Some Basic Waterproof Camera Guide 2010 and 2011 :
- Are all waterproof cameras freeze proof ?
No. Only some waterproof cameras are rugged – which means they can handle extreme temperature, shock, dust and water. Others are just waterproof.
- I heard the pictures are not so good. Is it true?
It’s partially true. Images on rugged cameras may not be as good as ones produced by your normal point and shoots. But as an old photographers’ adage goes, “The best camera is the one that you actually have with you”. Only rugged camera let you shoot at any time, anywhere and in any kind of weather you could possibly think of. (Note: As Canon, Panasonic and Sony enters the market starting 2009, picture quality has improve tremendously.)
- How deep can I use them ?
It depends. Some can handle water pressure up to 33 feet. Others can only be used in the children swimming pool.
- Are there digital waterproof cameras that uses AAA batteries ?
Most digital waterproof cameras use Li-Ion battery like one you use in your mobile phone. Only very few uses AAA battery (one of it is Kodak Easy Share Sport.)
- Why is there no lens cover ?
When your camera has to endure fine particles, sand and saltwater, sliding parts like a lens cover is not such a good idea. Salt, dust and fine sand can get stuck around the moving parts and render your camera useless. But if you insist for one, you should look at the cameras made by Olympus or Sony.
- Why are they waterproof at certain depth ?
As you go deeper, water pressure increases. The seals designed to keep the water out of your camera may no longer be able to contain the extreme pressure beyond what the camera is supposed to handle.
- Will they float if I dunk them underwater ?
No they’ll sink like rocks. They are designed this way to help you shoot easier underwater. If you’re worried that you might lose yours, get a floating or wrist strap.
Using Your Camera :
- Do I need to buy an extra casing to go underwater ?
No, unless you want to go deeper than the camera’s rated depth.
- Is there a time limit for underwater use ?
Yes. Most cameras can handle 60 minutes of continuous underwater use. But to be safe, re-check your manual.
- Can I use them in hot springs ?
- Can I wash them ?
Yes. In fact, most manufacturers will advise you to rinse your camera in a bucket of fresh water after every saltwater use. You can learn how to do this from your manual. Don’t use your dishwasher.
- Do I need to change any of the rubber seals ?
If you frequently use your camera underwater, we advise you to send your camera for inspection every year. The rubber gasket or other wearable parts of your camera may need to be changed. Although your cameras should lasts a few years without leaking, you should always ask the camera company if you’re unsure.
- Can I bring the waterproof cameras deeper than the limit says ?
Not advisable. Most of the pressures rated by the manufacturer is given as a static depth. This means the camera can handle such depth when it is not moving. But we don’t think you’ll remain static down there. So not only we advise you not to go deeper, we actually think it’s wise to always keep the camera at less than the rated depth.
- Can I change my battery or memory card underwater ?
Looking After Your Camera :
- I’m a little hesitant about putting my waterproof camera underwater. What if it leaks ?
We suggest you test your waterproof camera underwater while you still have your receipt and warranty. If your camera is defective and you only detected that after 8 months of land use, you’ll have a hard time getting a refund.
- How do I reduce scratches on the camera body?
Get a silicon cover (also called silicon jacket) for your camera model. The non-slip cover will prevent surface scratches or dents and helps you hold your camera better when wet.
If you have a question to ask, let us know.