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Which underwater camera for snorkeling?

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Initial post: 3 Nov 2012 16:52:35 GMT
photogirl says:
I'm looking for a camera for my son (10 years old). We're going to Sharm el Shiekh so he'll need something rugged for use in the sea, pool and sand. Preferably I'd like to spend 150- 200 maximum. Anyone have any suggestions? There was a panasonic ft20 I was looking at...

Posted on 3 Nov 2012 17:09:54 GMT
Siu Loong says:
I have the Panasonic FT2 and it is fantastic - a great all round camera as well as being excellent underwater, I have found that a lot of the underwater shots need a little correction afterwards - levels, contrast and colour correction, take the pictures from being nice holiday snaps to being really excellent, this is less noticeable when in underwater mode as opposed to snorkelling/beach mode. I have used mine snorkelling and diving in the Maldives, also snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef & around the Whitsunday Islands in Australia, it has let in a little water (my fault I think, and it is over two years old now) and as a result the flash no longer works but it still takes excellent photos otherwise.

I did a lot of research before buying the Panasonic as I love photography and use an SLR mainly but the underwater casing for my camera was ridiculously expensive, I have been so happy with my little Panasonic though! It also takes excellent video. If you can stretch to it the FT2 (180), FT3 (195), FT4 (230) have much better spec than the FT10, 20, 30 etc..

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 17:33:43 GMT
photogirl says:
Thank you very much for your speedy reply!
I will certainly look at the FT2/FT3/FT4 , thanks for the thumbs up review- you've been to some great places - what an ideal place to test a waterproof camera!

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2012 17:41:12 GMT
Siu Loong says:
No worries, have a great trip! I should add a friend bought a FT3 on my advice for a year in Australia, they are back now and were very happy with it..

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2012 17:28:22 GMT
One thing to remember with underwater cameras is ensure you wash the camera under clean water and let it dry prior to opening any of the connections. So many people don't realise this and end up getting salt or sand in the seals and this end up letting water in to the camera.
Have a great time in Sharm the snorkelling is incredible. If you get the chance go on a snorkelling boat trip out to Ras Mohammed go as the coral is pristine.

Posted on 7 Nov 2012 20:40:52 GMT
photogirl says:
Thanks again Siu! I will remember to clean it- thats a great tip- i wouldn't have thought of that, i will deffo do the Ras Mohammed trip. Thanks again for all the tips and advice!

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Nov 2012 20:53:41 GMT
harryg says:
Kodak Playsport ZX5-I have one and it's great for video, it works underwater up to 3M and is drop proof up to 5"0'. I highly recommend it

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2012 17:39:30 GMT
Siu Loong says:
Completely agree with this, after every underwater use - as soon as reasonably possible I soak the camera in a bowl/sink/bath with fresh water for a few minutes and give it a rinse under the tap, I then towel it off and leave it to dry for as long as possible before opening the battery/memory card door etc.. also use the little provided brush to make sure all seals are clear of sand particles.
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