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Underwater camera reviews

Postby Gordon Laing » Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:45 am

Hi everyone, we have recently reviewed two good underwater cameras:

Canon PowerShot D10

and

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 / FT1

These are both good models to consider if you're shopping for an underwater camera. For more details please click the names above to visit each review.
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Tough choice

Postby C40D » Mon Dec 14, 2009 6:02 pm

Hi Gordon,
I posted a thread a while back asking about what camera is best for travel that was waterproof. At the time you suggested the Olympus E-620 vs the Canon Powershot D10. I held of buying and waited to the last minute to buy a camera due to the holiday price drops and was fairly sure I was going to get the D10. During that time the Panasonic Lumix FT1 came out and sat as the biggest rival to the D10 with good reason. I'm sure by now you can see where this is going.

Most of the reviews I have read suggest that IF you are looking for a camera that is mainly to be used IN the water then the D10 is the winner. However, IF you are looking for a waterproof camera that is to mainly be used OUT of the water, the Panasonic takes it home. If only it were that simple. (For me anyway)

Though tests show that the Panasonic has better optical zoom, better battery life, better video, a bigger LCD screen, and is generally better "in almost every respect" the Canon produces better image quality and has no problems with video converting. I have read several instances where problems arose with transferring/converting the Panasonics AVCHD videos. Also noted is the slow turn on time, slow response time, and even as one review put it, hard to even tell when it has started recording. It has worse accuracy in Auto white mode than the D10 and as often mentioned, "stiff mode dial". There are a few more problems that I won't mention, I just wanted to point out a few to make a point. None the less, it is on par with the D10 in all the reviews I have read. I am not trying to make the Canon look like the better of the two I just need help deciding which one to buy with a more solid decision based on more than simply deciding if I will be using it more under or above water.

So, as the experts, and other members that read this, I ask, money aside, what would you personally chose and why?
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Re: Tough choice

Postby joan frazier » Wed Dec 16, 2009 11:17 am

C40D wrote:Hi Gordon,
I posted a thread a while back asking about what camera is best for travel that was waterproof. At the time you suggested the Olympus E-620 vs the Canon Powershot D10. I held of buying and waited to the last minute to buy a camera due to the holiday price drops and was fairly sure I was going to get the D10. During that time the Panasonic Lumix FT1 came out and sat as the biggest rival to the D10 with good reason. I'm sure by now you can see where this is going.

Most of the reviews I have read suggest that IF you are looking for a camera that is mainly to be used IN the water then the D10 is the winner. However, IF you are looking for a waterproof camera that is to mainly be used OUT of the water, the Panasonic takes it home. If only it were that simple. (For me anyway)

Though tests show that the Panasonic has better optical zoom, better battery life, better video, a bigger LCD screen, and is generally better "in almost every respect" the Canon produces better image quality and has no problems with video converting. I have read several instances where problems arose with transferring/converting the Panasonics AVCHD videos. Also noted is the slow turn on time, slow response time, and even as one review put it, hard to even tell when it has started recording. It has worse accuracy in Auto white mode than the D10 and as often mentioned, "stiff mode dial". There are a few more problems that I won't mention, I just wanted to point out a few to make a point. None the less, it is on par with the D10 in all the reviews I have read. I am not trying to make the Canon look like the better of the two I just need help deciding which one to buy with a more solid decision based on more than simply deciding if I will be using it more under or above water.

So, as the experts, and other members that read this, I ask, money aside, what would you personally chose and why?



---I totally agree with this. Canon has great features (much more for underwater cameras) , I really do not have underwater camera.(that's why, i got here in this thread. I'll go with Canon D10. Thanks! :)


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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby MartinElvin » Sun Jan 24, 2010 4:32 pm

Gordon Laing wrote:Hi everyone, we have recently reviewed two good underwater cameras:

Canon PowerShot D10

and

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS1 / FT1

These are both good models to consider if you're shopping for an underwater camera. For more details please click the names above to visit each review.


Great mate very attractive piece of tehnology..I think now I have to sell my old camera for this one lolzz...

