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NADDY
posted : March 21, 2010 Post subject: CAN I USE A NORMAL DIGITAL CAMERA UNDERWATER
HI ALL, I HAVE JUST GOT MYSELF A N UNDERWATER DIGITAL CAMERA.
I AM NEW TO SCUBA AND WAS HOPING THAT SUM1 CUD GIVE ME SUM TIPS ON HOW BEST TO USE IT. ALSO I AM LOOKING TO JOIN A DIVING CLUB (IM FROM OLDHAM, MANCHESTER) TO ENABLE ME TO MEET OTHER DIVERS NEW/OLD FOR DAYS OUT/TRIPS/CHATS ETC.
IF U CAN HELP OR JUST WANT A CHAT THEN PLEASE DROP ME A LINE.
MY EMAIL ADDRESS IS: sapphire12@hotmail.co.uk

 
Graphics247
posted : March 30, 2010 Post subject: CAN I USE A NORMAL DIGITAL CAMERA UNDERWATER
Read the information booklet from cover to cover I know it's boring but you will then know what setting your new camera has and how to access them, then, If you have access to a swimming pool this would be the best place to begin taking it underwater. Set up on the bottom a selection of items that have bright colours these need to be heavy to stay in place and then with you new camera simply move around the display using you camera to record images and video (if available) photographing this display will help you understand the need for good buoyancy control and you will soon find the best settings to use on the camera via the results you get when you look at the images on your computer. That how I started!

Cheers Marko

 
bouy
posted : April 2, 2010 Post subject: CAN I USE A NORMAL DIGITAL CAMERA UNDERWATER
yes it can take a look at cameras underwater to find the housing , but maybe you should have resreached that first . opps mine is an olympus mju400 and had it for near 10 years and its done hunderds of dives

 
ian_6301
posted : April 23, 2010 Post subject: CAN I USE A NORMAL DIGITAL CAMERA UNDERWATER
Naddy,

You need to check what depth the camera is rated to. This should be on the case somewhere or at least int he manual.

This depth relates to STATIC pressure. eg if it says 30m, that's 4 bar abs. If you take it to 20m that's 3 bar abs, start swishing it back and forth and the dynamic pressure caused by the resistance of the water will rapidly increase past your 4bar limit....

Generally, "underwater" cameras are fine for snorkelling, but for deeper stuff, you may need to consider a protective housing.

Just check the paperwork and go carefully!

 
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