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Waterproof Point & Shoot Camera Tests
By Jason Heller, July 2, 2009 @ 02:22 AM (EST)
While the average consumer considers a waterproof point & shoot camera for everything from snorkeling to kayaking to snowboarding, us underwater photographers might consider it a great camera to take on a dive boat. Waterproof point & shoot cameras are not inherently waterproof to an underwater photographer's standards, but some of today's models can work to 33 feet. Not bad for no housing, o-rings, and extra baggage!
 
These are handy additions to the underwater photographer's gear bag. Perfect for taking on sea-splash filled boat rides, and capable of assisting in tough situations when you just don't have time to get your complete underwater housing and rig ready to jump in the water to shoot the pod of dolphins or humpback that is cruising nearby.
Waterproof Cameras
We were working on a comprehensive report on "Splash Cams All Grown Up - Waterproof Point & Shoots", when we stumbled across DPReview's excellent test of 5 recent models.
 
  • Canon PowerShot D10
  • Fuji FinePix Z33WP
  • Olympus Stylus Tough 8000 (mju Tough 8000 in Europe)
  • Olympus Stylus Tough 6000 (mju Tough 6000 in Europe)
  • Pentax Optio W60
Although we still intend to continue our report on the "splashcam all grown up", we really enjoyed the thoroughness of DPReviews tests. Check it out when you have a moment.

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