6 Tips Before Taking Your Underwater Camera Housing for a Dive

An underwater camera housing is used to keep your camera perfectly dry when diving underwater. This makes it possible to take photographs that you wouldn't normally be able to capture. Before you take the underwater camera diving with you it's vital that you do a few simple checks.

Your camera is very expensive and any small faults with the housing could destroy it easily.

1. Checking Rubber Seals

Rubber seals should be present around all of the openings of the housing. These rubber seals are designed to ensure that the case is completely watertight. If any of the seals are missing then you should never consider taking it diving. If the seals are missing then there will be no chance that it will be watertight.

Even if the rubber seals are in place you must make sure that they are in good condition. Rubber seals can crack or perish over time in which case they won't be able to be watertight. If the rubber seals aren't in very good condition then you will need to either replace them or replace the housing.

2. Checking the Buttons

The buttons will be the other main entry point into the housing. These buttons will need to be fully watertight so that they do not allow any water inside. If the buttons are damaged or the seals around them broken then this will endanger your camera when underwater.

3. Testing

If you're suspicious about the state of your underwater camera housing then you should test it. Assemble the housing without your camera inside and check that all the seals meet properly. Then submerge the housing in the sink to find out whether any water is allowed inside. If water is getting inside then you will see small droplets or condensation on the inside of the case.

4. Right Housing

It's also essential to ensure that you are choosing the right housing for your camera. Underwater housings are not generic and it's not possible to use any housing for all cameras. Ensure that you have the correct housing for your camera. This will ensure that it is fully protected and safe while diving.

5. Checking for Cracks

If there are any cracks in the camera housing then this will put your camera in danger. Even if these cracks don't go right through the case, they will weaken the protection provided. Ensure that your housing is in pristine condition and that no cracks will allow any water inside.

6. Regular Maintenance

Underwater camera housings aren't something that you can use and then forget about until you need them again. You must regularly maintain and take care of your digital camera housing so that it will never end up letting you down. Regularly check the seals and compartments to ensure they are watertight.

If you're swimming in salt water then submerge the entire housing into fresh water as soon as possible to help dissolve the salt crystals. Also, never open the housing when it's even slightly wet because this will increase the chances of water getting inside the camera.

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