Do's and Don’t's of Underwater Digital Camera

Before purchasing an underwater digital camera, you need to follow some do's and don'ts which can make your photography experience very fruitful.

Do

  • Determine your Requirements: The needs of a professional underwater photographer differ vastly from those of a swimmer who has just been introduced to snorkeling. You need to know where the digital camera will be used and for what duration.
  • Decide your Budget: You will also need to decide your budget. You can go online, browse various sites and compare the features and costs of different underwater digital cameras. You should specially read the customer reviews as they provide the real story which may be quite different from the picture presented by the manufacturer of the digital camera. Once you are sure of the make and model that you want to purchase, check to see whether a new camera falls within your budget or you will need to opt for a used one.
  • Check for Movie Making feature: If you are an avid underwater photographer, you will definitely need the movie making feature in your camera. Some cameras have the ability to make video movies so it's recommended to check the feature before you buy one.
  • Check Zoom feature: Check the optical zoom level of the camera as you will be using this feature more than often.
  • Buy with a Case: A protective case is provided with some underwater digital cameras. The cameras have seals to keep water from getting into it.
  • Check Computer Compatibility: Check that the camera is compatible with the computer operating system that you have. This may be Windows, Linux or Mac. Be aware of the memory size and the amount of photos that it can store. You should also know whether it supports additional memory cards or not in case you need to enhance the memory.
  • Check the Proofs: Cameras can be weatherproof, shockproof, waterproof and crushproof. There are freeze-proof cameras that can work at a great depth.
  • Test and Buy: Do not test your camera before you buy one. Select a camera on the basis of the desired feature list and test it with the gloves that you will wear while diving or swimming. You should be able to press the buttons comfortably.
  • Miscellaneous: The size, color, style and brand also play an important part in deciding which camera to buy. Cameras can be bulky or light. They should be able to fit comfortably in one's travel bag. The favorite colors for cameras are black, white and steel gray.

Don't

  • Buy without a Flash system: Do not but an underwater digital camera which does not have a built-in flash. If you buy one without it, you may need to purchase an external flash. Some cameras have a very small flash button which can provide a very frustrating experience while trying to photo shoot underwater.
  • Buy without Depth feature: Don't buy a camera which cannot work at least under 10 feet. If the camera is not equipped to take picture even at 10 feet, then you will not be able to use the camera often. The depth of the camera determines the lighting needs. Some cameras can take photos in underwater caves whereas some need sufficient light to function. Some digital cameras can be used underwater to go to a depth of 50 feet.
  • Buy without Viewing Screen: If your underwater digital camera does not have a viewing screen, then you will not be able to check the picture instantly. This will lead to more clicking of pictures with having a quality check.
  • Buy without Warranty: Do not buy a camera which doesn't offer warranty. After all you do not want to spend money if there is a fault in any part of the camera. Carefully read over the warranty conditions that are available.

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