Is a digital camera for
I used to do some underwater
photography back in the mid 80's using the original Olympus Trip in an
underwater housing made by Birchley products (photos)and
yes, Birchley are still going, as is the camera (even after two
floods*) but unfortunately the housing isn't. That left me needing a
camera, primarily, for obtaining images for this site.
As is my way, I set about finding out
what was available and what it would do. It took me about 9 months to
decide, because I wasn't going to spend my hard earnt cash until I was
reasonably sure that my money was going to be well spent.
I couldn't find any examples of what the cameras on offer would do
in UK waters. I found some sites which would give examples of what
could be achieved but these were in "horrible, crystal clear, foreign
water's" and probably taken by experts. Hardly representative of what
I was likely to achieve in our gloriously murky British waters. Having
got a camera I thought I'd write this part of the site in case it
might help any of you faced with a similar choice. What I thought I'd
do is post some of my (and my club mates) pictures, warts and all to
help you decide.
Non, of us are experts and we can't recommend any camera or housing
over another, nor are we in the business of making scientific, side by
side comparisons, we'll leave that to the dive mags. but we can give
you are some examples to help you make your choice.
The image above.
That's a photo taken on my first outing with the camera off
Pancara reef in about 4m visibility with a lot of suspended matter
in the water, not bad eh? Out of the 82 I took, I considered about 35
to be successful.
What camera did I Buy? An
Olympus C-4000 zoom in an olympus Housing.
* my fault not the housing.