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Underwater cameras

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Underwater cameras

Just about every underwater pic posted on here has the blue back ground and you cant see all the colors of the reef , is there a certain disposable camera that does better than others?

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I never found a disposable camera that was worth using. I tried many different brands for years. Every time I would have my snorkel pictures developed, I was so disappointed. They're okay for taking pictures in a swimming pool, and once I had some come out good off the beach at Bahia Honda State Park (underwater pictures of rays and fish) and a few good pictures of parrotfish in a canal in front of a home we rented in Little Torch Key, but never any good at the coral reefs. I gave up about 5 years ago; I've recently seen decent priced waterproof digital cameras by Cannon, Nikon, and a few other companies, and am thinking of purchasing one to use on our boat, kayaks and when snorkeling in the Keys.

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Thanks for the info, maybe I will spend some money on a decent underwater camera . I hate to pass up memories of a lifetime .

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A few years ago we found a great underwater camera at walgreens so you may check there. This year the price went down on a sale. I had asked one of the boat captains which one to use on a snorkel trip and it was highly recommended.

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Maxim Mag just rated the new ones in the recent mag. My friend has the Canon and it works fabulously!!! Worth the $. Use on land or in your drink or wherever!

Buy a waterproof and use it on land or in the drink in the holder of your car.

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5. Re: Underwater cameras

The problem with the disposables is framing what you are shooting through the tiny view-finder while wearing a mask, esp the ones available to you on snrokeling trips.

These were taken on a trip to Sand Key with an Olympus which is rated to 10 feet and is OK for above water photos...



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6. Re: Underwater cameras

One of the problems with underwater photography is that the water absorbs different colors of light differently - red is absorbed more than blue (due to the wavelength). Hence a lot of underwater photos appear blue. It gets worse with depth or if it's overcast.

The best way to overcome this is by using a local light source such as a flash. A good underwater strobe is better. It is the light source rather than the camera in a sense.

I got some nice results with a Speedo underwater 35 mm film flash camera bought from Swimmart in FL for about $18, in shallow water, mid day so the sun is right above for better lighting.

I've had far better with the two digital cameras, with underwater housings, that I have - but they are $500 or more. They have a decent flash, but would be even better with a strobe.

Another technique is to use a red filter - this helps compensate for the loss of the red light through the water (it biases red entering the lens). Some digital cameras, including my Fuji F100, have a menu option that compensates in a similar way.

So in answer to the original question, look for a film camera, even disposable, with a decent flash on it, take pics at mid day, stay shallow (but it's best to shoot up at the subject!) and maybe consider something a little more up market....

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