Nice
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Postby janetbrand28 » Sun Feb 14, 2010 8:32 am

hi, canon's powershot is really great for vacations in beaches. its cool to use underwater. speccailly if you go on caves.. its really cool.
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Postby Citruspers » Sun Feb 14, 2010 12:19 pm

Can we also get a review for the Casio Exfilm G1? It's the camera I'm looking at at this moment :)
I take pictures so quickly, my highschool was "Continuous High".
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Postby Gordon Laing » Sun Feb 14, 2010 9:08 pm

Hi janetbrand28, I've removed your signature as it links to a commercial site and therefore deemed advertising according to our forum rules.
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Postby HopJack » Mon Aug 29, 2011 5:39 am

TS1 has been on my belt for two years, carry it everywhere rain or shine. Dropped at least eight or ten times from waist height on various surfaces except concrete. The exposed lens has many micro scratches that are unavoidable and it's easy to smudge, about my only complaint
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Postby Trott-seagal » Tue Nov 01, 2011 9:36 am

Image

Canon's PowerShot A and S line of the time were being made as small as contemporary technology allowed,[1] and demonstrated the demand for a small digital camera of good quality. Canon used its experience with small film cameras, particularly the APS IXUS, to mass-produce good digital cameras smaller than anyone else had managed up to the time (the first Digital IXUS was the smallest 2MP then available[2]) and reused the popular IXUS/IXY/ELPH brand name with the tag line "The DIGITAL IXUS blends Canon's award-winning IXUS design with PowerShot digital technology."[3]

The first Digital IXUS, released in June 2000 fitted the technology of the PowerShot S10 into a body similar to the APS IXUS II.[4] Between 2003 and 2004, starting with the Digital IXUS II, Canon moved from the use of CF cards to SD cards to create thinner cameras.
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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby Uglysos » Sat Apr 21, 2012 9:42 am

that do really useful to the friends who like the under-water sports , I am also considering these . keep watching
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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby printbucket » Mon May 21, 2012 5:02 pm

I would strongly suggest Canon as well but like C40D has posted, it depends on if you plan to use it underwater most of the time or not.
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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby HopJack » Mon Jul 02, 2012 8:50 pm

Perhaps Mr. Laing could get his hands on a Coolpix AW100 "tough camera" for a review. I would seriously consider this camera as a replacement for when my Lumix TS1 is no longer tough enough
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Re: Tough choice

Postby JackBurton » Sat Mar 16, 2013 4:17 pm

C40D wrote:Hi Gordon,
I posted a thread a while back asking about what camera is best for travel that was waterproof. At the time you suggested the Olympus E-620 vs the Canon Powershot D10. I held of buying and waited to the last minute to buy a camera due to the holiday price drops and was fairly sure I was going to get the D10. During that time the Panasonic Lumix FT1 came out and sat as the biggest rival to the D10 with good reason. I'm sure by now you can see where this is going.

Most of the reviews I have read suggest that IF you are looking for a camera that is mainly to be used IN the water then the D10 is the winner. However, IF you are looking for a waterproof camera that is to mainly be used OUT of the water, the Panasonic takes it home. If only it were that simple. (For me anyway)

Though tests show that the Panasonic has better optical zoom, better battery life, better video, a bigger LCD screen, and is generally better "in almost every respect" the Canon produces better image quality and has no problems with video converting. I have read several instances where problems arose with transferring/converting the Panasonics AVCHD videos. Also noted is the slow turn on time, slow response time, and even as one review put it, hard to even tell when it has started recording. It has worse accuracy in Auto white mode than the D10 and as often mentioned, "stiff mode dial". There are a few more problems that I won't mention, I just wanted to point out a few to make a point. None the less, it is on par with the D10 in all the reviews I have read. I am not trying to make the Canon look like the better of the two I just need help deciding which one to buy with a more solid decision based on more than simply deciding if I will be using it more under or above water.

So, as the experts, and other members that read this, I ask, money aside, what would you personally chose and why?


I couldn't have said it better! I would definitely go for the Canon D10 because the underwater shots that it can get are breath taking! Have fun shooting with whatever you decide on! :D
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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby RowanTreee » Tue Jul 09, 2013 11:24 pm

I am having a hard time deciding on what waterproof camera to get.. I love the reviews provided on this site by Gordon - very informative - what you want to know..not just the basic review of camera functions and style.. I am sort of leaning towards the Panasonic but have found two versions online:
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25A 16 MP Waterproof Digital Still Camera
and the
Panasonic Lumix TS20 16.1 MP TOUGH Waterproof Digital Camera with 4x Optical Zoom

Can anyone tell me the difference between the two?

Also how does the Pentax WG-3 compare?

Keen to get some feedback.
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Re: Underwater camera reviews

Postby coreythompson » Sat Feb 15, 2014 11:32 am

I have been a huge fan of Cannon; therefore personally speaking that Cannon cameras are providing multiple features and facilities. So I am going to vote for Cannon for underwater photography.
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