May 07 2009

Waterproof Cameras: Features, Advantages And Disadvantages in 9 Points

Published by at 4:35 am under General

Don’t rush into buying a waterproof camera before first reading these tips, whether you are an amateur professional or an experienced who is looking at submersible cameras for the first time. Here are some things to think about:


1) First of all, the fastenings: Your camera is only just as waterproof as its gaskets, so check these regularly, especially the ones places that are opened more frequently, such as memory card slots and buttons.


2) Quality of the pictures: a decent resolution is a must for underwater photography, especially if you may want to zoom up details of shots once the shot has been taken. Five megapixel is good for compact waterproof cameras, and eight is adequate for SLR’s.


3) Weight and Design: Make sure that you get the right balance package between size and bulkiness, specific to your photography needs. Consider how important extra equipment, such as external flashlights and other camera accessories, will be for you. Don’t forget a strap to tie the waterproof camera to your hand.


4) Industry certifications: Often overlooked by people when choosing a waterproof camera, these give you peace of mind about the standard that your camera was built to. You should look at Japanese Industry Standard designation Waterproof 8 for a camera that you can take on shallow dives, up to 5 meters.


5) Characteristics: make sure that you have all the extra capabilities that you will need. Whether it’s a lens mount for filters, extra flash sockets, or simply different burst modes and automatic settings, check for them and don’t hesitate to ask for assistance at the shop.


6) You bought a waterproof camera? Great! Now clean it. Regularly. Be especially vigilant around dust, tar and sand, these will destroy your gaskets and water WILL leak into your device, rending it useless. Or your lens will jam. A well maintained camera is a long-lived camera.


7) Avoid exposing your waterproof camera to harmful chemicals, This includes Chlorine, so avoid using it in artificial pools. The sea, rivers and lakes are much safer environments for underwater photography equipment.


8) Waterproof cameras have a maximum depth rating related to the pressure the delicate gaskets can bear, know about the one of your device and stick to it. Do not confuse waterproof with splash-proof either.


9) Acquaint yourself with your new waterproof camera gradually, trying out the various features and taking and pictures in a controlled environment before leaving on a big trip. This way you will avoid disappointment and also make more out of your new camera in the end.

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