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    Underwater camera.

    Did two early morning dives this morning at Boar Fish Reef and Popes Eye in Port Philip Bay. It was a bit chilly at 18 degrees but beautiful colours for a temperate dive and even got a small tow from a large Banjo Shark. Unfortunately I have no pictures to post which brings us to the question,can anyone please recommend a good underwater camera that would be suitable for a beginner yet still take great shots.
    Being of tartan stock it is sometimes pointed out to me that I may be a tad thrifty and so when making a suggestion I would ask you to maybe keep that in mind.I think up to $ 350us would suffice.Thank you.

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    For the money you want to spend, I don't think you will beat the Panasonic Lumix TS3
    It can go to depths of 40 feet and is meant to take some good shots and has HD video capture



    Around 280- 300 USD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang View Post
    For the money you want to spend, I don't think you will beat the Panasonic Lumix TS3
    It can go to depths of 40 feet and is meant to take some good shots and has HD video capture

    Around 280- 300 USD
    40 feet is 12 meters - thats pretty shallow for most divers - PADI basic cert level gives you 18 meters.....think the verdict is still out on housing-less cameras for divers (as opposed to snorkelers etc)

    this site has some good reading:

    http://www.divephotoguide.com/page/s...rwater-camera/


    I seem to recall that olympus has some reasonable entry level cameras and housings. Alternatvely, if you already have a camera, see if there is a suitable housing for it.

    be warned - its a boody addictive and expensive hobby - plus, as they always say, its not a question of whether your camera housing will flood - it is a question of when.
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    Have seen a Intova IC14 and another called Go-pro in my starting price range. Any feedback on either of those? And yes I can see how this is going to get pricey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    Have seen a Intova IC14 and another called Go-pro in my starting price range. Any feedback on either of those? And yes I can see how this is going to get pricey.
    No idea on these. Try having a look around here:

    Underwater Photography

    Its a fairly ok board, and can be fairly helpful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kwang
    How deep do you dive to Crocman ?
    30 metres.That Intova looks the goods.Am checking that link now thank you Nidhogg.

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    While waiting for an eyetest a few months back, i looked in the free mags and there was an Ad for Go pro Hero, mounted camera's. real professional looking. Thought about getting one if i was to do some extreme sports in Asia.

    Ive found the website today, looked for the camera bit and the specs for underwater is 60m.

    HD HERO2 Surf Edition

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    While waiting for an eyetest a few months back, i looked in the free mags and there was an Ad for Go pro Hero, mounted camera's. real professional looking. Thought about getting one if i was to do some extreme sports in Asia.
    Seen this one on e-bay and it looks good.Your location says Peterborough, who'd of thought you would be advising somebody from Corby about underwater cameras on a Thai forum. Strange world.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao View Post
    While waiting for an eyetest a few months back, i looked in the free mags and there was an Ad for Go pro Hero, mounted camera's. real professional looking. Thought about getting one if i was to do some extreme sports in Asia.

    Ive found the website today, looked for the camera bit and the specs for underwater is 60m.

    HD HERO2 Surf Edition

    Following a bit further

    http://gopro.com/support/faq-hd-hero...proof-to-180ft
    Can the camera be used for diving?


    Yes, the camera housing is rated waterproof down to 180 ft (60m), and our head strap mount is a great way to wear the camera on your forehead just above the diving mask. Please note that due to the curved lens of the waterproof housing for the HD HERO camera and standard def Wide HERO cameras, you will notice a slight loss of sharpness with underwater images. We are developing a flat glass adapter / housing specifically for underwater use, thus allowing for the same image sharpness that you enjoy with your GoPro camera above water.


    Think the bit I have underlined is quite important. personally, would not chose to go with a camera that already has a drawback built in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Quote: Originally Posted by WujouMao View Post While waiting for an eyetest a few months back, i looked in the free mags and there was an Ad for Go pro Hero, mounted camera's. real professional looking. Thought about getting one if i was to do some extreme sports in Asia. Ive found the website today, looked for the camera bit and the specs for underwater is 60m. HD HERO2 Surf Edition Following a bit further http://gopro.com/support/faq-hd-hero...proof-to-180ft Can the camera be used for diving? Yes, the camera housing is rated waterproof down to 180 ft (60m), and our head strap mount is a great way to wear the camera on your forehead just above the diving mask. Please note that due to the curved lens of the waterproof housing for the HD HERO camera and standard def Wide HERO cameras, you will notice a slight loss of sharpness with underwater images. We are developing a flat glass adapter / housing specifically for underwater use, thus allowing for the same image sharpness that you enjoy with your GoPro camera above water. Think the bit I have underlined is quite important. personally, would not chose to go with a camera that already has a drawback built in. nidhogg is offline Add to nidhogg's Reputation Report Post Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in Technorati Reply With Quote Quote the Selection Multi-Quote This Message Quick reply to this message
    thank you for that definitely thinking the same.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crocman View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    While waiting for an eyetest a few months back, i looked in the free mags and there was an Ad for Go pro Hero, mounted camera's. real professional looking. Thought about getting one if i was to do some extreme sports in Asia.
    Seen this one on e-bay and it looks good.Your location says Peterborough, who'd of thought you would be advising somebody from Corby about underwater cameras on a Thai forum. Strange world.
    Because numpty, i have travelled all around asia and i shared my pics. You know i'm not the only one from England on this forum. Some are from Philippines and america. Are they too not allowed to post on a Thai forum too?
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    Wow....someone got out of the wrong side of the bed...

    Go Pro, 60 metres, my mate has one, pleased with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nidhogg
    Alternatvely, if you already have a camera, see if there is a suitable housing for it.
    that's what I would suggest also. but dont go cheap.

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    The Hero go pro is butt ugly, but its a proper Hi def pukka pro camera. I would say if you like your sport, go for it.

    Me on the other hand swim like a brick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WujouMao
    Because numpty, i have travelled all around asia and i shared my pics. You know i'm not the only one from England on this forum. Some are from
    Philippines and america. Are they too not allowed to post on a Thai forum too?
    Pardon me for fucking breathing. I just remembered why I never go back . Thanks for your input anyway.

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