Tuesday, May 29, 2012
Cameras, cases, housings and other accessories for shooting seaside, poolside and in the water
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|Aquapac SLR Camera Case|
There are many options to consider, ranging from a point-and-shoot protected by a simple plastic case to a DSLR outfitted with a more advanced (and pricier) heavy-duty aluminum housing for full-on scuba diving. Whether you're shooting from the sand or diving deep, having the right accessories will lead to more dynamic images and a better overall shooting experience.
When you're hanging out on the beach or at the pool, a simple waterproof case is probably all you need to protect your camera as you snap away. The Aquapac SLR Camera Case is a soft, waterproof bag that lets you operate all of the controls through the material. A rigid tube made of optical-quality plastic surrounds the lens, and the case is rated for use at depths of 15 feet for at least 30 minutes. It fits medium-sized DSLRs best. Aquapac also makes cases for compact cameras of varying sizes. List Price: $140 (SLR Camera Case).
|Panasonic Lumix TS4|
If you're getting in the water to snorkel or swim, a rugged compact shooter likely delivers all that you need for taking great pictures. The latest models from Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax are built for use in challenging environments, including those that are wet. They all have wide-angle zooms, can withstand being dropped, shocked and crushed, and offer some unique shooting features.
The Olympus TG-820 is waterproof down to 33 feet, has 34 shooting modes and is equipped with image-stabilization technology that works for still and video capture. The three-inch LCD features impressive 1,030,000-dot resolution for delivering clear previews under bright sunlight, and it also has a scratch-resistant and anti-reflective coating. A backlit HDR mode ensures that images taken in strong sunlight aren't washed out. List Price: $299.
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