended in the water. Lots of sand in the water scatters more blue so you need to block more blue; exceptionally clear water let's more red through, so you need less blue filtering. So even if you are at the exact depth where the filter is perfect, transparency will still require that you manually adjust every image. All the data is in the image; you just need to massage it to bring it out."
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