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04-12-2015, 07:56 AM   #1
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Small waterproof / underwater cameras, anyone?

I've always been intrigued with underwater cameras. All of them seem to have small 1/2.3" sensors which isn't bad but none of them offer RAW output. Every make/model I have seen only generates JPG files. I know Nikon makes their 1 AW series but the interchangeable lens feature is useless to me in this case. It's also really expensive.

What are the alternatives? Any?

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Though it doesn't output RAW or JPG the Nikonos V is a real bargain now...



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I am interested too. My girlfriend wants to buy one of these cameras and she asked me for advices, but I don't know very much about these specific cameras... I will follow the topic.
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Olympus has announced the TG-4 today. It is an underwater camera that offers ... RAW output!! I think this may be the camera I am looking for. Time, and my wallet, will tell.

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I took my Q7 w/ 01 to snorkeling using one of those inexpensive, under water camera bags. It worked fine, can't use the flash though. I wouldn't take it for scuba diving however.
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I'd recommend a good compact and an underwater housing. My current setup for diving is a few years older Canon Powershot G9 and an Ikelite housing. It a bit big, but I recently bought a Fuji XQ1 which has a 2/3" sensor and raw to replace my Canon. Fuji makes a housing for it which is very reasonably priced and the whole setup is probably 1/3 to 1/4 the size of my Canon/Ikelite setup.
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A friend of mine is using a GoPro for video of sports, even swimming in lakes. I think it can take some still photos as well (or maybe they were taken from the video?), which were not bad at all. And it is a very compact camera.

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If not Nikon (I use couple of Coolpixes from 2MPix to 7MPix with Nikon WP-CPx underwater housings, but no RAW there) I'd check the Olympus.

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QuoteOriginally posted by 6BQ5 Quote
All of them seem to have small 1/2.3" sensors which isn't bad but none of them offer RAW output.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Prakticant Quote
If not Nikon (I use couple of Coolpixes from 2MPix to 7MPix with Nikon WP-CPx underwater housings, but no RAW there) I'd check the Olympus.

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I think the OP needs to define "underwater". I have one of the Olympus TG "tough" compacts, but it's not what I would consider an underwater camera. If I recall, it's rated for 10m, which basically means you can use it in a swimming pool or when snorkeling. It's not suitable for diving. For diving, housings are typically rated for 40m or more. This is a static depth rating. Movement underwater increases the pressure on seals and reduces the effective depth rating.
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